Grilled Cheese, Please

During the month of April, we are celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month! Many people are often surprised to know that I (or dietitians) love to enjoy a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.  But we like to take ours up a notch! Grilled cheese can seem like an indulgent food, and it can be. Moderation is once again the key.   Pairing it up with some great vegetables and/or fruit helps to make for a nice balance! 

The cheese can add some great nutrients to our diet.  Cheese is a great source of a trio of minerals – calcium, potassium, and magnesium.  These minerals are important for bone health.  The US Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis predicted that by 2020 half of all Americans older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass.  The minerals found in the cheese can be a great way to help prevent this.  These same minerals play an important role in managing healthy blood pressure.  By pairing this cheese with a whole grains, fruit and vegetables, we add fiber to this meal.  That fiber not only helps to keep us full, but it also helps with our heart and digestive health! While many may think that a grilled cheese is off limits for a healthy diet, this is a great way to make a grilled cheese sandwich PART of a healthy diet.  It’s a way to have your cheese and eat it, too!  

 Below is a recipe for a delicious grilled cheese sandwich, which includes brie, turkey, and apples.  Yum!  Click here to watch one of our dietitians grilling up this sandwich. And if you want more ideas for a grilled cheese sandwich stop by one of our stores every Friday afternoon and all day Saturday throughout the month of April to enjoy a sampling of new gourmet grilled cheese recipes!

Turkey, Apple and Brie Grilled Cheese
4 slices Good and Grainy Bread
1 Tablespoon soft butter
2-3 teaspoons cranberry mustard (or honey mustard)
2 oz. brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 small Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
3 oz. shaved turkey (optional)

1.       Heat a skillet or griddle over medium low heat. 
2.       Butter the outside of each bread slice.  Spread the mustard on the inside of each slice of bread.  Layer the brie, apples and turkey; top with the other slice of bread.
3.       Place the sandwiches, butter side down, in the heated skillet. Cook until cheese is slightly melted and read is brown and toasty.  Flip the sandwich and cook until the cheese is completely melted. 
4.       Let stand for a minute; cut in half.  Serve immediately.

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