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Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwich {Toddler Approved}

 

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Yesterday’s forecasted rain turned into heavy large-flaked snow, so I wanted to make something warm and comforting for lunch. Grilled cheese & tomato soup fit the bill, but I wanted to amp up the classic sandwich a bit. I also wanted Lily to be interested in and be able to eat what I was having, so I settled on adding some broccoli into the grilled cheese.

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Rather than add in whole florets, I finely chopped lightly steamed broccoli with freshly shredded cheddar cheese until everything was in uniformly small pieces.

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I sandwiched the mixture between two slices of whole wheat bread, and cooked it just as you would a regular old grilled cheese sandwich.

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While I prepped and photographed lunch, Lily watched the snow falling while snacking on a piece of cheese. This girl would eat cheese all day long if we let her ;).

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The resulting sandwich was golden brown & crispy on the outside and cheesy & gooey on the inside; everything a grilled cheese sandwich should be, with the added nutrients of broccoli.

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I cut Lily’s serving into bite-sized pieces so it would be easy for her to pick up and eat by herself. She LOVED it!

If you have a picky eater who normally doesn’t like veggies, this is a great lunch or dinner to try. It’s impossible to pick out any pieces of broccoli; and the cheese masks any strong broccoli flavor anyway.

Green food for the win!

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Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwich {Toddler Approved}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Keywords: fry main sandwich bread cheese

Ingredients (2 sandwiches)

  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets, preferably organic
  • 3/4 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices soft whole wheat bread
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add broccoli florets, cover, and cook for 1 minute. Drain well and lay out on paper towel to dry completely.

Combine freshly shredded cheese and dry cooked broccoli florets on a cutting board. Finely chop mixture.

Evenly divide cheese & broccoli mixture between two slices of bread. Cover with remaining slices of bread; press down lightly (this will help to keep the mixture from spilling out when flipping the sandwiches).

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large nonstick (or cast iron) skillet set over medium heat. Add sandwiches and cover skillet. Cook until the bottoms of the sandwiches are golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Add remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil to skillet, flip sandwiches, cover skillet, and cook until the other sides of the sandwiches are golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 1-2 minutes.

If serving to a toddler, allow sandwiches to cool for a few minutes before cutting into bite-sized pieces.

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6 thoughts on “Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwich {Toddler Approved}

  1. This looks like a delicious version of grilled cheese and it includes veggies – I can’t wait to serve this to the kids and try it myself. I also like the fact it can be made in less than 10 minutes!

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