Apple Grilled Cheese

Sep 28th

There aren’t many things better than a grilled cheese sandwich. I think it was the first thing I perfected in the kitchen. I was about ten, armed with seeded rye bread and cooper sharp cheese – heaven. The white bread and kraft singles version is pretty ridiculous as well, though completely devoid of real food. Gourmet grilled cheeses have been popular for a while and usually involve a bunch of ingredients you don’t have on hand. Not this one. All the ingredients used should become staples in your fridge because they’re amazing for you.

Let’s start with the bread. THE HEALTHIEST bread on the market is Ezekiel Bread. Yes, it’s usually four dollars a bag but you can afford the extra dollar for health such as this. 1 slice has 80 calories, 3 grams fiber, and 4 grams of protein (most bread does NOT have that much protein). Aside from those basics, the ingredients list is just fabulous, consisting solely of organic sprouted grains, yeast, and sea salt. It’s hardy and delicious spread with peanut butter.

For the cheese we went with lowfat cheddar. Cheddar has more bite than American so you can use less. Lowfat cheese isn’t to be used on pizza, but in this sandwich it melts just fine.

The apples add some health and combined with the whole grain dijon mustard (use creamy dijon if you don’t have whole grain dijon) lend us the “salty sweet” thing.

Lastly, instead of slathering your bread with butter, use some olive oil! Butter is mostly saturated fat, meaning it’s solid at room temperature and raises your bad cholesterol levels. Olive oil is mostly monounsaturated fat, which is liquid at room temperature and not only lowers your bad cholesterol, but raises your GOOD cholesterol. A simple whilst delicious swap.

This will take you less than 10 minutes to throw together. A GREAT lunch for you or for any kids in your life. Here are the stats:

220 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams fiber, 14 grams protein. These stats are similar to a lean cuisine, but since you’re making it yourself you know EXACTLY what’s in it and if you make them all week with the ingredients you bought, you will SAVE money over the lean cuisines. Also it tastes better.

Apple Grilled Cheese

Makes 1 sandwich; double everything here to make two.

2 slices Ezekiel or other sprouted grain bread.

1 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. whole grain dijon mustard

2 oz. (about 1/4 c.) grated lowfat cheddar cheese

1/2 of a tart apple, such as honey crisp or granny smith, thinly sliced

1. Heat grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat.

2. Drizzle olive oil on one side of each slice bread and spread mustard on the other sides.

3. Lay out one slice bread, mustard side up. Arrange half of grated cheese on top.

4. Add apples evenly across cheese.

5. Arrange the rest of your cheese on top of apples.

6. Top with other slice of bread, mustard side down.

7. Lay sandwich on grill pan. To have it come off more like a panini, lay something heavy on top of the sandwhich while it cooks.

I used my teapot.. it was handy.

8. Flip sandwich when lightly browned. Finish cooking the other side, and remove to plate.

Go buy some kiwis and eat them. Why should you do this? These little guys, native to CHINA, have under 50 calories and contain 95% of your daily need for vitamin C. Kiwis have more vitamin C than the same amount of an orange! And they’re pretty.

Tessa says, “YAY FOR KIWI”

Apple Grilled Cheese

Makes 1 sandwich; double everything here to make two.

2 slices Ezekiel or other sprouted grain bread.

1 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. whole grain dijon mustard

2 oz. (about 1/4 c.) grated lowfat cheddar cheese

1/2 of a tart apple, such as honey crisp or granny smith, thinly sliced

1. Heat grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat.

2. Drizzle olive oil on one side of each slice bread and spread mustard on the other sides.

3. Lay out one slice bread, mustard side up. Arrange half of grated cheese on top.

4. Add apples evenly across cheese.

5. Arrange the rest of your cheese on top of apples.

6. Top with other slice of bread, mustard side down.

7. Lay sandwich on grill pan. To have it come off more like a panini, lay something heavy on top of the sandwhich while it cooks.

8. Flip sandwich when lightly browned. Finish cooking the other side, and remove to plate.

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