You can have one of my three-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches plus a cup of my cream of tomato and basil soup for 365 calories and 17.7 fat grams.
KATHY'S THREE-CHEESE GRILLED CHEESE
2 slices Sara Lee Delightful wheat bread
2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese with chives and onion, softened
1/4 cup shredded, reduced-fat
Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend
With both pieces of bread on a baking sheet, spread the cream cheese on one piece and sprinkle the shredded cheese blend over the cream cheese. Put the baking sheet under the oven's broiler until the cheese is melted and the other slice of bread is browned. Once the cheese is melted, put the sandwich together and flip it over to broil the other side. Serve this straight out of the oven with a cup of the cream of tomato and basil soup. Makes one sandwich.
Per sandwich: 240 calories, 11 fat grams, 515 mg sodium, 21 carb grams, 4 fiber grams, 17 protein grams, 33 mg cholesterol.
Adapted from the "Taste of Home" cookbook.
OF TOMATO AND BASIL SOUP
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups chicken broth (low-sodium, if desired)
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 11-ounce can tomato puree
1/2 cup plain mashed potatoes
1 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add chicken broth and tomatoes and simmer until the mixture is reduced by half. Decrease heat and add tomato puree, mashed potatoes and half-and-half. Use an immersion blender or a food processor to puree the mixture until smooth. Stir in the chopped basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 6 cups. Serves 6.
Per cup: 125 calories, 6.7 fat grams, 25 mg cholesterol, 335 mg sodium, 10 carb grams, 2 fiber grams, 1 protein gram.
Adapted from OliveGarden.com.
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