Thursday, April 10, 2014

Amazing Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Photo Credit: Health is Wealth Photos.

Amazing healthy grilled cheese.  Say what?! Can those four words even go together? This sandwich is a twist on the old classic! I can enthusiastically recommend this recipe to anyone who is a fan of grilled cheese (or even if you don't think you are).  Try this method, you won’t regret it.  In my opinion this tastes even better than the traditional butter-slathered recipe.  With this method you get more flavour and you feel better about eating it.
This is obviously just a recipe for your basic grilled cheese but there are so many variations you can add to this recipe.  You could add in tomatoes, kale, spinach, balsamic-caramelised onions, or any kind of meat (my little girl loves turkey bacon in it).  Add in your favorite herbs and seasonings or keep it basic, like this.
Try this recipe out today and it’s likely you will become a convert, like I have, for life.  Your heart will thank you for it.  Also, keep in mind you can use your favorite cheese, but for a lower calorie, lower-fat cheese, Mozzarella might be your better option.

Ingredients:
  • 2 slices fresh whole wheat bread or double fiber bread 
  • sliced Monterrey Jack, Muenster, Cheddar, or Mozzarella Cheese (enough to cover the bread)
  • 2 tsp. Nature's Way Organic Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions:
  • Preheat a small nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat. Place the cheese slices (enough to cover the bread completely) between 2 slices of whole wheat bread.
  • Once the frying pan is warm, drizzle with 1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil.  Slightly tilt the pan back and forth to evenly spread the oil over the pan's surface.
  • Place the sandwich in the frying pan, cover with a lid and cook until the bottom of the bread is golden, about 2 minutes.
  • Lift the sandwich with a spatula and add the remaining teaspoon of cocont oil to the frying pan.
  • Flip the sandwich over and cook the opposite side until golden with a crunch.
  • Serve immediately with soup, salad or both.  Enjoy!

For added flavour and flair, I use a George Foreman Grill.  Lightly brush both sides of the grill with  coconut or olive oil and toast the sandwich upon it for 2 minutes.  I add tomatoes and a little fresh basil with Mozzarella or apple slices, I'll also vary the recipe by using tuna along with the Cheddar cheese.

Give the grill a little press and it neatly seals the sandwich. Bon appĂ©tit!

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