starbucks copycat recipe

This sandwich has been pretty easy to make and I’ve made it on several different occasions. Really it’s just two steps of roasting the tomatoes and then preparing the bread with the assembly of ingredients to toast, but to get the method down, please check out the directions below!


Note: I used ciabatta bread and the mozzarella cheese was shredded but sliced is probably easier to use.

For one sandwich:
2 slices mozzarella cheese
1 tomato sliced
1 ciabatta bread roll
Spinach (handful)
1-2 tablespoons pesto sauce (I used the Mezzetta brand).
Additional: salt and pepper to taste and olive oil to drizzle for tomato roasting

1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Line pan with foil, then brush a little oil on the foil.
3. Place tomato slices on pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (Maybe a little garlic for extra flavor). Drizzle a little more olive oil on the top of the tomatoes.
4. Place tomatoes in oven for about 10 minutes. (Thicker slices usually require more while thinner ones should be good in about 10 minutes.)
5. Cut open the ciabatta bread to prepare for the sandwich. On both sides spread about 1-2 tablespoons of pesto
7. Place spinach on the bottom sandwich piece. Place one leaf at a time until the bread is covered with the spinach completely.
8. Place mozzarella cheese slices over the spinach.
9. Place both bottom and top pieces of the bread in oven facing up.
10. Once cheese is melted and tomatoes are done take everything out, place tomatoes over the cheese and cover with the other half of the bread.
11. Take an awesome picture before biting into it. Just kidding. Enjoy!

Sometimes it’s the little people in your life, i.e. your kids, nieces, nephews, cousins that make you reflect on your habits.
For me it was my niece last weekend that made me aware of changes that were needed not only for myself, but for her as well since you realize that you have little ones looking up to you. For about two weekends in a row I had been making cupcakes with her. I always really enjoy cooking with her  because she loves to cook and help in the kitchen and I get to spend quality time with her.

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Last weekend, she had asked if we can bake cupcakes again and have a movie night. That really hit me because I realized I was not being a good example by consistently making an unhealthy treat for her that now it was becoming a habit and an expectation of hers I knew something had to change. So I went on good ol’ Pinterest to get some ideas for some healthy treats that she would love. This girl loves rainbows and loves anything and everything that involves rainbows, so we ended up making rainbow fruit kabobs together (a fruit for each color of the rainbow) and she had a really good time, and I felt an ease of conscientiousness making something healthy with her. Win-Win all around.

I hope this post helps you get creative with being healthy in the kitchen with your loved ones, I wanted to make sure I made something healthy but took into consideration what she loved so that it would be something that she would want to participate in. I wanted it to be a good memory for her so that she associated positivism and fun with healthy eating.



This is a nice and easy recipe for naan with kebabs using a yogurt chutney as your sauce. Try it and let us know what you think!

1-2 pounds ground chicken
3/4 teaspoon salt (or as desired)
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon crushed chili
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1.5-2 teaspoons Shan seekh kebab masala

1 and 1/2 cups yogurt
1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt (salt to taste)
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
3/4 teaspoon crushed chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Other ingredients:
1 onion sliced and sprinkled with lemon juice and salt


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A few months ago I watched a documentary called Food Matters. Its main point was to show how food can play such an important role in the various illnesses/diseases of your body. Watching it made me realize that some natural ways to help the pain you feel in your body can help more than just simply taking pills, which can cause side effects and never really prevents the pain. It’s really frustrating to go to the doctor and all they have as a solution to your pain is drugs….and if those drugs don’t work….more drugs…and if those don’t’re screwed. There’s never one solution to every illness, but  sometimes eating the right foods can knock out many different illnesses. Today there are so many more problems with our skin, our bodies, our mental health and that’s mostly due to what we eat. This movie didn’t make me want to eat better all in one day, but it did open a door to healthy living.

After watching this movie I felt inspired to do more research.   (more…)

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