Monday, February 07, 2011

Luke, Elmo, and Panini

Like I said in my last post, I had a busy Saturday.  One special boy in my life turned TWO that day! 

And we celebrate with Elmo!  Such fun.  :-)

  I helped Sarah plan the menu and we decided that I would make panini.  I was so excited...really wanted to try out my new panini pans that I got for Christmas!  Sarah put together some grilled chicken, caramelized onions, turkey, and ham and cheese and I brought avacado. 

I just heated up the pan (a little too much at first), brushed the bread with olive oil and layered on the toppings. 

It was SOOO good!  Depending on your ingredients you this could even be a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Our sandwich options included chicken, onion, and provolone,

 turkey, avacado, and swiss, (my fave!)

 and ham and turkey.

  I think that adding roasted red bell pepper to the chicken would have put it over the top!  Soooo good!  No real recipe here...just pick your ingredients and go for it!

Today is also Eat. Live. Be post day. 

We are supposed to talk about what we do to "bust" out of a rut when it comes to healthy changes.  I don't really have very good answers for that.  I guess my biggest rut is getting stuck eating the same thing.  In order to get out of that one, I pull out my recipe file and decide on a new recipe that I've been wanting to try.  Then I put those ingredients on my grocery list and PREPARE!  It's hard to cook well if you don't have the ingredients for it.  So, if you find yourself stuck...just pull out a piece of paper and plan a little...sometimes that will really get you going for new a wonderful things!  Check out other great ideas with these bloggers.

Sarah Caron - http://www.sarahscucinabella.com/
•Cate O’Malley - http://www.sweetnicks.com/
•Maris Callahan - http://www.ingoodtasteblog.net/
•Chris Arpante - http://www.melecotte.com/
•Faith - www.clickblogappetit.com/
•Kristen - http://www.dineanddish.net/
•Emily - http://andersonfamilycrew.blogspot.com/
•Jenna - FireMom - http://stopdropandblog.com/
•Casey - http://www.thestarnesfam.com/
•Patsy - http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com/
•Tri-Fit Mom - http://trifitmom.blogspot.com/
•Allison - http://sweetflours.blogspot.com/
•Jen - http://njepicurean.blogspot.com/
•Leslie - http://www.thehungryhousewife.com/
•Rivki Locker - http://www.healthyeatingforordinarypeople.com/
•Claudia - Journey of an Italian Cook
•Jennifer Schulz - http://lick-a-plate.blogspot.com/
•Sarah Rogers - http://sarahssweetcreations.blogspot.com/
Denise and Lenny - http://www.chezus.com/

6 comments:

starnes family said...

Happy 2nd birthday! Who doesn't love Elmo?!

I agree....not falling into the boredom of food......keep it interesting!

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The Japanese Redneck said...

Happy B'day!

I'm looking at my new panini press right now. Gonna try it soon!

Sarah Caron said...

Yes, switching up what you are eating is super important for not falling into a food rut. I love digging through cookbooks and finding something new and undiscovered.

Allison said...

Love paninis ... those look SO SO good. I am hungry!

Joanne said...

Aww happy 2nd birthday! What a cutie!

Those paninis look AMAZING. With all the variety in sandwich fillings, I don't think I would get bored of them for WEEKS.