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Southwestern Cheese Panini

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  4 servings
This might be the most beautiful grilled cheese sandwich you’ve ever seen. The shredded carrot and zucchini hide nicely from vegetable-phobes in the sharp Cheddar. Your favorite salsa adds zip while binding everything together to prevent the filling from falling out while you’re flipping.
4 ounces  shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup  shredded zucchini
1/2 cup  shredded carrot
1/4 cup  finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup   prepared salsa
1 tablespoon  chopped pickled jalapeño pepper (optional)
8 slices  whole-wheat bread
Southwestern Cheese Panini Recipe at
Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.

Combine Cheddar, zucchini, carrot, onion, salsa and jalapeño (if using) in a medium bowl. Divide among 4 slices of bread and top with the remaining bread.

Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weigh it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 310
Fat. Total: 11g
Protein: 16g
Carbohydrates, Total: 37g
Fat, Saturated: 5g
Fiber: 5g
Cholesterol: 30mg
Sodium: 523mg
% Cal. from Fat: 32%
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Rating: 5
by: Joann Reviewed: 06/19/2010
This is really good, you would never guess it is meatless. It has started a panini craze at my house! My husband keeps asking me when I will make these again.
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