Meatless Monday: Grilled Vegetable Panini

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Kelsey Nixon's Grilled Vegetable Panini with Herbed Feta Spread for Cooking Channel

Photo by: Alice Gao ©2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Alice Gao, 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Good sandwiches aren’t just for meat lovers. It’s time to think beyond hot pastrami and grilled chicken. When it comes to sandwich fixings, the sky’s the limit. To me, almost everything is better in sandwich form, including vegetables. Sure they’re great as they are, but they’re better between ciabatta.

Kelsey’s grilled vegetable panini is the perfect meal to make for tonight’s Meatless Monday dinner. Loaded with good for you ingredients, it’ll fill you up without inducing a food coma. The layers of grilled mushrooms, bell peppers and squashes gives each bite tons of texture and pair nicely with the crusty Italian bread. The best part is the herbed feta spread. It only takes minutes to make, and the bright and zesty flavors compliment the smokiness of the grilled veggies quite fabulously.

Sandwiches are meant to be casual and fun,  so don’t worry about sticking to the recipe exactly. Don’t like zucchini? Add more peppers. Eggplant caught your eye at the store? Go crazy. And don’t toss out that leftover spread. You’ll want to use it on everything.

Kelsey’s Grilled Vegetable Panini

1 Portobello mushroom, stem discarded and cap sliced thin
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 small yellow squash, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 small zucchini, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
4 slices ciabatta, each cut in half
4 pieces red leaf lettuce
Herbed Feta Spread
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Reduce the heat to medium. Spread one side of half the ciabatta pieces with Herbed Feta Spread and top each with one-fourth of the grilled vegetables and 1 lettuce leaf. Cover with the remaining pieces of ciabatta and brush the outsides of the sandwiches with oil. Place on the pan and grill, turning once, until the bread is browned and crisp and the cheese and vegetables are heated through, 8 to 10 minutes. If desired, place a cast-iron skillet on top of the sandwiches to press them while grilling. Serve warm.

Herbed Feta Spread: In a small bowl, combine the feta, cream cheese, sour cream, basil, chives and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and mix until blended. Cover and refrigerate until using.

More Meatless Sandwich Recipes:

Keep Reading

Next Up

Meatless Monday: Grilled Vegetables

Grill up a bunch of vegetables tonight and eat like a king for the rest of the week; use the veggies to make pasta dishes, omelets, burritos, sandwiches and pizza.

Meatless Monday: Grilled Vegetable Panini With Herbed Feta Spread

A grilled cheese in no longer the only vegetarian sandwich option. Try Kelsey's grilled vegetable and herbed feta sandwich for Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday: Grilled Vegetables With Tofu

Don't be tempted by the drive-through; make a meatless dinner in 15 minutes instead: Indian-spiced grilled vegetables with tofu.

Meatless Monday: Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

For a quick dinner tonight and excellent lunch tomorrow, try Ellie’s hummus and grilled vegetable wrap. The tender zucchini gets matched against crisp bell peppers, toasted pine nuts and a handful of baby spinach to create a wonderful contrast of textures.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Burgers

Vegetarian burgers have a bad rep, but can actually be quite delicious. You just need the right recipe, and these really simple black bean burgers are it.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Burgers

A round-up of our best veggie burger recipes for Meatless Monday and Labor Day.

Meatless Monday: Vegetable Chow Mein

On Meatless Monday, make a Chinese take-out favorite, Vegetable Chow Mein in 20 minutes.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Garbage Bread

Garbage bread is way less trashy than the name implies -- fill store-bought pizza dough with cheese and your favorite veggies.

On TV

Dinner at Tiffani's

7:30am | 6:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

8:30am | 7:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

10:30am | 9:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

11:30am | 10:30c

Cheap Eats

12pm | 11c

Cheap Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Cheap Eats

1pm | 12c

Cheap Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Good Eats

8pm | 7c

Good Eats: Reloaded

8:30pm | 7:30c

Good Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Good Eats

10pm | 9c

Good Eats: Reloaded

10:30pm | 9:30c
11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Good Eats

12am | 11c

Good Eats: Reloaded

12:30am | 11:30c

Good Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Good Eats

2am | 1c

Good Eats: Reloaded

2:30am | 1:30c
3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c
What's Hot
What's Hot

Cheap Eats

So Much Pretty Food Here