Jamie says: I missed my Godchild already. It had only been two days since my last visit where I held her for the first time, but I was wanting to go back and see her the second I left. I know it sounds pathetic, but it’s like having a crush- except this time it was over a newborn baby. Sorry boys!
So, I called up my cousin (her Mother, my Godmother…what a chain of relationships…oh, and to add some more links to this chain, I was also her Maid of Honor in her wedding). I was thinking it must be hard to cook when you have a newborn, so I told her I was bringing lunch.
Now the question was, what should I make? It came instantly- Cubanelle Pepper Sandwiches- an Italian dish my Mom (and her Mom) make! So I got to work in the kitchen…
Next I added the red sauce.
I packed them up in a baking dish with a lid, put them in a hot/cold bag, ran into Publix to pick up the multigrain bread from the bakery, and enjoyed lunch with my Godmother while Baby C slept peacefully in her little swing. From the “mmmms” and “yums,” I’d say it was a very tasty lunch.
Cubanelle Pepper Sandwiches
- 4 cubanelle peppers
- 1 1/2 small sweet onions
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- dash sea salt
- dash pepper
- 15 oz can tomato sauce (Contadina organic sauce)
- 2 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese (Polly-o)
- multigrain baton bread (Publix Bakery)
- Wash cubanelle peppers and cut off tops. Cut in half and remove seeds; rinse with water to help remove seeds if needed. Slice into strips lengthwise.
- Wash, peel, and slice onions.
- Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan on medium-high heat. Add cubanelle peppers, onions, salt, and pepper. Stir. Cook for 12 minutes or until softened and lightly brown, reducing heat to medium when onions brown. Stir occasionally.
- Add sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low until ready to serve.
- Shred mozzarella cheese. Slice bread loaf in half lengthwise. Scoop sauce with peppers and onions in bread. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese. Slice into pieces to serve. Enjoy!
- Nutrition note: Ever heard of a cubanelle pepper? Ever eaten one? Be bold and be brave and buy a new vegetable at your next visit to the grocery store or farmers’ market. Then find a recipe and cook it. You’ll feel like you’ve mastered a new skill and you may even have a new veggie to add to your repertoire.