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Southwestern Cheese Panini

Southwestern Cheese Panini

Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you’ve ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded and sharp. Serve with a mixed salad and you’ve got a delightful lunch or light supper. If you happen to have a panini maker, go ahead and skip Step 3 and grill the panini according to the manufacturer’s directions.

4 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup prepared salsa
1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeno pepper (optional)
8 slices whole-wheat bread
2 teaspoons canola oil

1. Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.
2. Combine Cheddar, zucchini, carrot, onion, salsa and jalapeno (if using) in a medium bowl. Divide among 4 slices of bread and top with the remaining bread.
3. Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weigh it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes.
4. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.

Recipe Nutrition:
Per serving: 331 calories; 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 2 g mono unsaturated fat); 30 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 5 g fiber; 523 mg sodium; 163 mg potassium

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (50% daily value), Calcium (30% dv), Vitamin C (20% dv), Iron (15% dv).

2 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1 high-fat meat

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1:54AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

Thank you :)

1:50AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Thank you :)

4:32PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:52PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Tasty, delightful and zesty deliciousness. Panini is marvellous.

2:40PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Yummy.Thanks for sharing

5:59PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

delicious recipe

12:07PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

thanks

10:37AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

YumE

3:10AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Thank you

1:41AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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