Eat This Instead of That: Lunch

Mozzarella Sandwich

Lunch time rolls around and suddenly avoiding fast food turns into a difficult feat. A bowl from Panda Express seems to jump out like a venomous snake would in the jungle; the smell of a pizza slice hypnotizes, creating an almost robotic movement towards it; and the idea of a grilled sandwich from Panera makes everything else blurry.

It almost seems ridiculous that fast food could accomplish such things, but it does. It is accessible, quick, inexpensive, and most importantly, it hits the spot. But what if there is an alternative that does all of the above and keeps our body healthy?

Making a sandwich at home is almost as quick as standing in line and waiting for the buzzer to go off. And most of the time it is cheaper, so why not give it a try?

This tomato and mozzarella sandwich has 330 fewer calories and half the fat of the tomato and mozzarella panini from Panera Bread. It is a healthy alternative to the deli favorite.

Tomato and Mozzarella Grilled Sandwich

  • 2 slices French bread
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced
  • 30 grams sliced (about two slices) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil or cilantro leaves
  1. Drizzle both bread slices with olive oil. Place tomato slices on one slice and top with cheese. Place bread slices, facing up, in a convection oven and broil until cheese is melted and the second bread slice is slightly golden (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over melted cheese and top with basil or cilantro leaves. Place second bread slice over cheese and serve immediately.
Mozzarella Sandwich
Melted cheese, hot tomatoes, and fresh cilantro make a delicious combination. | Photo by Estefania Souza.

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About Estefania Souza

Estefania is passionate foodie and magazine lover. She could spend all day every day flipping through food magazines and dreaming of a kitchen equipped with everything from a pair SubZero refrigerators, to a professional KitchenAid electric mixer to a brick oven. Follow her on twitter @estefaniasouza

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