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I hate carbohydrates because they're the source of "The Pouch" that most women, myself included, have. But it's more the scientific understanding of what carbs do to your body and the resulting flabbiness that I hate....BUT THEY TASTE SO FREAKING GOOD. Gah (T_T) They taste so good and it's so hard for me to say no, especially when sandwiches are involved. Sandwiches are such good vessels for throwing a whole bunch of random stuff together and shoving it into your mouth, hahaha.

Every once in a while though, I find gourmet-ish ideas for sandwiches, and I obviously can't help myself. For example, when I stumbled onto a pin for this spinach, avocado, and goat cheese panini, I seriously HAD TO make it! If only as an excuse to bust out the panini press I have.

I mostly stuck to the recipe, including making my own pesto, but I didn't make their recipe for pesto because 1) it was too involved, and 2) I wasn't about to go out and buy gross anchovy paste, ick. 


 
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This was one of the first few recipes I tried out when I started cooking my own "healthy" meals. I found the original recipe here on the Betty Crocker website. I thought, well, this is simple-ish, it'll make enough for tomorrow, and I don't have to make a crust! Sweet!

If you have a look at the original recipe, it calls for some pretty simple things. You'd think I was being ridiculous for trying to healthify it, but yes, it can be further healthified....and that's how I ended up with the recipe below. I switched out liquid egg whites for whole eggs, almond milk for regular milk, left out the oil, and left out the cheese. I'm not totally sure what the consistency on the inside was supposed to be like, but the first time I made these, I followed the recipe to the letter and ended up with a pretty cake-like middle...i.e. not at all the chicken pot pie I was hoping for. The second time I made them, I kept sticking them with toothpicks until I was sure that they would hold together, but still be a bit gooey on the insides...I love me some pot pie gravy!


I also just want to add here how much I hate recipes for always starting with "Preheat the oven at...." before you get to the ten million steps that follow. What they're telling me is that while I'm taking half an hour to follow all the other steps, my oven is on and wasting electricity for an extra 20 minutes. Silly, silly recipe writers. That being said, I add in the preheating step into the recipe where I think it should be done (see below if you don't believe me).