You know those people who say “don’t ever eat cheese or butter because you’ll get fat just by looking at them”? Well, they’re wrong. Not entirely, because it’s true that too much butter and too fatty cheeses are not all that good for you. That being said, if you live a life of moderation, as you have surely started or continued doing after reading my blog, you know that a little bit is fine. And guess what? You’re right!
If you can find cheese that contains less than 20% m.f. (milk fat), you can eat up to 60 g of it as one serving! If the cheese is grated, that’s about 2/3 of a cup, which is a lot, trust me.
If you really want your favourite cheese, have 30 g of it.
Now as far as butter goes, you could have a teaspoon of it. I know what you’re thinking….” are you ****ing kidding me? “. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. BUT consider this: my recipe calls for melted butter, so a teaspoon of melted butter might look like more since it’s melted! Feel better? Good.
Another option is to not drink milk or eat yogurt that day and have as much cheese you’d like because you know that you won’t be having any other milk product in the day. Life is not about restrictions, it’s about enjoying yourself! Don’t kill yourself over the fact that you may have had a little too much cheese that day; you’ll be healthy tomorrow or you’ll know to have a little less next time.
You don’t have to follow my advice at all: all I ask is that you respect my words without taking anything personally (how politically correct, I know).
I love apples. They’re juicy, they’re sweet yet tangy at the same time, and they keep the doctor away! What more could you ask out of a fruit? That being said, after the apple crisp, the apple pork chops, the caramelized apples, and the applesauce, you’re bound to run out of ideas as to how you could cook your apples…until now.
What does everybody (and by everybody I mean everybody who is not lactose intolerant) love? Grilled cheese! It’s the simplest thing to make, unless you only eat cereal and toast.
Grilled cheese is one of those dishes where if you have a little imagination, you can easily turn it into a gourmet meal. Some put brie cheese, others add truffle oil; I add apples to mine. That’s right! The sweetness of the fruit combined with the creaminess of the cheese is a treat for the palate. Great, now I sound like a food snob right out of a Woody Allen movie. Oh well.
Here’s what you will need for 2 sandwiches (I’m guessing you’ll be cooking for a friend):
4 slices of whole wheat or whole grain bread (preferably with a nice crust)
4 to 6 ounces of low fat shredded cheese (any cheese is good )
1 apple, peeled and sliced (Granny Smith, Royal Gala, McIntosh…whichever tickles your fancy)
1 tbsp. of melted butter
Lay your four slices of bread one next to the other. Spread some butter on one side of each slice; season with salt or pepper. Now, turn 2 slices over, so that the dry side is facing up, and add the apples on both slices (one for each sandwich). Add the cheese on the apples. Voilà!
Now finish your layering with the remaining slices: put the dry side on the cheese.
The butter right on the pan will allow the sandwich to cook; if your butter if facing the cheese, that’s fine, but your grilled cheese will either burn or not melt well. Heat your pan for about a minute or until you think it’s hot (a Panini press works too).
Now you must carefully transfer your soon-to-be-moist-and-delicious grilled cheeses on the pan (it’s an art, I assure you). Cook them for 6 to 8 on minutes on medium heat until the cheese seems melted to your liking, flipping halfway (not necessary if you’re using a Panini press).
Serve them immediately, because if you don’t, they won’t be as delicious. Point final.
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