After a long day of errands and picking up your children from their extracurricular activities, you may not feel like making a full-scale meal when you get home. Instead of ordering takeout or reheating some leftovers, paninis could be an easy way to give your kids exactly what they want without creating a bunch of dirty dishes.
Unless you have a panini maker handy, one of the easiest ways to whip up these sandwiches is with a grill pan. Let your kids assemble their sandwiches, and make sure to pick up bread with thick slices that can trap in the flavor of all the ingredients. You'll also need a panini press, which is a rather inexpensive item you can find at any home goods store.
A good rule of thumb when cooking paninis on a grill pan is to coat each side of the sandwich with olive oil. You could use butter, but olive oil is a much healthier alternative. Allow the sandwich to cook for about three minutes on each side and serve with a side salad or pasta salad for an easy and nutritious dinner.
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