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I believe that salt is to food, what food is to life. In right proportions, it can heighten the taste of what you eat..and in the wrong - destroy! Even the most delicious sweets come added with some salt...to taste!

As for me, I've never enjoyed cooking. And as contrary to my owning a food-blog as it may sound, I always think about daily, routine cooking as a chore. But my tryst with the pots and pans began when I got a kitchen all to myself...I began experimenting and exploring new worlds in my own home. Some outcomes were excellent and some plain disasters. Then sprouted the need to keep track of all those good ones...and hence this blog!

Here, I share those experiments that pleased more than one palate!




March 17, 2011

Skillet Toasted Spinach Mushroom Sandwich

The sun is peeking out, the wind is warming up. Spring is in the air...and that's what you're hearing everywhere. So, I won't be repetitive!!

Hah! That was such a mean way to start a post. But, all said and done this season does inspire you to 'get-fresh'(?)! With so much of feeling-good-about-the-day happening, I could not stop myself from dishing out something easy, healthy and filling for lunch. I just put together some spinach and mushrooms with a couple spices in a pan to make a delicious filling and slathered it along-side a wee bit of cheese (just to bind it all together) on a whole wheat flat bread. Voila! Lunch for two, under 20 minutes!


And, who is the two we're talking about? My sonny boy and me of course. This was a hit with him. I added extra cheese on his sandwich because these kids sure know to burn their calories. Fast!


Ingredients
4 Slices of bread (Use whatever kind you like. I used whole wheat flat bread for myself and regular white bread for my son)
1.5 Cups Mushrooms, wiped clean with a towel and coarsly chopped
2 Cups Spinach, washed and julienned
1/2 Small red onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp Chillie powder (add per your taste)
1 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or as much as you like/dislike)
1/2 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Olive Oil (Or any other oil that you normally use to cook)
And, of course, some salt to taste!


Method
- Heat oil in a saucepan, toss in the garlic and fry for a few seconds
- Add onions and fry until translucent
- Add cumin powder and stir
- Toss in the spinach and fry until the spinach wilts
- Now, add the chopped mushrooms and chillie powder and stir on medium-high flame for about 3 minutes
- Add salt and stir
- Simmer, cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes
- Meanwhile, spread butter over both sides of all the bread slices
- Heat a non-stick skillet and place slices on it on a low flame to toast them
- Uncover the spinach-mushroom filling and stir until all the water content evaporates
- Spoon filling over 2 slices and top with cheese
- Place the empty slices over the two 'filled' slices and gently press down gently
- Continue to toast on a low flame until all the cheese melts and the bread is toasted to golden brown perfection
- Serve hot with your favourite salad

Makes 2 wholesome sandwiches

7 comments:

  1. Droolworthy sandwich, truly filling and delicious..

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  2. Yummy, simple and healthy! Wish I had bread...

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  3. @ Priya - Filling, yes for sure! Try it!

    @ Veena - Go to the store. Now!

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  4. Looks Yummy Deepti
    --Jayashree

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  5. Thank you, Jayashree. Do try it out and tell me if it tastes yummy, too!

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  6. Perfect for a quick fix lunch. I personally love the spinach- mushroom combo very much :)


    US Masala

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