I know you're all busy parents (or were at one time) and that we all grew up on Kraft American Singles as an understood part of the grilled cheese staple. However, once feeding my child healthy foods became an important issue to me, I realized that the main ingredient in the average grilled cheese is not that nutritional for kids. One day I had a "DUH" (slap in the forehead) parenting epiphany: why was I serving my child processed cheese when I could just as easily substitute that crap for actual cheese (see how lonely the Kraft Singles are all by themselves in the shadow of good ingredients in that first photo?)????
Striving to provide quick, easy, and healthy homemade lunches for my little guy, I plan his weekly meal schedule (yes, even his meal plan includes a set menu) because he is at home every day. What I use instead of processed cheese is the shredded marble jack cheese (or your could also use real cheese slices of your choice), real butter (come on people, life is much too short not to enjoy some real butter), and Vienna Bread (from CUB) from the bakery section of the grocery store.
I would supposed that any artisan bread would do, as long as your family isn't too picky about "weird" breads. Leighton LOVES this bread, and so do we... I don't know what they're putting in it, but it is amazing.... maybe it's what they aren't putting into it that makes it taste so good.
Regardless, I like to make sure to sprinkle extra cheese into the pan and around the edges of the sandwich because that melted cheese is one of the best parts of the sandwich. (As I make his sandwhich, I scrape out the fried cheese and treat myself as I'm cooking - my reward for said epiphany stated earlier.) Little Leighton actually picks off the crusty cheese bits and eats them first (and Mark tries to steal them when I make extra fried cheese bits)!
It's not really any more work to make a more tasty and healthier grilled cheese than it is to use a processed cheese that has hardly any nutritional value. I promise that if you try this take on an old classic, you'll be hooked too!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!