Prosciutto, Pear, & Bleu Cheese Sandwiches + 2011 Gardening

Good morning 🙂

Last night was weigh-in — I was down 1.2 lbs (10.6 total since January). I thought it would be a bit more this week, but after 3 weeks of maintaining, I’ll take it!

Dinner was a flop. I made a Bon Appetit recipe — Ham, Spinach and Mushroom Pasta with Walnut Pesto. Very bland, very disappointing. 🙁 I’m not going to post the recipe even with a tasty recipe title like that! Trust me…total disappointment.

Monday night’s sandwiches were a hit, however!

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Prosciutto, Pear, and Bleu Cheese Sandwiches adapted from Cooking Light

2 sandwich rolls
4 oz prosciutto
2 oz bleu cheese, sliced
1/2 pear, thinly sliced
1/2 cup spinach

Directions:

Layer prosciutto, pear, bleu cheese, and spinach on the bottom halves of two sandwich rolls. Serve. Yield: 2 sandwiches.

Nutrition Information (per sandwich): 447 calories; 24.5 g. fat; 30 mg. cholesterol; 1106 mg. sodium; 41 g. carbohydrate; 3 g. fiber; 17.5 g. protein

Result: This is such a winning combination of flavors…absolutely divine! Mr. Prevention suggested using breseola in place of proscuitto, and I think that would be equally as good while also cutting quite a few calories and grams of fat. Though the sodium content and calorie count are on the higher side, this sandwich is a treat to be enjoyed on occasion 🙂 Just thinking about it is making me hungry for another! I omitted the shallot and wet ingredients from the original recipe as I just felt it was flavor over-kill. This group of ingredients is bold and rich as is! Enjoy!

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For those who have been following my blog for some time may remember my garden from last year…at our old house in Tulsa. Sadly, I only got one season out of my garden before we moved. But it was surely a successful one!

In my 10 ft x 6 ft raised bed garden I planted potatoes, onion, lettuce, kale, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes (roma, cherry, and heirloom), broccoli, jalapenos, and bell peppers. I think that’s it 🙂 Everything produced yield except the jalapenos and broccoli. Not sure what happened with those guys, but everything else produced plentifully.

Seeing as we have a smaller yard and don’t know how long we’ll be in Columbus, I’ve decided to downsize to container gardening this year. I had to narrow down my selection of vegetables and I ended up deciding on Roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes, poblano peppers, eggplant, and zucchini. I am also going to plant basil, oregano, parsley, and cilantro in our landscaping (why not, right?) 😉

Just like last year, I am starting everything indoors 8-10 weeks before our last expected frost. The seeds are currently in their little green house under our bed, away from sunlight. 😀 I am going to give them a week and then I’ll peak and update on their status 😉

Question: Do you garden? Does the combination of prosciutto, pear, and bleu cheese tickle your fancy? 🙂

Happy Hump Day!

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21 Comments

  1. March 16, 2011 / 6:01 am

    I have seen quite a few gardening posts on the blog this week!

    Every year I consider getting a couple little herb plants.

    Every year I decide against it. I think I’m too lazy. But at least I start out the season with good intentions, right? 🙂

  2. March 16, 2011 / 6:18 am

    Yep, Nick is starting our garden indoors this weekend!! He’s so excited, but already stressed about it. I just ordered a gardening magazine for us that will hopefully help 🙂

    So I guess prosciutto and pear is a good combination. As an Italian, I feel bad saying this, but I’m just not a fan! I’ve tried to combo during certain food sampling at work, and my aunt makes something with prosciutto and pear, but I just don’t like it. Shame on me!! Maybe on a sandwich I would though 🙂

  3. March 16, 2011 / 6:20 am

    That sandwich looks perfect!!

    I love gardening, but since we’re moving, I have to wait till we get to California.

    Congrats on the weight loss 🙂

  4. March 16, 2011 / 7:19 am

    Congrats on the weight loss AND the delicious sandwiches 😉

  5. March 16, 2011 / 8:50 am

    Sorry to hear your walnut pesto dinner was a flop (nothing worse than having high expectations and having it be bland!), but your prosciutto, pear, and bleu cheese sandwiches look like a hit! The combination of flavors sounds perfect 🙂

    I remember your beautiful garden from last year – you have quite the green thumb! I foresee great things for your container garden this year. I can’t wait to see how the cilantro turns out (I’ve never been able to grow it!).

  6. March 16, 2011 / 8:51 am

    I can’t wait for the gardening season! My dad does a lot of starters inside before the season starts. As spring approaches, I’m excited to go home and start helping him out. Nothing’s more beautiful than watching plants grow from start to plate!

  7. March 16, 2011 / 8:54 am

    congrats on the loss!!

    Those sandwiches look divine and I LOVE blue cheese! love it! laughing cow has a light spreadable blue cheese flavor out right now that I think would really work well with these and help cut back on the cals and fat! They would make great appetizers too!

    I never have any luck with cilantro. It starts out fine, but then dies for some reason. I think it gets too warm and dry for it in the summer in this climate. Maybe you will have better luck. Make sure you plant your zucchini in a sunnnnny place!

  8. Holly
    March 16, 2011 / 9:10 am

    That is awesome, Nicole – congrats on your loss! Your hard work is definitely paying off!

    I wish I gardened. 🙁 I did grow herbs last year, though, which was a big hit! I would LOVE to grow peppers and cucumbers. And tomatoes, to put with my fresh basil. 🙂

  9. March 16, 2011 / 9:36 am

    Consider me tickled. That sandwich sounds fantastic. I only wish I had the ingredients on hand so I could make it now.

    And I don’t garden (eh, apartment living) but I do grow herbs and tomatoes out on the balcony. Basil is especially well-suited to balcony growing.

  10. March 16, 2011 / 10:05 am

    Sounds like heaven to me!!

  11. March 16, 2011 / 10:40 am

    Oh, wow, those sandwiches look *awesome*! Even the rolls look amazing haha.

    I was so bummed for you when you moved, because of how hard you worked on your vegetable garden! I’m glad you’re starting again, even if it’s smaller. 🙂 I’m building a 6×4 raised bed for two types of basil and plain oregano (I figure 4 square feet per each herb will yield enough goodness to tide me over ;)) and a 2×2 raised bed for some peppermint. I have all the lumber and the seeds (except peppermint; I’ll need to buy another plant for that), and just need to construct them! So excited. 😀 As I definitely will be moving in a few years, I’m not getting too financially invested in this raised bed otherwise I’d definitely try to grow veggies, too!

    • Nicole
      Author
      March 18, 2011 / 7:27 am

      I miss you, Mo!!!!! I hope you’re doing well 🙂

  12. March 16, 2011 / 11:35 am

    Ive never been a big bleu cheese fan, I do however LOVE pears on sandwiches. I ususally add fresh mozzarella, or brie. So yummy!

  13. March 16, 2011 / 11:50 am

    I love everything about that sammie – yum! Can you believe I never even tried proscuitto until I met my Italian husband – so many years wasted!

    We tried for years to garden – each year the critters would eat everything before we did – now I just do herbs in pots on a tall bench they can’t get to. I’ll be jealous of yours though when its in full bloom! 😀

  14. March 16, 2011 / 11:52 am

    I’m no master gardener at all but want to do another small garden this year from seeds. Why do seeds need to be kept away from sunlight? I’ve never done that before.

  15. March 16, 2011 / 2:15 pm

    Every Christmas, i make prosciutto wrapped pears with arugula and bleu cheese! This is just like that appetizer in sandwich form. Awesome!

  16. March 16, 2011 / 2:30 pm

    Good job on the loss! That’s good! And I hate when meals don’t turn out as tasty as I hoped. The recipe from today screams yummy though. LOVE blue cheese anything though.

  17. March 16, 2011 / 3:02 pm

    Mmm that sandwich sounds wonderful I really enjoy pear + cheese combo!

    I’m jealous of your garden! I can’t wait to get a house where I can give a gardening a shot!

  18. March 16, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    Very jealous of your garden – I wish I could have one!

    One day – I will have a house/condo with a yard!

  19. March 17, 2011 / 9:18 am

    I love sandwiches, and this one looks and sounds deeevine! And I can’t wait to start my garden!! I have never started my seeds indoors, but I probably should. (Well, I should say I didn’t start them indoors last year, as that was my first garden!!) We have the ground tilled up, just got to get the rows done and buy my seeds. I only have cauliflower seeds so far! We can plant pretty soon around here 😀

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