Maybe you like grilled cheese sandwiches? Okay, who doesn't like grilled cheese sandwiches?
My kids would ONLY eat grilled cheese sandwiches and nothing else if I let them. And the grilled sandwich business is MASSIVE.
Here in New England, I can go to Quiznos, Panera, or D'Angelo's for my grilled Italian sub. And, I would love to go to any of these except that I want to remain my semi-svelte self.
For example, a large Classic Italian at Quiznos will set you back 1110 calories. Yikes! The small is 485 calories and I still think that is a "yikes!".
AND, you have to pay $6 for that bad boy. (and I mean bad :)
So, what to do? First, invest in a panini press (or grilled sandwich maker). I got the Cuisinart one below for my 38th birthday (3 years ago) and it is still going strong.
We use it around here about 3 times a week. It is super fun to use and for the price of 7 Quizos subs - you can make limitless sandwiches.
I also think that this sandwich maker would be a great addition to a dorm room along with a mini-fridge to stop the late night vending machine raids (not that I would know ANYTHING about that since I attended college in the Pleistocene).
There a few keys to a great (and healthy) grilled sandwich:
- 100% whole grain bread
- add a fruit or vegetable
- leave off the mayonnaise
The sandwich I made above is only one slice of bread, a couple slices of apple, and about 1/2 ounce of sharp cheddar cheese. The flavor combination of apple and cheddar is so delicious - and having something warm when it is cold outside is comforting.
This sandwich is SO much nicer than a cold sandwich and takes about 5 minutes to make.
Here are some other great sandwich combo ideas:
- banana and peanut butter
- avocado and turkey
- tomato and cheese
Below I have included the nutritional information for 1/2 sandwich (which is a snack sized portion). The calorie range is going to really depend on the bread you are using, but I managed to get my snack down to 144 calories.
My snack is 966 calories fewer than Quizo's Italian Sub - EXTREMELY amazing no?
Please share your sandwich combinations.
Grilled Apple and Cheddar Sandwich Recipe
(1 snack serving)
1 slice 100% whole wheat bread
1/2 ounce sharp cheddar cheese
Cut bread in half, slice apple and cheese into thin pieces. Using a sandwich maker or fry pan - grill sandwich until cheese has melted and outside of sandwich is crispy. Enjoy!
144 calories, 5.7 g fat, 16.5 g carbohydrates, 7.2 g protein, 2.7 g fiber, 221 mg sodium, 4 Points+
Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press