Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe and Easy Menu
I think we are all trying to recover from heavy holiday meals and all the cooking many of us have been doing non-stop so I tried to make this week’s menu simple and easy.
- When using canned soup or any soup for that matter, go the extra mile and add a simple garnish to it. It doesn’t take much. A few fresh herbs, cheese, sour cream, green onions or croutons sprinkled on top really can add to it.
- If you need to stretch your croutons or for something slightly different, try crushing them a bit. Cracker crumbs can look pretty and taste good too.
- When cutting bar cookies or desserts you can use a pizza cutter but what I like the best is to use my pastry cutter. Some people call it a bench knife. It’s that flat square metal tool. Just press it down on to the cookies to cut. Don’t pull or drag it like you do a knife. Just go up and down.
- Try something different for grilled cheese sandwiches. Use chicken or ham for meats or try Swiss or Colby cheese. If you usually eat your grilled cheese with ketchup, try spreading it with mayonnaise before you grill it instead.
Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches*
Cereal Yogurt Fruit Dessert*
Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Spread bread with dressing (in place of the normal butter). Place dressing side down on a pan that you have sprayed with non stick spray. Layer with basil leaves, cheese, tomato and 2nd slice of bread. Grill on both sides.
Yogurt Fruit Dessert
5 cups cornflakes, crushed
1 cup pecans or nuts, finely chopped
4 Tbsp. margarine or butter, melted
6 Tbsp. maple syrup
16 oz. plain yogurt
16 oz. vanilla yogurt
2 – 3 cups fresh fruit
In a 9×13 pan, mix cornflakes, nuts, margarine and syrup. Press flat. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Mix yogurts together and spread on cooled crust. Top with fruit. You may halve this recipe and bake in an 8×8 pan. Serve immediately.
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sounds delicious easy and simple….love grilled cheese, this is a nice twist to the usual. will pass it along to my daughter-in-law…we like to share recipes.
Thanks for sharing!
This sounds wonderful! I’m always looking for a good grilled cheese with a twist. I may have to try it out tonight with our chicken tortilla soup. Another favorite grilled cheese at our house is pepper jack cheese and shaved ham on sourdough bread. I usually use a bit of Miricle whip to add a bit more zip.
that sandwich looks so good jill! .. i love grilled cheese and tomatoe .. any kind of cheese melted and on any kind of bread is delish ..
thanks for sharing the recipe :D
I am on the fourth day of a 21 day Daniel fast and am looking for vegetable and fruit small as it is a fast and water…we may have all veggies and fruits and water and nuts no bread no yeast raised product…we may have peanut butter and I have sparingly spread whole wheat tortillos with peanut butter and wrapped whole banana and it is delicious…any other suggestions…also any brown rice we may have. Thanks
Auda on a diet like that what I would do is just make up 7 days of menus with snacks and use it for a week then repeat 2 more times for the next weeks. What happens is when you break something down to a more manageable size it doesn’t seem as over whelming to come up with menus. In other words instead of thinking how am I going to figure out what to eat for almost a month you are only thinking 7 dinner menus.
As far as having to repeat those 7 twice I think you won’t find it to be to bad because you have already have 6 totally different meals before you have to repeat. They say most families eat the same 10 meals over and over so you really won’t be doing a whole lot different with your 7.
To me this would be the best way for a short term diet like this. I know you wanted actual menu ideas but this thought might help to get started making some up with what you already have.
Plus for me I do so much better if I get up and what I am going to eat is written out and listed. I don’t have to think all day “what am I going to do for dinner?” and I am not tempted quite as much to just stand looking in the fridge trying to decide and then eating what I shouldn’t. Part of the reason people have success with diets they pay for is they usually have the menu and the amount to eat all written down.
what about deep frying vegetables and fruits in tempura batter. make them crispy and use a fruit sauce as a dip for them. Green beans asparagus zuccini to name a few of them that my family enjoys.
can you use baking powder if you can make vegetable fritters just add small cut up vegetables or fruit and either bake them or deep fry them.
vegetable stir frys are great. Tofu can be added if anyone likes it. But just a bunch of colourful vegetables is pleasing to the eye and the taste.
make up a large fruit salad and put into pre measured portions. just put a tsp of brown sugar to the big bowl and you are set to go.
Mandarin oranges are small enough to pack.
Pomegranetes are also good as they take so long to eat they seem more filling.
Roasted vegetables wrapped in your flour tortillas would be good.
you could serve the stir fry over or beside the brown rice.
make the rice into a breakfast by adding some fruit juice and dried fruits.
These recipes sound real good. I really like the Yogurt Dessert. I love grilled cheese and soup too.
grilled cheese and tomatoe soup is comfort food for me.
used to have it in the winter when we got home for lunch. Only one day a week though.
My grilled cheese is any type of bread Used to like white bread but now prefer rye.
cheddar cheese, cheeze whiz shredded mozzerella and the havarti with the hot pepper pieces.
have to use cheese whiz to make the other shredded cheese stick so you can flip it.
make it really dark and then dunk it in your soup.
heck now I may have to make it for lunch.
When Don has his pea soup I make tomatoe or mushroom for me. and grilled cheese sandwiches.
sometimes I use my griddle and make panini grilled cheese with lots of sliced ham for a change.
grandma when i make cream of mushroom soup i add chicken broth (some add water or milk or both) but i have found if i add chicken broth it is very tasty ..
love grill ham/cheese/tomatoe sandwiches
Even simple menus, with a personal twist, add a lot of appeal; it’s a little like artwork:)
it was very tasty and a really different way to eat grilled cheese. Really loved it! I will be trying it again!
Sometimes I just use leftover hot dog buns or stadium rolls and spread them with butter/ margarine (whichever you prefer) and slice green onions on top, then grated cheddar cheese to cover, and bake. Good and delicious protein for any meal. I like it sometimes for breakfast in place of cereal or oatmeal, or even eggs. Filling and satisfying.
for tomato soup, add corn some cooked noodles. YUMMY!
While I am not a huge soup fan, I have found ways to like it more, over the years. Homemade noodles or even other pasta cooked al dente is one way to add flavour and body, and I like to use my own soup stock, as well as bits from a freezer bin of leftovers. I also like to add extra pasta to canned chicken soup, or extra tinned mushrooms to store bought cream of mushroom soup. Whenever I made soup for a meal, I always made dessert that night…it was kind of my way of apologizing, since soup always seemed so austere for dinner. I also made hot biscuits, and served them with butter and honey or jam. We usually have soup about four times per month, for the budget’s sake. My husband loves soup, and could eat it three meals a day. My children liked it well enough with all the extras (noodles, biscuits, dessert).
If I have cheese, I must have onions. There’s a wonderful sandwich that they serve at Warwick and Worcester bowls teas. It’s buttered bread, or rolls, with cheese, raw sliced onions and back pudding.