OK let's face it everyone loves a grilled cheese sandwich. We don't always love the calories, fat and cholesterol associated with it though. Well lately I am on this tear.. how do I make fabulous guilt free food and still have fun, eating and preparing with no food "afterlife". I fully enjoy challenging myself with these ideas.
Eureka, Ive got it!
I get this Alvarado Street Bakery Essential Flax Seed bread, 50 calories a slice, organic and whole sprouted grain. A nice hefty organic tomato, and "Soy Kass" "cheese", it's not really cheese, no cholesterol, no dairy but with all the nice qualities of melted cheese. I like the Monterrey Jack just 60 calories an ounce.
Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Slap down the bread, (no butter or oil added or needed). Cover the bread with 3 slices of cheese on each slice, a slice of tomato on top of each side of cheese, cover the grill pan until the cheese melts. ( I add a nice sprinkling of herbs de Provence or dried oregano).
Leave open faced or top it together and cut in half and man does that do the grilled cheese trick big time, crunchy bread, oowy gooey cheese, the rich tomatoy taste, topped off with aromatic herbs ...to the tune of under 300 calories!
Recipe, photos and writing by Karen Pickus 2011
Courtesy, Karen Pickus 2011