Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian Buns

*This is a sponsored post by King’s Hawaiian.  All opinions are mine.  I love this company.  Mustard and herb marinated grilled veggie sandwiches on King's Hawaiian Buns.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAh, summer.  I’m so glad it has finally started for us!!  School got out late this year so it didn’t really feel like we could really DO summer until a week ago.  Now our days are filled with swim lessons and keeping cool.  And it finally feels right to barbecue everything.  I’m not a huge fan of steak though, and I eat a ton of chicken so I wanted to switch it up a little.  Grilled veggies are one of my favorite things to eat so I thought, Hey!  Why not make them in to a sandwich?!  

Easy marinated grilled vegetable sandwich with King's Hawaiian buns.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comA quick trip to the store yielded all the ingredients for the grilled sandwich of my dreams!!  But you could easily sub out whatever makes your heart happy.  Do not switch out these King’s Hawaiian buns though.  I’ve never loved hamburger buns but THESE I could eat on their own.  Same great taste as their rolls.  And super light and airy.  While this is a sponsored post, I totally don’t have to make lifestyle changes based on the writing of a post for one company.  But I plan to only use these buns for my burgers from now on.  Gross regular hamburger buns, consider yourselves replaced!

Mustard and herb marinade for grilled veggies.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI really like to play around with different flavors for my grilled veggies.  I love how caramely they can get with a good balsamic vinegar and how flavorful they can be with a drizzle of evoo and some fresh minced garlic.  But when I came across this recipe for a mustard and herb grilled veggie sandwiches.  I knew I had to try them out!  I also knew the sweet touch of the King’s Hawaiian buns would be the perfect balance to the tang of the mustard.  If you are not a fan of mustard (which I am usually not) then you can still make this grilled vegetables sandwich by using an easy vinaigrette (mix about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar, 1/8 tsp salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste, 1 clove garlic minced, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried basil).

Marinade the vegetables in a mustard and herb mixture before grilling! So yummy!  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI made the mustard herb sauce and tossed all my veggies in it.  They don’t need to really marinade in the sauce, just need to be coated.  I also didn’t baste them throughout the cooking process.  I’m a lazy cook…  Well, my husband usually does the grilling, but I guess I was too lazy to tell HIM to baste them…

Tip:  Spread mustard on King's Hawaiian buns before grilling to mimic In N Out's "fried mustard"!  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHere’s the kicker you guys.  So I love In N Out (a pure California treat!  So sorry if you have never experienced it.  Put it on your bucket list).  On their animal style burgers they do something called “fried mustard” where they grill mustard on to the bun.  It’s so great!  So I decided to try that out on the grill.  All you need to do is spread a light layer of yellow mustard on each side of the bun before placing them directly on the heat.  

Meatless Monday grilled veggie sandwich recipe.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThen you send your husband outside with a whole lotta veggies to grill.  And then give him instructions like, “Look pensive.  Now really sell it.  You ARE summer grilling!” while taking photos of him making your dinner.  We just got one of those bbq grill pans, btw and it is awesome!!  My husband no longer gives me the stink eye when I give him tiny little pieces of veggie to try to balance on the grill. 

Delicious summer grilling recipe.  Marinated grilled veggie sandwich.  #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comOnce the veggies are done you are ready to assemble the sandwich.  How yum do those crusty mustard buns look?! 

King's Hawaiian grilled vegetable sandwich with mustard and herb marinade. #spon // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comStack the veggies in any order you want.  Leave off what you don’t want and put on what you do.  The buns will have a nice little crisp edge to them but I felt like I wanted to have a little bit more texture for my sandwich so I grabbed some crispy onion straws.

Mustard and herb marinated grilled veggie sandwich recipe.  #spon // www. cupcakesandcutlery.comThe taste is tangy and sweet from the mustard and the King’s Hawaiian bun.  It feels hearty from the thick cut veggies and fresh from the herbs in the mustard sauce.  You can pair it with anything from chips like I did since this was my husband’s night to help with dinner and since he was grilling I didn’t want to have to make anything…lazy.  But this would go really well with a salad, baked beans, coleslaw, etc.

I can’t wait to make these again!  And a quick side note, the leftover vegetables  were fantastic cold the next day!

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Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian Buns

Ingredients

  • (Mustard Herb Marinade recipe is from French's)
  • For the Veggie Marinade
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 Yellow Mustard
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • For the Sandwich
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Green Zuccini
  • 2 Yellow Zucchini
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 package King's Hawaiian Sandwich Buns
  • Crispy friend onions (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Slice all vegetables into "steaks" and coat with whatever marinade you prefer.
  3. Grill vegetables.
  4. Spread mustard on each half of the bun and grill on direct heat on the grill.
  5. Assemble the sandwiches to your liking topping the vegetables with crispy fried onions if desired.
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Popsicles for Summer Family Fun

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Fruttare, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV A DIY popsicle topping bar for your next summer party! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAh, summer.  To my family, it means long days of playing, finding new adventures and spending tons of time with our extended family.  Our local cousins moved in to a new house with a pool a few months ago so we end up hosting a lot of family gatherings and swimming playdates there.  Mostly the kids don’t want to get out of the water for snacks – which is CRAZY, since when at home, all my kids do is ask for snacks. But you can always entice a kid with a popsicle.  These Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bars have become a favorite of all of us, kids and adults alike.  So on our latest family swim day, I decided to bring out some toppings so everyone could boost their bars.  Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bars are the perfect treat for your summer swim parties!  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy mom had been talking up these bars to me for weeks.  She loved that the have a real fruit flavor and that the ones with milk are super creamy and refreshing.  I finally checked them out and was bowled over at how many choices there were for flavors.  I had to get Strawberry and Milk, duh, you ALWAYS have to get strawberry but also grabbed a box of the Black Cherry because I knew my boys would be all over those.   Have a family swimming party to kick off summer!  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhile the kids swam (PHOTO BOMB!)  I got the toppings together to create an easy little DIY bar “bar.”  Set up a popsicle "bar" for your next family get together.  Provide Fruttare Pops and then let each person add their own "toppings".  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI had never tried this idea before but it sounded good.  So through some trial and error, each kid picked their favorite bar and jazzed it up with yummy topping options.  NOTE:  On a hot day, these bars melt quick.  It worked best to keep them in the freezer (which is where you can find them at your local grocery store.  I found mine at Ralphs, or Kroger to you non West coasters) and have each kid make theirs one at a time. Kick your usual popsicle up a notch by adding toppings! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe tried several ways of adding the toppings.  We tried dipping the bar in water and then adding the toppings to a cup and trying to shake them on the bar.  The water was not needed.  The popsicle, as it warms up, was tacky enough to get the smaller toppings to stick to it. Dip your Fruttare Bar in to dark chocolate chips for a super yummy treat this summer! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd because I am mess averse, the way I liked best for the kids was to give them a cup with a handful of the toppings that they wanted and then they could just dip the bar in a little at a time. Have each kid add their own toppings to their Fruttare Fruit and Juice Bar for a DIY dessert! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd then we realized that when the bars got smaller, you couldn’t reach the toppings in the tall cup.  So we turned to smaller bowls.  This kid certainly wanted his bar covered… Customize popsicles with delicious toppings at your next family party! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd I’ve never known popsicles to need a plate to be eaten off of but… Popsicles and pools.  The perfect way to have summer family fun.  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBut the best thing about these bars is that they are really great on their own.  The kids loved the black cherry flavor and I’m glad I demanded a bite of one before they were all gone.  Celebrate summer with family and popsicles.  #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThese Fruttare bars were the perfect refreshing treat for this hot summer day. Nothing says summer like eating popsicles in the pool! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis guy had never had food in the pool before.  You’re welcome, sister-in-law.  I’ve just corrupted your son.  Just wait until he experiences his first swim up bar!  His head might explode.  I know mine did.   Popsicles are the perfect treat for your next summer family get together! #ad #FruttareMusic #PMedia // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis DIY popsicle topping bar was a super fun thing to try out but really the star of the show was the fruit bar itself.  Fruttare has a really fun summer promotion going on right now where you can find a special code on the boxes which can be redeemed for a $4 music reward where you can download music.  See full details on their site.  Codes available through July 31, 2014 and are available while supplies last.  Follow Fruttare on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about this awesome summer treat!

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Delicious Dessert Ideas with Ice Cream

*This post is sponsored by Foodie and Mode. All opinions are mine. And in my opinion, I want to systematically eat each and every one of these ice cream treats.

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by Sharon Garofalow (Cupcakes and Cutlery) at Foodie.com

Ah summer.  That time of year when eating ice cream every day seems not so gluttonous.  I LOVE ice cream but thanks to bikinis, I try not to eat it very often.  Compiling this list of delicious dessert ideas with ice cream gave me a total sugar rush.  Not only do these dessert ideas look gorgeous, they sound amazing too!  It is these kinds of amazing treats that I would totally consume my daily total allowance of calories for.  Are you adventurous with your ice cream flavors?  I am dying to try out some of these unique flavor combos this summer.  How great does the Plum and Earl Grey Ice Cream sound?!  And how fun are these Mini Ice Cream Pops?!  These are perfect for entertaining with kids!  It would also be a great way to put a limit on how much ice cream I’m ingesting as my fave way to eat ice cream is by the container…Holy calories!  I’m desperate for someone to make this Sweet Corn Ice Cream dessert for me as it appears to require too many steps for me to tackle.  Same with this Ice Cream Cake.  I mean it looks awesome but I may only try to make this myself if I am trying to impress someone we are having over for dinner.  But since I am trying to keep my muffin top at bay, I’ll probably start off with this Clean Eating Coconut Banana Ice Cream.  Hmmmm, maybe I should come up with a breakfast ice cream…then I’d have all day to work it off.  Are you an ice cream person?  What is your go-to dessert with ice cream?

Easy and Quick Meal Solutions

This post is sponsored by Fresh and Easy.  These easy and quick meal solutions are all mine.

My tips for making meals that are fresh and easy.

My easy and quick dinner solution is tacos. You can buy everything pre-prepped and just throw them together. My tip is to broil them to get the cheese melty and keep the store-bought shells crisp. #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comMy mom makes my all time favorite tacos.  All time.  She takes corn tortillas and fries them, using two forks to shape them in to taco shells.  Then she uses the most delicious spiced beef, fresh lettuce that she lovingly cuts by hand, and hand-shredded medium cheddar cheese.  Once each taco is filled, she puts the whole lot of them in to an oven to melt the cheese and slowly dry out the shells keeping them super crispy.  They are crazy good.  But.  There is no way I would ever put that much effort in to making tacos.  I like to keep things easy and quick.  With our busy family schedule, even if I wanted to spend more time in the kitchen doing more of the prep work, our schedule just doesn’t allow for it.  So the way I’m able to get tacos, which can be a pretty healthy meal, on the table, is using pre-prepped items.  Most of the time convenience means processed.  And since I am really trying to take processed foods out of my family’s diet I was starting to feel like I wasn’t going to have to the option of fast tacos.  Then I found these ready-to-go taco shells from Fresh and Easy which are just corn flour, coconut oil and water.  Yeah!  I didn’t know that Fresh and Easy puts a focus on providing fresh, wholesome food that doesn’t include artificial flavors, colors transfats, high-fructose corn syrup and other gross things.  And that they do everything they can (like have almost all self-checkout) to keep it affordable.  THANK YOU!  My fast tacos can continue!  Which is awesome since it is one of the only meals I make that my oldest son actually says he enjoys.

Salsa is a great side option for a taco dinner. I look for one in the refrigerated section for a fresher flavor. And chips, in moderation, are always a good idea. #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhen I can, I make my own salsa but this pre-made version is a really great alternative.  Salsa from the refrigerated section usually means that the ingredients are fresh and the flavor will be vibrant.  It is the perfect thing to go along with the tacos.  It can be used as a condiment or for chips.  Luckily my kids enjoy salsa so I know they are getting in some good nutrients from the tomatoes and I love that there is no extra sugar added.  I don’t have a Fresh and Easy store close to my house so the other day I headed to the next town to see what they had to offer.  I was pleased that although the store is small in size, you can find everything you need to put good, healthy meals together.

Caprese salad makes an easy and healthy snack. Add some pasta or chicken to make it more of a meal! #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m kind of addicted to basil.  You’ve probably noticed that I’ve used it in the last several food or drink posts.  One of my favorite snacks is a bite sized caprese salad.  The fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are just perfect altogether.  Sometimes I skip the cheese and just do the tomatoes and basil for when I’m really trying to keep away from dairy.  These ingredients are super versatile and you can make them in to more of a meal by adding a bed of arugula.  Or take it up one more notch, even, by adding in some shredded chicken.  A light drizzle of a good olive oil, maybe a little aged balsamic vinegar and some Maldon Sea Salt and you are set.  This is a perfect dish to take on picnics or even your kid’s baseball practice when you need to eat on the go.  Cherry tomatoes are a good snack for kids as they tend to be really sweet and it seems like kids really like sweets.  They might not really enjoy the basil but it is important to get them to try it again over time.  I find that my kids will finally give in and decide to like something after months of saying they hate it.  So don’t be discouraged if they turn their nose up at the basil at first.  Basil is a great bold flavor and you can use it in more than just a caprese.  Add this to your turkey sandwiches in place of lettuce, and tossed in with your normal salad greens for a pop of flavor.  I have a little basil plant in my kitchen that I can pull from which makes it really easy to keep around.

My go-to salads have lots of nice protein to keep me feeling more full for longer. #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnother great idea is to purchase pre-made salads and then modify them to suit your dietary needs or flavor preferences.  Fresh and Easy has great options of pre-packaged meals, some organic like the salad above, that you can easily add to your meal plan.  This salad would work great as a lunch for myself, or I could share it with my family as a side dish for dinner time.  Don’t be afraid to use items in different ways.  Although it is packaged as a salad for one, consider how you might be able to use the ingredients separately or what you can add to make it more your style.  

I make an easy and quick store-bought salad feel more homemade by putting it in a bowl and using a little bit of my favorite olive oil and a fresh squeeze of Meyer Lemon juice. #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’m really watching what I put in to my body at the moment so I knew I wouldn’t use the caesar dressing that came with this salad.  I grabbed a large bowl and started transferring the pre-made salad in to it.  By doing this I was able to really see what was in the salad and take out when I didn’t want.  I left the sun dried tomatoes which added a nice flavor even though they were probably packed in oil at some point.  Then I removed some of the parmesan cheese so I felt like it all balanced out whatever oil may have been left over.  To make this more to my liking, I added a drizzle of my most favorite olive oil and squeezed some fresh Meyer lemon juice all over it.  I gave it a quick toss and then added some fresh ground black pepper.  So good!  I have to say that the ingredients in the salad were some of the best looking and freshest that I’ve ever seen in a prepackaged salad.  It surprised me.  I should have grabbed a few more of these! 

Boom Chicka Pop popcorn for a fast and easy snack. #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI mentioned before that I can’t quit the popcorn right now.  I usually pop my own in the microwave but it is nice to have a bag ready to go in the pantry with no extra ingredients.  Fresh and Easy has tons of great products with their name on it but they also carry other brands as well.  I was delighted to see so many great, healthy options throughout the store like this popcorn from Angie’s.  Popcorn has really helped me get over my after dinner snacking habit.  The crunch is just what I need to feel satisfied.  And I add a ton of fresh ground black pepper for flavor.  I’m almost as addicted to black pepper as I am to basil! 

Always fun to peruse the wine aisle of a new grocery store. Especially when you don't have your kids.  #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI love a good wine aisle and was so excited to be able to take my time and check it all out.  I don’t know about you, but while I don’t always love to do the grocery shopping, there is something super relaxing about shopping alone.  And I feel like wine is one area where a lot of the makers really go all out on label design.  It is fun to look at the labels and see what brands different stores carry.  On this day I didn’t have my kids with me so I could take my time and really browse.

I heart CA wine from @FreshandEasy. I adore the colors and label design. Fingers crossed it tastes good too! #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFresh and Easy has a store brand wine in a ton of varieties.  I decided to pick up a bottle of the I Heart California Sauvignon Blanc to see if it tastes as good as it looks.  I’ll keep you posted on that one.  But for now it looks cute in my wine rack.  And if all else fails, you can elevate any meal you are serving just but serving a glass of wine along with it.  My best friend’s parents growing up used to do this.  And while I am sure that they were not trying to instill a life lesson, I totally remember them getting out the red wine to drink with their meatloaf.  There are nights when your quick and easy meal is not going to be glamorous.  So open a bottle of wine and roll with it.  

Look for @freshandeasy stores for great easy and quick meal solutions! #ad #freshandeasy // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou should absolutely be sure to check out a Fresh and Easy store in your area (stores are located in CA, NV and AZ).  I think I will make monthly visits so I can check out even more of their store-brand products…I will tell you, there were tons of amazing looking ice creams in their freezer section that I will happily check out when I fall off my healthy eating wagon.  I SO wish this store was closer to my house!  In eating more fresh fruits and vegetables I find myself at the store quite a few times a week.  My normal grocery store is so large and has so many options that it takes forever to navigate around.  Fresh and Easy stores make it quick and easy to get in, and get out and get right back to being with your family.

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Clean Eating Recipes

Roasted veggie farro salad.  So yum!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com I found myself in a really crazy, unhealthy spot a month ago.  I was concurrently taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, along with steroids for said infection, a muscle relaxer for a strained muscle and had a pain shot for the pain from said strained muscle which I was instructed not to take with my headache pill because they would not react well together.  I looked at all of that and just stopped.  I don’t want to be taking all of that.  It just shows how unhealthy my whole life is.  I don’t fault the doctors for just layering all of that on, they can’t be the only director of our health at this point.  Gone are the days where they truly care about our overall health and focus more on the ailment at hand.  Which leaves us to be the controller of our temple.  And my temple was falling apart.  In conjunction with Andrea’s challenge, I decided that I need to make some changes in my life.  And I’m starting with food.  I attribute all my cellulite to processed foods and see that my kids are consuming an awful lot of junk food in our crazy, busy life.  So while I am not going whole hog (I refuse to throw away the food that is in my freezer and cupboard simply to start over – there is far too much money invested in that to throw it away), I am changing our meals a little at a time and taking this time to really learn about clean eating.  My kids don’t love it but they are trying.  My husband is totally on board.  And I have to say, aside from trying to get in enough protein to keep me feeling full, the food has been delicious!  I wanted to share a few of the things I have made recently with you.  So feel free to change these up to suit whatever your diets needs or flavor preferences are.  And not all of these recipes might not be the cleanest as written, I know I can modify them to be.

Fantastic Clean Eating Recipes

This cold, roasted veggie farro salad is AMAZING!  I brought this to a barbecue and everyone loved it.  I was able to make most of it the day ahead so it is a great entertaining recipe.  I left the cheese out of mine but served it for anyone else who wanted it.  And the leftovers were fantastic too!

A strawberry vinaigrette?  Yes!  SO good!  Perfect on baby spinach and chicken and whatever.  I have not made her whole salad recipe as she has it in this post, I just wanted to try out the dressing recipe for my son who doesn’t like salads.  This didn’t make him like salads.  But it made me love this dressing.

I’ve been addicted to popcorn because I get snacky and feel like it is probably a pretty safe, clean bet.  Well, probably better than cheetos.  I have not tried this Sea Salt and Coconut Popcorn recipe yet but it seems like the perfect snack when you need a little treat.

I made this strawberry chia seed jam to replace the hopped up stuff I had been putting on my kid’s sammies.  Chia seeds are amazing.  They sort of congeal making the fresh cooked strawberries not runny but, duh, like jam.  And it tastes amazing!  And it is super easy.  And you can see how you could use all different kinds of berries to make more combos.  Mmmmmmms, maybe a little ginger peach chia jam for my oatmeal?

I have not made this yet but how crazy does this coconut “bacon” sound?  I know it will probably never really take the place of legit bacon but I love coconut and might be another great way to add some texture to salads.  I try not to have too many nuts around the house because of an allergy so sometimes my salads aren’t as well-balanced, texturally speaking.

I’ve started a clean eating board on Pinterest if you want to find more recipes to try out.  And don’t forget to browse Andrea’s site for some REALLY helpful posts on healthy swaps and how to handle the prep involved for making clean eating meals a priority.