When I met Brad seven years ago, I scoffed at his Foreman Grill. I had seen the infomercials advertising it, and I had figured it was just another hokey product that didn't actually work. But I learned. ; ) While I don't like it for steaks or burgers, t's the greatest thing ever for quickly cooking up a healthy chicken breast. And a couple years ago, we discovered that it's awesome for paninis! We were about to drop a big chunk of change on a panini grill, but after looking at one closely at the store, it looked very much like a Foreman Grill, so we put off the purchase and went home to give it a try. To our delight, it worked beautifully! We started eating paninis all the time, for an easy dinner, or a quick lunch, with deli meat, cheese and herbs. We kind of forgot about paninis, though, after we moved here and stopped eating meat at home.
I broke it out this morning to make my lunch for work. I saw this recipe on Vegan Yum Yum, and toasted it on the Foreman Grill. It's a flour tortilla spread with hummus, topped with sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, and baby spinach, plus I sprinkled mine with a little cayenne pepper to add some kick. I'm sure it would be great fresh off the grill, but it was still good when I ate it after it had been sitting in a bento box in my desk for 6 hours. What a perfect traveling lunch item!
Then tonight we broke out the Foreman Grill again, and made tomato, basil and mozzarella paninis for dinner. Yum! There was no good panini bread at the store, so Brad got a loaf of French bread instead, and it worked really well. I sliced it crosswise into 4 sections, then split them horizontally. There was no fresh basil at the store today, either, so instead we used a jar of minced basil packed in olive oil, then fresh tomato slices and mozzarella. We had these with a big salad for dinner. Yum!
Hooray for the Foreman Grill!