Broccoli Avocado Panini

by Amy Renee
Broccoli Avocado Panini

Here is yet another version of my favorite hummus avocado veggie sandwich. Leftover broccolini helps to make a super quick, super satisfying panini.

I LOVE SANDWICHES! They are my favorite thing to make for a quick, super yummy lunch that is easily portable for when you are on the go. Of course you could also make a sandwich look pretty and add a nice side of fresh fruit on the side for when you are entertaining.

A panini maker is one of the best things you could have in my opinion. Just slap some hummus and avocado on a tortilla, some seedy, whole wheat or rye bread, pita bread or another delicious bread of your choice, season with your favorite spices and fill with raw, sautéed, grilled or roasted veggies and press until warm. Easy peasy!

I am sure all of you food savvy readers are already aware, but I have to point out that when picking out bread try to find some that is free of added sugars, soybean oil (this is likely genetically modified unless the label specifically states “non-GMO”) and if possible one that has been made with whole grains rather than refined ones. The fresh made breads in the bakery aisle of the supermarket is where you generally find the healthiest bread options (unless you’re a rockstar and make it yourself!). The packaged breads and bread products are full of preservatives and other additives not to mention the aforementioned refined grains they are generally made of. Why would you strip away all that goodness???

Most of the time I use whole wheat pita for my sandwiches, but for this one I used a whole grain tortilla. These can be tricky to work with. They aren’t as pliable as white flour tortillas and can crack when you fold them. Sometimes it helps to sprinkle a little bit of water on them to make them a tiny bit pliable before loading on the hummus and other ingredients then folding in half and pressing in the panini press.

As I always do (or usually anyway) with my veggie sandwiches I begin by spreading a thin (but not too thin) layer of hummus, then I add the avocado. Sometimes I leave the avocado in slices and sometimes I smoosh it into the hummus to make an avo-hummus spread. Sprinkle with whatever spices you like, layer your veggies on one side (careful not to overload or your sammy will be spilling out all over the place), and fold over the top. Use a spatula to load the panini onto the preheated panini press and let it brown. Careful not to burn it!

I can’t remember the last day I went without hummus. Or avocado. Or veggies.

This is so simple to throw together. I made roasted broccolini for dinner the night before and had left overs in the fridge. All I had to do was throw together the sandwich, heat it up, and voila!

BROCCOLINI AVOCADO PANINI

Prep Time: 5 minutes     Cook Time: 5 minutes     Total Time: 10 minutes     Makes: one panini

INGREDIENTS
  • One whole grain tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons classic hummus
  • 2 ounces avocado, sliced
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • Dash Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup roasted or grilled broccolini (about 2 cups raw)
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat a panini press at medium-high heat. If you don’t have a panini grill you could grill the panini in a skillet, but some of the veggies may shift when you flip it.
  2. Place the tortilla on a flat surface, either a plate or a cutting board and spread the hummus over the entire surface.
  3. Layer the avocado slices on one half of the tortilla.
  4. Sprinkle the spices on top (don’t go overboard – especially with the red pepper flakes!).
  5. Layer the broccolini on top of the avocado.
  6. Sprinkle the nutritional yeast on top and fold the tortilla over the veggies.
  7. Use a spatula to gently place the sandwich in the panini press and close the lid. Cook until brown, checking often to ensure you don’t burn your precious panini!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 panini Calories: 341 Fat: 16 Saturated fat: 3 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 36 Sugar: 2 Sodium: 294 Fiber: 13 Protein: 13 Cholesterol: 0

Yummy, yum yum yum! So simple, so healthy, so delicious. Now go roast some broccolini to eat for dinner tonight so you can make this for lunch tomorrow!

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