Healthy Eating: Grilled Cheese Please

When April showers put a damper on plans for outdoor activities, reach for a childhood favorite. April is Grilled Cheese Month and nothing goes better with grilled cheese than tomato soup. 

Make the most of this classic pairing and try a gourmet grilled cheese. Switch up the cheeses and add in other food group foods like spinach, pears, even sun-dried tomatoes or peppers for some kick.

Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month with a featured family meal of Red, White and Green Grilled CheeseFresh Tomato Soup Au Gratin and Honey Baked Bananas. Other festive recipes to mix and match this week include Southwestern Cheese PaniniGrilled Pesto SandwichesColorful Green Salad and Dessert Waldorf Salad with Roquefort.

Family Meals Matter” features registered dietitian–approved recipes with foods from all the food groups to reflect Dairy Council of California’s nutrition philosophy to elevate the health of children and parents. For more information, nutrition tools and additional family meal recipes, please visit our website, HealthyEating.org.Healthy Eating Made Easier™

Red, White and Green Grilled Cheese, Keep the Beat™.

HEALTHY EATING SHOPPING LIST

(Includes ingredients to make at least four servings of each Featured Family Meal recipe)

RED, WHITE AND GREEN GRILLED CHEESE
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced (about one-half clove)
1 small Onion, minced (about one-half cup)
2 cups frozen cut Spinach, thawed and drained (or substitute 2 bags, 10 ounces each, fresh leaf Spinach, rinsed)
1/4 teaspoon ground black Pepper
8 slices whole-wheat Bread
1 medium Tomato, rinsed, cut into 4 slices
1 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella 
Nonstick cooking spray

FRESH TOMATO SOUP AU GRATIN
SOUP
1 teaspoon Butter 
1/4 cup finely chopped Onion
5 cups chopped seeded Tomato (about 2 3/4 pounds)
2 cups low-fat Milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Dash of black Pepper
CROUTONS
1 clove Garlic, cut in half
2 1-ounce slices diagonally cut French Bread (about 1 inch thick)
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace)(2 ounces)

HONEY BAKED BANANAS
4 firm ripe Bananas, peeled and cut in half cross-wise
2 teaspoons Butter, melted
1/4 cup Honey
1 tablespoons Orange juice
1/4 cup chopped Pecans


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