June 1, 2015

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches
Meatless Monday: Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches
My boyfriend is obsessed with caprese salads. If it's on the menu, he's ordering it. He loves mozzarella and could eat a ball of it like an apple. Anytime I find a healthy recipe that's a riff on a caprese, I add it to our meal list for the week because I know it'll be super tasty and a big hit at home.

I've been following Meatless Monday for over a year and a half now and I love finding new and creative ways to go meatless. I haven't gotten tired of it yet and it's no surprise I haven't when I can make tasty meals like these zucchini caprese sandwiches! 

I think you can substitute the zucchini for eggplant if you'd like. I have a love-hate relationship with zucchini to be honest (and with eggplant, too) so I'm still trying to figure out an alternative. My crazy sister doesn't like tomatoes but I don't know what you can substitute those with because they're the rock of this sandwich. Don't skimp on the tomats. Or the balsamic. I also used different rolls both times I made this (see the difference above) and both were equally delicious. 
Meatless Monday: Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches
Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches
Recipe modified from Cooking Light
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 1 sandwich | PointsPlus: 9
Ingredients:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 medium zucchini, trimmed, and cut into long ribbons
  • 4 (2-oz.) ciabatta rolls, split and toasted
  • 2 tsp olive oil 
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 6-oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Directions:
  • Preheat the oven broiler
  • Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Arrange zucchini in the pan and cook on either side until slightly browned. Set aside
  • Split the ciabatta rolls in half and brush the cut sides with olive oil. Top evenly with zucchini, tomato, mozzarella, and basil. Season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and top with the other half of bread
  • Place the sandwiches under the broiler and heat until slightly melty, making sure the basil doesn't burn
Meatless Monday: Zucchini Caprese Sandwiches
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