Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Okay so I know what you are thinking - bacon? Healthy? Is that even possible. My answer is NO. Bacon is high in fat and cholesterol. Does it have protein in it? Yes, but not enough to count as a protein serving. However healthy people or people trying to get healthier still want to be able to eat bacon, right? And those of us (including myself) who don't eat bacon or any kind of pig want to eat it also. The question is what can we do? How can we have our bacon and still be healthy and keep to our dietary or religious needs. The answer is: soy bacon. Each strip of soy bacon has 30 calories and 2 grams of fat. Real bacon has 50 calories in a slice and 5 grams of fat. So while you aren't saving that many calories, every calories helps and each slice has 1 gram of saturated fat and soy bacon has less than half a gram in each. This alternative recipe will be a sure hit for you, your family and your waist line.

Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
4 slices of soy bacon (Morning Star Farms is good)
4 slices of tomato
4 slices of cheese (American is ideal)

4 slices of whole wheat bread
1 tbsp. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

1. cook the bacon in the microwave for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes
2. melt the butter in a pan and the place the bread down
3. break each bacon in half and place down on the bread, the add 2 slices of cheese and 2 slices of tomato and 1 slice of lettuce
4. spread the bread with the mayo and then put the mayo side down on top of the lettuce.
5. cook on each side for 3 minutes and flip over until it is lightly browned and toasty looking on each side.

Serve and Enjoy!!

French Onion Soup

Last Sunday I was busy preparing for the Jewish new year - Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is two days (four meals) and normally we have company for at least one of the meals, sometimes even two or three. This year we had company only one night, but still it was nice. In honor of the holiday I made French Onion Soup - which if I may say so myself was amazing! Everyone at the table loved it and EVERYONE had seconds, and something tells me if they didn't know that there more food coming they would have had thirds and maybe even fourths. Yes it was that delicious. I therefore decided I needed to share it with all of you lovely people.

French Onion Soup
6 medium yellow onions
8 tbsp. of butter or margarine
4 tbsp. of whole wheat flour
7 1/2 cups (60oz) of vegetable broth
(Optional: shredded cheese- yes most people do this but I find that it is best without it!!)

1. slice the onions in slices into rings
2. melt the butter and then add the onions and cook the onions until they're browned and basically cooked - about 15 minutes
3. add 4 tbsp. of whole wheat flour and stir until mixed in and aren't able to see it anymore- about 7 minutes.
4. in a large pot, pour the vegetable broth and then add the onion blend.
5. simmer covered for 30 minutes

This soup is best when it is made in the morning and then served at night, just a little cooking tip from the me to you.

Serve warm and Enjoy!!