For the past month I have been operating our kitchen without an oven. I never once realized how much I use our oven until it was no longer at my disposal. Lucky for me, J.O is very handy and within a matter of a day, he was able to figure out that the oven would not light because the thermostat regulator had worn out. He ordered a new one, (which we had to wait a while for) and installed it in a matter of an hour. Yay!
Looking back on my time without an oven, I realized it was a good thing to be without something I take for granted on a daily basis. It made me think outside the box. As you know, I’m big on my roasted veggies. I use them for SOOOOO many dishes! How was I going to survive without my oven?! Easy. My good ‘ol George Foreman Grill. Yes, we own one. In fact, it was one of the very first purchases we made for our home on wheels back when J.O started the apprenticeship.
These things are great for RVers. You can grill your meat, grill your veggies and even make a pressed, panini like sandwich! Yup, you heard me! If I couldn’t roast my veggies to mix with my quinoa, well, I’d have to get creative.
I decided to make a pressed veggie sandwich for lunch one day, and I’m pretty sure I am now addicted. So easy. So delicious. And, oh, so flavorful! You can put in what ever veggies you want, add in some meat or get crazy in your own way! Either way, I discovered that:
- A fancy-dancy panini press is not needed to made an AMAZING hot sandwich
- You can still eat hot, healthy, non-steamed veggies without an oven and without going outside to grill!
You will need:
- 2 slices of wheat bread (I promise you, for a veggie sandwich, wheat is the way to go)
- 1/4 fresh Avocado
- 2 tbl Hummus (I like our Jalapeño hummus or any other spicy hummus)
- 2 mushrooms sliced
- A few slices of Red Onion
- 1/2 slices of Egg Plant
- 4-6 slices of Red Bell Pepper
- 4-6 slices of Zucchini
- 4-6 slices of Cucumber
- Any type of leaf lettuce
- 1-2 slices Pepper Jack Cheese
- Now you can either roast some of your veggies (all but the cucumber and leafy greens), grill them or George Foreman Grill them! Whatever you may choose, I would just add a little olive oil and salt to them (all but cucumbers and leaf greens) and cook until softened: 4-5 min if grilling/George Foreman, 15-20 min if oven roasting
- While Veggies are cooking, prepare your bread ends. Spread avocado on one slice of bread and your hummus on the other. Lay down the cucumber and leaf lettuce onto one side.
- After the the other veggies have been cooked, lay them atop one side. Finalize the layering with the slices of cheese and the closing slice of bread.
- Place the sandwich in the George Foreman Grill (or a skillet heated with 2 tbl of Butter) and press down to smoosh it. Cook for 3-5 min and then flip. Cook for another 2-3, cut in half and devour!