Marvelously Matched and a Wacky ‘Wich!

Happy Monday, lovelies!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I want to thank you all SO much for all the welcome back to the throne wishes yesterday…I have to say, I’m feeling pretty good about being reunited with the royal microphone spatula! Just WAIT till you see what I’ve got lined up for next week! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, let’s REVIEWย some MARVELOUS moments, shall we?ย 

Essie Nails Purple

Like finding some down time in a CRAZY BUSY week to take for yourself…and to prettify your fingers with purpleness! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Essie’s Play Date and The Girls are Out.

Edamame Crunch Chocolate Bar

Like finding the PERFECT bar of contrasting flavors AND textures to cure your “I’m going to kill someone if I don’t have chocolate right NOW” moments.

Bonus points for matching the manicure!ย 

Farmers' Market September 2013

Like snatching up ALL this fresh summer produce from your FAVORITE booth at the farmers’ market…for a grand total of SIX BUCKS!!

Seriously people, it pays to make friends with your farmers!

Fresh Basil

Like getting a grocery sack stuffed FULL of fresh basil from your friend at work who’s trying to “get rid” of it!

It’s ok “my precious”, she didn’t mean it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food for Life Bread

Like getting one of these loaves of bread for FREE just because it rang up at the wrong price!

Two loaves of organic ย bread for only three dollars?! Thank youuuuu, Kroger! Half points for almost matching the manicure!

Roasted Portobello Sandwich

Like using your FREE basil and FREE bread to whip up one HELL of a roasted veggie sandwich!

That would be kale, portobello, cheese, tomato, a basil with homemade pasta sauce.

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Like deciding that one little can of tomato paste was all your homemade sauce needed to reach that thick consistency you were looking for.

FYI, the original recipe has been edited. :)

Trader Joe's Tomate Paste

Bonus points for matching the manicure!ย 

Eggplant Lasagna from Kiss My Broccoli

Like using that pasta sauce (and the basil garnish) to whip up AND photograph what could be known as the BEST looking tasting vegetarian lasagna EVER…during a thunderstorm!ย 

Hooray for light bounces AND recipe coming tomorrow!

Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese

Like finally taking a break from the tomatoes and throwing something #strangebutgood into your grilled cheese sandwich!

This was SO good, there was NO WAY I could wait till Friday to share…warm blueberry basil sauce, ooey gooey melty cheese, crisp toasty bread…a little bit of sweet and savory HEAVEN!

Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese

By:ย Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 3-5 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Keywords: grill microwave entrรฉe sandwich blueberries cheese basil summer

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • olive oil spray (or butter)
  • 1-2 slices sharp flavored cheese (I used white cheddar, but Asiago would also be a good choice…or goat cheese for the less adventurous! ;))
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/8 teaspoon arrowroot powder (or preferred thickener, ie: cornstarch, xanthan gum)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil

Instructions

1. Heat a non-stick skillet (or grill pan) over medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine blueberries, honey, and basil and cook on high for 1 minute.
3. Remove from microwave and stir in arrowroot powder (or choice thickener)
4. Take your bread slices and coat one side of each with a spritz of olive oil (or spread with butter).
5. Place one slice of bread spritzed (or buttered) side down in your skillet and top with cheese slice(s).
6. Spoon blueberry basil sauce over cheese and place the other side of bread on top.
7. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted before flipping and cooking an additional 4-5 minutes on the other side.

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Blueberry Basil Grilled Cheese Bite

Bonus points for matching the manicure!ย 

What can I say? I’m easily amused! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Be sure to head on over to Meghan and Katie’s blogs and see what everyone else is reviewing and marvelous-ing this Monday morning!

Tell me something marvelous from your week!ย Oh, and feel free to link up some pesto recipes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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57 Responses to Marvelously Matched and a Wacky ‘Wich!

  1. Ohhh my goodness, basil is one of my FAVORITE herbs! (Cilantro is a close second I think…) that sandwich sounds epic! And YAY for free basil & bread! Food tastes better when it’s free ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      AaaaaasaaaaMEN! And seriously, I was just telling my friend at work (the one who gave me the basil) that it has now officially booted cilantro off the top of my favorites list! Lol

  2. I’m in major need of a manicure. At one point this weekend, I thought I was going to actually give myself one. Nope, didn’t happen. But I love how yours kinda matches your grilled cheese! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I think cheese and jam all warmed has to be the best combo. those chocolate bars sound awesome, super bitter dark chocolate still tastes so good to me. have a great Monday!

  4. Oh yum! That sandwich sounds delicious. I love freebies too – I think it makes the product taste nicer too when you know you haven’t paid anything for it!!
    I really need to do my nails! Love your manicure!

  5. My horribly chipped nails could really use a manicure about now – I’ll get around to it eventually ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I love the look of that sandwich! I love blueberries and cream cheese, so blueberries and cheddar sounds pretty amazing.

  6. Tracey says:

    I want that veggie sandwich recipe!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      It’s not really a recipe…all I did was grill a portobello cap in my grill pan until it got soft, topped it with some cheese and then layered it up with all the other stuff…easy peasy! :)

  7. Marvelous indeed my friend! Six bucks is incredible. I find that veggies cost significantly more at farmer’s markets than my local grocery store. womp womp

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Awww, that stinks! I know some of the other farmer’s I’ve bought from tend to do a bit of price gouging too…no bueno!

  8. I need to get my hands on the pink nail varnish!

  9. Fran@BCDC says:

    EVERYthing looks delicious, Heather! Especially the roasted veggie sandwich. The lasagna looks wonderful too. Did you or will you post the recipe? Love lasagna. Have a great day!

  10. *drool*. Also hell yeah, why is free stuff so great?!

  11. Lisa says:

    Cute nail polish colors! I like them a lot!
    And that blueberry basil grilled cheese looks superb! Holy amazingness.
    Why is homemade pasta sauce so good. I literally just eat it as a meal itself sometimes. Who needs pasta when you have the sauce?!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Right?! I was just thinking the same thing the other day when I was trying to think of what to put it on! Bread…eggs…SPOON! Haha!

  12. I am SO adding blueberries to my next grilled cheese! Yum!!

    Also, isn’t Ezekiel bread so stinkin’ good? It is by far my favorite bread! It definitely makes for awesome grilled cheese, too!

  13. Lean Lena says:

    OMG! All the food looks sooooooo good, Heather!
    Here’s a link to my pesto recipe for you :) Hope you like it.
    http://leanlena.com/2013/07/29/back-to-blogging-working-out-and-eating-better/
    Whenever I can, I prefer using pine nuts in pesto, that time I just didn’t have them at hand :)

  14. Hummm something marvelous? Well I made a bajillion things! I made homemade Harissa which turned out AMAZING and you’d hate it because it was spicy but that didn’t stop me from licking the spatula (and then coughing quite violently because it was spice—ay!).

    And I made Camper Chow which will knock your SOCKS off because it’s a brilliant mix of puppy chow and s’mores: http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2013/09/camper-chow.html

    And … well I could drone on and on about my amazing new body products I bought at Target. :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Amazing? Body stuff? Target??! Tell me! Wait, don’t tell me….no, TELL ME!

      Confession #1: I had to Google harissa…because obviously I live in a hole…a hole that is very far away from Mexico and other latin culture! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Confession #2: I stared at that CRACK for a good two minutes before I could even form words to leave you a comment! Holy SHIT!

  15. Sloane says:

    1) I’M SO JEALOUS OF YOUR MANI. Starbucks doesn’t let you have painted nails and it breaks my heart.
    2) I gotta have that grilled cheese. Everything looks NOMNOMNOM!

    Have a great week!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Really? Man, that’s crazy! I mean, I work at a HOSPITAL and can have painted nails for crying out loud! And for that Starbucks, you have been labeled a fun sucker! lol

  16. Sara @ fitcupcaker says:

    3 dollars for 2 loaves of ezekial bread, awesome!! Those are the kind of deals I look for. And I love the farmers market, Ill be sad to see it go but I think the one by my house is open through October, yay!

  17. I heart you and your delicious sandwiches, your farmers market produce (Viva la summer!), and your perfectly coiffed and matching nails.

    I love a good old blueberry grilled cheese!

  18. Sarah Pie says:

    That looks like a beautifully delicious grilled cheese (and I love that almost everything in this post matches the manicure!)

  19. Mmmmm… I have been craving tomato sauce hardcore. Fall, perhaps?Except it’s 80 degrees…

  20. Oh my lord that 1st sandwich looks bomb! Like I want to eat it right this second! The blueberry basil also looks tasty!

  21. Kat says:

    Oh my lord!! I neeeed those sandwiches. Holy freaking crap. Both of them sound so good! Although I must admit, I am slightly intimidated by the basil and bloob one. I don’t often mix sweet and savory…Im that girl who prefers her sweet taters with ketchup and not nut butter if you catch my drift!

  22. Both of your sandwiches look incredible! I love the combo of blueberry, basil and cheese! That looks SO good! I’ll have to try it.

    I love farmer’s markets because you can get so much produce for such a little price! I miss ours because I could get a week’s worth of produce that would feed our family for under $20!

  23. Emily says:

    Um, a free loaf of Ezekiel?! You definitely had luck on your side this weekend! Jealous.

    And that chocolate edamame bar sounds heavenly! I buy the dark chocolate covered edamame from Trader Joe’s and it’s one of my all-time favorite treats. I’m actually embarrassed to admit how quickly I go through those little cartons!

  24. If there was anything exciting me almost [read: there isn’t] as much as grammar it’d be manicure matching food :D. All I’d be able to offer on that terms today would be – not even intentionally – manicure matching my running short and (!) the dress I wore for my [kind of] graduation ceremony later in the day. You beat me to it by colour-coordinating your foods to your nails, though ;). I’m currently trying to decide on which Essie polish to buy next and you didn’t make my decision any easier adding two more options. However, if I was to simply match them with my favourite food … hm, not sure how I’d feel about kabocha green nails, though ๐Ÿ˜‰ …
    Marvelous about my weekend were a walk in the woods with my parents and dad hugs – you know me.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Ahhhhhh! Dad HUGS!!! Oh, MP, I wish you could SEE the smile on my face right now! It was already there once I started reading your comment, but now it’s taking up my entire face! xoxoxo

      Hmmm, maybe not green but orange kabocha nails just might work! Hmmm, that might just have to by MY next color…obviously the seasonal denial extends past food since I refuse to give up my summer manicure colors! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Essie is my favorite! I definitely notice that it stays on longer…except at my new job where I break my nails once a week now. Sad days!!

    I love how things matched your nails and how awesome is it that you are getting free food left and right?? Marvelous indeed! :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh girl, I feel your pain! It is SO hard for me to keep my nails looking good while working at the hospital. I’ve been doing really well keeping them up since I got back from vacation, but after ONE day of going without polish, I swear half of them ripped and/or broke! I had to bite the bullet and cut them all off yesterday! Boo!

  26. All that produce for $6?! No way!!! I love shopping at my farmers’ market, but I never get deals as good as that!

    Also both those sandwiches look amazing. I love the looks of the blueberry and cheese one – cheese and fruit just pair so darn well together.

  27. I LOVE your nail colors! So pretty.
    I am way jealous of your Ezekiel bargain!

  28. Ohhh mama, that grilled cheese – like heaven on a palate. At least in my imagination. I haven’t made it yet but oh man, I bet it is glorious. Oh and your nails – LOVE the color!

  29. 6 dollars for all that produce??? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Okay, I seriously have to start cozying up to my farmers a little bit… I have to pay 6 dollars for one medium sized bag of sweet carrots. Maybe I need to start coming at the end of the day and keeping my fingers crossed that they’re just wanting to get rid of some things ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I can’t even talk about that sandwich right now. It’s almost time for bed and if I think about it too long, I’ll have visions of blueberries and cheese dancing through my head all night long.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I can’t really see how that would be a bad thing…unless you wake up in the middle of the night with blueberry sauce all over your sheets! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Six dollars for ONE bag of carrots? Dude! Are they made of gold?! I started visiting this particular booth a couple of months ago and the lady and I just happened to strike up a conversation…since then, she always recognizes me and instead of pricing everything out individually for me, she just gives me a price for whatever I shove in my bag! Of course, on the days she’s not there, I have to pay “common people” prices! Lol

  30. blueberries in a sandwich… oh Geebuz what will you come up with next? Secretly I’m hoping its another epic pancake recipe!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Well you’re in luck, because it seems like a little six month hiatus was all I needed to rejuvenate my pancake making self….I’ve been scribbling down ideas ALL WEEK! Any special requests? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Lisa says:

    That sandwich sounds delicious!! free food? —-> jealous!! :-)

  32. I will LOVE this recipe! Definitely something I’ll be making :)

  33. Lauren says:

    You are the sandwich queen! Totally making these grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner this week!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you! And I’d love to know what you think…though I’m of the opinion that you really can’t go wrong once melty cheese is involved! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Whew, what a score for you! That’s one of the BEST reasons to shop at the Farmer’s Market I love it!! Also you’ve given me lots to think about when it comes to experimenting with my grilled cheese…..hmmm :)

  35. katie says:

    LOVE YOU! I have been so absent over here, just got baby busy, haha!

    LOVE the nails! I have both of those colors and I love how you did them together, so pretty!

    The sandwich looks to die for! You are the sandwich queen and pancake queen now!

    Love ya girl! I hope all is well! <3

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  37. I want to go produce shopping with you! You and Sarah find all the deals! However, I do have an awesome farm to get squash and pumpkins… :) I will take you! Also, I think we need to have a mani pedi party when you come visit!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Gosh girlie, I miss you so much! It may not have worked out with us all getting together, but you and I should definitely try to plan something soon…even if we just meet halfway like we did last time!

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