Menu Monday: Gourmet Grilled Cheese

The Classic: Gourmet Grilled Cheese

It’s that time of year for cozy comfort foods! There’s nothing better than putting on sweats, curling up on the couch, and having a winter soup, chili, or a good old-fashioned grilled cheese to warm us from the inside out.

 

Growing up, our easy go-to meal (particularly on snow days) was Campbell’s tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. While I still love this meal, especially when it’s cold or I am sick, I have experimented with my grilled cheeses to spice them up a bit and add more nutrients to this classic sandwich. Really, it creates a blank canvas for you to add whatever strikes your fancy as far as add-ons but below are a couple of my favorite variations. Plus, these gourmet versions pack a health punch of folate, vitamin K, vitamin A, lycopene, and others from the tomato and spinach, fiber from the apple, and healthy fats from the avocado!

 

I hope you enjoy these quick, delicious new twists on an old classic and happy holidays!!

 

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Ingredients:
The first two ingredients are used for any version that you make:
  • 2 slices of whole wheat or multi-grain bread
  • Drizzle or brush of olive oil on sides of bread

Version 1:

  • 1-2 slice each: medium or sharp American, Mozzarella
  • 2-4 torn strips of fresh basil
  • 1/2 avocado sliced and mashed onto bread
  • 2-3 slices fresh tomato
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste

Version 2:

  • 1-2 slices each: mozzarella, havarti or brie
  • 1/2 Granny smith apple sliced thinly
  • Handful of spinach
  • Optional-light drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar

 

Directions:
  • Heat a George Foreman, cast iron, or regular cooking skillet and spray with Pam.
  • Place sandwich in pan or Foreman and lightly grill the one side
  • Respray the pan and flip the sandwich to cook the other makings sure that the cheese has melted throughout

 

 

– LAUREN ORMSBEE, CHC, CEP

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