Sandwiches for dinner: chicken panini!

A chicken & red pepper panini with sides of corn and roasted herbed potatoes.Sometimes, you just want a sandwich for dinner. But you get bored with regular sandwiches or toasted sandwiches, so what do you do?

Panini!

When I made this for my hubby and I, he said, “Wow! That’s a hearty sandwich!” It was an instant hit. Feel free to use  the ingredients you have on hand and enjoy, but here’s what I did:

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Chicken parmesan meatloaf muffins

Two 'muffin'-sized meatloaves made of ground chicken and seasonings are topped with homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Served with cauliflower risotto.I love chicken parmesan when I go out to eat, but I’ve been avoiding it due to the elevated sodium levels I know the sauce will undoubtedly have, the breading on the chicken, etc. I’ve been learning that some of my favourites from restaurants over the years are not the healthiest of choices and tend to have a million calories, two million grams of fat and an ungodly amount of sodium. Chicken parmesan is no exception, sadly.

But does this mean I have to swear off of it? No! Why not make my own and adjust things to fit my dietary needs? I’ll save my waistline from expanding (or my feet!) and save my pocketbook too!

I had a craving for it one night but didn’t have any chicken breasts to make it myself. What did I have? Ground chicken. What could I do with that? Well, I make beef meatloaf ‘muffins’ all the time, so why not do the same with the chicken? They’d have bread crumbs worked into them, using a similar theme to chicken parmesan. And heck, I have light parmesan in the fridge at all times! If I made up my own sauce, I could control the sodium considerably. So I went to work on it and here’s what I did:

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Filling breakfasts: 2-egg omelet: onion, mushroom, turkey bacon

A plate with a 3-egg omelet and a handful of cherry tomatoes.I love omelets. I’m not really a fan of scrambled eggs, but there’s something truly satisfying about a nice omelet, especially one that’s filled with good stuff.

Last week, there was one morning that I woke up feeling rotten. I don’t know if it was the beginning of the summer cold I appear to have now, or if it was just a bad case of combined sinus headache and allergy attack. Either way, I contacted my boss to say I wouldn’t be in, then went right back to bed. Sometime around lunch, I woke up and stumbled into the kitchen to see about food, before I had to go back to bed.

The omelet I made was just what the doctor ordered. Here’s what I did:

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Breakfast comparisons: egg sandwiches

A plate with an English muffin egg sandwich, tomato slices & nectarine slicesHAPPY CANADA DAY!!

I love long weekends such as this, for more than one reason. But one of those reasons is that I love having the time to make myself a decent breakfast. This weekend has been no exception. Saturday, I craved one of my guilty pleasures.

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Low-carb adventures: bacon cheeseburger soup

A bowl of bacon cheeseburger soup topped with shredded lettuceI think all the rain we got over the beginning of the month got me searching for comfort foods and I’m still on that kick. I’ve been craving cheeseburgers. Bacon cheeseburgers. But I’ve been avoiding buns and bread for obvious reasons. So, why not make a soup with all the familiar flavours of a bacon cheeseburger? Here’s what I threw together in a pot:

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Low-carb adventures: egg muffins!

A mini quiche made in a muffin pan.Breakfast has never been easy for me. I’m not one who can generally eat as soon as she gets up in the morning. I’ve had issues with feeling ill at the mere thought of eating so soon from waking, so often,  I’m not getting hungry until I’m on my way out the door to work in the morning, or by the time I get there. So, grabbing breakfast on the go is something really important to me.

I’ve been stopping at McDonald’s for McMuffins or Tim Horton’s for bagels, but both are not healthy choices. McD’s  is a no-brainer, but bagels are very high in carbs and sugar. I’ve been trying  to cut back on my breads/grains intake, so bagels are not the way to go. Well, I love omelets but couldn’t think of how to make one very portable until I got thinking about the muffin-sized meatloaves I have made and started poking around the net for some guidance on how to use that method for eggs. Here’s what I ended up doing…

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PC hors d’oeuvres in review: mozz sticks & spanakopita

A multi-coloured tray holds two dishes. One holds a homemade marinara sauce (a spoon set into it), and the other holds two types of hors d'oeuvres: spanikopita and mini mozzarella sticks.As we did last year, hubby and I stayed in for New Year’s Eve. We actually prefer it because we can stay in our comfy clothes, don’t have to fight with traffic or weather, and don’t have to worry about one of us staying sober to drive home. If we pass out on the couch, who cares? 🙂

Last year, I did a lot of food-prep myself, creating homemade pizza rolls and mozzarella sticks, along with a crockpot butter chicken dinner (which we saved for the next day because we were full on appetizers).

This year, I decided that pre-made hors d’oeuvres was the way to go for a lazy New Year’s Eve!

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