Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! A grilled cheese sandwich was one of my favorite lunchtime treats growing up. Whenever I visited my nana and poppy in Wills Point my nana would always make me the most delicious, crisp, gooey grilled cheese sandwich. To this day when I stop by nana’s house she asks, “Would you like a grilled cheese?” I always love the treat of my nana’s grilled cheese sandwiches.
Now, we all know the iconic crisp, gooey, cheesy grilled cheese sandwich is not the most nutritious sandwich you could have. The warm American cheese melted between two butter rich slices of white bread is one nutrition disaster. Here are a few tips on how to make a delicious grilled cheese a little more nutritious.
- Pick the right bread. Choose bread that has either whole grain flour or whole wheat flour as it’s first ingredient and has at least 3 grams of fiber per slice.
- Keep it crisp. One of the best parts of a grilled cheese sandwich is the crisp bread. Instead of spreading butter on the bread for a crisp sandwich, place your sandwich in a panini press. If you do not have a panini press, spray a skillet with extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil and add your sandwich. Place another skillet on top of the sandwich and weigh it down with a few cans. Cook sandwich for a few minutes or until crisp. Flip sandwich and place pan with cans on top of the sandwich for a couple of minutes, or until sandwich is crisp and cheese is melted.
- Pick a good cheese. Pick a natural, flavor-filled cheese. If you pick a cheese that is full of flavor, you can use less cheese for a lot of flavor. Pick a reduced-fat cheese to reduce the amount of saturated fat in your sandwich.
- A grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect place to sneak in some veggies. Add sliced tomato, bell pepper, arugula or mushrooms. You can also add fruit like sliced pear or avocado.
Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month by enjoying a delicious grilled cheese!