Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Panini Time!

How come it feels like Thursday today? All week I have been one day off, I HATE it when that happens. This week feels like it is moving so slow, even though school/work is super, super busy. I haven't had a free second to breathe and I imagine the next 8 weeks will be like this with test prep.

I love Tuesdays because I go to the gym in the morning with Danny, so after school I come home and relax. I usually also make some bread and catch up on blog reading/dvr. Yesterday I caught up with the season finale of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Did anyone else see that?? Now I am not a mom, so I have no idea how that works, but has that ever happened to anyone else?? She didn't make a sound...was that edited?? I was in shock/crying haha. 

I wasn't sure what I wanted for dinner last night and when I went to go look at my cookbooks I saw my panini press in there and it was basically yelling out to me, "use me, use me". 

Since I haven't used it in over 6 months I decided to go with it. I was failing in my quest to eat less carbs, but for today, that's okay. I realized last week that I haven't eaten meat (unintentionally) in about a week. We were eating a lot of fish and breakfast foods last week so I didn't realize it. Then there was Ash Wednesday and Friday and you can't eat meat, so it turned into being over a week. The more I thought about it, the more eating meat is making me feel nauseous, so I haven't had any for about 2 weeks. With that being said, I have had chicken broth and eggs and tomato sauce that had meat in it, so I am not being crazy. I am just trying to go with what I'm feeling and until that feeling is "chicken" I will be semi-meat less. I think watching Food, Inc. had something to do with it, but I really watched that a couple weeks ago. We always buy organic meat, it's not an option for us, but I'm just going with what my body says. 

I made some herb focaccia (1 cup spelt flour, 2 cups whole wheat flour) bread and took out a piece of chicken for Danny and veges for me.
1/3 spelt 2/3 whole wheat with sea salt on top

 I cooked Danny's chicken in some olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette with sea salt and pepper. I cut up eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots and 1/2 red onion and sauteed them also in olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. I also put dried oregano and basil on the chicken and veges.  We had some leftover goat cheese that I put on my sandwich. I love the creaminess of it. Danny used the leftover riccotta salata from dinner Sunday. 

whole grain panini with sauteed veges,spinach and goat cheese with a side of butternut squash fries!

I kind of failed in the protein department for dinner, but at least I did have some spelt flour in the bread and some goat cheese. I also snacked on hummus when I got home from that's ok, right? 

What is your favorite kind of sandwich? This is definitely one of mine. Has anyone else all the sudden been kind of grossed out about meat/animals? 


Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

It does feel like Thursday! I wish this week would just fly by!

Your panini looks great! I love how you made your own focaccia bread!

Have a great day!

healthyexposures said...

Yummy panini! Love panini presses :) And did you just whip up that foccacia for dinner?! That's awesome! can't remember if you've posted the recipe for that? If not, here's a *hint, hint, nudge, nudge* that you should, hehe.

I love pretty much anything wrapped and thrown on a panini press, haha. Hummus, egg, & veggie is one fav, as well as veggie & bean, and lately: mozzarella, tomato, and basil - sometimes with some turkey bacon :)

I don't eat a whole lot of meat, either. I wouldn't say it's for ethical reasons (though I will NOT eat lamb or veal) moreso, convenience. And I don't like red meat - so I pretty much just eat turkey and chicken anyway. I DO, however, eat a lot of fish - and enjoy the Quorn chik'n products. Raw meat still grosses me out but I deal, haha.

I really want to see Food Inc, but I'm not sure if it would ruin food for me, haha.

Simply Life said...

yum! great look sandwich!

Christie @ Honoring Health said...

I don't eat very much meat at ll. I do eat fish a time or two per week, occasional eggs and sometimes chicken if I really want it. I have always wanted to be vegetarian for ethical reasons but in the past I have gone about it all wrong. And while I am not sure that I will ever be completely vegetarian again, I am content with the way I eat now. The way I eat now really honors my body and when I do eat meat, I do so responsibly by buying organic and local.

Noelle said...

Have you made the herb focaccia before? It sounds lovely. I just wondered if you had posted the recipe before. Great meal by the way!

Christine said...

At school I don't have crazy options so I have a lot of turkey meat or chicken but lately I cannot take the smell of it at all. I don't know why that is but I can't.

I've been sticking to beans, couscous, and those salmon burgers you suggested they are really good!

I'm not giving up meat by any means but if someone would like to cook it for me I'd be happy!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog!! I went through a panini-obsessed period when my roommate got a panini press. I put everything and anything in there :)

I read your about me--loved it! PS you're beautiful!! Those wedding pics are crazy gorgeous.

Travel Eat Love said...

I love brie, fig, and arugula paninis! I eat a limited amount of meat, maybe twice a week or now that I am marathon training a little more. For the most part I am kind of "meh" about it. Fish and shrimp, on the other hand, I look forward to.

pegasuslegend said...

Can eat these everyday, no matter whats in them love panni. I use a george foreman grill, the best quick dinner on the planet...looks wonderful would love one of yours!

shannon (The Daily Balance) said...

sandwiches are so underrated! they can be super easy -- like PB and banana or grilled cheese or deliciously complex. Right now I'm loving pesto, sun-dried tomato, grilled artichokes and mozzarella sammies!

anutritionisteats said...

Wow, that panini looks great! I actually had a sandwich for dinner tonight, but it was no where near yours! I would love to try your recipe for foccacia,I have tried making it a few times with no success!

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) said...

I love making panini's! I love the vegetable/goat cheese combination :)

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