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Southwest Garden Panini with Cheese

Southwest Garden Panini with Cheese

Panini–those gooey yummy melted cheese pressed sandwiches–are all the rage, but you donít need a fancy panini press to make one, just 4 heavy cans! This recipe combines cheese and salsa with grated zucchini and carrot to make a great kid-friendly veggie-stuffed grilled cheese that is sure to satisfy.


4 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup prepared salsa
8 slices whole-wheat bread
2 teaspoons olive oil

To make the panini, you will need 1 large skillet, 1 medium skillet, and 4 15-ounce cans.

1. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, zucchini, carrot, onion, and salsa.

2. Spread mixture evenly over 4 slices of bread, then top with remaining 4 bread slices.

3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the large skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan, cover with medium skillet, and place cans in the medium skillet to weight the sandwiches. Cook about 2 minutes, until golden on one side.

4. Reduce heat to medium-low, turn the panini, replacing medium skillet and cans, and cook about 2 minutes more, until the second side is golden. Repeat process with other 2 sandwiches.

Serves 4.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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4:31PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:51AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:02PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

6:11AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Sounds yummy!

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8:49PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Delightful, crunchy and tasty. Always like to add diced asparagus and spinach as well.

2:39PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Yummy.Thanks for sharing

2:01PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

this looks good

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