These Melty Roasted Veggie Sandwiches are easy and healthy, and have comfort written all over them! With the help of Sara Lee®, the transformation from comfort food to healthy was practically seamless!
To you, this may just seem like another food blog. Lots of great recipes, mostly healthy. Some not so much. Recipes are fun. They are something that I enjoy. But there is so much more meaning behind why I started Happy Food Healthy Life. I started it because I had a voice that needed to speak with the world, and it seems like maybe that voice has gotten a little lost over the years since starting the blog. The voice I’m talking about is the one who endured some major health struggles and came out stronger on the other side. The one that wanted to tell women all over the world that is was going to be okay. That food is not the enemy. That you are more than a number on the scale.
So today, I know I’m sharing this yummy sandwich, but there’s more that I want to say.
Just three and a half years ago, I was finally coming out of 13 years of eating disorder hell. I was finally able to see the light. It was a dim light at first, but it was a light that I could see off in the far distance and I wasn’t about to lose sight of it or let it get any dimmer. After years and years of restricting foods and labeling pretty much all foods as “bad”, I decided to put some trust in my body for once in my lifetime. I was going to do all the things I knew I was supposed to do but could never trust my body to be able to handle. I chose to eat dinner with my family every night (something I hadn’t done in years), and exercise at least 3-4 times a week (something I didn’t have the correct fuel for in a long time).
Along with those changes, I also resolved to not deny myself of the foods I love. I promised myself that from that day forward, if I had a craving for a specific food, it was allowed. At the beginning, those cravings came on often because I had restricted for so long. But after awhile, my brain started to realize – hey! she’s actually going to feed me when I ask for it! I guess I can lay off on the requests for a bit.
I remember shortly after allowing these foods back into my life. I couldn’t remember the last time I had made myself a sandwich. Bread was definitely on the “bad” list during these restrictive times. All I could think about was how heavy and carb-y bread was and how it would automatically make my stomach blow up. Boy was I missing out!
Sandwiches are one of my absolute favorite foods ever. Especially if there is melty cheese involved. And, my friends, in this one there totally is!
As I’ve gone through this journey, I’ve evolved from just learning to love all foods again to actually being able to make some smart decisions about the foods I eat without feeling restricted at all. I know that I can eat what I want, maybe make a couple of health-conscious changes, and feel absolutely 100% guilt-free about what I consume.
Now, when it comes to sandwiches, I am always trying to look out for nutrient-packed bread that I know will keep me healthy.
Thankfully, I have come across a perfect solution that makes both my tastebuds and my health-conscious mind happy. Sara Lee® Delightful Breads provide delicious taste and delightful texture with 45 calories per full-size slice. I’m totally not all about the calorie count, but I know that’s something that important for some people. On top of that, the Delightful breads are all heart-healthy and provide an excellent source of fiber in each serving, with no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. Not only am I comfortable eating this bread, but my family loves it also. It’s so soft and light and doesn’t have a healthy taste to it at all.
I just have to say that I am so proud of myself for making the choice to see the light and to become a much better version of myself. Often, the light is presented to us in all different forms. A new walking trail. A new health-conscious friend. A new gym being built down the street. All these “lights.” All it takes is for you to actually be able to SEE the lights and accept the fact that although it may seem really dim at first, you have the ability to take yourself from a dark and unhealthy life to something so much brighter and fulfilling.
And Sara Lee® wants to hear your story about your healthy transformation. Whether it’s been years in the making or you just had a realization right this minute, I would love for you to share it for a chance to become one of Sara Lee’s® 45 Delightful people. Click here to fill out a simple form with your healthy transformation story.
- 1 green pepper , sliced
- 1 yellow pepper , sliced
- 1/2 yellow onion , diced
- 2 cups mushrooms , sliced
- 2 roma tomatos , sliced
- 4 slices Sara Lee® Delightful bread
- 1 Tablespoon softened butter
- 4 slices of Havarti cheese
- small handful of fresh baby spinach
Preheat over to 400 degrees.
Place all vegetables on a large baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil and a few shakes of salt. Roast in the heated oven for about 30-40 minutes, tossing every 10-15 minutes so nothing sticks to the pan.
When there are about 5 minutes left on the vegetables, butter 4 slices of bread, on one side only. Place butter side down in a skillet on medium heat. Let heat long enough to get golden brown bread on the one side. The edges will start to get crispy.
Turn on your broiler and place your slices of bread, butter side down again, on a baking sheet. Place a slice of havarti on each piece of bread, top with a few leaves of spinach and top with a mound of roasted veggies.
Return to the oven under the broiler and let the cheese get melty. Keep a watchful eye, so you don't end up with burnt sandwiches.
Remove from the oven and flip one side onto the other, cut in half, and enjoy!
Note: depending on your preference, you may be able to get three sandwiches out of this recipe, in which case you would need 6 pieces of bread, and slightly more butter.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®. As always, opinions are my own.
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Grilled Apple Pie and Peanut Butter Sandwich – Lemons for Lulu
Open-Faced Chicken Bruschetta Sandwiches – Happy Food Healthy Life
Mediterranean Sandwich – Six Sister’s Stuff
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