Posts Tagged ‘sandwich’

Bread. Pesto. Tomato. Mozzarella. Basil.   

Take liberties to make this quick-pressed sandwich the way you like it. in mere minutes. 

My version:


Start with the bread. I used sour dough because it was available. [any bakery style bread would be good. ciabatta is typical for a panini] Spread pesto on one slice of bread [either store or homemade. what other options are there?] Then add a few tomato slices. Roma are my favorite because they are firm, easy to slice, and don’t have a lot of seeds [use any variety you like, sliced thick or thin] Add cheese. I use packaged mozzarella [fresh mozzarella is an option] And finish with basil. I place whole basil leaves on my sandwich [but go ahead and chiffonade the basil if you prefer]  

Use a nonstick pan. Add butter or olive oil. Heat. Add sandwich. Then use the simple stove-top technique [pan on the stove with another pan for a press]


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A Greek Style Vegetarian Sandwich

This delicious vegetable sandwich takes only 10 minutes to make and the prepared mixtures can keep in the refrigerator for several days.

The healthy ingredients are canned chickpeas, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, parsley, red onion, salt, pepper, feta, cucumber, tomato, and rustic bread.

Chickpea Mixture: In a food processor, pulse 1 cup canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 1 Tbl. lemon juice, 1 Tbl. olive oil, and a sprinkle of parsley until finely chopped.

Onion Mixture: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 of a small red onion (thinly sliced), 1 Tbl. lemon juice, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and a dash of course salt and freshly ground pepper.

Feta Mixture: In a small bowl, mash 3 oz. crumbled feta with 1 Tbl. olive oil.

Assemble your sandwich- Spread chickpea mixture on 4 slices of rustic bread. Top with 1/2 thinly sliced cucumber and 1 thinly sliced tomato. Add the onion mixture. Spread the feta mixture on the other 4 slices and place on top of sandwiches. Makes 4.

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Last September I did a review for Wrap-N-Mat. A year later, my Wrap-N-Mat wraps still look and work just as good as day one. The amount of plastic bags I could have tossed into the landfill surely would have been staggering if I hadn’t been using a reusable bag.

Wrap-N-Mat is a family owned business that offers a reusable food wrap and place-mat in one. The original wrap, 13″ x 13″, holds food with a Velcro closure and opens completely in an octagon shape. Opening completely, it serves as a place-mat and makes it super easy to keep clean with no crumbs in corners.

The large pouch is 6 3/4″ x 7″ and is designed to hold your contents in a pouch style envelope.  The large pouch can hold an entire quart of strawberries. 

This “Going Green” print is made from organic cotton that’s lined with LPDE food safe plastic. I love that there are so many fabric patterns and colors to choose from. Each member of the family can have their own design; it’s perfect for those who need a safe way to identify a particular snack due to food intolerance or allergies.

Wrap-N-Mat wraps help stop the unnecessary waste in my day-to-day routine as I take strides to greatly reduce my use of the plastic baggie.

I received the Going Green original wrap and the Going Green large pouch from Wrap-N-Mat to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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I have been fortunate to review products from two companies. Both are environmentally aware of the unnecessary waste in our day-to-day routine and both companies have taken strides toward the reduction of the plastic baggie.

I have chosen to review both companies in one post since I have been using both of their designs for reusable bags simultaneously. Both companies offer a fantastic product; I recommend them both.

Wrap-N-Mat, a family owned business since 1997, offers a reusable food wrap and placemat in one. The original wrap is 13″ x 13″. It holds flat foods like sandwiches or crackers or cookies. When open, it lays completely flat in an octagon shape. The wrap is folded around the sandwich and then fastened with a Velcro like closure. Since it opens completely flat, it serves as a placemat. This also makes it super easy to clean. There just won’t be any crumbs in the corner! I wipe clean with a damp cloth or hand wash when needed.

The mini pouch is 5″ x 6″ and holds more bulky foods like chips and fruit. It is used the same as the original wrap. I used the mini pouch to keep my lettuce and tomato separate from my sandwich to avoid a soggy lunch. The fabric for both is lined with LPDE food safe plastic that keeps food fresh by keeping the air out. They offer many prints making them attractive for all ages. I wouldn’t have chosen this particular fabric but my son rather enjoyed it since it’s not our typical style. I have been using both of these daily and they have proven to be very convenient. I love having zero waste lunches!

Snack Taxi, another family company, makes its reusable bags from their home-based workshop in Massachusetts. Local sewers create a stylish bag for snacks and sandwiches. They offer plenty of fabric choices for your bag or for a bag that you give as a gift.

The Snack Taxi mission: “to create fun and friendly items that make it easy for everyone to move their food in sustainable style”.

The sandwich sack is 7.5″ x 6″. It is an envelope style sack in that the sandwich goes into the bag and the flap then folds over it with a Velcro closure. Easy to slide a sandwich into. It wipes out easy; I do invert it to get the smallest of crumbs out of the corners. I wipe it clean with a cloth and hand wash when needed but it can also be machine washed. The exterior is 100%cotton and the interior is lined with polyurethane coated nylon. The sandwich sack is a daily must at our house. It is a wise choice for food transportation; a wise choice for the planet.

I received the original wrap and the mini snack pouch from Wrap-N-Mat in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. I received the sandwich sack from Snack Taxi in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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