Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Avocado Spinach Grilled Cheese

It was a cold Sunday afternoon but nice and cozy in the house.  One of those take a nap on the couch and just read for hours kind of days.  All I wanted was to chill and have some comfort food.  Grilled cheese immediately came to mind, but I knew a standard grilled cheese was not what my body needed.  I've found that with just a bit of creativity, it is usually pretty easy to make a traditionally unhealthy dish much more nutritious.  Enjoy!

 Avocado Spinach Grilled Cheese

  • two slices whole grain bread
  • dijon mustard
  • shredded cheese of choice (I used cheddar and mozzarella)
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, chopped
  • handful of spinach
  • butter (we've been using butter from grass fed cows - if you haven't heard of it, this is a decent article summarizing what it is and discussing its nutritional content: Is All Butter Created Equal? )

Heat up a skillet on medium heat.  

Butter one side of each bread, and place one slice butter side down in the skillet.  

Layer with the dijon, light layer of cheese, avocado, jalapeño, spinach and another light layer of cheese, topping with the other slice of bread butter side up.

Give it a little squash with your flipper spatula and let things start to melt together.  Once the cheese starts to get pretty gooey on the bottom, carefully flip and let the other side melt a bit.

Thank yourself for choosing a somewhat healthier version of a classic comfort food :)