Confession time. First up, I love this sandwich. It’s deliciously rich, and I came up with in Vermont using some (defrosted) frozen blueberries. It’s got this delicious sweet side with the blueberries and cheese – but the basil, balsamic vinegar and caramelized onions keep it from being too tart. Ugh, so good! But – right now while I’m trying to lose weight? I’m honestly not eating it all the time. It’s totally an indulgence, but a scrumptious one!
Second confession: I shared this recipe over on MyFitnessPal as part of one of my contributing “Veg Out” blog posts. The post is called “Why I Became a Part Time Vegan”. Although I love vegan cooking, and eat that way 70% of the time, I am a flexitarian. I have never really shared that on here.
I was afraid it would alienate and upset some of you, but I figure it’s better to be honest, right? If you are curious about my path and why I eat this way, definitely read the post, and I hope we can still be friends and share a love a yummy vegan food! Ok, whew, I feel better! Now, let’s get back to the food!In college, I discovered the allure of the grilled cheese (another food I never really had growing up). I was an adorable pudgster in college and hadn’t really figured out that a grilled cheese, curly fries and some Ben and Jerry’s every few nights with no exercise was completely unhealthy. (And also why I was pudgy!)
Now, I’m a big believer in eating everything in moderation. And a grilled cheese every now and then is not a bad thing! That doesn’t mean I don’t want to try and healthy it up a bit! My secret? I start off by toasting the bread in my little toaster oven with the cheese and all the ingredients on the slices. Then I put them together and on my little griddle I sear it – without any oil! It doesn’t burn because I don’t have to leave it on as long – and everything is already half melted and toasted anyway! Even on a basic grilled cheese not using oil saves a bunch of calories!Now I promise my next recipe is super light, totally delicious and uses fresh seasonal ingredients! (Hint: it’s a side dish!)
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