I got inspired by my yoga program and made this yummy grilled Vegan Panini. It's LOADED with veggies and you don't even need a panini press.
So how does a yoga program inspire one to make a panini? Easy, they have a recipe section on their app and one of them was this panini (or similar anyway).
Back story: I have been doing DDP Yoga for the last 2 weeks, mainly to improve my balance, and flexibility, but also to tone up some of these flabby 59 yr old muscles.
Don't mistake regular yoga with DDP yoga! DDP is 3x WCW heavyweight champion Dallas Diamond Page, and as he says, "This Ain't Your Mama's Yoga" ! 🤣
The program does have a nutritional program (NOT vegan) that emphasizes whole foods and omits dairy and gluten. I found this sandwich in the recipe section and it looked so easy to make (and delicious too) that I decided to try it.
What I like about this recipe is:
- you can use whatever type of wraps you want, whole wheat, gluten-free, engine 2, tortillas, bread, whatever.
- you can also add whatever types of veggies you like.
- you don't necessarily need a panini press. I used my George Foreman grill but you could just as easily use a skillet on the stove.
In other words, it's very versatile, and did I mention delicious?
Here's how I made my vegan panini:
This is ONE example of a wrap you can use if you are gluten-free. I found these at my local Fred Meyer next to the Ezekiel Bread. They are frozen, so look in the frozen coolers for them.
My wife said they are delicious, but I gotta tell you, they are stiff (yes, I thawed them first 🙄) - so folding these into a panini is a bit of a pain. I ended up using a regular whole wheat flour tortilla for mine and it folded much easier.
If there's one trick I can pass on to you when making these yummy vegan panini sandwiches ... it's this....
Don't go crazy loading up the veggies or you'll never get it wrapped! I did go a little veggie crazy and made a mess, but my wife assured me it was delicious.
As far as what type of veggies to use, start with a smear of my hummus, then add a little roasted red bell pepper followed by some strips of avocado,
Then you can add any or all of the following
- Red onion slices
- Portobello mushrooms (uncooked)
- Tomato slices
- Another green, like cilantro or parsley, or maybe some sprouts
You then finish it by drizzling a little balsamic glaze and carefully folding it up like a burrito.
As I mentioned, you can easily cook your sandwich in a skillet on med-high heat for about 5 minutes and press it with a smaller skillet laying on top.
I have the George Foreman grill you see in the photo and it worked great too. Of course, if you already have a panini press - you're all set. Set it to about 380° F and let it cook for about 5 minutes or until browned.
Simple, VERY tasty, and loaded with all that veggie goodness. What more could you ask for?
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I got inspired by my yoga program and made this yummy Grilled Vegan Panini. It's LOADED with veggies and you don't even need a panini press.
- wraps or tortillas of your choice
- roasted red bell pepper
- avocado slices
- baby spinach
- portobello mushrooms, sliced
- cilantro or parsley
- tomato slices
- balsamic glaze
- Spread 1-2 tablespoons of hummus down the center of your wrap
- Top with a few slices of roasted red bell pepper and avocado
- Add a few rings of red onion
- Add a layer of baby spinach and a few mushrooms
- Add pickles (or cucumber)
- Add another layer of greens such as cilantro or parsley
- Add a few slices of tomato
- Drizzle veggies with a little balsamic glaze
- Fold into a burrito shape and grill on med-high heat for 5 minutes
Keywords: vegan panini, gluten free