Monday, July 15, 2013

Pesto Avocado Melt

Grilled Cheese just got a makeover....with basil pesto, sliced tomato, and mashed avocado!
So good you'll almost forget it was ever "just" a grilled cheese...!

It's right around this point in the summer that I lose all interest in ever cooking dinner for my family again. I can't really explain it, but if I had to guess, it probably has something to do with the fact that it's summer....and I'm home with three kids (and often a few extra) all day, every day....and they expect me to feed them (all day, every day). So every day I make everyone breakfast, and I make everyone lunch, and I feed them in between, and by the time dinner rolls around, the last thing I want to do is make everyone dinner! Especially my kids! (Ha!)

I don't know about you, but for me, it is so often SO ungratifying to make dinner for my kids! Not only do they complain about whatever it is before they've even tried it....and attempt to eat as little as they can and still get the go-ahead on a treat....but they are usually so distracted by thoughts of whatever they might do after dinner that I'm not sure how much of it they even taste, anyway!

Ok. That being said, I still do (usually) make dinner for my family...but around this time of summer, dinner starts to get reeeallly easy. Like buttered noodles easy, or quesadilla easy, or Jorden's cooking chicken on the grill easy. And as much as I love (and need!) easy dinner options, I have to admit - I can only offer my kids the same three easy options for so long before I HAVE to come up with something new! And so, every now and then, a new easy dinner comes about.....and if we're lucky, it's as delicious as this Pesto Avocado Melt! All my favorite summer ingredients together in one sandwich - grilled, melted, and delightful.

Pesto Avocado Melt
4 slices whole wheat bread
4 deli slices provolone cheese
4 large tomato slices
1/4 c. prepared pesto
1 avocado, cut in half and mashed
2 Tbsp. butter

1.  Spread 2 slices of bread with 2 Tbsp. each prepared pesto.
2. Top each with 2 slices provolone, 2 slices tomato, 1/2 avocado (mashed), and remaining piece of bread.
3. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter for each sandwich; grill in panini press or griddle until bread is browned and cheese is melted.


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  1. I would be happy to eat one of these any day. When should I plan on coming for dinner? ☺

  2. I am SO with you! We are in a 90 degree stretch (and look to be all this week) so that means lots of swimming, beach trips, etc. I don't want to cook! I made a pasta salad and a few easy grab and go things but this? This looks easy and yummy - I knew I should have grabbed the Trader Joes pesto when I was there yesterday! But, it gives me the perfect reason to head back! Have a great day my friend!

  3. So glad I'm not the only one that is feeling the summer rut. It's hot, I don't want to cook, I need a break. That's how I feel at least! This looks yummy and so simple, perfect for summer!

  4. This looks delicious Cathy! I mean . . . it might have a little too much avocado . . . just kidding!! Yummy!!

  5. That looks delish. I pinned it so that I can make it soon! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I have been in a total cooking funk. I just frankly don't feel like doing it. It's hot, we are busy running around and I'm feeling lazy. But a sandwich I could do. My family really loves avocados. I can see this being a staple! Great recipe Cathy!

  7. Ohhhh my goodness, this looks so good!!! I'm definitely making this soon. Such a great way to jazz up grilled cheese.


    1. And by "soon" I meant.... tonight. I'm making this right now :)

  8. Pinned this recipe to my Sandwich board, it looks delicious!

  9. What a great looking sandwich. You are making me want to buy a panini pres.

  10. Cathy, oh my word. I need this right now!!

  11. Man oh man, this looks GOOD!!! And I totally 100% feel the same way about making dinner for my family, especially in the summer - I found myself saying YES out loud as I was reading what you wrote! I am definitely going to give this a try, you know how much I like pesto, lol! Pinning Cathy! :) Thanks for sharing!

  12. I can't get over how amazing this looks, I need this sandwich in my life asap!

  13. Nothing better then a melty sandwich. YUM. Found you over at Wednesday What's Its. I am co-hosting Tasty Tuesdays this week and would love for you to link up this recipe.

    Lori’s Culinary Creations

  14. Stopping by from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog hop! I can't wait to check out some of your tasty creations!

  15. This look soooo good, I just recently been hooked on avocados, I am going to be making this sandwich for sure! Found you on the Pinterest Power Party. Headed to your facebook page to give a new like!

  16. AWWW, thought for sure you would have a facebook page, I joined your site though! Have a great evening! :)

  17. Yummy! I love pesto, the kids not so much so I make them a pizza and then load a pizza for me with pesto and cheese:) Have a lovely weekend!

  18. Hi Cathy! Wow, this looks absolutely incredible and I love avocado!!! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning and sharing on FB over the weekend - and hope you have a fantastic one! Please join us next Friday!

  19. Hi :) I'd love for you to come by and share this at my Saturday Spotlight Link Party. Hope to see you there!



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