Monday, October 17, 2011

Make a Better (for you) Grilled Cheese

There is something wonderful about a warm melty grilled cheese sandwich. While they have a bad wrap for not being that great for you, they don't have to be.

Per 2 sandwiches:

4 slices whole grain/whole wheat bread
2-4 slices of your favorite cheese (thin sliced if possible), or 1/4 cup shredded/crumbled
2 thin slices tomato or about 1/4 cup roasted red peppers (drained)
1 egg
1/2 tsp mustard
optional: 2 slices low-sodium ham or turkey, torn into thin strips

Beat egg and mustard in a small bowl. Assemble sandwiches (bread, cheese, veggies, meat, bread) and dip in the beaten egg mixture. Don't let them sit too long or they will be soggy. If you really need butter in your grilled cheese, spray or spread a little on the INSIDES of the sandwich.

Heat an indoor electric grill (like a George Forman) sprayed with cooking spray and cook sandwich until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes.

By dipping the sandwich in egg instead of smearing butter on both outer sides of bread, your sandwich has a little protein instead of just fat. The mustard gives it a nice little kick too.

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