What is your first memory of the grilled cheese sandwich? Did your mom make them with a side of tomato soup on chilly days? When you and your friends came inside after a long day of playing, was your dad flipping them on the skillet, making a big batch to satisfy a hungry group of kids? Maybe you continued your love of gooey yet crispy grilled cheese sandwiches into adulthood, making them in your college dorm. And now that grilled cheese sandwich shops are opening across the country, you may have enjoyed grilled cheese sandwiches with a variety of toppings recently.
The one problem? This childhood favorite and adult comfort food joy is traditionally loaded with fat, calories, and cholesterol. When the butter hits the pan, and your fatty, cheesy sandwich starts grilling, it sometimes has more in common with fried food than grilled! SkinnyMs. has a scrumptious grilled cheese sandwich recipe for you that is low in fat and calories, but high in cheesy goodness and crispy, toasty perfection.
First of all, we’ve skipped the butter and have reached for our trusty extra virgin olive oil. With healthy fats, this oil is good for you, especially when used in moderation. We’ve also swapped out high-fat cheeses with low-fat cheddar cheese, giving you that gooey texture and cheesy flavor you love without packing on pounds. And whole wheat bread is a healthy choice that adds fiber and nutrients, without sacrificing crunch.
Yields 1 sandwich | Serving size: 1/2 sandwich | Calories: 283 | Fat: 19 g | Saturated fat: 8 g | Trans fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 35 mg | Sodium: 121 mg | Carbohydrate: 15 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g | Protein 13 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
- 2 slices whole wheat or whole grain bread
- 1/2 cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Brush olive oil on the outside of 1 slice of bread. Add shredded cheddar cheese on top of the other slice of bread. Turn over and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cook in a sauté pan over medium-low heat until golden, and flip and cook the other side until golden, for about 3-5 minutes per side.
- Cut in half and serve.
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