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Goat Cheese, Pear, & Arugula Paninis Recipe

Eruca sativa, or arugula, is a salad green with a rich, pungent taste.

Packed with vitamins, the plant has been affectionately dubbed “nature’s multi-vitamin.”

Goat Cheese, Pear, & Arugula Paninis

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Recipe by Marietta SongCourse: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

1

serving
Cooking time

10-15

minutes

    Paninis made on fresh baguettes are some of the best sandwiches ever! This recipe is good for a light dinner or hearty lunch.

    Ingredients

    • ½ oz.

      fresh arugula or spinach

    • 1 oz.

      goat cheese

    • 1 slice

      freshly made loaf of whole grain bread

    • 1 tablespoon

      honey

    • 1⁄3

      Bosc or red pear, sliced

    Directions

    • Slice your baguette into 1/2- to 3/4- inch thick slices. 

    • Top one slice with goat cheese, pear slices, and drizzle the honey on top. 

    • Top with arugula, season with salt and pepper. 

    • Top with the second slice of bread, and grill in a panini press until the outside is crispy and golden brown.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    • Calories—240 | Total Fat—7g | Saturated Fat—4g | Sodium—237mg | Carbohydrate—39g | Dietary Fiber—4g | Sugar—26g | Protein —8g

    Facts about Arugula

    Tips:

    Avoid yellowing leaves, wilted leaves, or exces- sively moist leaves. To keep for up to a week, wrap leaves in a layer or two of paper towels and store in a loosely-closed Ziplock®.

    Not your average salad.

    Arugula contains about eight times the calcium, fi ve times the vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, and four times the iron as the same amount of iceberg lettuce.

    Fiber & Phytochemicals.

    Arugula belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables, along with broccoli, kale, and cabbage. These vegetables are high in fiber and contain phytochemicals that are believed to help prevent cancer.

    Disease-Fighting Antioxidants.

    Arugula contains carotenoids, which can act as antioxidants and may aid in the prevention of diseases like cancer and macular degeneration.

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