Mmm, I love grilled cheese. 400 calories in one sandwich isn't such a bad meal as long as it's nutritious, so if you just have one grilled cheese instead of two and pair it with a low cal soup or a salad you can enjoy your grilled cheese completely guilt free!
I like to make "gourmet grilled cheese" sandwiches sometimes, like with thinly sliced rustic whole wheat bread, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, lightly brushed in olive oil and toasted on a nonstick pan. De-lish!
I make grilled cheese on a nonstick griddle and just brush it with either margarine or olive oil... uses a lot less than putting it on the bread. I also use the 100 calorie Multi-grain sandwich rounds.... these actually add more flavor!! Then I make sure to use a really tasty cheese like sharp cheddar, much more flavor than American.... I usually can get away with the reduced fat with these because they are quality cheeses. This is my favorite way to eat a grilled cheese now!!
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I love my grilled cheese also. What I do now is use the Arnold sandwich thins, anyone you like, and I flip them ove and use the inside for the grilling side. I use I can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray and any of the Laughing Cow cheese flavors, or Baby Bel Light Cheeses (they melt nicely) I also like to add a nice slice of cheese and a tsp of Oscar Myer Real Bacon bits. Delicious, give it a try.
I like to add turkey and tomato slices to my grilled cheese. I spray the bread lightly with pam instead of using butter, and use whole wheat bread. I pay extra to buy the deluxe american cheese slices, the ones that aren't individually wrapped. They are more expensive and not necessarily healthier, however, they have more flavor, and melt nicely, so I can use less cheese and still have good flavor, as well as the gooey meltiness that makes a grilled cheese a grilled cheese.
I can't begin to say how much I hate low fat, fat free or soy cheeses. I've tried many and I just don't like 'em. I use a real slice (3/4 of an ounce) of American white cheese, 2 slices country kitchen light bread (any kind, personally I love the oatmeal), either a spray butter or smart balance (1 TB) and there you go. The cheese is about 110 calories, oatmeal bread a total of 70, smart balance is 50 calories - so basically it's cutting your grilled cheese almost in half in terms of calories. I pair it with a light veggie soup or salad and it's a satisfying meal.
I like to eat grilled cheese every now and then still! Use a multi-grain bread that allows for 2 pieces per serving, use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray, which has 0 and keeps you from using too much and then choose a low-fat cheese!
One thing I've started doing instead of frying the grilled cheese is baking it in a toaster oven and adding spinach, onion, apple, carrots, peppers...whatever's handy. The crunchy bread is SO much more satisfying then soggy bread, and the cheese is sooo melty! Just put the top piece next to the piece with cheese.....it'll save you calories from the butter, and i'll add a slice of sargento reduced fat 2% swiss, that usually does the trick!
I adore grilled cheese! I like to use mult1-grain or whole-wheat bread, and deli American cheese. I use buttery spray (Olivio - sp.?)on the bread instead of butter.
A quick substitute and that has even less calories - toast a Thomas' whole-wheat mini bagel. Spread with a Sonoma lite cheese wedge of your chosen flavor (I like Pepper Jack). A grand total of 135 calories. Not quite grilled cheese but still pretty good!
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I use 2% cheese in mine also. Sometimes for a change I will use provolone, Muenster or Swiss. Thinly sliced apple is great in a grilled cheese too!
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Two grilled cheese, no matter how "healthy" you make them, is just too much! You should try one made using the suggestions others have given - we use whole wheat bread and 2% cheese - and fill your stomach with some fresh veggies or fruit instead of a second sandwich. Will keep you fill longer, cut calorie, and give you much needed vitamins and fiber.
Some things just aren't as good with fat free cheese. I think Grilled Cheese sandwiches are one of those things. My solution...instead of having a 'so-so' grilled cheese, why not have a great 1/2 a Grilled Cheese? Make a 1/2 Grilled Cheese the way you like it, and eat a salad with it! Enjoy!
Though grilled cheese is great 'comfort food' and they're easy to make, most of the ways people prepare them is so unhealthy. Like someone else said, when you do make one try whole grain bread. Also - REAL CHEESE (low fat part skim mozzarella is good). If you use the right ingredients you'll be satisfied with much less. The more of the fake cheese, wonder bread etc you use, the less satisfied your body will be and you'll want to eat more. You might want to join a team that is about healthy cooking or something. You'll get tons of great ideas there. SparkRecipes.com is a great resource as well. Have fun!
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335 11/19/10 3:12 P
It is definitely surprising to see just what you have been eating, calorie-wise, once you begin tracking and checking calories. Keep checking and look for healthier suggestions here on Sparkpeople. It is a great help.
I'm not sure how you got 400 cals for one grilled cheese....maybe you use a denser bread and more cheese and butter than I do?
I use 2 slices of 100% whole wheat wonder bread (130 cals) one slice of processed cheese (60 cals) and 1 tsp butter for the outside of the bread (50 cals). That's only 240 cals total. If you have a non-stick pan, you can use a paper towel or pastry brush to apply a very thin layer of butter or oil to the pan to make the bread crispy and save about 30 or 40 cals.
I usually will have veggies and hummus as a side, or a salad with vinagrette or something else light and filling when I have a grilled cheese to make it a meal.
Whole grain bread would make it healthier. And using low-fat butter(like) spread instead of real butter or margarine. And there is my ex's method of making "grilled" cheese - toast bread in toaster, put cheese in the middle, nuke to melt cheese... definitely not as good but without the extra butter it is cutting back on calories and fat.
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166 11/18/10 2:14 P
Yum! I haven't had a grilled cheese sandwich is sooooo long.
I do have some suggestions though;
Try feta cheese, low fat cheese or soy cheese!
Check them out - personally I love feta cheese and have tried soy cheese and it's pretty good. You may have to watch the first time you try them, they may cook differently.
My Mother In-Law is a vegetarian and she swears by the low fat cheese - loves it!
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23 11/18/10 1:07 P
So before I started this program I thought that two grilled cheese were a good lunch. Well today I decided I would add up all the nutritional facts before making it and just for one grilled cheese there was 400 calories, not to mention how disappointing all the other facts were. I used to eat grilled cheese all the time. I think now I may cut down to having grilled cheese here and there. I now know that it not as healthy as I thought and I could find something just as good to eat that is healthier. Unless there is some way to make a healthier grilled cheese... any ideas?
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