Classic Tuna Melt

What better way to enjoy the classic sandwiches than on a panini maker?  If you’re not a tuna person, I get it- I’ve seen the smell of tuna turn people away from trying it. However, I   know of a little trick that masks its’ strong flavor and encourage more people to try it!!  One of my favorite ways to eat tuna is with a little cajun mayo mixed in, on whole wheat toast, and with some Pepper Jack Cheese, and then obviously grilled in the panini maker.  Pepper Jack cheese is the greatest way to minimize the strong tuna taste and gives the sandwich some great flavor.

Ingredients:

2 slices of Whole Wheat bread

1 can of Tuna (packed in water is healthier than packed in oil)

1 slice of Pepper Jack cheese

Mayo (or Cajun Mayo)

Assembling:

1. Mix tuna and mayonnaise together with a fork to break down the big chunks of tuna (sometimes I add in a little crushed red pepper for some extra spice)

2. Add it on to one slice of bread

3. Top it with one slice of pepper jack cheese

4. Add the second piece of bread

5. Grill on panini for 3 minutes

Enjoy,

Sani

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Vegan Panini

For all you Vegans and Vegetarians out there- I have a great panini for you! This recipe includes a major flavor booster: hummus!   My favorite type of hummus is one with extra lemon and lots of garlic.  Hummus is extremely easy to make.  It simply consists of using a food processor to blend garbanzo beans, lemon, tahini, garlic, salt, olive oil, an optional jalapeño, and paprika for looks!  If you are unfamiliar with the ingredient tahini, it is a grounded sesame seed paste that originated from the Middle East.  On the other hand, store-bought hummus is also a great option because of the various flavors!  You can leave it as is or make it your own by adding more lemon, crushed red pepper, etc.  Roasted garlic, jalapeño, and roasted red pepper are amongst my personal favorites.

Depending on your tastes and veggies you want to add into this panini, you can alter the type of hummus you use too!

Ingredients:

Your favorite vegan bread or lavash wrap

Any hummus you’d like

Lettuce (or Spinach or Arugula)

Cucumbers

Tomato

Red Pepper

Onion

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Assembling:

1. Cut and clean your red pepper and onion into slices

2. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper

3. Grill on the panini for 3-4 minutes or until the vegetables become tender

5. Cut tomatoes and cucumbers into slices

6. Wash and chop lettuce

4. Spread hummus on both slices of bread or lavash wrap

5. Add the grilled red pepper and onion to bread or lavash

6. Add cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce

7. Wrap your lavash or add your second piece of bread

8. Grill in the panini for 3 minutes

9. Cut in halves and then serve

The colors in this panini are fantastic!!

Enjoy,

Sani

TIP: Before adding the veggies inside the sandwich, grill them on the panini to enhance their flavor!