Bacon Grilled Cheese

Adding bacon to your grilled cheese makes something already great even better

Bacon Grilled Cheese

Happy Grilled Cheese Day!


If you know me at all, even just a little tiny bit, you know how much I like bacon. So this bacon grilled cheese recipe should come as no surprise.

If I happened to catch you off guard, seeing as I’m a dietitian, then I’d like to assure you that I do not eat bacon at every meal. That would make me not feel so great. However, I don’t restrict bacon because it’s not “healthy” and it’s even deemed “unhealthy”

Bacon Grilled Cheese

I find that restricting anything for any reason is a bad idea and it almost always backfires. And by almost always I mean always because it always does. Always always always. (Ok, unless you have a food allergy/intolerance or illness. Please don’t eat those foods!)

The second someone says “hey, you can’t have that” is the second it becomes all you can think about, amiright?! Maybe we should start telling people they can’t have leafy green veggies. That might get them to eat more…

Bacon Grilled Cheese

All jokes aside, I think it’s important to have a balanced life and that includes what you eat. Balance in your diet means that you’re not restricting for the sake of health, weight, or whatever. It means knowing that you can have whatever, whenever, and however as long as you are honoring what your body (and soul) needs.

Y’all, sometimes my soul just needs bacon. I mean I’m from Alabama. I have a container of bacon grease next to my olive, coconut, and avocado oils. Like I said: balance.

Since I needed bacon and it’s grilled cheese month, I decided to make a bacon grilled cheese. Per usual, adding bacon made a good thing even better.

Bacon Grilled Cheese

For extra flavor, I used a little parmesan cheese along with sharp cheddar. I also sprinkled in a little green onion, but that’s the only hint of veggie in the meal.

A grilled cheese doesn’t usually have vegetables (unless you make this heavenly roasted veggie grilled cheese), and this bacon grilled cheese is no exception. Be sure you serve with a side salad or bowl of fruit to make up for that.

Bacon Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 1

Serving Size: entire recipe

Bacon Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 tsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1 TBSP chopped green onions
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 TBSP grated parmesan cheese (1/2 ounce)

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Spread each slice of bread with the softened butter. Top one slice of bread (butter side down) with the cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with green onion and bacon slices. Cover evenly with parmesan cheese, and top with other slice of bread (butter side out).
  2. Place the sandwich in the skillet, and cook until browned on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side, and cook until browned. Cut in half and enjoy!

Notes

*You can also use a panini press (like I did) instead of a skillet or griddle

http://mycookingspot.com/bacon-grilled-cheese/

Meme

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Meme Inge is a registered dietitian/nutritionist living in New Orleans, LA - notably referred as The Big Easy. Growing up surrounded by a family of cooks, Meme has always been a lover of food - both healthy and not so healthy. She started the blog Living Well Kitchen as an outlet for sharing her kitchen creations and nutrition knowledge with others. Living Well Kitchen is busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and any other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier.

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