A Healthy Meatball Sub

Hey ya’ll! It is Thursday. My week is actually pretty relaxing since now all I will be doing is working on research and other little science nerd projects. I have an awesome recipe to share with ya’ll! I love meatball sub sandwiches that are rich in cheese, sauce, and meat. However those things are totally not calorie friendly. Instead I decided to brainstorm my own healthy recipe for a meatball sub and I came up with something pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

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Healthy Meatball Sub Sandwich

6-7 veggie patch meatless meatballs
2 super thin slices of mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp of Contadina low calorie Tomato sauce
2 slices of sandwich thins
non-stick cooking spray

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1. First you need to microwave the vegetable meatballs in the microwave. The box said 20 seconds, but it took me around 40 seconds to almost a minute in some cases because they would not get hot enough.

2. Then place all the meatballs in an orderly pattern on one slice of bread.

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3. Take a few thin slices of mozzarella and place on the meatballs. If you want it to be super cheesy, I would add more cheese. However you should remember that the calories add up when you consume more cheese.

4. Turn on your panini machine and spray both sides of the bread with non-stick cooking spray. Place onto the panini machine and cook until the cheese is completely melted. Turn the machine off and carefully take off the sandwich.

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5. Take off one slice of bread and pour on the 1 tbsp of sauce. Make sure you don’t spill it because that will lead to one messy sandwich. I would recommend wrapping it in a paper towel as you eat it because the sauce can sometimes leak out of the bottom if it isn’t thick enough.

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Noms. This sandwich is so good. A normal sub sandwich that you could get at Subway or at another sandwich shop can contain around 650 calories, 25-40 g of fat, and 56-60 g of carbohydrates. That is an excessive amount of fat that is in one menu item plus the amount of calories is way more than one should be spending on one sandwich. My sandwich contains 290 calories, 7 g of fat, and 25 g of carbohydrates. That is definitely a better switch and in my opinion a tastier option. Those other meatball sandwiches usually taste artificial to me unless you order from a legit Italian restaurant. I am definitely using this as my treat every once and a while with fresh mozzarella. I love when cheese melts to the point that it is stringy. Seriously who doesn’t like cheese?!? Obviously if you don’t, you need therapy. These meatless meatballs were really good too. They were packed with various spices and flavors. They were so good that my mom went out to buy another box and we ended up finding falafel too, which I’m excited to eat soon. Falafel sandwich will definitely be a new trend. Noms. I have a weakness for falafel. Jew problems. Or maybe falafel is just that good!

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I love the way the bread gets browned too by the panini machine. A panini machine may be one of the best inventions I’ve ever seen or owned (besides my kitchen aid mixer). You can make tons of things on a grilling machine. There was actually an awesome post on buzzfeed with like 25 things you can make on one. I will definitely have to try out some of those recipes! I hope you all have an awesome day. I’m going to be getting my nerd on and researching angiogenesis on prostate cancer with broccoli and tomatoes effects on this process. Go functional foods!

What is your favorite sandwich?
Have you ever cooked something unusual on a panini machine?

Easy Caprese Sandwich

Hey ya’ll! Today was my official last day of class. I am so excited. I had an exam, which I think I rocked because I finished in 18 minutes. Go Lindsay. Anyways lets get on to the good stuff: food. One thing I love to enjoy is anything with mozzarella and tomatoes. What does that sound like? Caprese salad. However those ingredients can get really heavy in calories, so I thought why not create a light version? Then I had the greatest idea to combine it with my love for pressed paninis. Best decision ever.

photo(2)Easy Caprese Sandwich

2 slices of 40 calorie bread
4-5 slices of tomato
a few extremely thin slices of fresh mozzarella
fresh basil leafs

photo(4)1. Turn on your pannini machine to medium-high heat and let it warm up.

2. Take your tomato slices, mozzarella slices, and basil and put it on one side of the bread.

photo(1)3. Place the other piece of bread on top and spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray.

4. Once the machine is heated, place your sandwich in the press and make sure it is tight on the bread.

5. Once the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich from the press and enjoy.

photo(3)Look at the melty goodness of this sandwich. If you want to make a good grilled cheese or have a sandwich with a melted cheese, you are better off using a fresh, full fat version. The fat free versions of cheese don’t melt well because they lack a multitude of ingredients that are in fresh cheese. This was such a good treat to have. I will definitely be making this sandwich a lot. I think next time I’m going to add some pesto on the bread to bring in a nice combination of flavors.

photoHopefully everyone is having a fantastic Monday because I know I am! Now I just have to get to studying for my Medical Nutrition Therapy final that is on Thursday. I feel pretty good about it, so I’m not too worried or stressed about studying hardcore!

What is your favorite type of sandwich?
Do you like your sandwich grilled or not?