Did you know it’s National Bread Month?
To me there isn’t anything like a piece of cheese melted over a slice of whole grain bread. Unless you add a bunch of other ingredients and another slice of bread!
Sandwiches have been a staple in our diets for 250 years! That’s pretty crazy!
There are many reasons to love sandwiches:
Sandwiches are one of the easiest, most versatile and convenient ways to make a healthy meal for individuals or families.
Bread is the most important ingredient in making a healthy and delicious sandwich; it is the foundation of a great meal any time of day.
The complex carbohydrates in bread and other grain-based foods provide lasting energy the human body needs on a daily basis.
Grilled cheese sandwiches on nutty whole grain breads are go-to meal in our house. We almost always have the fixins for them.
The Maven’s Swiss, Bacon & Apple Grilled Cheese
two slices whole grain bread (I love the Franz brand)
1/4 of an apple, thinly sliced
2-3 slices nitrate free bacon
3-4 slices swiss cheese
1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1-2 tbsp spreadable butter
Begin by preheating your pan on medium-low on your stove. I prefer using a grill pan and press because I love how crunchy the ridges get.
Prepare one slice of bread by buttering it on one side and placing it on your cutting board. Add some mustard to the non-buttered side, and layer your fill ingredients however you wish. I like to alternate the layers so the swiss cheese gets melted on EVERYTHING.
Top with the remaining slice of bread and place it in your pre-warmed pan.
I let it cook a few minutes and then carefully flip the sandwich. I turn it up a tiny bit and place my press on top. Not only does this help squish the sandwich together, but it also creates this mini heat barrier that helps the cheese melt.
I check it a few more times, flipping it once more. It probably takes about 5-10 minutes to get the perfect crisp for me, and I like a nice slow cook. Burned grilled cheese doesn’t taste very good!
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What’s the difference between Enriched Grains and Whole Grains?
Enriched grains are the primary source of folic acid in Americans’ diets and have been shown to reduce specific types of neural tube defects.
Enriched grains provide our bodies with essential B vitamins (niacin, thiamine and riboflavin), which collectively help maintain a healthy nervous system and increase energy production, and which may help lower cholesterol.
Whole grains are naturally low in fat.
Whole grains contain important nutrients such as selenium, potassium and magnesium, which collectively may help boost immunity, lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer.
Whole grains are a good source of fiber.
Whole grains lower the risk of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular disease.
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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. The recipe shared here is my own and is subject to copyright permissions.