Our family homeschools, and we are always looking for quick, easy lunch options. We seem to get into a “food routine” just like we do our class time. In my quest, I rediscovered this recipe that I had found from Taste of Home a few years ago. We all liked it but for some reason had never made it again.
Since then, we have omitted cow dairy from our diet for health reasons. We ALL miss that comforting staple, the grilled cheese sandwich! This grilled applesauce sandwich really “hit the spot” and was a satisfying replacement for us.
This month, I have started a super health regimen called TERRAfit. It combines essential oil products, exercise, and a healthy diet for a 90-day schedule to get people into a routine of a healthy lifestyle.
I decided to “make over” this recipe even more to fit into my TERRAfit food plan. So I went to the store and came home armed and ready for a new, healthy lunch version of Grilled Applesauce Sandwiches.
The first item I bought was Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel bread. Made with sprouted grains and whole foods, this bread is a very healthy option to the standard supermarket versions.
You can’t have a grilled cheese sandwich without fat. Previously, I have used coconut oil just like butter but this time I decided to try this Earth Balance butter spread. It is vegan and non-GMO. They have a few different kinds to choose from and I selected one that was also soy free.
And last, but certainly not least – applesauce! Hands down, homemade applesauce is the BEST option here but I don’t have any (sigh) so I had to opt for an unsweetened variety from the store.
And you all know the rest! Butter your bread and lay it face down in the pan, top your bottom slice with applesauce, add your top slice and grill on both sides until it’s just the way you like it!
Since I had already eaten a salad, a half sandwich was filling for me and I split the other half between my oldest two children who had already eaten theirs but were ready for more!
Now, my imagination tends the get the best of me and I must say I envisioned this with a slice of cheddar cheese as well. I read somewhere that some cultures traditionally eat a slice of apple pie with cheese and I found this quote on the web: "Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze."
So, to each his own! You can make this any way you like and I know you will enjoy. If you try it, leave a comment; I’d love to hear all the different ways you come up with to enjoy this classic sandwich!
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