Grilled Cheese with Sauteed Spinach and Turkey

One might say that I am a bit of a grilled cheese connoisseur. There are three things that you can always count on me having on hand: cheese, bread and real butter. Grilled cheeses are so simple and easy to make, and to customize.

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As always, my goal is to make things as healthy as possible without losing any of the awesome flavor – especially with grilled cheese. No one expects a healthy grilled cheese to be tasty too! So, I tried to bring some healthy veggies to this sandwich party. Enter spinach sauteed in a bit of butter and garlic (because you can’t go wrong when both butter and garlic are involved).

I went really simple with a side of tomato soup. Even though canned soupe is packed with preservatives and sodium, I’m still working on cleaning out my cabinets. Plus, I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to make it from scratch.

Of course, Dante decided to post up and claim “his box” on the table while I was cooking. For whatever reason, he just really likes sitting on that box. He definitely needs a shout out. He’s just so cute.

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Grilled Cheese with Sauteed Spinach and Turkey
Prep time: Nada | Cook time: 15 min
Serves 1

What you need:

  • 1 c. packed spinach
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 1/2 t. dried basil
  • 1/2 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 slices turkey lunch meat
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheese – I used monterrey jack
  • 2 T. unsalted butter

Directions:

  1. In a pot, follow the directions on your can of soup to get that started.
  2. In a small frying pan, melt 1 T of butter over medium heat.
  3. Add the garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  4. Add the spinach, dried basil, chili powder and garlic powder to the pan. Saute until the spinach is shriveled and cooked down.
  5. Put the sandwich together on a plate – one piece of bread, then the turkey, then the cheese, then the cooked spinach, then the second piece of bread.
  6. Rinse out the spinach pan and dry it off. Melt 1/2 T. of butter in the pan over medium heat and coat the pan.
  7. Place sandwich on the buttered pan. Let it cook until the first side is browned, the turkey has started to warm and the cheese has started to melt.
  8. When that side is done, take the sandwich out of the pan and melt the last 1/2 T of butter.
  9. Flip the sandwich and cook the second side until the sandwich is done.
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