When I was a kid, one of my very favorite foods were grilled cheeses.
And trust me when I tell you: I could eat them every day of my life. And, in fact, did every summer.
I would top a slice of multigrain bread with two slices of American cheese (aka orange-colored plastic) and another slice of bread. Then fry in mounds of butter and top with grape jelly.
Yes, grape jelly.
Topping grilled cheeses with grape jelly was my grandma’s secret concoction, and let me tell you, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. The sweet jelly plays off the savory, buttery grilled cheese perfectly, creating heaven in your mouth. If you’ve never tried it… you have to.
Of course, that’s definitely not the healthiest lunch you could have. But, if you’re ever in the mood for a heavenly, guilt-inducing grilled cheese, but don’t want to actually feel guilty (and don’t have the metabolism of a ten year old), this recipe is for you.
I like using gluten free bread (simply because it makes my tummy feel a bit better than bread made with gluten ;)), then topping it with natural cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and a bit of avocado to up the decadence with a bit of healthy fat! By frying this with coconut oil instead of butter, you’re also using a much healthier, all natural “fat” that can actually speed up your metabolism and build up your immunity!
So feed your inner child with this heavenly grilled cheese, without feeling guilty two bites in! 🙂
The Ultimate Healthy Grilled Cheese
- 2 slices of bread of choice (I used Udi’s Gluten Free Bread)
- 1 oz cheddar cheese
- 1/4 c cherry tomatoes
- 1/8 avocado
- 1/2 tbs coconut oil
Toast two slices of bread of choice. Spread coconut oil over one side of both halves of bread. Spread avocado on one slice of bread (on the opposite side the coconut oil was spread on), then slice cherry tomatoes and place on top of avocado. Place cheese on the other slice (again, on the opposite side of the coconut oil). Put both slices together (cheese side to tomato side) then place on a skillet. Cook on medium-high heat for 3 minutes, or until browned slightly. Flip over, then turn down to medium heat and place the lid on the skillet. Cook for another 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove, slice, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 1 serving)
Nutritional information calculated using Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Bread. For two slices, this provides 160 calories, 1 gram of fat, 30 carbs, and 8 grams of protein. To calculate the nutritional information using another type of bread, add 103 calories, 4 grams of fat, 5 carbs, and 7 grams of protein to the information provided on the nutrition label of desired bread.