Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Return of the Grilled Cheese

Ahhh... Grilled cheese sandwiches. What is better than two pieces of hot, toasted, buttery bread encasing a thick layer of melted, ooey-gooey cheddar (or any other cheese you happen to love or have on hand) cheese?

Losing the excess weight that hot, toasted buttery bread encasing a thick layer of melted, ooey-gooey cheddar cheese can add to your frame.

Yeah... Grilled cheese sandwiches are sublime in the extreme but they aren't good for us. Until now...

You see, I was craving a grilled cheese. Big time. But, traditional grilled cheese, the way I learned how to make and eat them is certainly not something I choose to eat at this phase in my life. But... But I really, really wanted a grilled cheese. For lunch. Today.

What to do?

Why, make it the right way, of course. :D

So, that is precisely what I did. Here is how I made a healthy, good for me grilled cheese sandwich.

Spray a small nonstick frying pan or griddle with Pam and a little buttery spray (I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray.) and place it over medium heat. Place the bottom half of a thin bun in the pan, cut side up. As the pan heats, slice one ounce of light~2%~ cheddar cheese (or other cheese you love) and place it on the thin bun. Top it with the other half of the thin bun, spray the top with a little Pam and buttery spray and clap a lid over it. Let it cook, under the lid until the bun is nice and brown and toasted and the cheese is melting. Flip and continue cooking (with the lid off) until the other half of the thin bun is toasted and brown and the cheese is all melted and beginning to oooooooooze out a little. Flip out onto your plate and let cool just long enough so that you don't burn your little fingers and mouth and go to it.

My sandwich, made with an Earth Grains whole grain thin bun and one ounce of 2% cheddar came to 190 calories. Not too shabby for something so tasty. You can get the calorie count down a little further by using light bread, usually 80 to 90 calories for a two slice portion and fat free cheese *shudder*. If you have read this blog, at all, you know how I feel about fat free dairy products. The only exceptions being fat free 1/2 and 1/2 and my buttery spray. In my not so humble personal opinion, fat free cheese is nasty and tastes like a half melted plastic mac.

Oh! Piccie of the yum? Right here. :D

I had mine with a side of apple slices. *sigh* Happy, now. :)

In other not so important news, it is another nice day, here. My windows are open, the sun is shining, cicadas are doing their thing in the cottonwoods and thunderheads are beginning to build. Is it October? "Cause I have to tell you, I am exceedingly confused, here. It is supposed to be Fall.

Oh well.

Eating is right on track and I am hydrating well. My head is clear and calm and it isn't even pounding as bad as it was, yesterday. :D

I am ripping CDs to my computer. I had all of my music on my other laptop and when it went tits up, I found myself needing to do it all over again. I have over one hundred CDs. This is a task that takes a little time. I just do a few here and there and I will soon have them all on this 'puter. Probably just in time for this one to crash. lol

I am beginning to plan Thanksgiving dinner. I have a healthy menu in mind. Poor Son is devastated. lol He loves all of the stuff that makes up a ten thousand calories a plate Thanksgiving dinner but I just don't want to do that, this year. I have a couple of recipes in mind that I want to take for a test run before the big day. If they are good, I will post them. If not... You will hear nothing more about them.

Okay, I suppose I have nattered on long enough.


  1. MMM, grilled cheese...looks and sounds wonderful!! I'll have to give that a try myself! Thanks for the idea. I'm planning a lower fat and calorie Thanksgiving myself...at least the main attraction (the turkey) already qualifies!

  2. 3 words to save you from ever having to rip CDs again: external hard drive.

    You can pick one up for about $129 for a 1TB (1024 GB).

  3. oh that looks delish! I bought some tomato soup to go with a grill cheese for lunch one day this week. MMmm, so good!

  4. MMMMMMM grilled cheese! The only time I really ever eat them is when I'm sick. But oh how I love bread encased melted cheese.

    I'm dreading Thanksgiving. I'm not even going to think about it.

  5. That is a great grilled cheese makeover!! I love still having delicious foods while living healthy. It makes it just that much better. :-)

  6. I love remodeling foods I loved to fit my new lifestyle and when I finally got it through my thick head that I could have grilled cheese, again I was ecstatic. :D

    I do need to get an external hard drive. I also need it to save my photographs.


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