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Starting my sophomore year of college and being responsible for feeding myself everyday for the first time in my life, I struggled to find quick, easy recipes that required minimal cleanup. I refuse to use the stove or the oven just in case I’m the one who sets the house on fire (and because it just gets messy sometimes). I stray away from the microwave since almost every fire alarm that goes off on campus can be attributed to a microwave that was set to 30 minutes instead of 3 minutes.

So basically, I limit myself to the toaster oven and the George Foreman grill. After listening to my stomach one day, I started making paninis. They have become my go-to and I make a different kind every day. For me, slicing bread, veggies, and cheese; slapping it all together; and throwing it on the grill for 5 minutes is perfect. I only have to clean my knife, the cutting board, and the grill at the end. Considering how long stove top mac and cheese takes and the pot that you have to clean, I look like a genius. Just saying! Since I know you’re hopping on the panini bandwagon, I put together a list of some of my favorite recipes I’ve found so far this semester. Enjoy!

Honey-Walnut Crusted Aged Cheddar Panini

Honey walnut

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 panini

Honey Walnut Butter:

▪ 1 tablespoon shelled walnuts, finely chopped

▪ 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature

▪ 1 teaspoon honey


▪ 2 slices rustic white bread

▪ 1/8 pound sharp aged cheddar, thinly sliced


1. In a small bowl, combine the chopped walnuts, butter and honey and mix it all together until it’s well combined.

2. Spread a layer of Honey Walnut Butter on the slices of bread. Flip over one slice of bread and top it with 1/4 of the cheese. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, butter side up.

3. Grill the panini until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, 4 to 5 minutes.

Full recipe and original article can be found here.

Strawberry, Banana and Nutella Panini


Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 3 min | Total time: 8 min

Yield: 1 panini


▪ 2 slices multigrain bread

▪ 2 tablespoons Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread

▪ 2 strawberries, hulled and sliced

▪ 1/4 banana, sliced

▪ 2 teaspoons melted butter


1. Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.

2. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella inside two slices of bread. Top one slice with strawberries and bananas in a single layer. Close the sandwich and brush melted butter on top.

3. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the sandwich is heated through and the bread is toasted. Slice in half, serve immediately and enjoy!

Full recipe and original article can be found here.

The Rachel Sandwich


Prep time: 7 minutes | Cook time: 8 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1


▪ 5 ounces sliced roasted turkey breast

▪ 2 slices sourdough bread

▪ Unsalted butter

▪ 2 tablespoons Russian dressing

▪ 3 think slices Swiss cheese

▪ ¼ cup creamy coleslaw


1. Heat grill to medium-heat. Layer turkey slices on grill and let cook for 1 minute.

2. Butter one side of 1 slice of bread and spread opposite side with Russian dressing; place buttered-side down on grill. Butter one side of remaining slice of bread and place buttered-side down on grill; top with cheese. Turn turkey and top with coleslaw. Cook until turkey and bread are warmed through and cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Sandwich turkey and coleslaw between bread. Slice and serve immediately.

Full recipe and original article can be found here.

Brie & Dried Apricot Panini on Walnut Bread


Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 3 min | Total time: 8 min

Yield: 1


▪ 2 slices Walnut Bread thinly sliced, about 3/8″ thick (you can also often find nut breads in grocery store bakery departments)

▪ 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted

▪ 1 ounce Brie, thinly sliced (remove rind if desired)

▪ 3 dried apricots, halved lengthwise


1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

2. Brush a thin layer of melted butter onto the outer sides of two slices of bread. Inside one slice place a single layer each of Brie and dried apricot halves. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.

3. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese is melted and dark grill marks appear. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Full recipe and original article can be found here.

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