Weekly Bits: New Tastes for a New Year

by in Reader Tips & Comments, January 9, 2010

We know how tempting it is to break those resolutions before the calendar page has even flipped again. But these great ideas from our readers make it easy to stick with your healthy-eating plan. Try out some deliciously melty takes on classic grilled cheese along with tropical fruit treats to brighten winter!

From Grilled Cheese, Lightened Up:
“Along with using healthier cheeses and whole-grain breads, what we do is bake them in the oven on a cookie sheet at 425° for about four minutes on each side (slightly longer if you like it toastier than that). I don’t always, but sometimes I will spritz the outside of the bread with a dash of Parkay spray before baking — it is a bit tastier that way. Either way, it still hits the spot when we’re craving that comfort food (especially with a cup of my husband’s homemade tomato-basil soup)!” –Kim

“I pack a grilled cheese sandwich to school almost every day. I use one slice of cheese and add bell pepper, tomato, onions and/or spinach. I use a sandwich press (the kind that makes a diagonal mark on your sandwich) so there’s no grease/butter used. It tastes and smells amazing!” –cheeselover

“I like to switch it up with some pizza sauce, part-skim mozzarella and mushrooms on whole-wheat bread — tastes like a pizza hot pocket!” –Wisconsin girl

“A great breakfast or afternoon snack: I make an open-faced sandwich. Toast your favorite healthy bread in the toaster and top with a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese. Add a layer of thinly sliced apples, sprinkle with cinnamon and pop in the broiler till bubbly and hot.” –Barbara

From In Season: Pineapple:
“When I buy a whole pineapple, cut it up and eat it, I put the peels (without the green leaves) into a pot, cover it with water, bring it to a boil and simmer it for an hour. Then strain the juice. It is wonderful and refreshing. If needed, you can add sugar or Splenda. I do not!” –Dyna

“I grill pineapple and toss it with rice, cilantro and a jalapeno. So good. If it is a little dry, try adding a drizzle of Tiger Sauce. Spicy (hot) and so good!” –Anna

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  1. Nicole says:

    I love grilled cheese, but my thighs? Not so much. I try to lighten it up and keep the flavor by taking 1/2 of a dark bagel (Pumpernickel or rye is great!) and topping it with 1/2 an ounce reduced fat cheddar cheese and grilled or sauteed veggies (or some chunky salsa). Pop in the toaster oven for a few minutes and presto!!!! It is so good, and good for you too!

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