grilled cheese with two of your five a day

This has become a much-requested lunch in our house. It combines healthy, child friendly food with very parent-friendly quick prep so I wanted to share. Cheese on toast is heaven but not the highest on the health charts (although, let’s be fair, not that bad compared to what some companies sell us as children’s food). My boys would happily eat melted cheese every day but I’m worried they would get rickets if I didn’t get them to have some veggies along with it. In England we often have apple with cheese so that was my starting point.

You can pick up all the equipment I use through my shop.

To make

1.  Pop whole grain bread in the toaster (I like this sprouted seed bread but you can use whatever you like)

2. While it toasts, warm your grill (broiler) and grate some pretty strong mature cheddar. I like Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar. Then grate an apple, a carrot (also sweetish). When my boys were really little I grated the apple and carrot on my coarse Microplane. As they got older and better at handling chunkier food, I used my regular box grater.

3.  Mix the carrot, apple and cheese together and put on top of the toast before flashing under the grill until the cheese melts and the carrot and apple softens then serve immediately

I’d love to see what you end up with, so remember to share this on my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest when you make it. Tag it #ystcook so I can see!