Upgrade Your Grilled Cheese

March 2011March 2011Grilled Cheese is a favorite comfort food, but you don't have to go overboard with calories to enjoy that rich taste. Shake things up by substituting flavorful goat cheese. Bonus: You even get servings of fruit and veggies!

Why We Love It

• Goat cheese has about 80 calories and 6 grams of fat per ounce, compared to cow's milk cheese, which has 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.
• It's high in calcium, which strengthens bones and can help prevent breast cancer.
• People who are lactose intolerant can often enjoy goat cheese because it's easy to digest.

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Goat Cheese and Strawberry Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

• 1 (4-oz.) goat cheese log, softened
• 6 whole grain bread slices
• 4 1/2 tsp. red pepper jelly
• 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
• 6 large fresh basil leaves
• 1 1/2 cups fresh watercress or arugula
• Salt and pepper to taste

To Prepare:
Spread goat cheese on 1 side of 3 bread slices. Spread pepper jelly on 1 side of remaining bread slices; layer with strawberries, basil leaves, and watercress. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining bread, goat cheese sides down. Cook sandwiches in a large, lightly greased nonstick skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

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