When classic meets healthy: grilled cheese kale sandwich. I’ve been in a sandwich-making mood around here on Nutrition By Mia. It’s convenient and a reliable source of quick nutrition with an endless variety of healthy combinations. No need to forgo classic favorites like grilled cheese when you can add a handful of something nutritious- like kale.
Though I recommend putting the sandwich under the broiler for melting the cheese to your desired consistency, a panini maker would work just as well. In that case, I like to add a little butter to the outsides of the bread to prevent sticking and result in that crispy exterior that we love.
Enjoy this sandwich with a cup of soup or piece of fruit for a complete meal. I will be doing the latter as Charleston has already reached up into the 80’s and doesn’t look like it will be cooling down any time soon!
Kale: Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. In order to warm up to this bitter and tough green, I started sneaking it into my juices and smoothies and eventually moved on to sautéing and eating it raw. Some nutrient standouts: iron, protein, calcium, vitamin C and even some omega 3s!
Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella is lower in saturated fat than other cheese which makes it a more heart healthy option. It also boasts protein and bone-building calcium.
- 2 pieces whole wheat bread
- 1 oz mozzarella
- Handful of kale
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp tahini (optional)
- Turn oven to broil.
- Spread tahini thinly on one side of each slice of bread.
- Place mozzarella in between two slices of bread. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until melted to desired consistency.
- In a small skillet toss kale with olive oil.
- Place kale between bread slices and enjoy.