Grilled Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

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You know how you sometimes meet someone who just really leaves a lasting impression on you? Many, many years ago when I was working at the Clinique counter, I met a lady who was one of those people. Turned out she was one of Revlon’s Most Unforgettable Women. I can’t even tell you what it was about her that made her unforgettable, she just was. Today it was a little girl who was about 2. Her name was Bellamia. She was wearing leopard pants. :) She approached me when I was in line at the grocery store and said “Hi, what’s your name?” I said “Beth” and she stuck out her hand to shake my hand and said “Nice to meet you, Beth. My name is Bellamia.” We had a nice little conversation and then she moved on to the next person. I’m guessing it must take her mom at least 30 minutes longer for each errand. She is destined for something big. I figure she has a future in acting, if not then definitely in politics.

2 slices Whole Grain Bread
1/2 Banana
2 Tbs Peanut Butter
2 Tbs Honey

Preheat panini grill.

Spread peanut butter evenly over 1 slice of bread. Cut banana lengthwise into 4 slices. Lay banana slices on top of peanut butter. Top with bread.

Coat outsides of sandwich with cooking spray. Cut in half and place on panini grill; cook 1 minute or until golden. Serve with honey.

Servings: 1
Calories 435
Total Fat 18.3g
Total Carbohydrates 62.0g
Dietary Fiber 7.5g
Protein 14.7g
Nutrition Grade B+

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Pimento Cheese

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I never ate pimento cheese until I started going to our scrapbooking retreats. It is always one of the required dishes there. I finally made my own. I love it! I could just eat it plain by the spoonful. I actually made it to use in a recipe (which I will post later) but there was plenty left over for me to snack on all week.

16 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 oz jar Diced Pimento, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper

Combine all ingredients just until blended. Cover and chill leftovers for up to a week.

Servings: 24
Calories 97
Total Fat 7.9g
Total Carbohydrates 1.8g
Protein 4.8g
Nutrition Grade D

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Chicken and Black Bean Wraps

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Yesterday Megan left us for a sleepover. So Taylor and I had the day to ourselves. Her first pick was to go to Cheesecake Factory and let me watch her eat cheesecake, since cheesecake isn’t on my diet this week. Then she changed her mind and decided she wanted to go to Color Me Mine. Taylor painted a dog…

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I painted a tray….

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Then Taylor spent the night researching vacation spots. That girl has vacation planning in her blood apparently. She has an entire trip planned to Colorado complete with cabin and all the activities. I through a wrench into her plans when I told her she had to pick something other than the $3500/night cabin.

This is only 341 calories and much better for my diet than the cheesecake or the Krispy Kreme donut that Taylor kept waving under my nose.

1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
15 oz Can Black Beans
1/8 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
3 Tbs Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 tsp Salt
12 oz Grilled Chicken Breast, cubed or shredded
1/2 cup Colby Jack Cheese
4 Flour Tortillas, (8 inch)

In saucepan, combine beans, cumin, lime juice, and salt. Warm over medium heat.

Warm tortillas in microwave or stovetop.

Spoon equal amounts of bean mixture, chicken and cheese down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and cut in half.

Servings: 4
Calories 341
Total Fat 8.7g
Total Carbohydrates 31.9g
Dietary Fiber 6.7g
Protein 36.8g
Nutrition Grade B

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Pesto Chicken Panini

We got our first snow today! For those of you that don’t live in Texas, the slightest mention of snow can shut the city down. I saw this picture on Facebook and it pretty much sums it up. Glad to say we all survived.

After the blizzard melted, the girls and I took a “mini vacation” to the airport to pick up my mom. I thought they would just want to stay home with Johnny, but they said they wanted a vacation. So for the 27 mile trip they packed up their ipad, Nintendo DS, a horse book, snacks and water. To make it a little more fun, I thought I’d drive through the rich part of Dallas to show them Christmas lights. Do you rich people not know how to decorate??? I thought that part was going to be a bust when we only found about 4 houses with lights, but the girls were resourceful and decided to look for raccoons to feed fruit snacks instead. Sadly, we didn’t see any raccoons.

For the last part of our vacation we drove through Christmas in the Square on Merry Main Street. Plenty of lights there! But on a Monday night it isn’t very crowded so we were through there in 1 1/4 songs.

I made this before we left. I only made 1 because I knew the reaction that pesto would get. I was right, all 3 of them were totally grossed out. Johnny is worse than the girls. But this was delicious!!! They got a Chicken Bacon Panini instead. Mine was better!

1 lb Chicken Breasts, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 cup Pesto
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
4 Telera Sandwich Rolls, sliced in half
4 slices Mozzarella
1 cup Spinach, rinsed and patted dry
1 Tomatoes, sliced

In a ziploc bag, combine chicken and 1/4 cup of pesto, let marinate for 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup pesto and mayonnaise. Spread mixture on outsides of bread and set aside.

Grill chicken until done. Slice into thin strips.

Place cheese on top of pesto mix. Then top with spinach, tomato and chicken.

Top with top other half of bread, pesto side down. Place into panini maker. Grill for 3 minutes.

Servings: 4
Calories 557
Total Fat 36.9g
Carbohydrates 11.6g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Protein 43.8g
Nutrition Grade B

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Chicken Bacon Panini

This week Taylor was picked as Star Student for her class. Part of this recognition is filling out a paper about yourself. One of the sections is “Meet My Hero”. It took 6 days of careful deliberation for her to decide between me or “the person that brought Maltese to America”. I’m happy to say that I won! I didn’t even have to bribe her or anything! I’m guessing that once she started googling she probably couldn’t find “the person that brought Maltese to America” and I probably won by default, but I’ll take it!!

8 slices Whole Grain Bread
1/4 cup Ranch Dressing
1 lb Grilled Chicken Breasts
4 slices Cheddar Cheese
8 slices Cooked Bacon, cut in half

Heat panini maker for 5 minutes.

Spread 1 tablespoon dressing on 4 slices of bread. Cut chicken breasts into 1/2 inch slices. Layer chicken, cheese and bacon over dressing. Top with remaining bread.

Place 2 sandwiches on grill and close. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Servings: 4
Calories 652
Fat 35.0g
Carbohydrates 26.7g
Fiber 4.1g
Nutrition Grade D

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Chicken Spinach Panini

Yesterday the girls came home with their math homework. Me helping 4th graders do math homework shouldn’t involve searching the internet, calling 2 people, posting to facebook for help and still 2 hours later not knowing if we have it correct or not. How in the world are they teaching kids these days?? What was wrong with the old ways? And if I ever see or hear “estimating quotients” again I’ll have to be committed. Or stuff my face with comfort food…

1 Grilled Chicken breast, sliced thin
2 slices Provolone Cheese
1/4 cup Fresh Spinach
4 slices Whole Grain Bread

Place cheese, chicken and spinach between bread slices. Cook in preheated panini machine for 3 minutes.

Servings: 2
Calories 371
Fat 12.5g
Carbohydrates 25.7g
Fiber 4.1g
Nutrition Grade B-

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Breakfast Panini

Somewhere between taking Megan to the dentist to get her tooth pulled and going to the PTA meeting and performance, I finally found a few spare minutes to use my new panini press. But now my neck is sore from looking left to right on the stage from one daughter to the other. They could at least put them in the same section of the stage so I don’t feel like I’m watching a tennis match.

Love, love, love the panini maker!!! This is the one I got…

1 Egg
1 Tbs Bacon Bits
1 Tbs Crumbled Sausage, cooked
1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 English Muffin
Spray Butter

Preheat panini machine.

Beat egg and add in sausage and bacon. Cook over medium heat until done.

Split muffin in half. Lightly spray inside of the muffin with butter. Place the cut side down on a plate. Top with 1/2 the cheese, egg mixture, remaining cheese and the other half of the muffin with the cut side on top.

Cook in panini maker for 3 minutes.

Servings: 1
Calories 299
Fat 13.8g
Carbohydrates 25.8g
Fiber 2.0g
Nutrition Grade B+

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Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese

Last week my friend posted a picture of a “Southwestern Grilled Cheese”. It looked delicious and since I thought I didn’t like avocados, I thought I’d be brave and try it. This was delicious!!! It was a great way to celebrate my huge accomplishment of the day….I finally finished my Halloween decorating!!! Only about a week late.

 

 

 

4 slices Whole Grain Bread
1 oz Provolone Cheese
1 oz Cheddar Cheese
1 Avocado
2 slices Bacon, cooked

Set broiler to high.

Scoop out the avocado and mash to remove all lumps.

Place bread on a baking sheet and cook for 30 seconds. Turn over and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove bread, leaving the broiler on high.

On two of the bread slices, spread the avocado and layer the provolone cheese. On the other two slices, place the bacon and the cheddar cheese.

Place back in the oven and broil for 3 minutes. Combine 1 of each to make sandwich.

Servings: 2
Calories 500
Fat 33.1g
Carbohydrates 34.3g
Fiber 10.8g
Nutrition Grade B

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Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken Sliders

The girls have been determined to make Halloween scary. They want me to get rid of all of my “cute Halloween stuff”. I’ve tried to sell it as scary, but they aren’t buying it. Yesterday they made it their mission to make our front yard scarier. They still think they need more skeletons, spiders and tombstones. (and they want my stuff to go away)


They don’t think my ghosts are scary enough.

Ghostly group yard decoration available here:  

 


Princess was supervising through the window.

These were super easy and Taylor loved them. Great for a football watching party on a cold day. The spicy mustard in it warms ya up!

3 lbs Chicken Breasts, trimmed (boneless and skinless)
1/2 cup Spicy Mustard
18 oz Barbecue Sauce
18 Kings Honey Wheat Hawaiian Rolls

In crock pot, combine barbecue sauce and mustard. Add chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred and serve on heated Hawaiian Rolls.

Servings: 18 sliders
Calories 297
Fat 9.0g
Carbohydrates 25.8g
Fiber 1.8g
Nutrition Grade B

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Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

So once again we forgot Grandparents Day. :/ I thought it was a Hallmark holiday but turns out it isn’t. It became official in 1978. We didn’t celebrate that one growing up so every year my mom makes a joke out of reminding me. Thank goodness I had asked my mom if she wanted to come over for lunch. That way I was able to text my sister and say “I made mom lunch for grandparents day. What did you do??” To which her response was “#!*!$!”

I had the best grandparents in the world. They were always there for me. If we stayed home sick, the first thing we did was call my grandparents. They would load up the car with ice cream, twinkles, bananas, etc…and drive across town to bring them to us. My grandfather had an abundance of animals….dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, peacocks, pigeons, geese, turkeys… He had a lot so we had a system when he got new ones….I distracted Granny while my sister helped Papa sneak the animals into the backyard. When we stayed with them he always told us it was “time to milk the ducks” he also walked around singing “I’m forever blowing bubbles”. He also told us this story so many times that 25 years later I can still recite it word for word. I think I need to share this with my girls….

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hobos and Tramps, let me tell you a story I know nothing about. Last night about 12 o’clock a ton of brickbats came down my back alley. Almost killed my poor dead cat. I rushed him to the hospital as slow as I could go and there I saw King Kong eating vinegar with a fork.

My Papa was a funny little man and that little story fit his personality perfectly. I think it made more sense to me when I was 8.

I’m so lucky to have had them around so much for the first 18 years of my life. At the time I thought they were just normal grandparents and that all grandparents were the same. I know now that isn’t the case. I was truly blessed. They truly enjoyed all of their grandkids and made us all feel special and I know that they would have absolutely adored my babies as much as I do.

So happy belated grandparents day to all the grandparents out there!

This is now one of my favorite meals. One of Johnny and Taylor’s favorites has always been a different French Dip. It wasn’t one of my favorites though. Taylor’s face lit up when I told her what we were having but the quickly drooped when I told her that I made it different. Luckily, she approved and so did I!

2 lb Pot Roast
10 oz Beef Broth
10 oz Beef Consume
10 oz French Onion Soup
6 Sandwich Rolls
6 slices Provolone Cheese
Cut the roast into medium size chunks.
Mix broth, consume and soup in the crock pot. Add roast.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Shred the meat with a fork.
Warm or toast the bread. Place the meat on rolls, top with cheese and serve with juice.
Servings: 6
Calories 619
Fat 25.5g
Carbohydrates 40.6g
Fiber 1.2g
Nutrition Grade B-
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