10 Healthy Grilled Cheese Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water
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Craving comfort food? We give you full permission to dive right in to these 10 delicious, gooey, cheesy sandwiches. With fresh fruits and veggies tucked inside, these healthy grilled cheese recipes prove that kid-friendly favorites can be totally appropriate for adults, too. And don't skimp on the triple creme—the latest science says full-fat cheese is totally fine.
Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
The name alone tells you this stacked sandwich is healthy. And the taste proves it's delicious too. The healthy grilled cheese sandwich only gets better when you add caramelized onions and fresh herbs to the pile. It'll be your new go-to hand-held dinner. (Related: 10 Healthy Sandwich Recipes Under 300 Calories)
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese
Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese
This gooey sandwich is almost too pretty to eat—almost. Frozen blueberries are reduced along with sugar and vinegar to create a jam-like spread. This healthy grilled cheese might warrant a bib to prevent stains, but it is *totally* worth it. (BTW, frozen fruits are one of the Packaged Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy.) Get your greens via a generous handful of baby spinach or arugula for a bite that's bursting with flavor.
Get the recipe: Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese
What a difference two extra ingredients can make! Creamy avocado and juicy tomato add an extra punch of richness to regular ol' grilled cheese and pump up the nutritional value with heart-healthy benefits in every crispy, gooey bite of this healthy grilled cheese.
Get the recipe: Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese
Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
There's so much more to the world of healthy green eating than salads and smoothies. (Although we've got you covered on the latter here.) Green goddess, whether it's in the form of dressing or this pesto grilled cheese, is so yummy you might want to bathe in it. (Pro tip: Don't.) Along with other favorite green foods like spinach and avocado, these ingredients make one healthy grilled cheese. (Want other unique ways to use pesto? Find a Healthy Pesto Recipe That Doesn't Involve Pasta.)
Get the recipe: Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Recipe
Beet, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
Beets are a brilliant root veggie to add to salads and sandwiches alike. In this healthy grilled cheese, they add rich color and nutrition. Plus, beets have been shown to boost athletic performance, which could be why endurance athletes swear by beet juice. Smooth goat cheese and peppery arugula perfectly compliment this unique twist on a classic.
Get the recipe: Beet, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese
Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
You've tried cauliflower crust pizza, so it's only natural you should transfer that lower-carb concept to sandwiches, right? Right! White bread and artificial cheese food are the reason for grilled cheese's bad rep, but when you use veggie alternatives and real, rich cheddar, the tables are turned in your favor.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese
All hail spinach, the original dark leafy green with a mega-dose of iron—one crucial nutrient responsible for maintaining strong energy levels. (Psst...here are eight other meat-free, iron-rich foods.) And don't forget to praise feta: this is one crumbly, savory cheese that's lower in fat and calories than most, meaning you can have more of it! Feta doesn't melt very easily, so try a blend of stringy mozzarella and feta for the perfect, light and healthy grilled cheese.
Get the recipe: Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese
Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese
This savory sandwich can make a sweet treat too—the proof is in this healthy grilled cheese. Both dark chocolate and tart raspberries offer up a nice dose of antioxidants, so you feel better about having dessert for lunch or dinner. Consider this the American version of a sweet crepe.
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese
Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
Just when you thought there wasn't a Brussels sprout recipe you haven't eaten, along comes this mouthwatering sandwich, combining two of our favorite foods. This healthy grilled cheese uses Fontina cheese, one of the best epic-cheese-pull fromages on the market.
Get the recipe: Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
Pumpkin Grilled Cheese with Apples and Cheddar
You probably know apples and cheddar make one fabulous food couple, but add pumpkin to the mix and your taste buds won't know what hit 'em. Pumpkin is so not just an October-through-November squash, either. You can find it pre-cut (thank you!) in most grocery stores year-round. Add your favorite leafy green to the healthy grilled cheese line-up and voilà—your stomach will love you. (Related: 7 Health Benefits of Pumpkin That Will Inspire You to Eat More Squash)
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Grilled Cheese with Apples and Cheddar