Do you lack culinary creativity in Hoco? Do you eat the same generic meals every day? It can be difficult to make a healthy and delicious meal in the dining halls, especially if you are unaware of the variety of foods available and where to find them.
Making your own grilled cheese makes for a great lunch or dinner, especially when paired with a variety of veggies. It is also an easy option for a vegetarian, because all you have to do is leave out the sliced turkey.
SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATING A GROWN-UP GRILLED CHEESE
- Whole wheat bread (gluten free options available)
- Sliced turkey
- Sliced tomato
- Roasted red pepper
- Tomato soup (when available)
Start at the sandwich station and grab whole wheat bread for fiber. From the deli you can find a variety of cheese to choose from (we like provolone). Cheese is a good source of calcium. You can also get roasted red peppers and sliced turkey here as well. The turkey is a good lean protein but be sure not to use too much since deli meat tends to be higher in sodium.
Head over to the salad bar area and add a variety of veggies such as spinach because it has countless nutrients, such as iron and vitamin K. Then add bell peppers and mushrooms for even more nutritious flavors. This step is where you can really customize your sandwich, feel free to add more or less of whatever you like.
After you add all of your desired components, you just need to put your sandwich in the panini press. Leave it in the press for 1 to 2 minutes so that the bread browns a little. Once you take it out, you’re ready to enjoy.
Optional Step 4:
If you would like to add more flavor to your meal, look to see if the dining hall is serving tomato soup that day. Tomato soup is the long time best friend to grilled cheese, but also is high in lycopene, a nutrient known to reduce your risk for certain diseases.
This grilled cheese makes for a great lunch or dinner, especially when paired with a variety of veggies. It is also an easy option for a vegetarian, because all you have to do is leave out the sliced turkey.
You can easily make this grilled cheese at home in a grill pan if you do not have a panini press. Enjoy!
About UNH SPIN Peer Education
SPIN (Students Promoting Information about Nutrition) is a Health Services peer education group comprised of UNH students who provide interactive nutrition education programs to the UNH community. Try more of their recipes by visiting SPIN on Hoco or by reading their column in the print edition of The New Hampshire (every other Friday). And be sure to attend SPIN’s 2nd Annual UNH Nutrition Month Expo on Thursday, March 26th.