Monday, July 13, 2015

Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

7-13-15, it's Monday, it is summer and life is great! 
Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of sun and fun and are ready for a great week!

Life lately has been busier than usual. I've been with my kiddos full time, plus I am finally finished with crutches and adjusting to a normal life of walking again! It is the best feeling in the world. I am also going to PT two times a week, and working on my exercises three times a day. Whew! Also ---> I am so excited that I am attending Blogfest in a few days!! I really lucked out that the conference is in LA, which makes it easy for me to be there. This will be my first blogging + fitness conference and I am psyched to meet so many bloggers. There will be a lot of informative presentations, dynamic speakers and a wealth of information to absorb. I can't wait!! Of course, I'll be posting on Twitter and Instagram (follow me! :) a lot and will be reporting back to you with all the details.  For those of you who are flying into LA this week, I can't wait to meet you! I'll have to check the weather this week, but here in our beach town, we are having REAL summer weather. It was actually hot this weekend, which means it'll be pretty steamy downtown. 

I'll update you on our busy, fun weekend tomorrow, but today I want to share a fun recipe!
When I was searching for something tasty to make, I knew it had to be super easy, preferably without turning the oven on and of course delicious...



Score! I made a yummy, hardy, vegetarian sandwich that will be perfect for our lunch today! My kiddos were getting a little tired of almond butter and jam sandwiches. :) I prepared those a couple of times last week, because they are so easy to pack up and take to the beach or park. One of the days we had lunch at home, I grilled a chicken breast and added brown rice and spinach. They loved it, but I knew I needed to come up with something new and fun.
This sandwich is really thebomb.com - tangy sun dried tomatoes, dijan mustard, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic romaine lettuce and parsley all on freshly baked ciabatta bread. Can we say YUM?!

Let's get started! The ingredients are minimal...





Cut the ciabatta loaf in half horizontally...




Whisk the oil from the sun dried tomatoes with the dijon mustard...




Then spread the mixture onto the bread (so good, right?!)...




Slice the mozzarella and layer it with the sun dried tomatoes, romaine lettuce, parsley + sea salt and fresh cracked pepper...




Look at all that goodness...!!




Next, wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap place it on a baking sheet, add another sheet and weigh it down with a few cans. Let it sit in the fridge for at least one hour and then....




Bon Appetit!!

PS: I think this would also be a great dinner with a big salad - #easyliving!

Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich (adapted from MarthaStewart.com)

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1/2 cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, drained, reserving 1 tablespoon oil

1/2 loaf ciabatta bread (about 5 ounces), split horizontally

Organic Romaine lettuce leaves

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced

1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, leaves

Course sea salt and ground pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard and oil until thick; spread on bread. Layer bottom half of bread with some of the lettuce, then cheese, tomatoes, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Top with remaining lettuce and bread.
  2. Wrap sandwich tightly in plastic; place on a baking sheet. Top with another sheet, and weight down with canned goods or a heavy skillet. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to overnight to meld flavors. Cut in half, and serve.

I am linking up again with Tina and Deborah for Meatless Monday! This makes Mondays so much fun - pop on over to their blogs and check out all the great recipes! There is so much to choose from, I am sure you'll find something delicious for dinner this week!!

Who raced this weekend?!

Anyone starting their training for a fall marathon? (How is it already time for that?!)

Who is running the NYC Marathon?
I am not running the marathon, but I'll be there spectating and going for fun runs in Central Park - I can't wait!!



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