How many of us grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches? As a kid, it was my favorite food for hot lunch. Even now, I still
get weak in the knees for grilled cheese. And my husband, Colin, asks if we can have it for dinner at least once a week.
I try to indulge the craving often, but let’s face it: greasy grilled cheese is not exactly the healthiest fare, and I also
want to get a satisfying meal out of the deal. So, I like
to spice things up with unexpected—and healthful—ingredients
. This week for dinner, for example, we made
Hot Chile Grilled Cheese
. Mashed-up beans, salsa and hot peppers bulk up the cheesy filling. Just think of it as a cross between
a grilled cheese and a Mexican chile relleno burrito. If you love a little spice, you’ll love this sandwich. (Love Mexican food? Spice up
your dinner routine with these healthy Mexican recipes.
As for Colin, he was impressed with the amazing combination of flavors. He took one bite and said, “This is NOT your ordinary
grilled cheese.” And it’s super filling too.
Here are some more yummy, cheesy grilled sandwiches to try:
This recipe is a favorite at our house. Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any
grilled cheese you've ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded
and sharp. Serve with a mixed salad and you've got a delightful lunch or light supper.
Turkey & Tomato
A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will
quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.
For a great grilled sandwich filling, spike canned tuna with salty olives and capers, bright lemon juice and tangy feta. Yum!
OK, so this recipe isn’t your typical grilled cheese sandwich. But it’s perfect for warmer weather, because you make it on
the grill instead of in a pan. Plus it’s so cheesy and creamy and delicious—it will satisfy all of your grilled cheese
Hot Chile Grilled
This deconstructed version of a chile relleno turned sandwich packs some heat and an ooey-gooey filling. We like the flavor
of sourdough, but any kind of bread will work well. Serve with: Coleslaw and sliced pineapple.