Growing up, my mother would often have slices of apples and sharp cheddar cheese waiting for me and my sisters after school. This tasty combination is the ideal mid-day snack because it is slow to digest and doesn’t cause a blood sugar spike.
Even better? It tastes delicious. Today’s recipe pays tribute to this childhood memory in the form of a lunchtime classic: the grilled cheese. For added nutrition and flavor I have added creamy dijon mustard and crunchy kohlrabi slices.
If you’ve never tried kohlrabi before, I encourage you to pick up this tasty member of the turnip family at your local farm stand or grocer. Despite it’s somewhat alien-like appearance, it tastes just like a cross between broccoli and cabbage. In my opinion, it tastes a lot like the broccoli stem! Kohlrabi is delicious roasted, stir-fried or served raw with hummus or dip. The subtle bitterness and crunch makes it a great new addition to your vegetable repertoire. Not yet convinced? Here are a few of the many health benefits of kohlrabi:
- Vitamin C: Just 1 cup provides 100% of the daily requirement for Vitamin C.
- High in Fiber: A one cup serving provides 5 grams of fiber.
- Boosts Iron Absorption: The Vitamin C found in kohlrabi helps the body absorb iron.
- Low Calorie: One cup raw has only 36 calories.
See? Now you don’t have to feel guilty about slathering your sandwich with extra butter.
Your fork is waiting.
- Serves: 4
- Serving size: 1
- Calories: 454
- Fat: 24.6g
- Saturated fat: 12.6g
- Carbohydrates: 37g
- Sodium: 1048mg
- Protein: 17g
- Cholesterol: 55mg
- 8 slices whole grain bread
- 4 tbs dijon mustard
- 8 slices sharp cheddar (deli style)
- 1 apple – thinly sliced
- ½ kohlrabi – stems removed, thinly sliced
- softened butter (or olive oil spread)
- Lay out bread slices side-by-side on a work surface and spread half of the slices with a tablespoon of mustard each.
- Top all 8 pieces of bread with a slice sharp cheddar.
- Next, add a few slices of apple and kohlrabi to half of the pieces.
- Take the slices with cheese only and place on top of the apple pieces.
- Butter both sides of the bread to your liking and grill in batches with a panini press.
- Once browned, remove from press and serve.
- Alternatively, cook on a non-stick pan over medium heat until browned (about 2-3 minutes per side.)