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Baby-Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini’s

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These baby gourmet grilled cheese panini’s will take your breath away. Using your pink panini maker (or which ever color panini maker you own, even though pink is the best color of course) eliminates the time it would normally take to bake them in the oven.

Also, using a panini maker eliminates the need to fry them in a pan. This makes these cute little babies much healthier too.

This took a total of 10 minutes, and was worth every second!

Ingredients:
Sauted Portabella Mushrooms
Pesto
Mozerella Cheese
Mini-Chibatta Slices
Caramelized Onions
Oregeno Spices
Avocado Feta Spread

How to:
Caramalize your onions
Saute the portabella mushrooms in all natural honey (which is a sweet delicous substitute for oil)
Spread the bottom half of the chibatta bread with pesto, and the top half with avocado feta spread. You can use what ever spread or dip you like, i just happened to find the Avocado-pesto spread at the farmers market and fell in love with it.
Layer your cheese, sauted portabella mushrooms and caramalized onlions on the chibatta slices
Toss them in your panini maker, and vuala- you have delicious baby gourmet grilled cheese paninis that will impress all your guests!

I paired my mini panini’s with my 2 minute side italian salad, and a home-made fruit smoothie.

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Ps, you can get the recipe for this sensational pineapple strawberry carrot smoothie in the smoothie section of TheFitspirationalBlonde.com 🙂 I guarantee you it will take your tastebuds to wonderland!

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Lunch is as fabulous as you make it… Literally!

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Portabella Mushrooms, Caramalized Onions, and pesto oh my!

I had an absolute BLAST creating this masterpiece. These gourmet grilled cheeses are the most delicious things that will ever touch your lips.

Click here to get the recipe for my pineapple strawberry peach carrot smoothies. The savory flavors of the mini-grilled cheeses mixed with the natural sweetness of the smoothies, reflects a perfect flavor of summer deliciousness.

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Packing in the protein- healthy eating-out tip!

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Needless to say, I may be a slight Avocado addict. There’s about 4 grams of protein in each Avocado, so I like to get as much in there as I can without it spilling out my nose of course haha (Omgosh EW I don’t know why I just said that, I totally just got a gross visual of myself eating this sandwich with Avocado coming out my nose… EW!)

Anyway, adding vegetables to your meals when you’re eating out is a great way to sneak in some extra protein. I’ve added in a lot if extra Avocado to my grilled cheese, had it made on wheat bread instead of white (which also has more protein) and substituted a salad for the side of fries.

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Added side salad (instead of fries)

Vegetarians need to pack in the protein where ever they can, whenever they can!

Try it out- next time you go to a restaurant, add ONE vegetable to your meal. Whether it’s extra tomatoes on your salad, a side of asparagus to your main course or Avocados to your grilled cheese, just start with one.

Every vegetable you add to your diet, gets you one step closer to that fabulous healthy lifestyle you’ve been working so had for.

You can do it!