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Beyond Basic Grilled Cheese

Elevate this classic favorite from ordinary to extraordinary using different cheese options, whole wheat bread, and roasted veggies.

1 sandwich
Prep time
5 minutes
Cook time
8 minutes
Total time
13 minutes
2 slices whole wheat bread
1 cup cheese (grated, try Munster, Monterey jack or mozzarella))
1/2 cup broccoli (or cauliflower, roasted, cut into small pieces or use fresh veggies of your choice))
  1. Heat the pan on medium. Spray the pan with a thin coat of the oil/oil spray if needed.
  2. Lay one slice of bread in the pan.
  3. Spoon the harissa (or other savory spread) on one slice, and spread it out evenly.
  4. Add half of the grated cheese, spreading it out evenly.   
  5. Add the vegetables and top with the remaining cheese, being sure to cover the vegetables.
  6. Grill the sandwich three minutes on each side or until the slices have browned to perfection.  Slice the sandwich on a diagonal and enjoy with a side salad, veggie soup, and/or seasonal fruit.

For a kick of spice, a savory spread like harissa adds even more interest. Other flavor ideas and combos:

  • Other roasted (and sliced) veggies like asparagus, zucchini, or mushrooms work well - the sky's the limit
  • Dried oregano and garlic powder
  • Red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, or chipotle powder
  • Spinach, sliced tomato and basil with mozzarella cheese
  • Sliced apple and cheddar cheese
Meal Type: Lunch, Dinner
Category: 30 Minutes or Less, Kid-Friendly
Food group: Vegetables, Dairy, Grains