How to Cook a Gourmet Meal for Kids


Gourmet Grilled Cheese

The traditional grilled cheese of white bread with American cheese might seem dull though kid-friendly. To branch out from this all-American meal, try a new version of bread, cheese or side.

The bread is the foundation of the grilled cheese and a great place to upgrade the meal. Bread options are endless -- but remember to keep with versions that will be firm to stand up to the butter and cheese. Try whole-grain breads such as rye, seven-grain or pumpernickel. A more exotic twist might be to use tandoori naan, a traditional Indian flatbread, as the base for your grilled cheese [source: Berkoff].

Cheese, of course, is integral to the grilled cheese. You want to make sure that you choose a cheese that will melt well. Some great options are provolone, Swiss, Monterey Jack and even Havarti, but remember that it might be a good idea to have the kids try the new cheese a couple times before you serve it within a grilled cheese [source: Land o' Lakes, Inc., Thayer]. Soy cheeses are also a great option with lower calories and saturated fat [source: Krieger].

Instead of regular butter to cook your grilled cheese, you might want to try an herbed butter for a bit more flavor [source: Better Than Bakery].

Pairing the grilled cheese with tomato soup can be a nice winter meal, but other pairings can also work. Switch plain tomato soup with a roasted tomato soup, or a tomato and roasted red pepper soup. Try grilled cheese with fresh tomato slices and basil.

While getting your kids to eat more gourmet might be a challenge, the nutritional benefits might be well worth the work of cleverly incorporating new ingredients into your kids' meals. For lots more information on cooking for kids, see the links below.

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