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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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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Making something coherent out of scraps

Stir fried chicken and veggies on pan-fried noodlesIt happens to us all at some point or another: looking into the fridge is suddenly akin to a train wreck or horror film — truly gruesome but impossible to ignore.

Science experiments and unidentifiable lumps are hidden in every corner and you have to dig through questionable containers and ziplock baggies before you find what you’re looking for.

It could be in the form of one single red pepper just starting to look a little worse for wear, but still edible, if  cooked.That half an onion which is beginning to dry out but would do well if heated up.Oh look, the green onions are starting wilt on the ends, but those can be chopped off and the rest salvaged.

Sounds pretty bleak, doesn’t it?

There’s hope yet!

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Bored with same ol’ same ol’ breaky? Try asparagus wraps!

Tortilla filled with swiss cheese, asparagus spears, turkey bacon, sauteed mushrooms and then grilledHave you ever woken  up, been hungry and looked at the usual suspects for breakfast in boredom? Eggs and bacon getting old? Is cereal dull and lifeless? Bagels just aren’t doing it for you anymore? I found myself in this state today and was really aching  for  something different. I wanted something bright and vibrant and full of flavour  and nutrition, but I really didn’t want another omelet. Don’t get me wrong; I love omelets! But I’ve had  so many recently that they have  ceased to be a “treat” for me, which is so very sad.

I considered what I had in the fridge and pantry that might need to get eaten up quickly as I’m the type of person who doesn’t mind having breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. Heck, I’ve even had cold, leftover Chinese food in the morning because, gosh darn it, that’s what sounded palatable at  the time!

Recently, I asked my hubby to pick up some asparagus for  us. He came home with  not one, not two, but three bunches. That’s a lot of asparagus! Continue reading