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Southwestern Cheese Panini

From: EatingWell

Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you've ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded and sharp. Serve with a mixed salad and you've got a delightful lunch or light supper. If you happen to have a panini maker, go ahead and skip Step 3 and grill the panini according to the manufacturer's directions.

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Rated : 
 by 7 people
4 ounces  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
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 jalapeno pepper, (optional)
8 slices  whole-wheat bread
2 teaspoons  canola oil
1. Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.
2. Combine Cheddar, zucchini, carrot, onion, salsa and jalapeno (if using) in a medium bowl. Divide among 4 slices of bread and top with the remaining bread.
3. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 331, Total Fat 14 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 30 mg, Sodium 523 mg, Carbohydrate 37 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 16 g, Potassium 163 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 50%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 30%, Iron 15%. Exchanges: Starch 2,Vegetable 1.5,High-Fat Meat 1.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Comments (4)
marlenemullown wrote:

i think i would have enjoyed this more if i had a panini press. it was just meh

7/4/2010 07:49:52 PM Report Abuse
photogirl19426 wrote:

Reeeeally good! And not very difficult to make.

6/13/2010 10:30:12 PM Report Abuse
spadesrawesome wrote:

i cook this too i use spinach and broccolli and any other vegetable i want its da bombsharp cheese or monterey jack is the best

3/20/2010 10:57:47 AM Report Abuse
lmonkewen wrote:

sound great lets eat

3/4/2010 01:52:29 PM Report Abuse

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