When you frequent a restaurant do you try new things or stick to what you know? It’s funny because even though I consider myself to be quite the adventurous eater, (I have tried a dried African caterpillar for example. I don’t recommend it !) when I have a favorite thing I stick with it. I can think of my “favorite thing” at pretty much all our local jaunts. Believe it or not, one of my favorite restaurants happens to be in a little boutique hotel near here. Every meal they serve is so good, the atmosphere, “so lovely.” For lunch I switch between the Salmon BLT and the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich-both of which are simple and yet deliciously divine!
Here’s my take on the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich. Thanks Andrew’s for the insipiration!
Here’s What You Need:
2-4 portabellas (1 pp)
2-4 whole wheat buns (1 pp)
Low-fat spreadable cheese (Like Light Boursin)
2 bell peppers (mixed), sliced
1-2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1-2 TBS balsamic vinegar
Italian seasoning (I always love Penzey’s!)
Here’s What You Do:
Clean the portabellas by using a form to scrape off the gills from underneath and clean the tops with a wet cloth. Marinate the peppers and the portabellas in a mix of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic and Italian seasoning. Try for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight. Preheat the oven to broil and the grill or grill pan to medium high. Spray the pan or grill with organic non-stick spray and grill the portabellas and peppers for about six minutes per side or until softened. Put the buns, open, onto a baking sheet and broil for about 1 minute to warm the buns. Spread with the cheese and top with the vegetables. So simple, so delicious!
I am sure you can change up the veggies too-Let me know what clever combinations you come up with!
I recommend taking a different approach here. Cut the portabellas into strips and make them into finger food “fries” that can be dipped into a favorite dressing, for example. The same can be done with the peppers. OR..you can cut everything into little pieces and stir it into cooked rice or pasta to “hide” if need be.
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