Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Knotted Challah Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Vegetable Bird’s Nests

In my later high school and early college years, I was overly restrictive about what I ate, especially when it came to the amount of fat in my food. I wouldn’t eat any food with more than a couple grams of fat and anything that said fat-free was a winner. This meant that too often I would turn to foods considered empty calories like salty crackers and sugary cereals. The problem was, I was always hungry and always thinking of the fatty delicious foods that I wouldn’t allow myself to have. And then I would feel guilty anytime I caved.

I eventually realized that if I stopped stressing out about it so much, I actually craved healthier foods most of the time because I allowed myself to indulge every now and then. I learned when it comes to food (like most things in life), it’s all about balance.

So this week’s meal might not be the healthiest if low-fat is what you are looking for, but avocado is good fat, right? Plus, the veggie bird’s nests are a quick frozen side with a short ingredient list of mostly vegetables. I try not to eat a ton of bread and if I do I’ll usually go for wheat or multigrain, but sometimes I just can’t resist a good challah bread.

This is comfort food at its finest! Grilled cheese with a twist knot.

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Knotted Challah Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Vegetable Bird’s Nests

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Cut the Challah roll in half and toast the flat side of each half in a buttered skillet until golden brown.

Place the rolls on a baking sheet toasted side up and put a slice of Muenster cheese on each half. Heat in oven until cheese is melted.

Cover one side with sliced avocado and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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If you like onion rings, you will love these Vegetable Bird Nests! They are lightly battered  and the soy dipping sauce goes perfectly with them. I bake them in the oven, following the package directions.

Valerie Anne

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