Waffle Sandwiches…and a Weelicious Giveaway!

by on September 25, 2012

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I got a new baby niece last week (woo hoo!) and I will soon be sending my sister a copy of my friend Catherine McCord’s wonderful new cookbook for families, Weelicious. Fans of Catherine’s Weelicious.com blog know that she offers fresh, easy, healthy recipes for every stage of childhood – from baby’s first purées to pulled pork tacos (we just had those last night – yummm!).

** One lucky reader will win a copy of Weelicious – read on for the giveaway! **

Find Weelicious at Amazon.com

The pages of Weelicious are full of easy, family-friendly recipes along with photos of Catherine’s beautiful family exploring and enjoying it all. A unique and insightful feature of the book are the quotes from Weelicious.com readers who have tried the recipes. If you’ve ever cooked for kids you know that they can be tough critics – as you’re making a recipe it’s reassuring to hear that real kids actually liked the dish!

I must have tried out 7 or 8 recipes from the book last week, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of everything I want to make. A few of our new favorites include: Mac, Chicken and Cheese Bites (extra portions freeze great), Sweet Potato Muffins (so moist!), Graham Crackers (sweet, delicious and I know exactly what’s in them), Chicken Noodle Soup (much appreciated by my sniffly 4-year old) and, of course, the aforementioned Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos.

PBRB "Waffle" Sammies...recipe from the Weelicious Cookbook

PBRB “Waffle” Sammies was the Weelicious recipe that was most perfect to share on Panini Happy. I’d heard about people grilling panini-like sandwiches on waffle irons before (in fact, there’s a whole blog dedicated to “waffle-izing” food) but I’d never actually tried it myself. You just heat up a waffle iron, prepare your sandwich – for this one, Catherine combines peanut butter with a mashup of raspberries and bananas – and grill it off just like a waffle. The fillings are sealed inside and the outside turn golden and crispy. My kids think these are amazing! I’m going to have fun trying this technique with cheese and other fillings too. Read on for the recipe, but first…

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My 2-year old loved his waffle sandwich!






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1 bellini September 25, 2012 at 5:54 am

Recently I started making all kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches in my waffle maker. Good bead and good cheese are the key. I have followed Weelicious for a while. Congrats on the publication of her cookbook!
bellini´s last blog post ..Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas with Smashed White Beans and Corn Salsa

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2 Erin September 25, 2012 at 7:11 am

My favorite childhood lunch was definitely a plain pb sandwich… hold the jelly please!

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3 Doris September 25, 2012 at 8:19 am

Who doesn’t like a PB&J sandwich? Well, I know some do but not me!

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4 Angela September 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

I loved salami and cheese sandwiches :-)

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5 Gillian September 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

One of my favs was open-faced grilled mozz and oregano. Let the cheese get just a little brown… yummm!

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6 Kathy September 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

Mmmm…I could go for that now!

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7 Jeffrey September 25, 2012 at 9:45 am

Peanut butter and grape jelly!

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8 Amanda Andresen September 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

My favorite kid lunch was a grilled cheese sandwich! Some things never change, lol:)

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9 Kathy September 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

Why mess with a good thing, right? :-)

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10 Libby September 25, 2012 at 10:32 am

Grilled Cheese Sanwiches and Vegetable Soup. Yum!

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11 Chris September 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

My fav. childhood lunch was alphabet soup!

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12 Tenielle S September 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

When our neighbors watched us, the would make mac and cheese and chocolate mouse pudding!

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13 Erin September 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

A plain peanut butter sandwich almost every day!

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14 Kate September 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

My favorite childhood lunch was pb & fluff!

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15 Brian @ A Thought For Food September 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

These sound sinfully delicious! Looks great!
Brian @ A Thought For Food´s last blog post ..Salmon Burgers and a Cookbook Giveaway

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16 Susie September 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

My favorite was an grilled pizza sandwich with gooey cheese, pepperoni and pasta sauce. Yum!

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17 Safire September 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

Ha, I have no recollection… Probably Spaghettios or something since I only got those as a special treat.

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18 Gary September 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

My favorite was a toasted sandwich with green coconut-cilantro chutney and Vegetables with dollop of ketch up!

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19 Skye September 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

My favorite childhood lunch was either grilled cheese and tomato soup or chicken burritos!

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20 Angela September 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

Classic PB&J! I wasn’t very adventurous then!

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21 MaryB September 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

Macaroni and milk!

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22 Kiley September 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

love(d) bagel sandwiches with cheese, mustard and salami under broiler

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23 Mark Gramaglia September 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

grilled PBJ wafffles

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24 Deb September 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

My favorite childhood lunch was something my sis and I called PB&J On The Rocks – your classic PB&J with potato chips crushed in the sandwich :)

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25 Jacqui September 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

As a child I loved peanut butter sandwiches!! No jelly or jam though… for some reason I hated the stuff! Now I love it :-)

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26 Elin September 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

My favorite childhood lunch was a simple sandwich made on “rainbow bread” that my mom found at the little local grocery store. No other kid had it at my school, so at least at lunch, I was the coolest kid on the block.

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27 Amanda Thompson September 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I loved Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup!

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28 sara September 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm

grilled cheese with tomato soup!

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29 Elizabeth F, September 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

My favorite as a kid was cold chicken tenders, or a hot grilled cheese, or plain Peanut butter, never liked jelly until my late 2o’s. Would love to win a copy of this awesome book.

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30 gail September 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

spam musubi

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31 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

cute how fun! I want to make these! Great giveaway!
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.´s last blog post ..Horse Stamp Inn: Travel Tuesday

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32 db September 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

With a new grandson to arrive in two short months and an adorable granddaughter of 3 I would be a much loved grandma if I created these delicious meals for them. I hope I win!

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33 Jessica T September 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

These look brilliant!

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34 Lesliebee September 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Ummm, Fried bologna! Sounds awful now but loved it then. I think my step daughter would love this book!

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35 Valerie September 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Peanut butter and banana

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36 Catherine September 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Raviolies

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37 sara September 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

My fav childhood lunch was pb&j on Brownberry Oven bread!
sara´s last blog post ..Taco Quesadilla Pizzas

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38 Cindy B. September 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

My favorite childhood lunch was pizza.
Cindy B.´s last blog post ..Pepperoni Rolls: PIZZA IN A ROLL….Pizza Rolls!

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39 Marie W September 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

your new way to enter a giveaway is not working for me! I would love to get a copy of Weelicious!!!

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40 Duane Middlebrook September 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

As a child I always liked a tuna sandwich plus Cambell’s tomato soup.

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41 Jenny Bird September 26, 2012 at 1:57 am

My fav. lunch was a spagetti sandwich. Wierd but yummy…put the leftover pasta with meat sauce on bread..all done!

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42 MaryBeth September 26, 2012 at 2:27 am

My mom would make me peanut butter and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Smooth peanut butter, Kraft American cheese slice and white bread, presses as flat as possible. I lived on those sandwiches as a kid.

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43 heather September 26, 2012 at 5:17 am

Fun! It’s like an indoor pudgy-pie — no campfire required.
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44 kim ham September 26, 2012 at 5:48 am

I loved fried spam and cheese with mustard on plain white bread.

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45 Andrea September 26, 2012 at 6:43 am

Croque monsieur with hot milk was my favorite lunch.

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46 Andrea September 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

I’m suscribed :)

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47 Azure September 26, 2012 at 6:50 am

Pasta salad!

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48 Lisa | With Style and Grace September 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

This is so clever! she’s so good at getting picky kids to eat healthy, I’m always so impressed.
Lisa | With Style and Grace´s last blog post ..Sautéed Grapes with Goat Cheese Appetizer

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49 Barbara P. September 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

My favorite childhood lunch was lasagna!

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50 Shannon C September 26, 2012 at 7:36 am

Yum yum yum. Perfect idea :)

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51 Shannon C September 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

Oh, and my favorite childhood lunch, was always tuna salad, but PBJ was a close second :)

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52 Danielle September 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

PB&J of course!

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53 Carmen September 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

Mine was always grilled cheese with soup

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54 Amanda September 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

BRILLIANT. The waffle pressing idea will definitely make it to my blog in the future. :)
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55 Rachel September 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

As a child, I loved grilled cheese and ham sammiches, and pickles. The pickles weren’t on the sammich, mind you!

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56 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

What a fun idea and great cookbook!
Sommer@ASpicyPerspective´s last blog post ..Carmel Corn Blondies

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57 Rachel Green September 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

that would have to be….grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.

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58 Kristen M. September 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I loved deli “cold cut” sandwiches.

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59 barbara n September 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

My favorite childhood lunch was a bologna sandwich with ketchup!

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60 alexandra s September 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

grilled cheese yummio!

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61 Amanda B. September 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Strangely enough, my Nana used to make us BBQ chip and butter sandwiches on white bread and they were my favorite by a mile!

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62 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I have huge love for waffles. Seriously :)
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com´s last blog post ..Spiced Tomato Soup {Rasam}

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63 richard bennett September 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This waffle sandwich gave me the idea of waffles and chicken. So I combined the jerk chicken from your new book (which I tested for you) and placed the chicken between two pieces of whole wheat bread, after cutting off the crusts. It looked and tasted great. Since waffle iron doesn’t open like panini maker I couldn’t stack the chicken as high as I would have liked. Thanks for the idea.

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64 Kathy September 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

That sounds fantastic!

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65 Jeanette October 1, 2012 at 5:11 am

I need a waffle iron to make these for my kids; I would love to see Catherine’s new book.
Jeanette´s last blog post ..Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread Recipe (White Jacket Required Review/Giveaway)

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66 Russell van Kraayenburg October 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

What a scrumptious sandwich! I love the idea here.

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67 Nomadic Samuel October 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

That looks like such a delicious sandwich. My favourite is peanut butter, honey and banana :)
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68 Roxana November 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

This is a delicious sandwich, but on my food truck I’ve created a twist. I make my own green chile waffles and then I fill them with different fillings. Then I put them on the panini grill and melt the cheese or Nutella.
Just to say thanks to Kathy, because you have a creative spirit as I believe I am. So yip, yip hooray for Kathy and thank goodness I found this site!
Roxy’s Bistro on Wheels
New Mexico

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69 Emma November 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

In Australia schools and childcare centers are becoming “nut free” zones because of the rise of nut allergies. So these days “peanut butter” and event “Nutella” is on the restricted list and if the center is “nut free” you cant even use it to make a bird feeder!

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70 Kathy November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

It’s that way here in the U.S. too. :-)

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