Need an easy idea to get your picky eater to eat? I’m not talking about my toddler, but my husband. It’s pretty difficult to get him to eat anything that didn’t come out of a box. He will eat my homemade pizza, cream cheese pizza bites, macaroni and cheese, and now, waffle iron grilled cheese. The babies love it too. If you have a waffle iron, you have to try this. It is less greasy, less mess, and insanely quick.
I started to get a little rusty on my cooking skill since my hubs is so picky. Now I’m clean eating, and trying to figure out how to get him to eat with me too. This is barely passable as a recipe, but I did create my own tuna melts for an easy, high protein, dinner. I’m not sure that would be considered clean, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ll share my secrets to that too.
Bust out that waffle iron. If you want a crispier bread, give it a quick spray with some cooking spray. I only use olive oil cooking spray, but any will work. At this point, while the waffle iron is heating up, I prep my sandwiches. The boys just like plain, grilled cheese. Put a slice or two of your preferred cheese in the middle of the bread, and place it on the waffle iron. I used shredded but slices are much simpler. I check it at a minute and it’s always done by two minutes. Most waffle irons let you set the darkness. I put it on the middle setting. Take it out once it is as dark as you like, and the cheese is melted. It is that easy.
You can do just about anything. Tomato, basil, mozzarella is beyond words, delicious. Of course, Hubby likes a pizza sandwich (mozzarella and pepperoni with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning).
Today, I was having a lot of trouble deciding what to eat that was healthy. I was sick of salads. Sick of grilled chicken. Tilapia sounded, blah. I scavenged the cupboards. I found my Sweet 9 bread from bountiful baskets, some canned tuna, and I had a block of cheddar cheese. TUNA MELTS.
The Sweet 9 bread is under 50 calories a slice. Tuna is low in calories and very high in protein. Cheese, is very healthy in moderation. I like to keep it to a serving. This is really a great, filling, and fairily healthy meal. I have made this in the past, and I always added my ingredients on the waffle iron. Bread down. Sprinkle cheese. Add tuna. Sprinkle more cheese. Another slice of bread. I was racing the waffle iron. It was simple, but not flawless. Sometimes the juices from the tuna ran out and made the sandwich soggy, or need a longer cook time.
Today, on a whim, I grabbed a small bowl. I tossed in my grated cheese, tossed in a drained can of tuna, and formed it into a ball. Then I squeezed all the extra water out into over the sink. Sorry, I should have used a bowl. In my mind, that was just an extra dish. I separated the ball into two, one for each sandwich. Then I just placed one slice of bread on the waffle iron, added one ball of cheesy tuna, and placed the other slice of bread. It cooked on the waffle iron for two minutes. You can use a fork or pull it off. I’m a rebel, and I use my fingers. After all, it is my sandwich. Do the same with the remainder, or refrigerate it for a sandwich later.
It is so easy. And much less messy than using a pan and dirtying several dishes. What are you favorite waffle iron sandwiches? Tell us how you and the kiddos like your waffle iron creations!
- Cooking Spray (optional, my sandwiches turn out fine without it)
- Favorite Bread, Sweet 9 is My Favorite.
- Cheese of Your Choosing, I Use Cheddar. Slices Make It Easy.
- Most Loved Hot Sandwich Meat. I Usually Use Tuna For the High Protein Content.
- Turn On The Waffle Iron
- Spray With Cooking Spray For Crisp
- Prep Your Sandwich
- Once The Waffle Iron Is Heated, Place Your Sandwich Down
- Close the Waffle Iron
- Check It at 90 Seconds
- Once The Cheese Is Melted Remove The Sandwich From the Waffle Iron
- I have made several kinds of hot sandwiches, all of them have turned out wonderful!