Healthy Grilled Cheese Wafflewich

In order for our future generation to truly be healthy, they need kitchen skills!  Teaching kids to cook is as vital as teaching them to balance a checkbook.  This week we want to share a few different recipes that are perfect for little ones just starting out.  Follow us on our social pages where we’ll round up more kid-friendly recipes that will teach them some kitchen skills. (hashtag #kidsinthekitchen)

Today, I’m starting with using our waffle iron for a healthy lunch.  Lunch is the very first thing I taught my kids how to make themselves.  For my youngest child, even before he was in school, I’d have him prepare his own sandwiches when the older kids did.  He would put them in a lunch bag, just like his older brother and sister. Then, when lunch time came, he already had it prepared. But, I love this grilled cheese idea because:

  1. Kids love grilled cheese sandwiches!
  2. It’s a delicious way to include spinach.
  3. I don’t really want to buy a sandwich press- I already have too many kitchen appliances.
  4. And even the little ones (this cute girl is only 3!!) can help you make it.
Grilled Cheese Wafflewich. First kitchen skills for kids- The waffle iron!

First, let the kids make the sandwich. All they need is two pieces of bread, a slice of cheese, and a bowl full of spinach.

Grilled Cheese Wafflewich. First kitchen skills for kids- The waffle iron!

Second, place the sandwich square in the middle of a waffle iron, and let the kids close the iron.  Of course, be careful if they are too young to understand it’s hot!  But this is part of your teaching moment! My kids use our waffle iron so much that I ended up buying this one for my 15 year old for Christmas!  His FAVORITE food is waffles, and he probably uses it himself at least weekly!

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Grilled Cheese Wafflewich. First kitchen skills for kids- The waffle iron!

We waited about 2-3 minutes, and opened the waffle iron.  Our grilled cheese sandwich was grilled!

Grilled Cheese Wafflewich. First kitchen skills for kids- The waffle iron!

So easy!

Grilled Cheese Wafflewich. First kitchen skills for kids- The waffle iron! Healthy Grilled Cheese Wafflewich

Of course, you can use this method for a variety of grilled sandwiches! We’ve also done:

  • Peanut butter and banana
  • Tuna and cheese
  • Roasted veggie and hummus
  • Avocado and tomato (YUM!)
  • Pesto and mozzarella

What other sandwiches could you make in your waffle iron!

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Healthy Grilled Cheese Wafflewich

Healthy Grilled Cheese Wafflewich
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Serves: 4

For one grilled cheese sandwich:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 slice munster cheese
  • 3-4 leaves of baby spinach
Make the sandwich by placing cheese and spinach on bread. Place sandwich on a hot waffle iron and squeeze to close. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until sandwich is toasty.
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(8)
Shayna says:

This may be a silly question, but how do you make the pesto/mozz sandwich? Just brush the sauce on the bread?

Yeah Shayna, we just spread the pesto with knife, and lay a slice of mozzarella on the bread, then close it like a regular grilled cheese sandwich.

That looks delicious and so healthy!

Amy says:

from the cheese @Haley? Our sizzles too, so no big deal. It’s just the cheese getting nice and toasty 🙂

Haley Holden says:

This is so great. I just made mine! However, my sandwich was sizzling like crazy and I was afraid I was doing something wrong. Is this normal?

Oh my goodness, what a beautifully simple meal. Of course, I’m thinking of how motivating this idea is for kids to try new foods! If a parent decides one day to just add spinach to an otherwise plain grilled cheese it may not go well, but setting up this novel fun way will get so many more kids to be open to it!

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