This is my latest obsession, I’m not one for cheese really, but when I want it I need it! There’s something about cheese that you can’t replicate. No matter how much the vegan alternatives try, it just doesn’t taste the same, I’m sorry but it’s true!
So I was browsing the internet, as you do, when I stumbled, literally.. on The Iron you‘s alternative to a grilled cheese sandwich.
Being on the Paleo diet, cheese is a big no-no but so is anything that has a process. I’m not really following it properly anyway, biscuits and nutella are on my weekly shopping list *slapswrist* but I still wanted something new to eat and grilled cheese sandwiches fit perfectly for ‘april-fools’ day.
What’s better than a pretend grilled cheese?
Not to mention, I can’t really digest wheat, so cauliflower bread has really changed how I can eat and how I can treat myself.I made a cauliflower pizza last year which I now eat every few months, it’s less indulgent but still it feels like a treat.
So.. I had this great recipe, but I don’t like just publishing them, I like to develop them and make it just that little bit healthier, because that’s what this site is for. “The Average joe who wants to make easy recipes, easier and healthier!”
So I adapted this little gem by cutting out some of the cheese and making it a little lighter.
Using just 3 ingredients you can have an amazing tasting grilled cheese sandwich that will fool anyone!
Firstly, there are tonnes of these cauliflower cheese recipes out there, but they don’t all cater for the weight conscious or the less skilled in the kitchen. So I’ve really tried to keep this as basic as possible and as easy for anyone to re-create. Parmesan, in the smallest quantity (20g) cost £3.20, Mild strong cheese cost (250) £1.00.
Making things easier, healthier and cheaper.
- Instead of expensive parmesan, you can use a milder-drier cheese, higher in fat but less on your wallet and easy to get hold of.
- Instead of 50 grams of cheese, you can use 30g and add in a tsp of melted butter or oil.
- Instead of using cheesecloth you can use kitchen paper or cloth.
So, even with the swap of the oil or butter, you’re saving yourself the added cheese in the mix but by all means, use the 50g of parmesan it won’t change the outcome.
Note: Using fresh cauliflower is the best option, it has less water and is far more stable as a baked ingredient in bread replacements.
“but you’re a health and nutritionist blogger, why’re you eating cheese?” – because I want to?
but, in all seriousness, I normally include a nutrition count with the protein and fiber here but because this isn’t ‘the healthiest’ recipe i’ve put on here It didn’t seem appropriate. Yes it’s a better alternative but it’s still not something I’d advise you eating regularly.
The thing is we shouldn’t stipulate how you eat and visa verse. This cheese sandwich isn’t healthy, it’s made with cheese, so we’re off to a bad start there..but it’s an alternative for being who can’t digest wheat.Just think of this as a change from the normal cheese sandwich, whilst it not be much healthier it provides a new idea for those who suffer from bread intolerances. Along with that, it’s made with cauliflower which adds vital fibre and nutrients into your diet so it’s not all bad…
Just choose your moments to ‘treat’ yourself.
If you’re into gluten-free baking and would prefer to use bread, try this White Bread as it works great for a sliceable bread and it’s cheaper than some of the others too. If that’s not your cup of tea and you want an alternative cheese, try this vegan cheese. I’ve not tried it personally but I have vegan friends who buy this brand and love their mock-cheeses.
Hope I made your healthy lifestyle a little bit easier this week, remember it’s my blog-anniversary next week so there’s something special coming up!
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