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!

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Another small cafe..

Small cafes seem to be the latest trend for me.  My extensive research lead me to another small cafe called ‘ino Cafe.  Just like Piccolo Cafe, this cafe had 18 seats and a wine bar.  This place was filled with an array of unique and creative paninis, tramezzinis, bruschettas, and even antipasti’s.  The food, ambiance, people, all make this a place that is definitely worth going to.

I had half of a panini and a salad.  The panini itself was absolutely amazing! It was on the best bread ever, and was grilled to perfection.  Inside there was cacciatorini, goat cheese and tapenade.  Cacciatorini is a salami cured with garlic, so good!  

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The salad that I got was completely out of my ordinary, but not at the same time.  It was a jerusalem artichoke salad with a parmesan vinaigrette.  At first, I was picturing jerusalem artichokes to be just like a normal artichoke but maybe chewier.  Wrong, they tasted just like a regular, but dryer potato.  Pretty good!  Both these dishes were very different than each other, they probably wouldn’t be the ideal pair.  But I, of course, always like to do something a little out of the norm.  Regardless, I enjoyed every second of it!

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