One of my mother's friends gave her this recipe in the late '40s. I grew up eating these sandwiches, and they've been a staple with my own family. Although our children have left home, I still make this dish often for my husband and me to enjoy.
-Barbara Suetholz, Racine, Wisconsin
Judy White know how to use up the bounty of her Hawesville, Kentucky garden. She sautes chopped veggies in a blend of seasonings, then stuffs them into pita halves. "These sandwiches are an ideal way to take advantage of home-grown harvests," Judy says.
"The article 'Serve a Salad...from Your Garden' in the Apr/May '02 issue motivated me to share one of my family's favorite veggie sandwiches," writes Gail Nonamaker of Saluda, North Carolina. "Best when made with fresh garden ingredients, this sandwich is low in fat, packed with vitamins and is a meal by itself when served with a glass of milk. For variety, try substituting kale, Swiss chard or dark green leaf lettuce for the spinach."
Looking for a delicious way to use a variety of veggies? Our Test Kitchen home economists recommend tucking your garden harvest into this hearty sandwich. The pleasant flavor of eggplant, red pepper, onion, zucchini and yellow summer squash is enhanced by a creamy basil yogurt spread. The bright blend of colors is sure to perk appetites, too!
“Creating this recipe was mainly for me to get more veggies into my diet,” explains Amber Indra of Thousand Oaks, California. “I'm busy and on the go like many other mothers. This recipe gives me energy and tastes delicious,” she adds.
Tender and crispy vegetables shine in this palate-pleasing sandwich recipe. Served on a warm toasted bun with fresh basil, mayonnaise and a dash of jalapeno pepper, these veggies never had it so good! —Jane Jackson, Randolph, Iowa
My family loves Mexican food, so I created this easy recipe one summer when our garden was bursting with zucchini. For milder quesadillas, use Monterey Jack instead of pepper Jack cheese. If you want them spicier, add some red pepper flakes or chopped jalapenos.
Here’s a quick, colorful, grab-and-go pita lunch that gets rave reviews from all ages, says Brigid King in Macomb, Michigan. “I tweaked this meatless, versatile recipe years ago to lighten it and punch up the taste,“ she notes.
TIP: For Italian flavor, add pizza sauce and chopped pepperonis to the cheese and peppers, suggests Brigid King. A little salmon or some bacon bits mixed in the cream cheese make other tasty options.