Pure heaven, baby!

21 Mar

I love soup. It's such a perfect choice for dinner, especially when homemade. You can control the sodium and fat and you can jam pack it with vegetables. The perfect accompaniment to soup? Grilled paninis, without a doubt. I made a fabulous vegan panini the other night for dinner. It's so easy, you don't even need a recipe. 

First, make some pesto mayonnaise. Scoop a couple spoonfuls of Vegenaise into a small bowl. Stir in a heaping tablespoon of pesto (made without Parmesan). Blend well and set aside. Heat olive oil in a small skillet. Saute a bunch of your favorite veggies — I used sliced mushrooms, zucchini, red peppers, onions and garlic. Season with salt substitute and pepper and a little dried thyme or any other seasonings you like.
Assemble your sandwich next. Yes, I should have used a whole wheat bread, but this beautiful loaf of artisinal bread was on sale at Kroger, so I bought it. Slice it nice and thick so it holds up when grilled. Spread two slices of bread with the pesto mayo. On one slice, layer your sauteed veggies. I also added a layer of artichoke hearts (canned, drained, rinsed). Spinach leaves would have been a nice addition. You can add some vegan cheese if you've found a brand that you like. Put the other piece of bread on top and grill. We cooked ours in the George Foreman grill, which presses them perfectly. Enjoy!

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