Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ridiculously Easy 200 Calorie Grill Cheese




When I created and tasted this simple sandwich the other night I was immediately transported back to my grade school years, sitting happily in grandma Genevieve’s kitchen having a grill cheese for lunch. During the three years that my family moved back to Michigan, and over subsequent summer vacations there that followed I really enjoyed those lunches over at her place. She would cook anything that my cousin Julie and I wanted, and the grilled cheese was always a favorite. I put healthy twist on the traditional grill cheese that is usually made with fiber devoid white bread, saturated fat laden butter and whole milk/cheese. Honestly I didn’t miss any of them a bit in this recipe.

Ingredients: (*see specific brand recommendations below)

2 slices light whole wheat bread *
2 slices/ounces low fat American cheese *
ICB or light margarine

Directions:

Spray one side of each bread slice with ICB a few times or spread with 1 teaspoon if light margarine. Place the bread slices with the buttered sides facing out and put the cheese in between them. Put a small pan in medium heat for a minute or so, then add the sandwich. Heat a few minutes each side, until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Makes one serving/sandwich

Serving size: 1 sandwich Calories 200 Protein 12 g Carb 20 g Fiber 7 g Sugars 5 g Fat 9 g saturated fat 3 g Sodium 760 mg

Suggested brands to use:

Bread – Oroweat light, Sara Lee

Cheese- Kraft 2% American Singles

Variations:

Wanna get fancy? Try different cheeses such as Low fat Swiss (like Kraft, Alpine Lace or Jarlsberg light) and add any of the following- olives, tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, spinach
Note: this may increase the calories a little bit…

2 comments:

Sonny Amou August 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

Hey Marie,

How many calories would 1/2 a diced onion add to this? And what is ICB? Available at mainstream grocery stores or no?

Peace,
SA

Marie August 2, 2009 at 8:44 AM  

Hey Sonny,

The calories from diced onion would be negligible so go ahead and add! ICB is I can't believe it's not butter spray. If you click in the link (where it is listed in ingredients section of recipe) you can read more about it.

Hope you try this out and enjoy. I know Shan really likes grill cheese :)

Marie

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