Applewood-smoked mushroom sandwiches with Emmental

Who doesn’t love the smoky flavor of barbecue? In fact, the flavor that hardwood imparts to food is utterly irresistible… and that’s exactly what we’re after in this recipe! Applewood is the wood of choice here, because its smokiness is fairly mild (compared to the smokiness of other hardwoods like mesquite and hickory) and won’t overwhelm the flavor of the mushrooms. I also chose chips, instead of chunks of wood, because the mushrooms cook fairly quickly, so you don’t need the wood to smoke for very long.

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Buffalo mozzarella and spicy kale panini on ciabatta rolls

Spicy sautéed kale and Buffalo mozzarella, melted right into the spongy ciabatta rolls, make for a simple but sublime panini. Grated parmesan is added for a touch of savoriness. These sandwiches are super-easy to assemble, and even easier to wolf down! Serve them with this succulent coleslaw with collard greens, kohlrabi and apple.

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Open-face avocado hummus sandwich with pickled shallots and baby spinach

Here’s a sandwich that’s easy to assemble, healthy and quite spunky! Indeed, the pickled shallots bring a marvelous contrast to the creamy avocado hummus and the hefty whole-wheat pitas (which I love to use for this sandwich). Drizzled with avocado oil and dotted with baby spinach leaves, this sandwich is downright addictive.

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Avocado quesadillas with grape tomatoes and basil chiffonade

These quesadillas make a healthy and delicious meal for a quick weeknight dinner. The avocados are paired with deliciously nutty Fontina, which adds to their creaminess, and finely cubed red onions and jalapeños for a bit of contrast and spunk. The cherry tomatoes and basil that adorn the quesadillas bring a lovely acidity and freshness to the dish.

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Grilled cheese sandwiches with wilted spinach and Emmental

These grilled cheese sandwiches are nothing less than sinful! Crispy on the outside and oozing with a mellow Emmental and melt-in-your-mouth spinach on the inside; they’re perfect for lunch, a light dinner or anytime you need a pick-me-up.

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