Grown Up Grilled Cheese!

by Alex London-Gross, MPH, CHES

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I love a good grilled cheese sandwich. Something about the nostalgia of eating them as a kid make it my ultimate comfort food. While I still enjoy a good old American cheese and white bread sandwich, it is also nice to have more “grown up” flavor combinations that are a little bit healthier.

I like to make my grilled cheese sandwiches in a skillet over medium heat. I usually butter my bread with a spread like Earthbalance or Smart Balance (just look for something that is free of trans fat and low in saturated fat), and cook each side for a few minutes until the bread is browned. You can also use olive oil or butter or spray to keep your grilled cheese from sticking. Putting a lid on the pan will also help the cheese melt.

Some of my favorite combinations are:

  • Whole wheat bread with tomato, avocado and cheddar cheese (pictured)
  • Multigrain bread with apples, honey and Gruyere cheese (pictured)
  • French bread with figs and brie (pictured)
  • Multigrain bread with roasted red pepper, spinach and goat cheese
  • Whole wheat bread with tomato, pesto, and mozzarella cheese

What’s YOUR favorite way to eat a grilled cheese??

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See more of Alex’s clean and clever eats over on her blog, Quarter Life Cupcake.