Ham and Cheddar Sliders with Honey Mustard are the perfect make-ahead party food. Who can resist a warm sandwich with melty cheese, salty ham, and sweet honey mustard sauce?
When we celebrated William's 2nd birthday with a Thomas the Train party, these Ham and Cheddar Sliders with Honey Mustard were the hit of the party menu. Everyone kept raving about how good they were, and they are so easy to make! I wanted to keep the party menu simple but still delicious, and sliders were definitely the way to go. I assembled these earlier in the day, popped them in the fridge on a baking sheet, and then warmed them in the oven right before dinner time.
For these sliders, I made a quick honey ... [Continue Reading]
Pesto, roasted portabellas, red onion, and fresh mozzarella grilled to panini perfection.
I could eat this sandwich every week. Here's what we're working with: ciabatta rolls, pesto, roasted portabellas, sauteed onions, and fresh mozzarella. These ingredients combine to make an amazing vegetarian panini. I happened to have just the right amount of pesto stored in my freezer left over from a recipe I made a few months ago. I had planned to use it as a pizza sauce, but I'm so glad I didn't because it made these panini unbelievably easy to put together.
My new plan? To make a big batch of pesto every few weeks and store it in the freezer in ¼-cup size portions. Then I will be prepared ... [Continue Reading]
BBQ Pulled Pork is unbelievably easy to make in your slow cooker.
I tend to use my slow cooker most in the cooler months of fall and winter. It really lends itself to cooking chilis, stews, and other hearty, tummy-warming dishes. But now that it's spring and summer is just around the corner, I'm not ready to put my slow cooker away. Why reserve its use for only half of the year when it makes meal preparation so easy? I have a couple of slow-cooker recipes that are great served year-round, including asian-inspired dishes, my family's favorite shredded chipotle beef, pulled chicken, and now this BBQ pulled pork. ... [Continue Reading]
At first glance, I wasn't too sure about this recipe. But then I realized this is a burger... with cheese inside of it. Melty cheese throughout a chicken burger patty, plus guacamole? That was enough to convince me to give these a try, and I'm so glad I did. I made these chicken burgers twice in just over two weeks, because I couldn't wait to eat them a second time. Besides the cheddar, the burger patties are seasoned with lots of other great things- including onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice.
These burgers are jazzed up with tons of flavor, but the meal still comes together easily. If you have time, bake some homemade buns to serve these on. A great burger is made even better ... [Continue Reading]
Sloppy joes are a great easy weeknight meal, and even though I have a favorite recipe for them, I can only eat them so often. There are so many other great recipes to try, plus we try not to eat too much beef in our house because it's not the healthiest of the protein options out there. Which is why I'm so excited about these Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro. Since these are made with red onion, ginger, hoisin, cilantro, and lime juice, they have a completely different (and delicious!) flavor profile than traditional sloppy joes. And, since they're made with turkey rather than beef, I can feel good about serving them to my family on a regular basis.
I know at first glance, you ... [Continue Reading]
I'm really, really going to miss this warm summer weather when it's gray, cold, and dreary outside. Today Julia, William, and I spent most of the morning outside in our backyard. We blew bubbles, which is still one of Julia's favorite activities. Sometimes I wonder how she doesn't pass out from blowing so many bubbles without a rest! Then Julia rode her tricycle around and around as William watched. He loves to be outside, and I totally agree when the weather is as perfect as it was this morning. I feel so lucky to be able to work part-time, so that I can enjoy days like today at home with my two little kiddos.
Turkey burgers are a staple meal in our house, either grilled outdoors when ... [Continue Reading]
I've come to love portobello mushrooms in recent months. It started with this pizza and then these stuffed portabellos. And now these bbq grilled portabello sandwiches are a new favorite vegetarian meal in our house. The portabellos are seasoned with a quick spice mix and grilled alongside some red onions. Add some cheese, avocado, and bbq sauce and assemble on a burger bun and you've got a great sandwich.
If you haven't ever tried a portabello mushroom and are feeling skeptical of this recipe, I encourage you to give it a try. The mushrooms are pretty hearty and do a great job of subbing in for the meat that you'd usually find in a burger. The grilled portabellos are juicy and flavorful ... [Continue Reading]
We eat grilled cheese sandwiches pretty often in our house. We're not huge fans of lunchmeat, but sandwiches are such a fast and easy lunch option. PB&J is our other sandwich staple (I know, we're pretty exciting when it comes to lunches around here!), as well as the occasional egg salad or tuna sandwich, with some leftovers or bean and cheese burritos thrown in from time to time.
The grilled cheese sandwich that you see here makes lunchtime something to look forward to. Apple slices, shallots, and dijon add tons of flavor to the base of ooey gooey cheese. These sandwiches also are a great option for an easy dinner- just add some fruit or a salad and dinner's ready.
One year ... [Continue Reading]
If I have leftover chicken that I'm not planning to use for another dinner, I get really excited. Why? Because then I can make these chicken salad sandwiches. With Greek yogurt instead of mayo, whole grain bread, chicken, nuts, grapes, and celery, this is a healthy sandwich with no guilt. The grapes provide a little sweetness, the yogurt a little tang, and the celery and walnuts give plenty of crunch. You'll love how the different flavors and textures come together in each bite.
This is a basic recipe that you can adapt to suit your tastes and the ingredients you have on hand. Sometimes I'll substitute chopped apple for the grapes, or pecans for the walnuts. Served alongside some fresh ... [Continue Reading]
A few years ago if you had told me I'd be making burgers out of black beans, I would have had a hard time believing you. Why would you make a black bean burger when you could cook up a beef or turkey one? Well, now that I've made these black bean burgers I'm seeing a lot more of them in my future. These burgers are one of the best new dinner recipes that I've tried in a while. As we were eating them, Brad and I could not stop raving about how much we liked them.
My sister asked me if these taste like a burger, and they do, but in a different way if that makes any sense. The black bean flavor comes through, and they have more flavor components than your typical burger thanks to ... [Continue Reading]
My slow cooker is one of the items in my kitchen that tends to just sit on the shelf until I remember it's there and wonder to myself why I don't use it more often. It's so easy to throw a few ingredients in and let the slow cooker do the rest.
For these pulled chicken sandwiches, you mix up a delicious homemade barbecue sauce. The sweet, spicy sauce is combined with the shredded chicken during the last hour of cooking. (If you're really short on time, you can use store-bought barbecue sauce, although I do have to say that the homemade version is much, much better.) I served my pulled chicken on toasted homemade burger buns, and it was a delicious meal that I can't wait to make again. I ... [Continue Reading]
These slider sandwiches are amazing. I have made meatball sub sandwiches in the past, but the addition of basil pesto to these sliders makes them exceptionally delicious. The pesto is a great complement to the flavors of the tomato sauce and meatballs. I served my sliders on my favorite homemade burger buns, and I think that also had a big positive impact on the flavor of the sandwich. The toasted homemade buns were able to stand up to the tomato sauce and pesto toppings without becoming soggy, which I think is so important in a sandwich. I made the buns half-size for the sliders, and they were perfect. You can certainly buy slider buns at the store if you don't have the time or desire to ... [Continue Reading]
This Pan-Grilled Veggie Sandwich with Spinach, Balsamic, and Ricotta is a delicious veggie sandwich that you can make in less than 30 minutes using your grill pan.
I am always amazed at how delicious vegetables become when you grill them, even if you grill them indoors on a grill pan. Grilled vegetables are the star of this sandwich, seasoned simply with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. I substituted spinach for the arugula called for in the original recipe, because it's what I had on hand. I'm sure that the peppery bite of arugula would be great in this sandwich if you have it, though. I love the ricotta with this sandwich. It becomes seasoned with the balsamic vinegar and some ... [Continue Reading]
Lately, Julia has been becoming more and more of a picky eater. I do my best to serve her the same meals that Brad and I eat, because I don't want to end up cooking two dinners every night (and I want to keep exposing her to a variety of foods, so that hopefully she'll end up liking many of them). So when I made these Sloppy Joes for dinner, I was very happy to find that Julia loved them. I guess they really are a kid favorite! :)
We ended up eating this meal two nights in a row, and still had more left over. Next time, I'll either share some of the Sloppy Joes with my parents and brothers, or freeze some of the meat mixture to use at a later time. I served my Sloppy Joes on these Light ... [Continue Reading]
This sandwich has the perfect balance of sausage, vegetables, cheese, and bread. This was the first time I made this using ciabatta rolls, and we loved how well the ciabatta worked with the sandwich. It toasted up nicely under the broiler, and there was just the right amount of bread to hold the rest of the sandwich ingredients. (Sometimes we find that other sandwich rolls are too large, so you end up with some bites that are just bread and no filling.)
I like to use sweet Italian chicken sausage for this sandwich, but you could use any kind of sausage that you enjoy. I served a green salad alongside the sandwiches. Fruit salad would be a great side dish as well.
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Ok, I confess, I planned a grilled flank steak meal in our weekly menu just so I would have leftovers to make these sandwiches. I tore this recipe out of my second issue of Fine Cooking magazine (thank you, Lisa, for the subscription!), and couldn't wait to try them. I was not disappointed! The herbed goat cheese complemented the steak perfectly, and the melted Parmesan cheese was the perfect topping. The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was the way that the juicy heirloom tomato soaked through my sandwich bread, although the tomato flavor was delicious. I'm not sure what you could do to avoid this problem, other than using a less juicy tomato. The next time you have leftover steak, I ... [Continue Reading]
Zucchini sub sandwiches are one of my family's favorite meals. We enjoy eating a meatless dinner some nights, and these sandwiches are a great vegetarian meal option. Grilling the zucchini on a grill pan really brings out the vegetables' delicious flavor. Julia ate so much of the grilled zucchini, topped with tomato sauce (one of her favorites)!
If you don't have a grill pan, you can also bake the zucchini in a 425 degree oven, about 7 minutes per side (spray a baking sheet with cooking spray; lightly brush both sides of the zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before baking). Or, you can grill it on your outside grill, using a grill basket. I didn't have any fresh ... [Continue Reading]