Meatless Monday Recipe: Light Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It’s Monday again, and time for another Meatless Monday dinner idea!  Nothing says comfort food like ooey-gooey warm cheese!  Unfortunately, some cheeses are super high in fat & calories, not to mention what it does to your cholesterol levels – yikes!

A few days ago, I had lunch at The Melt at Stanford Shopping Center.  As the name suggests, The Melt specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches.  While currently there are only about a dozen locations (and just in California at the moment,) The Melt serves up high-quality grilled cheese sandwiches with seasonally fresh soups in an eco-friendly environment.

grilled cheese sandwich

Though it was delicious, at around 30 grams of fat per sandwich, it’s not something I can treat myself to every day!

I was inspired to find a lighter version to share for Meatless Monday.  Here is my take on a Light Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  I hope you enjoy it!


  • 2 slices light whole wheat bread
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 oz low-fat white cheddar, grated


  1. Preheat oven to broil setting.
  2. Place the two pieces of bread onto a baking sheet and lightly drizzle both sides with olive oil.
  3. Place the baking sheet into the oven and let the slices of bread gently brown. This should only take about 3-4 minutes depending on your broiler.  Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
  4. Flip the bread over & repeat on the other side.
  5. Once the bread has toasted on both sides, remove from the oven and set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the Parmesan and white cheddar cheeses together.
  7. Add 2-3 tomato slices to each piece of toast, and sprinkle the cheese blend over the tomato slices.
  8. Place the baking sheet back into the oven, and remove once the cheese has melted and is bubbling.
  9. Remove & serve immediately!

That looks so good, I don’t think I can wait until dinner!  🙂

I prefer the Classic Grilled Cheese with Tomato, as in the recipe above.  Do you have a favorite grilled cheese sandwich?  Tell me about it below!


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