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Resteraunt Inspiration

by Meghann on July 22, 2009

The other weekend I had the most amazing sandwich at 310 Park South. The wonderful sandwich consisted of grilled veggies that had been marinated in a sweet balsamic vinegar then covered in cheese. Absolute perfection.  It’s the type of sandwich that lingers on your taste buds making you want to eat it again and again.

It’s also a sandwich I knew I could easily replicate at home and have been wanting to experiment with it in my own kitchen. Apparently I was not the only one who was inspired by the combination of flavors. Last week Amanda from RuntoFinish had great success with making her own variation of the sandwich. I have to say hers looked so good I knew the time has come for me to finally recreate it on my own.


I started by slicing Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Eggplant then marinated in a mix of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil.


While they were marinating I completed level 1 of the 30 Day Shred for the day. I love how you can easily squeeze the 20 minute video into any part of the day. Plus it gave me something to do while the veggies were soaking up all the flavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I grilled the veggies on the George Foreman.


Unfortunately I only have a mini foreman so I had to grill in stages. It took a little time to say the least, but worth the effort to get the pretty grill marks.

I then stacked a slice of Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and some Spinach between two slices of Publix Bakery Multi Grain Bread. At the least minute I decided to slather on Ricotta Cheese on one side, which ended up being the BEST IDEA EVER!


I pressed the sandwich until the bread was crispy and the ricotta was melty.


The ricotta really put this sandwich on the top. It was OMG good. I have never thought to use ricotta cheese in a panini before, but I can assure you I will think of it from now on.


The sweetness of the grilled veggies also added a great flavor element to the pressed sandwich. I have to say this version was just as good as I got in the restaurant. Yum, Yum! I still have plenty of grilled veggies left, so you will more then likely see different variations of this flavor combination for the rest of the week ๐Ÿ˜‰

With the sandwich I had some Apple and Cherries.


For dessert I had the last half of my last Peanut Butter Trail Mix Blondie courtesy of Amanda.


It’s official Amanda… I’m ready to be restocked. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This afternoon was spent conducting more Twitter research part. The best part was after I tweeted about enjoying The Twitter Book one of the authors @SarahM tweeted back letting me know she was glad I enjoyed it. Yet again, just another cool thing about Twitter!

Around 4:00 I did break into my snack of Carrots and Almond Butter.


And once the carrots ran out I proceeded to just used a knife as a vehicle to finish off my AB consumption.


I thought it was classier then digging my fingers in or literally licking up the remains. All of which if I were not at my desk I would have happily engaged in.

Now is the time of the evening where I sit back and commence being a lazy couch potato. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 nutritionbyeve July 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I haven’t had grilled veggies in a while! I absolutely love them too. The sweet and savory combo is perfect!

2 trinichiqn July 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm

This morning I got caught licking a container. I was the first in the office so I was having breakfast and it was tasting so good I didn’t want to waste the last little bit so just as I had the bowl up and my head tilted back, my office door opened. Thankfully I was able to kind of cover because the person was distracted but it was still embarassing especially since everyone knows I love to eat, I don’t want to appear greedy.

3 Spotty Prep July 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Holy moly that sandwich looks fantastic!! I’m being a lazy couch potato right now ๐Ÿ™‚

4 Jen July 22, 2009 at 8:49 pm

YUMMY sammy creation!!!

5 Lauren July 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I made such a similar amazing grilled veggie pita. After I ate this remarkable thing, I reminded myself how freaking awesome grilled veggies are.

The ricotta sounds like a great addition, but have you ever tried hummus and goat cheese? To die for comibation on a veggie sandwich.

I love being a lazy couch poatao, it’s totally deserved after a long day! ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Matt July 22, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Mmmm ricotta cheese…

7 Kelly July 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Yum…carrots and nut butter. Always a good combo. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to have to download that Twitter program because it still confuses me!

8 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) July 22, 2009 at 9:13 pm

That sandwich looks fantastic! I love me some grilled veggies…

9 RunToFinish July 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm

OHHH I didn’t do my bread in the forman, but next time!!

10 Katrina (gluten free gidget) July 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm

I ate at that cafe once when I was in college! A-MAZING!

11 Kristin July 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

OMG I must try that sandwich!! I LOVE ricotta cheese on sandwiches and even dalloped on salads!

12 Lizzy July 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

omg that pannini looks AMAZING and right up my ally! i have to try making one of my own!

13 andee July 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Great sandwich idea! I love using balsamic over veggies but never thought of it in a sandwich before.

14 "Snack" to Weight Loss Eating? July 22, 2009 at 9:59 pm

The food you eat looks soo delicious! and healthy!!

15 Christina July 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm

That sandwich sounds delicious! Definitely making it for myself soon.

16 roseyrebecca July 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm

The sandwich looks great!! I love recreating foods from restaurants, especially when my version comes out better!! It’s cheaper too!!


17 hillary July 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm


18 Rachel July 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Oooh – next time you can slather some ricotta on a DESSERT SANDWICH! Ever seen this one?

19 Whit July 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Enjoy your couch potatoing! Your sandwich looks so delicious. I want to make my own version now!

20 bobbi July 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Megs you have given me inspiration to be more creative in the kitchen!!!!

21 Kiki July 23, 2009 at 4:26 am

brilliant sarnie idea! i ought to try it asap! i am thinking adding some mushrooms (cant get enough) and possibly some thinly sliced tomatoes – should be good!


22 Ada July 23, 2009 at 7:14 am

Oh man, that looks like a great sammie! I am definitely whipping out my George Foreman in the near future;)

23 Amanda July 23, 2009 at 7:30 am

Got your message loud and clear! I’ll help restock your treat supply this weekend.

24 Becci July 23, 2009 at 11:04 am

That sandwich looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to get groceries so I have the supplies to try this!!

25 WholeBodyLove July 24, 2009 at 3:21 am

The sandwich looks awesome. What exactly was the marinade you used for the veggies?

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