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As a vegetarian teenager, approximately 80% of everything I ate was some form of cheese and bread, without a thought to vary my diet much.  (I certainly eat a diet that’s healthier and more widely varied now that I’m vegan.)  In university, a friend in residence friend taught me to add raisins to my grilled cheese and serve with maple syrup instead of ketchup, what a treat!  From then on, I tried adding different fruit and vegetables to my grilled cheese.  This one is our favourite version.  Daiya is by no means a health food– it’s highly processed and 67% of calories come from fat–but it’s a fun food to occasionally indulge in and my kids will happily eat healthy foods like spinach and mushrooms when accompanied by Daiya.

Maple, Apple and Spinach Grilled Cheese
Two slices of your favourite bread
Daiya shreds
One small apple, sliced thinly
A few leaves of spinach
Mushrooms, sliced thinly (optional)
Cinnamon
Pure maple syrup
Mustard
Earth Balance Butter or vegan margarine to butter the bread

Spread mustard on one side of the bread, top with apples and veggies, sprinkle with cinnamon and Daiya, drizzle with mustard.  You already know how to make grilled cheese, right?  Grill away.  If you use a pan and flip after a few minutes, I use two spatulas, one for the bottom and one for the top of the sandwich to hold it tight while flipping since Daiya isn’t as sticky as dairy cheese and shreds may fall out if given the chance.  Serve with maple syrup or ketchup.  Make gluten-free by choosing GF bread.

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