The matriarch of our family, Paula, is not much of a planner. When we were growing up, she somehow would decide most nights around 5 what we were eating for dinner that night. I vividly remember many afternoons, her getting up from the couch after Oprah and asking us what we felt like. How’d she do that? It was always good though. That’s talent.
I can’t really do that. I plan meals at the beginning of the week. It’s how I operate. When planning for the week, I consult my brain, my cookbooks, my recipe book, or recipes I’ve printed to try for the first time. Some times when I’m in a rut, I go to Hello Fresh’s website . This may seem weird, but I like to look at their menus for the upcoming weeks because everything sounds so good. We did a trial run once for their meals. They were all delicious, but I couldn’t justify it because I have the time to plan and cook, and I actually enjoy it. Plus it was like approximately 5,000 boxes that I had to get rid of after it was delivered. Anyways, if I’m in a rut, sometimes I’ll go look at their menus, and if something sounds good, I’ll google a recipe for something similar, or just whip it up because there’s really no need for a recipe-like what I’m about to show you.
A few weeks ago, I needed a new idea and they had a zucchini, pesto, and sun dried tomato sandwich for a dinner choice. This is a sandwich of my summer dreams.
I sliced the zucchini very thin and roasted it in the oven.
Then I spread some pesto on the bread (I used sourdough for Mark’s and my annoying, high maintenance g-free for me). Then I added some jarred sun dried tomatoes, the zucchini, and a little bit of mozzarella. If you feel the need for some protein, add some turkey.
Then I toasted it up with a wee-bit of butter.
These are the best non stick pans that are non toxic, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg. You just have to take care of them.
The result was delicious. If I chat with our matriarch on the phone in the afternoons, she will often ask what I’m making for dinner. I talked with her on this day, and when I told her she said, “poor Mark.”
Poor Mark??? This was wonderful, and he rated it an 8.5 out of 10 on the sandwich scale. We ate a salad with this and called it a day. You could also up the carb. quota and serve it with P Dub’s roasted potato wedges (add some Italian seasoning) that are always a winner. Bam.
Peace, love, and pesto,