Do you love a good tuna melt? Then these stuffed tomatoes are for you. Ripe, juicy hollowed out tomatoes are stuffed with hearty tuna salad before being topped with spiced Havarti cheese. Just like the iconic open faced sandwich these are baked in the oven– roasting the tomatoes and baking their flavor right into the tuna while melting the cheese to form a golden brown crust on top. Embrace one of the quintessential fruits of the Summer weather and grab a bunch of bright, fresh tomatoes on your next grocery run. You won’t regret forgoing the bread an opting for these Tuna Melt Stuffed Tomatoes instead.
Crispy, toasted bagels are topped with a traditional cream spinach dip mixture. Fresh baby spinach, chopped artichokes, and a blend of cheeses that pull beautifully when baked, Whether you see it as a light lunch, an appetizer, even a snack– these Spinach & Artichoke Bagel Melts are gourmet flavored comfort food that can be whipped up in a flash.
The BLT is a much beloved, stand by sandwich and we’ve made sure to honor that, but also give it a quirky update fit for the modern millennial. Fresh slices of juicy ripe tomatoes, crisp pieces of lettuce, and perfectly cooked pieces of thick-cut bacon along with a creamy herbed mayo spread and some salt and pepper for seasoning. Such a simple sandwich filling, and yet exploding with vibrant flavors. It’s all sandwiched between two toasted waffles for that ideal crunch in every bite.
Soft pillowy Naan bread is piled high with chunks of crispy, pan seared chicken breasts, generously sprinkled with shredded pepper jack cheese, and liberally dotted with thinly sliced rings of vibrant mini sweet peppers. The flatbread is then lightly toasted before the addition of fresh creamy pieces of avocado, a sprinkle of crisp, crumbled bacon, and a heavy handed drizzle of our bold chipotle ranch dressing. These California Chicken Flatbread sandwiches will leave you singing ‘hallelujah’ and have everyone praying for seconds.
Spring is here, most days at least. And now that the weather’s getting warmer it’s one of my favorite seasons– picnic season! What re your picnic staples? One of mine Is almost always a good, hearty chicken salad sandwich recipe. I love taking my kids to a local park and watching them climb the ancient magnolias and run around and just be boys enjoying the fresh air and soaking in the sunshine. I also love being prepared for them falling out on the family blanket and after they’ve exhausted themselves and declaring how hungry they are, having an easy lunch on hand. Hello, Tex Mex Chicken Salad sandwiches.
Barbecued beef is one of my favorite ways to stuff a sandwich bun. Usually, it involves a beef roast that’s spent all day in the crockpot simmering in a rich sauce and steeped in juices until it’s falling apart and ready to melt in your mouth. This though, assumes that when I put everything in the crockpot that morning, that I actually remembered to turn it on before I headed out the door. So now, it’s dinner time and this dum dum still wants her barbecued beef. What’s a gal to do?
The youngest son has eaten ‘salad’ since almost the first day he could eat table food. And by salad, I meant plain chopped lettuce devoid of any fixin’s or toppings, or dressing of any kind. In the years since, his love for lettuce in a bowl has only grown and if it’s on a bed of green leaves, he’s game to try it. Thankfully, since he’s regressed with almost all other green veggies. More on that another day.
$5, $5 foot long …
You know the jingle I’m sure. And it’s a great deal, especially for such a generously proportioned sandwich. And not surprisingly, none of our kids have any trouble (at all!) putting one down in mere minutes. They’re easy, they’re good, and with children who inhale their food, the price is right on point for us.
Do you ever take a trip down memory lane and thank the good Lord that the early 2000’s were over a decade ago and can’t believe you ever embraced those questionable fashion trends? Like using your Dad’s old neck tie as a belt, or those chunky hair highlights, aka zebra head? Yeah.
Sometimes updates are a good thing.
Have you ever noticed how having kids, or caring for kids, or really just being exposed to kids on a regular basis forces you to revisit, and often rediscover, classic dishes from your own childhood? Especially when my guys were little, or going through their individual ‘picky palate’ stages, I’d have to get creative, and often the simplest answer was to call Mom and asked what the hell she had made that we would actually eat during those same trying times. And wouldn’t you know, almost every time the same things worked for me and my boys, like hot dogs and sloppy joes. But over the years we’ve all grown up (how much is often debatable 😉 ), and while we haven’t exactly outgrown these favorites, we’ve found them growing right along with us. Think of it as revisiting, and revitalizing the classics. And that’s how the Cheesy Sloppy Dog was born. And. It. Was. Glorious. And, of course, cheesy and messy enough in all its glory to be whole-heartedly embraced by both our emerging adult-selves and our inner child.