Healthy Pan Bagnat Grilled Cheese

Today’s recipe for Healthy Pan Bagnat Grilled Cheese is one of my absolute favorites. Have you ever tried a Pan Bagnat? The name for this sandwich (pronounced pɑ̃ baˈɲa) originates from Nice, France. It consists of ingredients in a Salade Niçoise, including canned tuna, olives, anchovies, tomatoes, onions and hard-boiled eggs. I tweaked my recipe to create a healthy grilled cheese, while still using most of the traditional ingredients.

This sandwich recipe is one of my favorites in the “light and healthy” chapter of my cookbook 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Place your tuna in a mixing bowl and add fresh lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and pepper. These ingredients give it a nice, light flavor. Top the bread with fresh tomatoes and spinach leaves and some freshly grated Parmesan. Then, place in a Panini grill or large skillet to get it a little warm and toasted, and it’s fantastic!

In my cookbook, you will find grilled cheese recipes for appetizers, breakfasts, main dishes, lunch ideas, desserts and more. There is definitely options for everyone. If you’re trying to eat healthier these days, I have fifteen other recipes in this chapter with low-fat, low-carb and gluten-free options. You’ll also find low-fat and recipe lightening tips, grilled cheese making tips, sandwich timesavers and more.

 

Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps

If you like tabbouleh, you’ll be a fan of these Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a tiny grain, often called “super grain” because it’s rich in so many nutrients, particular protein and all nine essential amino acids. The most common color of quinoa is white, which is what I used in this recipe. If you’re looking for other options, red quinoa has a richer taste. Black quinoa has an early flavor. Rainbow quinoa is a mixture of red, white and black.

Usually tabbouleh seems time consuming to prepare, but this recipe only takes 35 minutes from start to finish. Start with cooked quinoa and add tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, fresh parsley, green onions,  fresh lemon juice, good olive oil, black pepper and stir. It is that easy. This recipe is perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner. It can also be completely gluten-free, using gluten-free tortilla wraps.

Feel free to half this recipe if you only are serving two people. If you make the entire recipe, the quinoa mixture is great as a healthy side. I like to eat one wrap and spoon the rest over mixed greens. Enjoy and have a great rest of your week! Alison

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.

 

Californian Sandwich Recipe

Californian Sandwich

We have been eating healthier than ever since this quarantine started. Does anyone else feel that way? I know that my kids do. They are not scrambling for food at college, Instead they are enjoying our fresh, homemade meals every single day (the bright side of being stuck at home). We have all been doing a ton of outdoors exercise and at-home workouts. Because we are all focused on staying healthy, we take time every Sunday to discuss and curate our weekly menu. This California Sandwich Recipe has been a go-to recipe. I have been making it often and occasionally altering it to create different variations.

After I wrote my cookbook, 400 Best Sandwiches Recipes, I was often asked in television and radio interviews which sandwich recipe was my favorite? It is extremely difficult to choose between 400 different sandwich recipes. This California Sandwich is in my top 5 favorites. I love the simplicity of the goat cheese spread combined with zucchini, squash, tomatoes, avocados and sprouts on this multigrain bread. If you can’t find alfalfa sprouts, I love using kale or broccoli sprouts, which are typically available in grocery stories. I also like to recommend adding fresh basil if you have some at home.

This sandwich is perfect for a spring or summertime lunch or dinner served with a tossed salad, corn salad and/or fresh fruit. I promise it is as good as it looks! If you’re interested in ordering a copy of my cookbook, click here.

Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches

With kids at home right now, I wanted to share a twist on the basic tuna sandwich. Make it fun by mixing and matching different types of bread to jazz up the kids’ sandwiches. These Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches are my healthier version using fresh lemon juice and white wine vinegar instead of mayonnaise. I also add freshly chopped basil or dill to mine if you have that at home or in your garden. This recipe is light, flavorful and a great new way to get the kids to eat more tuna. Let me know how your kids like it. Stay well!

This recipe is in my first internationally published cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose, Inc. If you’d like to purchase a copy, purchase here.

Grilled Guacomento

Grilled Guacomento

Since it’s National Grilled Cheese Day today and April is National Grilled Cheese Month, I wanted to celebrate with you by sharing my Grilled Guacomento sandwich recipe from my second cookbook 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. This creative grilled cheese recipe combines two of my all-time favorites: guacamole and pimiento cheese. Some of you might think this sounds a bit odd, but trust me. Avocado (and guacamole) enhances just about about any food dish, including this fantastic sandwich. Enjoy this recipe all spring or summer (it’s also a fun recipe for Cinco De Mayo too). My cookbook as 149 other amazing recipes, so if you’re interested in ordering a copy click here.

Courtesy of 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Alison Lewis © 2012 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

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Grilled Turkey Cobb

Grilled Turkey Cobb

I can’t believe it has been three years since my cookbook, 150 Best Grilled Cheese Recipes was released. April is National Grilled Cheese Month so here is one of my kid’s favorite recipes: Grilled Turkey Cobb recipe (one of the 149 recipes in my book). Grilled Cheese sandwiches are still the classic comfort food that continue to gain a resurgence in popularity. In my cookbook you will find a collection of grilled cheese recipes for lunch, dinner, snacks, appetizers, desserts and even condiments. I am offering readers 20% off if you purchase a copy before May 1st. Just click here to order.

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Here are a few of my favorite grilled cheese tips:

1. Spread softened butter ont eh bread instead of adding it to the pan. This will keep the butter from burning.

2. Use grated, shredded or thinly sliced cheese for quicker melting.

3. Slice and grate the cheese when it’s cold for quicker melting.

4. The more cheese, the better the results.

5. Use your favorite bread and don’t slice it too thick (1/2-inch to 1-inch) is best.

6. Use your favorite toppings and combinations. Be creative and enjoy!

Smokey Barbecue Hamburgers

Smokey Barbecue Hamburger

With a house full of teens hamburgers on the grill are the ideal summer or anytime go-to dinner idea. They LOVE this recipe for Smokey Barbecue Hamburgers! To keep it a bit healthier, combine different kinds of ground meats and season them using this Smokey BBQ Ketchup to bridge the smokey flavors of barbecue with the classic ketchup texture and taste. Use a mixture of ground beef, turkey, lamb, chicken….any combination works and mix in a few tablespoons of the Smokey BBQ Ketchup to the meat as you form the patties.It’s SO easy and flavorful! I am loving this ketchup collection from Victoria Amory! Look for it in a store near you or order it on her website.

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Chicken Apple Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and I can’t believe it has been 2 years since the release of my 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Cookbook published by Robert Rose. To celebrate, I am sharing my Chicken Apple Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwich. The roasted chicken pairs nicely with more info

the sweetness of the apple and smokiness of the Gouda cheese. Feel free to substitute turkey, pork, or shrimp for the chicken. If you are on a gluten-free diet, use your favorite gluten free bread or tortilla wraps. I use one deli-style rotisserie chicken. It yields the perfect amount and will save you time. Enjoy and happy April! To purchase copy of my book, click here.

 

Grilled Carnegie Sandwich

As an expert for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigeration Foods Association), I am excited to share that June is National Dairy month! In celebration, I am sharing my recipe for Grilled Carnegie Sandwich from my latest cookbook, 150 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. This is the perfect sandwich for Fathers’s day this weekend! I love dairy foods because they are more than just kitchen staples. With everything from milk and cheese to juice and dips to potatoes and cookie/pastry dough, the refrigerated dairy aisle is always a destination for mealtime inspiration (especially with 3 kids). Also with a variety of foods and drinks found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, you can create dishes for every meal occasion; from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.

This month NFRA has partnered with chef and culinary expert, Aida Mollenkamp, to show Americans the creative culinary possibilities that can come from foods in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Aida Mollenkamp has created unique, unexpected recipes using foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, and each recipe offers a perfect balance of taste and health, and showcases the foods’ real, simple, farm-grown ingredients.

  • Check out culinary inspiration on The Dish Diary Tumblr – The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association’s photo blog for creative ideas and recipes for any meal occasion using foods from the refrigerated dairy aisle, and invites American’s to share their own inspired recipes.  Visit TheDishDiary.Tumblr.com to upload a photo of a creative dish or interesting food pairing made from foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Also, for more mealtime inspiration also visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com

 

Kids Favorite Panini Sandwich

Okay. I have found my newest favorite kitchen appliance. Frigidaire’s 5-in-1 Grill and Griddle has recently launched at Target just in time for Father’s Day, wedding gifts or college graduate gifts. My kids and I are addicted to using it this summer making sandwiches such as this Kids Favorite Panini Sandwich and so many more. They can even use this on their own with minimal supervision (of course, my youngest is 12).

This panini maker is so fabulous! With two extra-large, reversible cooking plates and independent, dual-temperature controls, you can cook panini’s for two or burgers for six on this easy-to-use appliance. An innovative open-flat design is perfect for cooking pancakes and bacon simultaneously – or fold it to cook everything from slim sandwiches to plump burgers. Removable dishwasher-safe plates and a sleek stainless steel look make the Frigidaire Professional 5-in-1 Grill and Griddle. It rocks!