Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Goat Cheese & Kalamata Panini

  Behold!  My tasty lunch:


This is the Goat Cheese & Kalamata Panini from the February 2011 issue of Clean Eating.  It was pretty much awesome.  So awesome, that I’ve had it 2 days in a row for lunch.  Well, that and I have a crusty loaf of bread to use up.  Can’t let it go to waste! Tongue out DSC_4212

  I couldn’t find the recipe anywhere online, so I guess I’ll go ahead and type it out for you.  You’re welcome! Wink

Goat Cheese & Kalamata Paninis

Clean Eating Magazine, February 2011

Serves 4. Hands on time: 7 minutes Total Time: 11 minutes


14 pitted Kalamata olives, chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

4 cloves garlic
2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 12 ounce whole grain italian loaf bread, halved lenthwise
2 cups baby spinach leaves
2 1/2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1 large tomato, sliced into 8 rounds
Olive oil cooking spray


One: In a medium bowl, combine olives, onion, garlic, basil, pepper flakes and vinegar.  Place bread halves on a cutting board, cut side up and spoon olive mixture onto bottom half of bread.  Top with spinach, cheese and tomato.  Top with other half of bread and press down lightly to adhere.  Using a serrated knife, cut bread into 4 equal pieces. 

Two: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Coat skillet with cooking spray, then add sandwiches.  Add weight to sandwiches by covering them with a sheet of aluminum foil, then topping them with a dinner plate and a few bread plates.  Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until lightly golden on bottom.  Remove plates and foil and flip sandwiches over.  Again, place foil and plates on and cook 2 more minutes until browned on bottom.  OR Do what I did! Use a panini press and safe yourself the headache!Smile 

So yesterday Dylan was messing with the magnets on the fridge and next thing I knew – he was doing this:

DSC_4216He figured out that magnets work on the garbage can, too! DSC_4217Not sure why he chose his cousin’s pictures, but um, okay?! DSC_4219Wink DSC_4222

Avos watched from her perch and enjoyed her Green Monster.  DSC_4224More shenanigans ensued today. 

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They wanted to dress up with scarves and hats.  The mummy look was a big hit! DSC_4241
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And tonight’s dinner – Carne Asada Chicken “Chipotle” Style Burritos. Basically, I was wishing we could have Chipotle and this is what happened.  I marinated the chicken in Carne Asada sauce all day, broiled it up (broiler high, 5-6 minutes per side) and diced it up.  Then added the usual fixings: brown rice, sour cream, cheese, pinto beans, salsa (and just now I’m remembering I had avocado too, but forgot!  Dang it!!!!) in a whole grain wrap.  Good stuff!    DSC_4252

Well, that’s all for tonight.  I’ve got some guilty pleasure television shows to catch up on!

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