Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Christmas Inspired Panini

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Sometimes I use the color of food to inspire me. There’s something about putting together certain colors that just seems completely satisfying in both the taste and sight departments. Today I was driven by the classic Christmas colors of Red and Green.

I picked up a couple of avocados during my last grocery store trip thinking they would be a good addition to my diet, especially while pregnant. I’m not the biggest avocado fan but I do think it’s a great way to add a creamy texture to recipes and it’s just so darn good for you!

The avocado gave me a nice green base and I wondered what could I pair with it for the red besides tomatoes, which is such a classic combo. I didn’t want to do classic. I wanted something fun and different. Then it hit me. Cherries!

Christmas Inspired Panini - front view

I bought a bag of cherries per the Little Guys request this weekend. We’ve been enjoying them all week and I just pitted the last few at breakfast.

Avocado and Cherries, who knew!? Combine it with a smokey cheese like gouda and this was exactly the fun, different, healthy sandwich I was in the mood for. It came out perfect!

I’m going to sign off for a few days with this recipe. For those of you that celebrate Christmas have a wonderful holiday weekend with your families. Enjoy every bite! ;)Christmas Inspired Panini

  • 2 slices of your favorite whole grain bread
  • About an oz of avocado mashed
  • 3 slices of deli ham, about 1 oz
  • 1oz fresh cherries chopped
  • 1 oz gouda cheese sliced

Smear the Avocado on one slice of bread. Top with the ham, then cherries, then cheese and finally the last piece of bread.

Grill on the stove top or press in a panini press. I use my George Foreman as a “panini press” all the time (that’s how I made this) and it works great! Just watch as the bread tends to slide when you close the lid. Mine took 3 minutes (on a hot grill) and the cheese was oozing out. :)

Christmas Inspired Panini - another view

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
335 15g 6g old: 7 new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
8g 6g 31g 21g

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    December 22, 2010

    Avacado and cherries? Really? I never would have come up with that combo, are you sure this isn't a pregnancy thing ;) Have a wonderful Christmas!

    Krista S.

    December 22, 2010

    Happy Holidays, Roni! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

    Sarah Jane

    December 22, 2010

    This looks awesome! Who would've thought cherries?!?!


    December 22, 2010

    You make the coolest things! Can't wait for the cookbook!!


    December 23, 2010

    Cherries? Hmmm...I bet they add that sweet, sandwich spread/sauce flavor...I would have never thought to put cherries on a sandwich. They never last long enough! :)


    December 24, 2010

    I bet it would be good with pomegranate seeds too! What a good idea.