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For me, lunch is always the worst meal of the week. I’m home alone with 2 kids, one who in his wildest dreams won’t eat anything that mommy eats. Sometimes Madeline eats what I eat, but not always. I’m just not likely to make a big fuss out of lunch when I’m cooking for one (and taking care of two at the same time).

The problem with that is I usually result to snacking even though my body really needs more of a meal to sustain me through the rigors of stay-at-home mommyhood. It’s my new resolve to eat better at lunch time and to try to make the most of that hectic meal without a lot of work. It really isn’t that hard, I just need to plan better. Today I had an assortment of random leftovers that came together nicely. And quick.

Leftovers Panini

Leftovers Panini

Yield: 1 panini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I love a good panini. It's basically a grown-up grilled cheese. The best part is you can grab whatever leftovers are in the fridge and quickly turn it into a gourmet lunch.


  • 2 pieces of Focaccia bread
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 6 slices red bell pepper
  • Small handful of baby spinach
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar


  1. Slice mozzarella cheese and place on both slices of bread. Top each side with 3 thin slices red bell peppers. Slice the spinach and place on top of bell pepper slices.
  2. Drizzle both sides with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. place one additional piece of cheese on one slice (to help the two stick together). Close sandwich and grill in a panini grill until cheese is melted.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 701Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 22mgSodium 859mgCarbohydrates 91gFiber 11gSugar 35gProtein 24g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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