Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lazy Days and Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

Lazy Days.

Well, for some of us. The others have been very busy.

Construction projects of the IMPORTANT kind.
 (No Stimulus Money was used to build this sand castle)

Look at the attention to detail

Yes, that is a crab claw sticking out of the sand wall (ahem)

These sandwiches pack beautifully. So grill the vegetables the night before, assemble them in the morning and find yourself a sunny beach to enjoy lunch. 

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches: (makes 4 sandwiches)

One eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices (the long way, not rounds)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
sea salt
4 slices provolone cheese*
4 slices cheddar cheese*
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup mixed greens
4 Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats (100 calories and 5 grams of fiber!)

Marinate eggplant in balsamic vinegar for 5 minutes. Grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until soft. Sprinkle with sea salt, place in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight. 

To assemble sandwiches:

Place one piece of each type of cheese* on bottom slice of bread. Top with 1 slice eggplant, grated carrots and mixed greens. Drizzle a little more balsamic dressing on the greens and top with last slice of bread. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and pack in a cooler. 


*use your favorite cheese, swiss, munster, asiago.. it's all good! 


  1. Yum. Lunch.

    If only my kids would consider eating a green thing, I'd be able to stretch my cooking range more.

    Oh, well. The bright side is I only have a few years left.

  2. Sounds great. I grilled eggplant for veggie sandwiches last week but didn't think of the balsamic vinegar - I'll bet it adds a nice punch.

    Loved the sandcastle and the sandy little builders! :-)

  3. Has to be yummy. Thanks for the pictures and the recipe.

  4. I'm forwarding this one on to my daughter, who will LOVE it! Just make sure you keep the sand out!

  5. The veggie and cheese sandwiches at the beach - sounds like a great idea.

  6. Great looking sand castle and beach! And these sandwiches sound fab! I love grilled veggies and will definitely give these a try.

  7. Nice castle!

    I think I'd like that sandwich.

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