Packing lunch boxes day after day can start to feel like a chore pretty quickly, and there are just so many ways you can serve peanut butter & jelly before the kids say, “Mom, I’m bored!” To the rescue is dietitian, Katie Morford, author of the new cookbook, Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love. We spoke to Katie this week on Cooking with the Moms for lunch box and snack inspiration. Tune in for Katie’s sack lunch tips as well as two of her kid-friendly recipes: Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese and Sweetie Pie Quesadilla. We’re also giving away a copy of Best Lunch Box Ever, which you can enter by clicking through to our giveaway blog post.
If you don’t own a waffle iron or a panini press, you can make this in a skillet like ordinary grilled cheese.
The recipe calls for grated Gruyere cheese, but plenty of other cheeses would work well in this recipe: Sliced Cheddar, provolone, mozzarella …
Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese
Makes 1 Serving
This recipe is from the new cookbook, Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Morford. The book is filled with everything from sandwiches, salads and pinwheels to fruit and veggie sides, crunchy extras and goodies.
- 1/3 cup coarsely grated Gruyere cheese
- 2 slices whole wheat or rye bread
- 3 thin slices tart apple such as Granny Smith
- Oil for the waffle iron
1. Preheat the waffle iron. While the waffle iron heats up, assemble the sandwich. Sprinkle half of the cheese over one bread slice. Lay the apple slices over the cheese. (There should be enough apple to cover the bread without overlapping.)
2. Top with the remaining cheese and the remaining bread slice.
3. Brush the waffle iron with oil. Put the sandwich in the waffle iron and close tightly. Cook until the bread is browned and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Remove from the waffle iron and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut in half and wrap well or store in a container. Best made the morning before school.
Want to win a copy of Best Lunch Box Ever PLUS a set of colorful stacking stainless steel lunch containers from Kids Konserve (combined retail value is $47.00)? Head on over to our previous post with Katie to enter.