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Kicky Grilled Cheeses

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Hadduck Hillegas


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

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.


  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.