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Edible Idol: Grilled Cheese!

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04.12.13
 
 



In the world of sandwiches, GRILLED CHEESE is pretty much royalty. We're paying homage by electing the cheesy, crispy treat to the throne of EDIBLE IDOL!

 
  Do It Yourself! (Top Ingredient Picks)
 
 


The wrong ingredients can send your grilled cheese into the danger zone, nutritionally speaking. Here are our go-to choices... All guilt-free and delicious!

 
 
 

The Laughing Cow Light Cheeses - The light wedges come in so many flavors and bring AMAZING creamy taste to any grilled cheese. (Try the latest flavor, White Cheddar!) Sure, it's untraditional to use spreadable cheese in a GC sandwich, but we don't allow ourselves to be bound by tradition! Each of these wedges has only 35 calories and 1.5 - 2g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*). Go, Cow!

 
 

Kraft Skim Milk and 2% Milk Singles - Singles are an iconic choice in their own right. They're what your inner child probably craves. When your grilled cheese has lots of decadent ingredients, keep the stats low with fat-free slices, which have only 25 calories a pop (PointsPlus® value 1*). If you have a little more wiggle room, opt for 2% slices, with 45 calories and 2.5 - 3g fat each (PointsPlus® value 1*).

 
 
 
 

Light Whipped Butter or Light Buttery Spread - These fat-slashed finds are the way to go. Brummel & Brown is our absolute favorite, with 45 calories and 5g fat per tablespoon (PointsPlus® value 1*). It has loads of rich flavor and an unbelievably creamy texture. There are, however, many others out there with similar stats. Click for more info! And here's a hot buttered tip: You need only a teaspoon or two to give your sandwich that buttery crispness, as long as you start by spraying your skillet with nonstick spray. The spray will keep your sandwich from sticking, leaving the butter free to flavor up your grilled cheese!

 
 

Light Bread - Can't have grilled cheese without bread. (We're unconventional, not crazy.) Look for slices with high fiber counts and 40 - 45 calories per slice. The 45 Calories & Delightful line from Sara Lee is our hands-down favorite. Choose from White, Wheat, 100% Whole Wheat with Honey, and 100% Multi-Grain, each with 45 calories (doy!) and 0.5g fat per slice (PointsPlus® value 1*). Even the White has fiber (2g a slice), which is awesome. Click here for more light bread picks!

 
 
 
  We Do It for You! (Recipe Roundup)


Ready to get a little crazy? Check out these unique treats...

Grilled Cheese Dunkin' Duo, Greek Grilled Cheese, and Apple 'n Jack Grilled Cheese - A side of tomato soup for dipping, crumbled feta with fresh basil... chopped apple and Monterey Jack shreds?! We know how to think outside the box when it comes to grilled cheese.

Fancy 5-Minute Grilled Cheese - Easy. Cheesy. Fancy. Schmancy!

Caramelized-Onion Grilled Cheese and Club-Style Grilled Cheese - Crave sandwiches zazzled up with super-indulgent ingredients, like caramelized onion and bacon? Zazzle, zazzle!

Fancy Grilled Ham & Cheese, Sausage-Stuffed Breakfast Grilled Cheese, and Savory Pumpkin Grilled Cheese - Three more quirky variations on the classic. We promise, the pumpkin one is delicious!

Gobble, Gobble Cranberry Grilled Cheese - While inspired by Thanksgiving leftovers, this sandwich is too good to save for the fall. Year-round yumminess, people!

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese and BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese - Check out these exclusive recipes in the "Comfortably Yum" chapter of HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! The BBQ one, especially, is out of this world!!!

 

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CHEW ON THIS:

It's National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, April 12th! However will you celebrate? ;)

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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