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5 Minute Vegetarian Panini! A Fitspirational Classic

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In a hurry? Need some thing quick but still want to stay healthy?

This 5 minute vegetarian panini is GREAT because you can pre-prepare 3 different kinds at the beginning of the week, and after a few minutes on a panini maker; they’re ready to eat!

If you pre-prepare all the ingredients you want on your panini, and keep them individually ready-to-eat in your fridge- it makes for a quick and healthy meal on the go.

I made this panini last night in less then 5 minutes and it took me 2 minutes to heat it up today on my pink panini maker. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think sandwiches get any faster then that.

 

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Fast, easy, and delicious; a perfect combination for anyone with a busy schedule!

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Apple Pecan Summer-Berry Salad!

This salad is perfect for any summer gathering, party or lunch!

The combination of fruit, nuts and dark leafy greens makes this salad not only delicious, but high up on a healthy scale.

It also only took me 5 minutes to put it together. Easy and delicious, my favorite combination 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Apple Pecan Dressing
  • Green Apple Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Dark Leafy Spring Lettuce
  • Spinach Leaves

I found that this salad is better shaken. When you just pour the dressing over the lettuce, it tends to clump up on various ingredients and doesn’t reach to others. Trust me, this incredible dressing is so tasty, you’ll want it to reach every piece!

Make sure not to over-dress your salad. The delicate sweetness of the Apple Pecan dressing is delicious, but it’s easy to over do it. Start small, and add as needed.

Enjoy!

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Apple Pecan Dressing!

My Best Friend Allie, my puppy Locket and I decided to take a road trip up to Julian today!

If you’ve never been to Cali, Julian is a little tiny adorable town up in the mountains with the CUTEST little shops and restaurants. Upon our adventuring around the town, I almost peed my pants with excitement when we found an all natural section in their town store!

All natural dressings, tons of all natural flavors of home-made honey and jams jams jams galore!  I spent a good 10 minutes with my legs crossed, on the hard wood floor of that 50 year old market, looking through all the various flavors of dressing. From Blackberry Walnut, to Apple Pecan, to Poppyseed- I could have spent tons of money just on salad dressing. Unfortunately I like to keep my money right where I can see it (hanging in my closet), so I had to choose just one.

As you can see, I chose Apple Pecan dressing. I’m so glad I did because I can’t WAIT to get home and create a delicious salad to go along with it.

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Trust me, you can absolutely look forward to TONS of Apple Pecan recipes coming your way soon!

 

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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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Baked Parmesan Garlic Asparagus, Yum!

The healthiest most delicious way to eat asparagus has finally been discovered by your truly! These easy little green strands of mouth watering heaven only take about 10 mins to put together, and will honestly take your breath away. If you’re an asparagus hated(as I was about 3 months ago) this is a GREAT way to fall in love with your vegetable arch enemy. The Garlic and Parmesan cheese are perfect compliments to it’s delicious flavors.

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Yum, this is how they will look in the end! I paired my Parmesan garlic asparagus with a piece of whole wheat toast and some avocado slices.

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If it’s on sale, I prefer to buy organic asparagus

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Mince 4-5 cloves of garlic, mix in a Ziploc bag with about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and a table spoon of olive oil. Olive oil is a healthier version of vegetable oil, so I like to use it whenever I can. (I’ll make a post about the difference between the two a bit later.)

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Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 7-10 mins (until golden brown.)

Ingredients:

  • Fresh minced garlic
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese (you can substitute vegan or your favorite cheese here)
  • Organic asparagus

What to do:

  1. Mince Garlic, grate cheese
  2. Add mixture of garlic and cheese to a Ziploc bag along with 1 tbsp of olive oil
  3. Using your hands, add the asparagus to the mixture and rub the ingredients around in the bag for about 2 mins. This is to evenly distribute the flavors to every piece of asparagus and make every one of them extra savory 🙂
  4. Place the contents of the bag onto a piece of tinfoil and bake for 7-10 mins (until they appear golden brown.)
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Easy, delicious and will impress any guests that you have over 🙂