Blackened Cajun Mushroom Melt Panini

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Blackened Cajun Mushroom Melt Panini is savory mushrooms blackened with Cajun seasonings and placed on Challah bread with melted cheese and baby greens and pressed into a panini.

Blackened Cajun Mushroom Melt Panini is savory mushrooms blackened with Cajun seasonings and placed on Challah bread with melted cheese and baby greens and pressed into a panini.

 Did you make any New Years resolutions this year? Me, no not really. I made “hopes” for 2016. One is to eat healthier and lose weight, another is to get my finances in order, the others are more like wishes I like to see happen for me.

I decided to change it up, instead of making resolutions, that I know I won’t keep, I make “hopes” instead. By changing it up, I am actually more excited to really see if can make those hopes and wishes comes true. Just by changing up the terminology, and not putting so much pressure on myself, it helped changed my outlook for making things happen in 2016. Funny how little things like that can make a difference.

I have always been willing to accept change, but I am stubborn to change as well. What I mean by that is my weight loss challenge. I know how to lose weight, I know what to do, every year I am very gung-ho at the start the New Year, then I lose steam. I think it because I do put so much pressure on myself, plus the weight never comes off fast enough, yeah I want to be a size 10 overnight.

So what about doing the change not about losing weight, but make the change in my thinking. Make it I hope to lose weight, Not I am going to lose weight. Life is short, so how about trying to change in the way we think. It may end up with a better result, right?

Why the changing the mindset talk? I am just ready for new chapters in my life. I have seen where staying in the same mindset can really limit you. Those results of not changing, I saw a person so unhappy with everything, I don’t want to be like that. Life unpredictable, so go with the change and figure out how to adapt so you can grow. That is my philosophy.

Blackened Cajun Mushroom Melt Panini is savory mushrooms blackened with Cajun seasonings and placed on Challah bread with melted cheese and baby greens and pressed into a panini.

 So I admit I am a mushroom lover. I just love those fungi! I wanted to do something with mushrooms on a sandwich. I got inspired to do a blackened Cajun mushrooms when I saw a recipe that was a blackened mushroom salad. I liked the idea, originally, was thinking of using a garlic based mushroom with fresh basil leaves, but the store had this sweet baby lettuce on sale, well, the brain went into thinking mode on how I can make this mushroom sandwich. A few experiments later and I had a winner in this sandwich.

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Blackened Cajun Mushroom Melt Panini


  • Author: Deanna Samaan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Description

Savory mushrooms blackened with Cajun seasonings and placed on Challah bread with melted cheese and baby greens and pressed into a panini. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.


Ingredients

  • 4 slices Challah bread
  • 4 slices brick cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sweet baby lettuce

Instructions

  1. In a saute pan heat up the olive oil and saute the mushrooms for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning onto the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are very brown. Take them off of the heat.
  3. Heat up the panini press, and lightly brush one side of each slice of bread with a little olive oil,
  4. Place oil side down on the panini press the bread, put a layer of the sweet baby lettuce on top the bread.
  5. Next follow that up with a slice of cheese.
  6. Then top off with a layer of mushrooms.
  7. On top the mushrooms is another slice of cheese.
  8. Finally, top off with the other bread slice, making sure the oil side is facing up.
  9. Lower the panini press and cook for about 2 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted,
  10. Take it off the press, and ENJOY!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 310
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5 Comments
  • Mary Frances
    January 6, 2016

    I love the salads many bloggers are posting this week, but I need a break from all that green for something hearty and savory like this! You can never go wrong with greens, mushrooms and cheese! And I love the Challah bread, just delicious!

  • Mike T
    January 6, 2016

    I know what you mean about being resistant to change.. I’ve been working on losing weight since July of 2015, and have managed to go down 25 pounds in that time. I see all the crazy things people try to lose weight (personal fave: drinking milkshakes instead of eating real food–Like THAT is sustainable!), and just shake my head. You have to make small, incremental changes for them to stick. Logging each and every thing I eat/drink is the only way for me to do it, knowing that I’m developing the healthier habits as I do so.

    I like ice cream, booze, and pizza too much to give them up, so I have to find ways to make them work in my “eat less / move more” diet! Food logging helps on the “eat less”, and my Fitbit helps on the “more more” side of things.

    BTW, I was glad to see that you did get to do something to celebrate your birthday after all. Sounds like it was a good time!

  • peter @feedyoursoultoo
    January 7, 2016

    Loving the cajun; loving the brad choice; loving the panini. Bottom line – loving the sandwich!

  • cheeseandchinese
    February 25, 2016

    So original! Have never put mushrooms on my panini but that’s such a clever idea!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 25, 2016

      Thank you! Funny how sometimes something we would not think of comes out so good 🙂