A few of the tricks I used to lower the calories in the grilled cheese included: lower calorie bread (in this case I used sandwich thins), low calorie nutrient dense fillers (ie. vegetables), and lower fat cheese. With these changes I added fiber and vitamins/minerals, while taking the calories down a notch. I believe the sandwiches on the show ranged from 300 to 500 calories, while my sandwich has only approximately 218 calories per serving.
I used a George Foreman grill to make my sandwich, however you could make it like an old fashion grilled cheese in a skillet. Another option would be to use a panini press or panini pan.
Here is the sandwich on the grill before the balsamic vinegar was drizzled on and second piece of bread was added.
1 whole wheat sandwich thin (ie. Arnolds)
1/3 cup reduced fat (2%) shredded mozzarella cheese
4 medium grape tomatoes (quartered)
2-3 large basil leaves (chopped)
1 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
pinch of pepper
1. Pre-heat small griller (ie. George Foreman) or skillet pan to medium
2. Mix cheese, tomatoes, basil, and pepper together; spread on one slice of sandwich thin; drizzle with vinegar.
3. Grill or place in skillet (with panini press on top) until browned and cheese melted.
Servings: 1 • Serving size: whole sandwich • Calories: 218 kcal • Protein: 13.2 g • Sodium: 476 mg • Carbs: 25 g • Fat: 8.9 g • Fiber: 5.0 g • Sugar: 3.0 g