This lunch is a spin off to an old comfort menu, grilled cheese and tomato soup. This one added some green stuff to the sandwich and a Caribbean twist to the soup. The outcome is delicious! If you put away some local tomatoes during the season, you can have this soup all year round from local food!

Take Your Lunch to Work Menu:

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese


Homemade Tomato Soup

Blueberries

I love a vintage basket to carry lunch to work!

I love a vintage basket to carry lunch to work!

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

Makes 4 servings

Homemade Basil Pesto (I like to make mine out of walnuts also) http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-perfect-pesto-every-time-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-175471

Thinly Sliced Avocado

1 ounce of your choice of cheese (I love cheddar!)

8 slices of whole grain bread

A little oil or butter

Heat skillet to medium. Spread the bread with oil or butter. Lay four slices of bread oil side on the skillet. Add cheese and avocado. On remaining bread slices, spread one side with pesto and the other with oil or butter. Place side of bread with pesto on the avocado side. When the bottom piece of bread gets brown, turn the sandwich over and brown the other side. Rotate again if needed until the sides are brown and cheese is melted.

Homemade Tomato Soup

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is good for cancer prevention. In is phytochemical that increases when it is heated. The spices and coconut milk add a new dimension to an old favorite. It is subtle and is kid friendly, my grandchildren loved it!

Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup onions, chopped

1 teaspoon, minced garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 can light coconut milk

16 ounces of canned tomatoes or 2 cups fresh tomatoes from a variety like Roma’s that skin breaks down when cooking

1 teaspoon tumeric

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Heat oil in a medium sauce pan on medium and brown onions. Add garlic at the very end and add spices and let them brown slightly. Add tomatoes and let simmer in the spices. Add coconut milk and blend well. Allow the flavors to mix and simmer soup about 10-15 minutes

The variety of colors of green, red, purple are beautiful! The blend flavors of this comfort meal are delicious. You can make it part of a healthy diet plan too! In addition it is very simple to make. You can make the soup ahead of time and prep what you need for your sandwich except the avocado ahead of time and grill your sandwich that morning or even the night before.  Give it a try. For some seasonal meal planning ideas download my free book Planning to Get Healthy http://www.vineripenutrition.com/shop/planning-to-get-healthy/ .

 

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