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Panini make over

Living in the Middle East and being part of a family with Middle Eastern heritage, usually means eating fresh vegetables and foods.  In Saudi Arabia, fast food has really taken off in the past 20 years. Unfortunately many locals eat way too much fast food and are not advised of the health risks. When we first arrived in Saudi, there were hardly any fast food places, but when we left it seemed as if they were on ever corner!  For us, we went once in a great while and so when we arrived back to the states we ate allot of fast food. It was like a forbidden treat for all of us! After a year of that, the older children said no more! They were not raised eating processed food and so we started back to cooking fresh! As I have mentioned Foof eats out and then tries to recreate what she has eaten at home. It is cheaper, fresher and you can modify the ingredients to cut down on fat. After eating a Panini type sandwich the girls asked me to make it at home. We really enjoyed this, hope you do too.

Ingredients

5 Roma tomatoes chopped

1 onion chopped

3 cups fresh spinach

1 tsp. dry basil

salt to taste

olive oil for sauteing

grated mozzarella cheese

pesto of your choice

1 package Panini buns

Directions

Put a few spoons of olive oil in a pan and add onions and tomatoes. Saute until soft, add spinach and continue to saute. Add basil and salt to taste.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Cut buns open and place on baking tray

Spread pesto on one side and mozzarella on the other side of the bun

Place in the oven for approximately 5-10 minutes or until a little toasty.

Remove from oven and spread tomato mix on bun. Close bun and serve.

I also put a little turkey on the bun for those who want it.

 

 

 

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  1. Yummy! im hungry now

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    March 3, 2016
  2. Looks delicious Lynn! I agree, cooking at home is so much healthier.

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    March 3, 2016
  3. YUM! It looks delicious!

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    March 3, 2016
    • Hi miss PJ! how are you?

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      March 3, 2016
      • I’m pretty good, Lynn, how are you??

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        March 3, 2016
        • I’m good but have been running around this week. Today I work for 4 hours and I worked monday which for me is allot. Things get left and I am running. So, anyway I am good, but have missed you so I am catching up over at your place xoxo

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          March 3, 2016
          • That’s sweet, Lynn! Are you happy to get that many hours working? I know that when you work other things have to be postponed for awhile. xoxox

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            March 3, 2016
          • I am happy for now, I started back up again and feel less nervous. I just stopped and decided no not working. But now feel better. I worked as kindergarten teacher, now today special ed. So, for this year just here and there. Then next year hoping part time like 20 hours. I also went to the dentist, doctor, just all day not home! xxxxxx

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            March 3, 2016
          • My! You have really been busy! Were those fun to teach? I’m glad you are not as nervous as you were.

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            March 3, 2016
          • It was tiring but fun!

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            March 3, 2016
          • I would imagine that kindergarten kids would be tiring to teach as well as special needs. They both sound hard!

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            March 3, 2016
          • Kindegarten was tiring, this day was pretty fun with special needs, extra help etc. And all was pretty calm, so glad

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            March 3, 2016
          • That’s good that it was calm today. I can imagine five year olds would be very tiring.

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            March 3, 2016
          • oh yes!!

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            March 3, 2016
  4. I love this Lynn 🙂

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    March 3, 2016
  5. We rarely to NEVER Eat Out! Home cooking baby! Love it! xoxoxo Bestie 2

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    March 3, 2016
  6. OH YUMMMMM!

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    March 3, 2016
  7. Yum. Note to self: Step away from the blog. Go eat breakfast ! ☺

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    March 3, 2016
  8. OldCountryGirl #

    Looks so delicious and only a couple of ingredients. I like most that it is a vegetarian choice… I always try to have only veggies at least a couple if times in the week and this panini looks great!

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    March 3, 2016
  9. omtatjuan3 #

    I could eat one right now at 6am!

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    March 3, 2016
  10. What a wonderful recipe!

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    March 3, 2016
  11. Lovely and like you, I get so much pleasure in home cooking; healthier and therapeutic too!

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    March 3, 2016
  12. So delicious and fresh, Lynn! I love that Foof likes to recreate favorite dishes at home… looks like she is doing a fantastic job! xo

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    March 3, 2016
  13. Ahh you made me hungry Lynn 😀

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    March 3, 2016
  14. Yum!! These look amazing!! Can’t wait to give it a try:)

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    March 3, 2016
  15. Nice! It looks like something I could get used to eating 😊.

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    March 3, 2016
  16. It looks delicious Lynne! I love paninis…there is something about heating and flattening a sandwich that makes it so yummy! That’s great that Foof will eat things out and then recreate them at home.

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    March 3, 2016
  17. I’d have that for lunch any day!

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    March 3, 2016
  18. This is such an interesting Sandwich ! Definitely gonna try it Lynz, I really like sandwiches especially those I can enjoy with my tea, hehe 😀

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    March 3, 2016
  19. Yummy and so easy to make.

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    March 3, 2016
  20. OH! I should have eaten breakfast before opening your blog post Lynn! I’m starving this looks so good!

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    March 3, 2016
  21. That sounds really yummy!

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    March 3, 2016
  22. Looks delicious! I’m definitely ready for lunch now!

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    March 3, 2016
  23. Yum!!!

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    March 3, 2016
  24. Looks yummy Lynn, thanks for the recipe. 🙂

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    March 3, 2016
  25. It looks yummy and easy at the same time…should try this out. Thanks, Lynn, for sharing the recipe… :-0

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    March 3, 2016
  26. Oops!! Wrong emoticon 😦 it should be ” 🙂 ” ….

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    March 3, 2016
  27. Spinach, basil, mozzarella, tomatoes… sounds yummy!

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    March 3, 2016
  28. Healthy and looks very taste! The perfect combination!

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    March 3, 2016
  29. That’s something I would enjoy.

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    March 3, 2016
  30. Wow drooooolicious Lynn. …

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    March 3, 2016
  31. Home cooked is always better! I’d swap the mozzarella for Comté,Stilton or Brie though.

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    March 3, 2016
  32. Ok, I’m hungry now. Gotta go look for a panini!

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    March 3, 2016
  33. That looks delicious.

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    March 3, 2016
  34. Love them.. Panini’s are my favorite.

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    March 3, 2016
  35. That sounds like one delicious recipe Lynz! I get tired of eating out and think home cooked is just better.

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    March 3, 2016
    • Thanks Julie! I just read about your thumb, have worked a bit this week so catching up! I hope it’s ok now!! I did that once, not fun!

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      March 4, 2016
  36. This looks very delicious Lynn 😀

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    March 3, 2016
  37. Looks lovely Lynn 🙂

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    March 4, 2016
  38. That looks great, Lynn!

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    March 4, 2016
  39. This is my kind of sandwich 🙂

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    March 4, 2016
  40. I’ll take turkey on mine, please! Looks delicious Lynn!

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    March 4, 2016
  41. SO pleased I have had my Supper Lynz.. delicious 🙂

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    March 4, 2016
  42. Yummmm…Looks delicious Lynz…

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    March 5, 2016
  43. Hey Lynn. How are you? Just got busy with my baking class so unable to say hi or comment on your blog. This recipe is something my type of recipe, easy quick and I can make out that it will be delicious. I real like how you have added spinach into it. But can I try this sandwich on sub bread because I am not aware of what Parini bread is.

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    March 5, 2016
  44. Such a delicious makeover 🙂 Yumm

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    March 5, 2016
  45. I want one right now! 🙂

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    March 6, 2016
  46. Thats my kind of sandwich, delicious Lynn.

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    March 6, 2016
  47. I love a generous helping of spinach and basil. Always. Time to try soon 🙂

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    March 7, 2016
  48. I gotta give this a try, Lynn. Sounds delicious.

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    March 8, 2016

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