I grew-up on a very limited menu. My mom was a good cook and a great baker, but we always seemed to have the same things. Some of you 70’s kids might have had a similar menu:
Lunches often consisted of:
- soup from a can or box ~ the choices included chicken noodle, mushroom or tomato soup with crackers
- sandwiches ~ one slice of processed meat and butter, peanut butter and honey or jam, cheese whiz or egg salad
- hot dogs
- grilled cheese sandwiches ~ with processed cheese slices, of course
- “black” buns ~ this was actually one of my favourites…open faced buns with Cheese Whiz smeared on top and then broiled until they turned all black and bubbly on top
- Kraft Dinner
- Alphaghetti (and toast)
I won’t go into our dinner menu, but I am sure many of you also ate things such as liver and onions, fried bologna and pork chops that were cooked in such a manner that you had to use a chain saw to cut through the suckers!
Although I don’t consume a ton of grains, I do still like the odd burger or sandwich. I stick with whole wheat bread as it seems to agree with my body the best. Generally speaking, I stick to one or two slices of bread per day. Over the past year, I have been doing lots of experimenting with food. I discovered many of my “friendly” foods by following a book called The Plan. However, in doing so, I eventually found that I became bored with some of the foods I was eating on a regular basis and was looking for alternative ways to consume them. One day, I decided to combine a few of my very favourite foods to make my own version of a grilled cheese sandwich.
Spicy Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich:
- 2 slices of bread, buttered on the outside for grilling
- hot peppers (from a jar ~ I always have a jar of Bick’s Banana Pepper Rings in my fridge.)
- cheese of your choice
- 1/2 an avocado, mashed with a fork
- Bacon (optional)
Place the cheese and peppers inside the sandwich and grill as you would a regular grilled cheese sandwich. (I find that the cheese melts more effectively, if you cover it.) Once the bread has browned on the outside, and the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich from the pan. Open the sandwich and add the mashed avocado. Close the sandwich back-up. You can either eat it right away or return it to the pan on low heat to heat the avocado slightly. Either way, it is super delicious. This is hands-down one of my absolute favourite sandwiches. Although I rarely have the time or energy to cook up bacon to go with this sandwich, I have tried it and it is a fabulous addition.
If you have a chance to give this a try, please let me know if you like it as much as my husband and I do. (My children have never tried it as they will only eat “Fake Grilled Cheese Sandwiches” and yes that is exactly how they request them….”Fake cheese, please!” (They aren’t fans of avocado either…..at least not yet!)
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