Food Love – Toasted Sandwiches (or Grilled Cheese for you USA peeps)

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It’s just cheese and toast right? WRONG.

Take that back!

I’m not getting much cheese out here (which is criminal considering how much I LOVE cheese) and so I have been dreaming about fixing myself up one (or more realistically ALL) of these bad boys when I get back home for a Christmas break.

Ok, so you got me, cheese in large quantities isn’t really considered the healthiest of snacks.  It’s high in saturated fat, calories, and sodium, so you have to be careful with your portion sizes. However, cheese is a great source of calcium (essential for bone health), protein and it tastes delicious! There is no reason that it can’t be included as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Here’re a few ways to make your grilled cheese a bit healthier:

  • Add Some Veggies or Some Fruit

Cheese goes with just about anything, so adding these things to your sandwich will make it more nutritious (and tasty, bonus!)

  • Use Wholemeal Bread for Added Fibre
  • Don’t Add Spread

Cheese is already high fat and when it melts it’s oily enough.  Just toast your bread in the toaster and melt the cheese under the grill!

  • Watch Your Portion

A portion of cheese is usually around the size of a matchbox or 4 dice cubes.  While you are likely to use more than this on your grilled cheese, don’t pile it on! Stick to thin slices to keep the portion down.

  • Use a Stronger Tasting Cheese

Using a strong cheese means you have to use less to get the desired flavor…OR

  • Opt for Cheese Naturally Lower in Fat

If you don’t like using strong cheese, Edam or Gouda are naturally lowering fat than your standard cheddar

  • Add Some Soup!

For a lighter option, me and the hubby sometimes split a sandwich and top up with some veggie or lentil soup. This way you get added variety and extra veggies. Bonus!

Here’s some of my favorite Grilled Cheese Recipes:

  1. Gourmet Grilled Cheese  by Nutritionella
  2. Grilled Peach Brie and Basil Sandwich via Two Peas and Their Pod
  3. Avocado, Mozzarella and Tomato Grilled Cheese via The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife
  4. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese from a Couple Cooks
  5. Leek and Mushroom Grilled Cheese via The Stay at Home Chef
  6. Crispy Zucchini and Dijon Horseradish Aioli Grilled Cheese by How Sweet It Is Blog
  7.  Green Goddess Grilled Cheese via Full Belly Sisters
  8. Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese via How Sweet It Is Blog
  9. Cranberry and Brie Grilled Cheese by Joy the Baker
  10. Goats Cheese and Cucumber Grilled Cheese via Sweets Sonian

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What’s your favorite Grilled Cheese Combo?!

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2 Responses

  1. Carole
    October 30, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I LOVE toasted sandwiches but I don’t have a grill/oven. Disaster….Thinking I might have to treat myself as the winter sets in.

    Also can’t believe you missed out cheese and beans – the KING of all winter day toasties!!

    xx

    • helen
      November 02, 2013 at 6:35 am

      You should Carole….Sooooo tasty! :)

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