Mediterranean Vegetable Grilled Wrap

by on January 8, 2009

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For those of use whose culinary affinities lean strongly toward the…um… “comfort” variety, the month of January can make us feel a little conflicted.  Weight-loss companies urge us to make a New Year’s resolution to go on a diet and to eat healthier but what we like to eat most isn’t usually what one might call “diet friendly”.  Lifestyle magazines show fit everyday Joes holding out the waistbands of their former enormous pants. A verklempt Valerie Bertinelli checks in to see if we’ve “called Jenny yet?”  Even the Food Network airs the Paula Deen episodes where she holds back on the butter (heavens, Miss Paula!) and bakes with Splenda.  I kind of feel like the world is trying to tell us something?

Grill vegetables on the panini press in just 4 minutesAll right, I hear you world.  I don’t like what you’re saying but I understand where you’re coming from.  Maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to integrate some healthier eating into my diet in the New Year.  I guess I can’t call those last nagging 10 lbs. “baby weight” if I had them before I was pregnant.  And my daughter’s over a year old now.  Sigh.

So rather than make one of my usual comfort fare panini recipes this time around (don’t worry, they’ll be back!), I used my panini press to grill up a lighter wrap.  My Mediterranean Vegetable Grilled Wrap gets a ton of flavor from eggplant, zucchini and red bell peppers that have been marinated in herbs and garlic, a sprinkling of salty feta cheese and some zesty hummus, all rolled up and grilled inside a whole wheat tortilla.  Still comforting, but with less guilt.

Deliciousness waiting to be wrapped!My sister, who’s visiting this week, and I agree – the wrap is a keeper.  The marinated vegetables take just 4 minutes to grill on the panini press and are incredibly flavorful.  My kitchen seriously smelled like a pizza parlor with all the garlic and oregano!  With the texture of the hummus adding an element of “creaminess” inside the wrap, you really don’t miss having a lot of cheese.  Feta has a pretty strong flavor, so a little goes a long way anyway.  I was incredibly pleased that the whole thing held together well during the grilling – a little dab of hummus provided an excellent seal.

I’ll “return to my normal programming” soon enough, but in the meantime do give this one a try!

Mediterranean Vegetable Grilled Wrap

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 RecipeGirl January 8, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Sounds delicious! I’m all for eating a bit lighter.


2 pickycook January 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm

i am so gonna make this – thanks for sharing! love your site header – very cool!


3 grace January 9, 2009 at 7:14 am

diet? moi? never, i say, as i sit here in my elastic-waisted pants. 🙂
great wrap, kathy. even for those of us who refuse to diet, it’s a winner.


4 Drew January 9, 2009 at 8:55 am

That looks so good! Wonderful imagery!


5 lo! January 9, 2009 at 11:55 am

Even on the healthy side, this looks pretty tasty. No dieting here… only feasting on that veggie goodness!


6 Colleen January 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Mmmm…. You know, this could actually work gluten-free and dairy-free. You’d need to substitute a corn tortilla for the whole-wheat one, and you could marinate and grill some tofu chunks with the veggies, to fill in for the feta cheese. We might have to try this one!


7 Kristen January 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Do you need a roommate because I seriously want to move in with you. Everything you create has my mouth watering 🙂


8 Olga January 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Haven’t visited you in a while.
This looks like another winner!


9 Karen January 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Looks delicious. These are some of my favorite ingredients in paninnis!


10 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

We’ve switched to oat bran tortillas, which are fairly flimsy and often fall apart if there’s alot of filling. Turning them into a grilled wrap might just solve the problem — thanks for the idea!


11 HoneyB January 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

This looks delicious!


12 Dragon January 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Healthy and delicious. Almost too good to be true. 🙂


13 Pam January 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Love it…want it.


14 Kevin January 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm

A panini wrap is a great idea! This one sounds really tasty!


15 maris January 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

WHOA – Paula Deen baking with Splenda? Has hell frozen over? I never thought I’d see the day!


16 Brenda T. January 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

Ok, I’m seriously thinking of running to the store right now to buy the ingredients for this. I order a similar wrap at a local restaurant year round (no diet reasoning needed nor am I even vegetarian!). I created a similar one myself a few months back using portobello mushrooms and baby spinach too…I’m all for the veggie wrap and this one looks like a keeper too!


17 Susan from Food Blogga January 11, 2009 at 7:33 am

This proves that health and comforting isn’t an oxymoron. These looks fabulous, Kathy!


18 Jessica@FoodMayhem January 12, 2009 at 9:31 am

I’ll meet you half way. I love grilled veggies but not the hugest fan of whole wheat wraps. I prefer a nice ciabatta…


19 Jennifer January 12, 2009 at 10:41 am

I’ve been trying to eat a bit more healthy as well, trying being the key word. But these look fabulous, I’d eat them even if I wasn’t trying to be eat more healthy!

Can’t wait to try them out. 🙂


20 The Duo Dishes January 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Thanks for the heavy veggie recipe. We need this post-holidays! 🙂


21 sharon January 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Thank you for the healthy recipe! My holiday weight has gone nowhere but up!!


22 Emily January 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm

This looks absolutely scrumptious! What a terrific idea.


23 Sandie January 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Just in time! Santa brought me a vegetarian for Christmas!

(Ok, it wasn’t “Santa,” but my oldest did proclaim, “I don’t want to eat meat anymore. I don’t have a problem with dairy, but no meat.” Technically, I think I have a semi-vegetarian on my hands, and I’m ok with that (not far behind myself).

Needless to say, these wraps are the perfect thing to whip up in a hurry. Diet, vegetarianism in any form or not—they look perfectly scrumptious to me!


24 Jude January 16, 2009 at 6:51 am

Thanks for the lighter recipe. I could stand to lose a few pounds.


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