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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.

Recipe by Cooking Light September 2016


Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Hadduck Hillegas

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Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)


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  • 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.


Nutrition Facts

320 calories; fat 16.1g; saturated fat 6.1g; mono fat 6.5g; poly fat 2.2g; protein 17g; carbohydrates 29g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 31mg; iron 2mg; sodium 720mg; calcium 522mg; sugars 4g; added sugar 3g.