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Author Notes: One of the best ways to cook something is inside of a bread, in a panini maker.
After shying away from simple(r) carbs for a while, I recently realized I was overdoing it and starving myself. My latest bike ride was an eye opener in that sense. I lost nearly 40 lbs over the past 7 months and I am now at a decent bike climber body composition. But my body was protesting it and begging for energy during high intensity workouts. So I decided to give it a break and treat it to an all time favorite comfort food every now and then: paninis.
Well, panini idea is all well and good but it is usually associated with that stretchy, gooey melted cheese. As a vegan convert, I now needed to come up with an idea that would work for me. See the above picture for the result, and the below recipe for how to make it. Hot hummus performs wonderfully instead of cheese and eggplant slices, black beans and sun dried tomatoes are an absolute taste bomb mixture. —Dreamy Leaf
- 2 slices of your favorite bread
- 4 tablespoons hummus
- 1/3 cup black beans, cooked
- 4 slices of eggplants
- 2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes
- earth balance spread
- Grill the eggplant slices in the panini maker.
- Put the hummus on both inner sides of the bread slices. Lay the eggplant slices on the bottom, add a pinch of salt. Add the black beans and a little more salt over them. Add the sun dried tomatoes. Close the sandwich and put the earth balance spread over the top slice.
- Throw (not really, just put it gently) the assembled sandwich in the panini maker and just try to be patient as the bread browns and the flavors develop on the inside.