Often, I spend copious amounts of time trying to come up with the perfect post title. It has to be catchy, witty and of course, it must subtly convey the topic at hand.
And other times, I just let the content do the talking. Such is the case with this Grilled Vegetable Sandwich on WholeGrains Bread with Basil Goat Cheese Spread recipe. I mean really, what more can I say?
This post is brought to you by Dempsters – and, your body from the year 2013. Sure, Dempsters supplied the delicious bread, but what does your body have to do with it?
Well, it’s a humble request to start looking after your health. It’s a reminder that 2013 is the perfect time to make those small changes that bring about long-term health benefits. And it’s a refresher course in the nutrition – for instance: Did you know that 1 slice of Dempsters WholeGrains bread contains this? ->>
In a society where wisp-thin celebrities turn up their noses at carbohydrates, here’s a dose of reality – Whole Grains, such as the ones found in Dempsters bread – provide so many nutritional benefits that are often overlooked in favour of skinny jeans.
The thing is – our bodies have a long memory. And as we age, they won’t care what we wore to our office holiday party in December 2012, but they will remember all the wonderful nutrients we’ve fueled them with over the years. Make 2013 the year you give back to your body with healthy, natural choices that promote vitality.
To start, here’s an easy, delicious recipe that is chock full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are essential for your health. I whipped this sandwich up today for lunch and just had to share! Add a healthy dose of Vitamin C, a splash of Calcium and a generous serving of deliciousness, and you’ve got a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich on WholeGrains Bread with Basil Goat Cheese Spread. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS (Serves 2)
6 slices of your favourite Dempsters WholeGrains Bread (We love 12 Grain)
1 red pepper, quartered and seeded
1 zucchini, sliced lenthwise
1 red onion, sliced in rounds
4 tbsp of soft, unripened Goat’s Milk cheese
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
Evenly coat an indoor grill pan with an olive oil spray and preheat to medium high. Mix the Goat’s Milk cheese with the chopped basil; set aside.
Grill vegetables in two batches until soft and charred, about 5 minutes. The red peppers will take the longest; they may need to hang out for an extra 3-4 minutes after the zucchini and onion have been removed.
Lightly toast your Dempsters WholeGrains bread. Thinly spread the Goat’s Milk cheese mixture on one slice. Top with grilled zucchini and red onion.
Layer one more slice of toasted Dempsters bread and again, thinly spread with the cheese mixture. Add the grilled red pepper on top. Finally, generously spread a heaping tablespoon of the Goat’s Milk cheese mixture on the last slice of bread.
Assemble and enjoy with a few slices of apple or pear (or if you’re like my toddlers, eat the apple, look at the sandwich inquisitively and then proceed to pull out each vegetable individually). Bon Appetit!
Tell me, what will you do for your body in 2013? While my ultimate goal is always to make it back to the gym, the easiest way to optimal health is to start with better food choices. Tasty Dempsters WholeGrains Bread is a great way to incorporate essential nutrients that your body craves.
And so here’s a “toast” to all my friends and family – May 2013 be your most delicious year yet!
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deliciously done looks wonderful
Thank you so much :)
Oh my gosh! That sounds delish! Grilled veg and goat cheese!! Mmmmm!
I just had the sandwich again for lunch – two thumbs way up!
That sandwich looks awesome! My plan for the new years an always is cut portion sizes. Been doing pretty good, yet there’s always room for improvement. :-)
I am with you! I actually just had half the sandwich, and am saving the other half for my 4pm snack :)
Dempsters 100% whole wheat bread is my favourite and I can’t wait to try this sandwich out for lunch today. Looks delicious! Thanks Lena.
You’re welcome! Duly impressed that you have all the ingredients – enjoy!
sounds and looks yummy, but I am not a fan of goat cheese so would have to use something else
Not a problem Debbie! You can substitute Swiss or mozzarella, or even Feta would be divine!
wow yummy and so healthy! i love that it doesnt look super dry
It’s not dry at all thanks to the juices from the grilled veggies and generous goat cheese spread!
I always eat whole grain or whole wheat bread – I just like it better than white bread! And your recipe here looks delish!
Thanks Jenny – please do try it!
The grilled veggies look really good!
They’re really yummy – I hope you try it Kristina!
This sandwich looks so good! I think Santa might be bringing me a new grill, so this will be one of the 1st things I try!
Oh what a wonderful way to start grilling! Enjoy Kat!
This looks so yummy! Zucchini and red onion just may be my two fave veggies… especially when grilled! Thanks for the recipe.
NP Nicole! The three veggies featured in this recipe are some of my faves too :) Grilled zucchini is ridiculously delicious!
i’m trying to eat more fruits and veg in 2013. great looking sandwich!
Thanks Tara – great resolution!
Q: “Tell me, what will you do for your body in 2013?”
A: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!”
Actually something far more difficult: I try to stick to the goal of eating healthier. I find if I set firm, hard targets then I almost set myself up for failure as no one can get things exactly right. Not unless you’re obsessive-compulsive.
So rather than a firm goal, I set a soft goal: try to eat the healthiest of all options available. And eat until satiated rather than full. So if I had to choose between a burger and a bowl of noodles, I would choose noodles. But I would only eat until I no longer feel hungry. Or maybe a smidgen more. But only until not hungry. You don’t need to eat until you’re full because some foods don’t fill your stomach and yet, calorie-wise, pack quite a punch.
And the occasional cheat treat. Of a small, reasonable portion.
J, I think this a most responsible way to go about things, and I will totally be adopting your philosophy! Everything in moderation; healthy options first, and only eating to hunger. Wishing you a healthy year!
Holy crap does that look delicious! Very simple too – which makes this even better!
As for what I will do for my body? I am planning on increasing my work outs – add more weight training into the mix!
Sounds fabulous Suzanne! And I love your comment – made me giggle!
My body goal for 2013 is to conquer the max resistance level on my eliptical! I currently do 30 minutes 5 times a week at level 12. My machine goes to level 16. I know I can work myself up to this in 2013!
Wow, you are my hero! I totally suck at the elliptical, LOL! Good for you and good luck!!
Never liked goat cheese….until now.
Glad you enjoyed it :)
The grilling picture looks so good that I am sure I can smell it cooking.
Oooh, I think we’re only a few years away from scratch and sniff monitors!
Mmmm, I’ll be buying the ingredients to make this next shopping trip! Sounds delicious! I love sandwiches and would have never thought of this combination!
Pinning to my Pinterest so I am easily find it! :)
Thanks Mandy! I hope you love it!
I wonder if there are any stores open at 2am? Sounds delicious and nutritious.
Hahaha! I know Sobeys is open 24 hours :)
:) Thanks Yash!
This looks delicious, definitely on my to do list!
Thanks for sharing
You’re welcome Tammy, enjoy!
This is completely drool worthy! Goat cheese is the best.
Thanks Riley, I know you’ll love it!
That’s awesome, Thank you!
This looks delicious! I’ve recently discovered the yumminess of roasted veggies so I can imagine how tasty this is!
Debbie White Beattie
I love Dempsters bread and I have a couple of different ones I like, like whole wheat whole grain and flax, yummy