I have a new obsession.
After a grocery run the other day, I realized my kitchen cabinets needed an overhaul. I was removing everything, reordering, organizing, when suddenly something caught my eye. Shoved (& obviously forgotten) in the small cabinet over my refrigerator was a brand new personal size George Foreman grill- never even opened or out of the box. Curiosity peaked, I pulled the box down and cracked the bad boy open. My life will never be the same again :)
Are you aware of how versatile a George Foreman grill is? Well I wasn't (& I obviously still haven't had enough time to begin to unravel all of George's mysteries), but one thing I have had the time to master: the panini. Oh yes, just a simple sandwich-- but throw her on good ol' George, and POOF! Simple sandwich becomes delicious panini (I love a warm meal, and c'mon-- how much more legit does turkey panini sound rather than turkey sandwich?)
So, here are just a few of my endeavors in my love affair with Mr. Foreman's machinery:
Cracked Black Pepper & Chipotle Turkey Panini
Spread 1 Tbsp of Kraft Chipotle Mayo on one slice of whole wheat bread. Layer on 6 slices cracked black pepper turkey breast (I used Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh) and 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese. Throw on some greens and top with another slice of bread. Spray George Foreman with some non stick spray, place sandwich, close lid. Three minutes later a perfectly toasted, spicy turkey panini.
Easiest lunch ever- just serve with some baby carrots & fruit!
Roast Beef Mushroom Marinara Panini
Spread 1/4 cup of marinara pasta sauce on 1 slice of whole wheat bread. On other slice, spread 1/2 of a Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb cheese wedge. Sandwich spinach, a few mushroom slices, and 2 oz. roast beef (I used Hillshire Farms reduced sodium) between the bread slices. Spray down George, press the sandwich for a few minues, and voila!
A good substitute for pizza, I think. I served mine alongside a bed of spring mix topped with 1/3 cup cottage cheese and fresh ground black pepper.
***EVERYONE MUST TRY THIS NEXT RECIPE---SERIOUSLY***
(Haha just kidding, but really, you should--- it's super yummy!)
Creamy Raspberry-Almond Turkey Wrap
Spread 1 Tbsp reduced fat cream cheese on a tortilla shell (I used Mission Carb Balance Fajita shell). Place 5 whole raspberries on the shell. Cover with 4 slices oven roasted turkey breast and some mixed greens. Chop 4 whole almonds and sprinkle over tortilla. Fold. Spray Foreman with non-stick spray and grill tortilla for a good 3-5 minutes. While waiting on wrap to warm, peel and slice a kiwi. Plate kiwi, along with 5 more raspberries on a plate. Remove sandwich from grill, cut in half, and enjoy the richest, creamiest, most decadent little light lunch you've ever had :)
*This next one is really good, too!!
Grilled Greek Turkey Panini
Spread one slice of whole wheat bread with 1 Tbsp Athenos Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Sprinkle on 1 Tbsp chopped onion. Slice three thin slices from a tomato and add to sandwich. Sprinkle 1/8 cup of Athenos Garlic & Herb Crumbled Feta Cheese and top with 3 slices of low sodium deli turkey. Top with spinach and another slice of whole wheat bread. Spray George down and make your panini!
I served mine along with 4 "naked" pita chips, some baby carrots, and 1 Tbsp black bean hummus.
These may not be the most complex recipes, but they taste good! Plus, I think everyone could use a break from the monotony of an everyday deli lunchmeat sandwich. Try one & let me know what you think!