Start with a spread that increases nutrition and adds taste to your fresh sandwich ingredients. Before you can say, “Florentine vegetarian sandwich ideas,” you’ve started a meal.
This Spinach Dip Recipe is finding a new purpose as an enhancement for vegetarian sandwiches. Here are some fresh and delicious ideas, paired with sides, to create easy-to-make meals. In case you don’t already have a copy of the Spinach Dip Recipe, here is my original recipe.
Spinach Dip Recipe
1-8 ounce block of cream cheese-softened
½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup Fage Greek yogurt
1 package (1.4 oz/40 g.) Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix
¼ cup finely chopped sweet onions or green onions (green and white parts)
1-10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
Mix the ingredients in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer or whisk, combine the softened cream cheese and mayonnaise until it is smooth. Add the yogurt and mix until it is thoroughly combined. Add the Knorr mix and onions. Stir to combine them with the cream cheese, mayonnaise and yogurt. Squeeze as much liquid out of the spinach as you can before adding the spinach to the mixture. You may squeeze it over the sink. (FRUGAL TIP Squeeze the liquid into a container to freeze for soup or another recipe instead of just squeezing the liquid down the sink drain.) Stir to mix the spinach in. Cover the bowl and chill for 2-3 hours to allow the vegetables to soften and the flavors to develop.
Grilled Florentine Quesadilla-Spray a large flour tortilla with nonstick spray and place it, sprayed side down, into a heavy skillet. Then, spread 1/3 cup of shredded cheese over half of the tortilla.. Use Jarlsberg, Swiss, or an Italian blend. Cover the cheese with thinly sliced vegetables. You can use lettuce, tomato, onion, summer squash, peppers, or mushrooms. Fold the tortilla over to form a half circle. Grill on medium heat until the bottom is browned. Use a spatula to turn it over. Be sure to turn it toward the fold, so that you don’t dump the fillings out. When the second side is browned, remove the sandwich to a large plate and place it cheese side down. Carefully open the sandwich and spread Spinach Dip on the inside of the tortilla that doesn’t have cheese. Fold it back over and cut into serving pieces.
Grilled Florentine Quesadilla pairs well with Marinated Vegetable Salad.
Florentine Egg Wrap-In a heavy skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until the oil is hot, but not smoking. Add 1/3 to ½ cup of your favorite vegetables. Stir around in the oil until they have reached the tenderness that you enjoy. Add one beaten egg and scramble. Sprinkle with a little cheese. Warm a flour tortilla in the microwave or in a pan. Spread a thin layer of Spinach Dip over the tortilla. Place the egg, vegetables and cheese down the center of the dip covered tortilla. Roll it up like a burrito.
Florentine Egg Wrap tastes great with the Chopped Salad Recipe.
Florentine English Muffin-Poach an egg until the yolk is hard. Spread both halves of an English Muffin with Spinach Dip. Place the muffin halves on a plate with the spinach side up. Microwave until the muffin halves and the spinach are just heated through. (Do not overcook or the English muffin will become tough.) Put the poached egg on one half of the English muffin and cover the egg with the other half of the muffin.
The egg in this Florentine English Muffin recipe goes well with the Chopped Salad Recipe.
Grilled MorningStar Farm Chik’n Florentine Sandwich- Using a heavy iron skillet, grill sourdough bread with some extra virgin olive oil. If you are watching your oil intake, you may use a non-stick cooking spray. Just spray it evenly on the bread. Put a good coat of the spray on the bread. Place the bread with the oiled side down into a warm skillet. Cook on medium heat. Watch it carefully, so that it does not burn. After the bread is grilled to your preferred brown color, take the bread slices from the pan and lay them ungrilled side down on a plate. This helps the bread to keep its crunch. When the bread is cooled, spread Spinach Dip in a thin layer on the ungrilled side of each piece of bread. Add one of the many flavors of MorningStar Farms Chik’n that is microwaved according to the manufacturer’s directions. Garnish, if desired, with some lettuce and tomato.
This Grilled MorningStar Farm Chik’n Florentine Sandwich is tasty with the Creamy Cauliflower Edamame Salad.
It’s amazing how many uses that I’ve found for the Spinach Dip Recipe! If you use it in a sandwich recipe, please be sure to share it with us in the Sandwiches Forum. I look forward to hearing about your sandwich mealtime adventures.