Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

I try to include vegetarian friendly recipes from time to time because several of my friends don’t eat meat and I also like to encourage others to eat more vegetables.  I had to try this sandwich recipe because it sounded so good and it was.  My son said and I quote, “It’s good but not great.”  High praise from a 17 year old boy who prefers meat in his meals and I’ll take what I can get.  Without further ado, here is the recipe.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich With Mozzarella
1 lb diagonally sliced zucchini
2 Vidalia onions, sliced in rings
1 bell pepper, sliced in wide strips
1 small eggplant, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch rounds
3 to 4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 to 3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
fresh basil leaves
fresh mozzarella
loaf of Italian or French bread
Heat grill to medium high heat.  Combine all vegetables except onions in a large bowl, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  Toss well.  Place bell pepper and eggplant on grill coated with cooking spray.  Cook 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until brown and soft.  Remove and cook zucchini about 3 minutes on each side.  Meanwhile heat an additional 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet and add onions.  Cook onions at least 10 minutes, turning occasionally until nice and brown.  Slice the loaf of bread horizontally and hollow out the top and bottom.  Save torn bread for another use or stuff it in your mouth like I do.  Layer the bottom half of the bread with mozzarella, basil and vegetables.  Replace top and carefully place on grill.  Heat about 7 to 10 minutes or until cheese melts.  Cut into 4 pieces and serve.

For the carnivores, add some prosciutto under all those veggies.  I found the neatest mozzarella at Kroger’s deli for this sandwich.  It is actually in a roll lined in plastic so all you have to do is roll it out on your bread.  It also had a very good taste.  The veggies acquire a nice smoky flavor and I dearly love browned onions.  I can eat them all by themselves.

Now that I’ve dispensed with the good food, I’d like to encourage my readers to check out my other blog at jonesboro.com this week.  I think the post about colonoscopies, though something rather unpleasant, is important to discuss and think about.  Note: there are no pictures on that blog this week.

Upadated on August 12, 2011

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