Kicky Grilled Cheeses

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Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Hadduck Hillegas

Liven up a simple grilled cheese with Sambal Oelek, a spicy chili paste that delivers Asian-inspired heat. Trade out your heavy cheeses for a reduced fat sharp cheddar and low fat cream cheese. Topped with wilted kale, this is a sandwich that is packed with greens and protein, yet still tastes like an indulgent, grown-up take on a kids' classic.

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)


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1 tablespoon canola oil
8 (1-ounce) whole-grain bread slices
1 1/2 tablespoons sambal oelek
4 teaspoons canola mayonnaise
4 ounces shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 garlic clove, grated
1 1/2 cups chopped wilted kale


Brush canola oil evenly over 1 side of bread slices. Combine sambal oelek, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and garlic; spread over non-oiled sides of 4 bread slices. Top with kale and remaining bread, oiled side up. Cook in a large skillet over medium 3 minutes per side or until toasted and cheese melts.

Created date

July 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 320
Fat 16.1 g
Satfat 6.1 g
Monofat 6.5 g
Polyfat 2.2 g
Protein 17 g
Carbohydrate 29 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 720 mg
Calcium 522 mg
Sugars 4 g
Est. Added Sugars 3 g