I have a confession to make. I ate out for dinner every. single. night. last week. Yup, it’s sad, very sad, but true. Every night, I would have such great intentions of coming home and making something delicious or at the very least, homemade, but after working a 12 hour day and getting home about 7 or 7:30, I just didn’t have the energy. Heck, I didn’t even really have enough energy to eat, but you know I can’t live without my food!
So come Saturday night, there was no way I was not making a homemade meal, and a tasty one at that. After a quick bike ride to and run on the Huckleberry Trail, I headed over to the farmer’s market and couldn’t resist grabbing a few gorgeous heirloom tomatoes. After eyeing some local french bread, inspiration struck for the perfect meal to get us back on track in the kitchen: heirloom tomatoes, homemade pesto, and havarti grilled cheeses.
Eating out is supposed be a treat, but these sandwiches ended up being waaaay better than anything I’d eaten all week. Funny how that works. Of course, I wasn’t exactly eating at the nicest restaurants in town, aka lots of fast food, but still, how can something so simple be that much better? Not to mention so much better for my waistline!
To keep us on the right track, I decided we needed to do a bit of meal planning for the next week. I’m definitely a planner, so I love making spreadsheets of recipes by day with the needed ingredients, although I rarely stick to the entire list for the week and get lazy when I have to make a change and then the entire list is outdated, but at least I try, right? Still, it was my goal to make food more of a priority this week, and so far, so good.
Do you plan your meals out in advance? Or just look in the fridge and wing it?
Pesto & Heirloom Tomato Grilled Cheese
Makes 1 sandwich
2 slices french bread
2 tablespoons pesto
3 slices heirloom tomato
1 slice havarti cheese
Heat griddle over medium heat.
Spread pesto on both sides of the french bread then top with the tomato slices and havarti.
Grill until cheese melts and bread is toasted, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Time: 10 minutes