This month I’m sharing with you one of my favorite sandwiches: a Spinach and Sautéed Vegetables Panini. It’s time again for the Eating the Alphabet Healthy Recipe Challenge. That’s where each month, I and other bloggers feature a fruit, vegetable, grain or bean/legume starting with different letters to give you ideas on how to incorporate more of these healthy foods into your family’s diet. This month I’ve chosen spinach since we’re highlighting the letters S and T.
I normally like to choose an ingredient that I haven’t used much and for me, that was going to be spaghetti squash. And I did make for my family but no one liked it except me. They’re just not big fans of squash in general so I went to one of our favorite vegetables, spinach. And I’m glad for it because I’ve been meaning to share this sandwich with you all for awhile now!
Spinach is so versatile and can easily be added to salads. I like to buy the baby spinach as it seems to appeal to my kids a bit more. My kids actually love spinach and prefer it raw over cooked but they will sometimes eat it cooked in dishes too. One of our favorite ways to enjoy spinach is this Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup from Taste of Home. I also like to include spinach in smoothies! Yes, you read that right. It’s a relatively mild-tasting green that can easily be added to smoothies or other sauces. We especially like this Green Monster Smoothie.
Spinach is a great source of dietary fiber, protein, Vitamins A, C, E and K (very high in this!) and many other vitamins and minerals. It’s a nutritional powerhouse! Another favorite way to enjoy spinach is on a salad. Uncooked is yummy but I especially like this Panini I made up. It is so simple and delicious. I was inspired to create it after trying a similar sandwich at Jason’s Deli but they discontinued making it. So here goes:
- Spinach and Sautéed Vegetables Panini
- Makes two sandwiches
- 1½ cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup sliced bell peppers
- 1 cup sliced onion
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2-4 slices white cheese of your choosing (I used Muenster but have also used fresh mozzarella or goat cheese when I have those on hand--just choose something that melts easily)
- Season salt (I like Penzy’s Sandwich Sprinkle)
- Two ciabatta bread or rolls
- Slice rolls or bread in half and butter both outsides with butter. Place one buttered side on top of the other and set aside. Heat Panini maker.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a sauté pan and add peppers, onions and mushrooms when hot. Sauté about 5 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
- On sliced bread with open side up, layer spinach, sautéed peppers and mushrooms and cheese. Sprinkle cheese with season salt.
- Place buttered side down of layers sandwich on hot Panini maker and top with remaining buttered bread/roll. Close lid to Panini maker and grill about 3-4 minutes until cheese is slightly melted.
- Remove from Panini maker, slice and serve.
For all the details about the Eating The Alphabet Healthy Recipe Challenge, check out my post from earlier this year (or if you are a blogger and want to join in, there is a sign-up form to complete). http://www.mealplanningmagic.com/2013/01/eating-the-alphabet-healthy-recipe-challenge-new-for-2013.html
Don’t forget to check out the Eating the Alphabet Pinterest board. There you can keep track of all the recipes that are added month-to-month but also find new recipes from last year too. What’s your favorite fruit, vegetable, grain or legume that starts with the letter S or T?
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