7 Almost-Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Eggplant Grilled Cheese Sandwich © Todd Porter & Diane Cru
By F&W Editors Posted August 21, 2015

Assuming you've watched this week's episode of Mad Genius Tips, you've probably indulged in a few bacon-stuffed grilled cheese pockets. If you're ready for something lighter but aren't quite ready to give up on grilled cheese, these 7 recipes are for you.

Assuming you've watched this week's episode of Mad Genius Tips, you've probably indulged in a few bacon-stuffed grilled cheese pockets. If you're ready for something lighter but aren't quite ready to give up on grilled cheese, these 7 recipes are for you.

1. Grilled Vegetable Muffulettas
Muffulettas, a New Orleans specialty, are serious sandwiches piled high with Italian meats and cheese. This vegetarian version replaces the ham with grilled vegetables. Refrigerate any remaining pesto for your next sandwich.

2. Grilled Cheese with Spinach-and-Tomato Sauce
Call it an adult version of the grilled cheese sandwich—slices of country bread layered with mozzarella, goat cheese and tomato-sauced spinach, toasted to a golden brown.

3. Grilled Gruyère-and-Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto
Here, grilled zucchini and a smoked-paprika pesto are added to grilled cheese sandwiches to enhance the toasty flavors. 

4. Broccoli Melt Sandwiches
These sandwiches are packed with flavor, thanks to broccoli, green olives, tomatoes and two kinds of cheese. A cast-iron skillet makes the bread nice and toasty, but an electric panini press would also do the trick.

5. Chicken, Avocado and Tomato Wraps
Thin sheets of soft lavash, which crisp up nicely on the grill, are layered with chicken, cheese, avocados, chard, tomatoes and seasoned yogurt. The yogurt needs to drain overnight, so plan accordingly.

6. Eggplant Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Flavorful grilled eggplants make a great addition to a vegetarian grilled cheese sandwich.

7. White Cheddar Melts with Mostarda & Arugula
Top Chef season six winner Michael Voltaggio creates incredible sandwiches at his tiny L.A. restaurant ink.sack. Instead of the usual mustard, he flavors this grilled cheese with mostarda—a tangy, fruity condiment made with a mix of apple, dried apricots, orange juice, mustard and spices.

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