Sandwiches make me happy. They make my day actually. I’m a sandwich kind of girl, I could eat them everyday.
I got a panini press a couple years ago for Christmas from my sweet daddy- and you have thought he handed me a thousand dollars. I squealed and screeched when I ripped the holiday paper covering the box- that’s pure joy right there. I have used it just about every week since (I could say daily during that first year of ownership). Simply because, yes, I’m a sandwich kind of girl.
When I was meal planning last week I decided on making it easy on myself and self-hosting a “Panini Night” with my Fireman and me. I wanted to make it ‘special’ since it was sitting in as our usual dinner meal, and my Fireman typically has a heafty appetite after a long day of working his part-time gig.
I decided on chicken for the main protein of this sammy- deli roasted lemon pepper chicken- so good. You could totally use turkey if you wanted.. While I was perusing the deli section for my panini meat selection I thought the lemon pepper chicken would go great with the semi-Italian theme I had going for my dinner sandwich meal.
Homemade roasted tomatoes (SO easy), sun-dried tomato pesto, fresh baby spinach leaves, and mozzarella piled onto sourdough bread. Talk about delectable. I couldn’t wait for this panini to be hot and ready. The sun-dried tomato pesto seeped through the bread during the press process, making it extra flavorful and somewhat crispy.
There are a lot of things that bring joy to my belly- but this was hands down my favorite meal of this week. Who knew something so simple could make such a big impact on my taste buds- especially these newfound picky preggo tastebuds I’ve got some days.
I feel like I should show regular appreciation to the panini sandwich.