Lemon Pesto Zucchini Sandwich

Hi Everyone,

You already know I am a huge sandwich person, I swear I could eat anything sandwiched between two pieces of bread.  Mmmm, bread!  Yes, bread is my weakness!!  Anyway I had the sandwich craving and I didn’t want Subway or an ordinary sandwich shop sandwich.  I wanted something with flavor, pizzazz and something that would make me want more!  Well, I did it!  I think I may actually like this sandwich better than my Caprese Sandwich, which is just pure craziness!!

Lemon Pesto Zucchini Hot Sandwich

This sandwich is one of those wing it  / use up what is in the refrigerator sandwiches.  I had some basil that was standing on its last legs, so I decided to make a pesto with it, and by mistake I added a tad too much lemon.  When I mixed my basil into the fat-free mayonnaise, the flavor of the lemon and basil was incredible.  I thought this would be perfect with zucchini!!  So out came the skillet and the zucchini!

Lemon Pesto Zucchini Hot Sandwich

I added some cooking spray to my pan, added some peppers and onions, because you know I put that stuff on everything, cooked that a tad bit then in went the zucchini.  I didn’t add any seasoning to it because of all the flavor the basil had.  Once I cooked the veggies, I added it to my sweet french baguette.  I have said this before, but I highly recommend doing this.  Hollow out your bread!   Just cut your bread in half and pull out all the bread on the inside so you have a nice shell, basic all your eating is the crust.  Then you have a ton of room to fill all of your ingredients, plus it’s fewer calories and less carbs.  I do this all of the time when I make a sandwich.  On this sandwich I went from 197 grams to 128.  I just saved over 100 calories!

Lemon Pesto Zucchini Hot Sandwich

I added just a tad amount of mozzarella cheese because I didn’t want to go to high in calories.  Since this was dinner  I was looking at about a 400 calorie meal and this sandwich with pesto and all came in at 403.  Boy am I good!  :)  Almost as good as this sandwich!  lol, just kidding!   I placed my sandwich in the broiler for about 4 minutes and it was perfect!  I couldn’t wait to eat it!!  It’s creamy, lemony, savory from the basil and the vegetables are tender and hot.  This was my perfect sandwich!!

Lemon Pesto Zucchini Sandwich

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 1 large Sandwich

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich

Lemon Pesto Zucchini Sandwich

A hearty, hot, zucchini sandwich topped with a lemon infused pesto and mayonnaise mixture.

Ingredients

  1. For Pesto
  2. 25 Basil Leaves
  3. 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  4. 1 tsp. Parmesan cheese, grated
  5. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  6. 1 tbsp. mayonnaise, fat free
  7. Vegetables:
  8. Cooking Spray
  9. 1/3 cup (74 grams) onion, sliced thin
  10. 1/3 cup (48 grams) sweet bell pepper, sliced thin
  11. 1 medium (100 grams) zucchini, sliced thin
  12. 6" french baguette (128 grams)
  13. 3 slices, tomato, cut thin
  14. .03 grams mozzarella cheese, lite

Instructions

  1. To make pesto; in a mini food processor add basil, garlic, parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Process until all combined and chopped. This will not be creamy. Place pesto in a bowl and add mayonnaise. Mix until creamy smooth. Add salt & pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Spray a medium non-stick skillet with cooking spray, add onions and peppers. Cook until slightly tender, about 2 minutes; add zucchini; cook until soft about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If the vegetables start to stick to the pan, add a touch of olive oil or chicken stock)
  3. Slice baguette horizontally, and carefully, pull the center of the bread so it's hollow and you have basically just the crust of the bread.
  4. Add pesto to both the insides of the bread and top with vegetables; tomato slices and top with cheese.
  5. Place in a broiler on the lower shelf; cook until the cheese is melted, about 4 minutes.

Notes

Calories per sandwich: 403, Fat: .07, Cholesterol: .08, Sodium: 820, Potassium: 625, Carbs: 84, Fiber: 6.3, Sugar: 2.1, Protein: 12.2

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Lemon Pesto Zucchini Hot Sandwich

I will tell you this sandwich is pretty filling and I can guarantee if you have this, you will be stuffed!  I did what I could to finish mine and I wouldn’t have a problem doing that again.  If you’re not too much into bread, this would also be amazing in a wrap!!  Heck, serve it as a side dish with some chicken.  Ok, my brain is getting crazy ideas again!  I love it!  i think with that said, I better get going!

Have a great weekend!

Toodles,

Jennifer

Lemon Pesto Zucchini Hot Sandwich

Comments

  1. You can pack my lunch any day!

  2. This looks absolutely delicious! So springy!
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  3. Like the mayo idea! Lemon and pesto, YUMMMMM! Looks nice and toasty too!
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  4. I love sandwiches, too! And oh my lord, this has pesto, my favorite ingredient, hands down! Pulling out the bread is such a good idea, too…you always need more room for the fillings :)
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  5. Beautiful sandwich!
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  6. Jennifer, thanks for stoppping by and adding your link to the “plummy” collection. Cheers

  7. This just goes to show you don’t need meat to make a hearty sandwich! This looks so good and I love the lemon pesto!
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  8. Ohhhhh drool. I had a panini that looked similar yesterday at a restaurant and I’m still enamored, but I bet yours is even more amazing with the lemon and this bread!!!

  9. I love finding new uses for zucchini – especially because the CSA shares are about to start! This sandwich is just so summery!
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