A Happy, Healthy Family

6.24.2016

Hummus and Roasted Vegetable Panini



Sandwiches are such a perfect food--they are quick, they're easy, there are endless variations, they can be hot or cold. The only problem is that many are highly unhealthy combinations of lunch meat, cheese, white bread, and mayonnaise.

This sandwich contains whole wheat pita, fresh vegetables, and hummus (be sure to choose one made without soybean oil). That's right--no cheese! The hummus makes it creamy while packing in the protein, and the vegetables add satisfying texture and flavor.

The key here is the panini press. I highly recommend investing in one if you don't already have one. I've had mine for years, but you can find a similar one here.

Panini presses are perfect for paninis, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas--if you like a hot sandwich, you can make it with your panini press.

This sandwich takes a little more prep time than some, but it is worth it. Serve it with soup or a salad for a healthy lunch or dinner!




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Hummus and Roasted Vegetable Panini
This sandwich packs in the flavor with creamy hummus, fresh vegetables, and crispy pita, all without the guilt of a traditional meat and cheese combo.
Ingredients
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 T avocado oil
  • 1/4 t garlic salt
  • 1/2 t dried thyme
  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • hummus (any flavor you like)
  • fresh baby spinach or kale
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.2. Place zucchini, onion, and bell pepper on baking sheet in an even layer.3. Drizzle avocado oil over vegetables, then sprinkle garlic salt and thyme. Toss to coat.4. Roast vegetables in oven for 20 minutes.5. Preheat panini press.6. Meanwhile, slice four pita pockets in half and spread a generous layer of hummus inside each.7. Spoon vegetable mixture into each pocket, then tuck a few spinach leaves inside each pocket.8. Grill sandwiches in panini press for 3-5 minutes or until they start to sizzle. Place on cooling rack for 3-5 minutes to allow them to cool before serving.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings

Enjoy!

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