Friday, February 4, 2011

Ooey Gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You know those days that just feel blah? It's cold, it's raining, and thought of putting jeans on in place of your sweatpants makes you cry a little? You wonder, "Would anyone judge me if I showed up like I woke up?" Maybe you had class today, maybe you had work, but the only thing you're thinking about now is risking a third speeding ticket so you can get home and change right back into your pj's. And oh, yeah... indulge in some comfort food.

Despite the picture I'm painting here, this is not a plug for Pajama Jeans. You know, "Looks like denim... but feels like pajamas!" If the infomercial made you briefly consider how clutch that'd be, you are not alone, my friends. Unfortunately, that's one guilty pleasure that's a little too guilty. There are standards, people.

On the contrary, this is a plug for a guilty pleasure that ranks at shame factor: zero... something even more comforting than Pajama Jeans... I'm talkin' about grilled cheese.

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and I'd debate anyone on that. It's warm, melty, cheesy, and just an all around feel-good food. Paired with a hot cup of tomato soup, and even the nastiest day can turn around. There really is nothing better.

This grilled cheese is so satisfying. The bread's crunchy, the tomato makes it hearty, and the cheese takes center stage.

And guess what?

It's vegan.

So put on your pj's, get comfy, and indulge. Sans guilt.

Vegan Grilled Cheese

[2] slices hearty whole grain bread; I used an organic loaf
[2-3] oz. cheddar style soy cheese
[2] slices tomato, 1/2 inch slices
[2] tsp vegan butter; I like Earth Balance

Spread each slice of bread with 1 tsp of the vegan butter. Toast the bread on medium heat, one slice topped with the cheese. Cover and let cook until the cheese has melted. Add tomato. Devour. 

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