Eating clean doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of $$ or take a long time to prepare! Some of the simplest things can be made clean just by making a few modifications. Growing up in a Korean family, I grew up eating rice. Rice for breakfast, rice for lunch and rice for dinner. Soup and rice. Fried rice. Rice with seaweed. Rice and (if you’re Asian, you know…) Spam. Rice with water (moolbap). Rice and kimchee + other side dishes. I was never really exposed to American food so needless to say, when I got to grade school, I thought the school pizza bought in the cafeteria lunch line was the best thing earth (anyone else remember this rectangular block of cheesy-heart-attack-waiting-to-happen? Do they still serve that stuff???).
When I joined a sorority in college, another favorite of mine was a grilled cheese sandwich. The house cook made the best grilled cheese, turkey and tomato sandwich that was so perfect with tomato soup (another thing I never ate as a kid!). But I remember whenever I ate it, my fingers would become a greasy mess and when I used a napkin to hold it, the grease would soak through the napkin! As tasty as it was, it had to have been laden w/ a TON of butter!
Enter…the George Foreman grill! Maybe I’m late to the game but over the weekend, while craving that buttery delicious sandwich from back in my college days, I had the genius idea of using the Foreman instead of a frying pan. And since I have become more refined since my booty shaking sorority days (though admittedly not much! Girl still knows how to have fun!), I added in some more “adult” ingredients to healthify it a bit more. The result: YUMMY GOODNESS!!! Try it out sometime!
Prep Time: 10 min.
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 6 slices deli turkey
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/4 mashed avocado
- 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
- 2 slices tomato (optional – I didn’t have any at the time)
Plug in your George Foreman to heat up while you prepare your sandwich. Spread stone ground mustard on one slide of bread. Mash and spread avocado on the other slice of bread. On mustard side, place cheese, turkey, and spinach. Place avocado bread on top and place on George Foreman grill and close the lid. Cook for ~4 minutes on each side or until desired doneness (I refer to the color of the grill marks), flipping the direction of the sandwich for even cooking. That’s it! No butter. No mess. Perfectly crispy!