Health Benefits of Nuts and the Ultimate Grilled Cheese

I absolutely love nuts, all kinds of nuts, and I put them in pretty much everything. Nuts are a healthy addition to your diet (good thing for me) and add flavor and texture. Some tout them as a healthy snack but the problem with nuts is that they are high in calories. I find it hard to control portions when I’m snacking on them so I prefer to add them to my food. I put them in salads, stir fries, frittatas, pasta, and even my favorite grilled cheese sandwich, which I call the ultimate grilled cheese.

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I love adding nuts to pretty much everything, including my ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. Check out my secret for always have totally melted cheese.

Health Benefits of Nuts

I think most people have heard that nuts are “heart healthy” but they also have other benefits. Research shows that people who eat nuts tend to be leaner and less prone to some diseases compared to people who don’t eat nuts. Nuts are packed with protein and most nuts contain at least some of the following healthy substances. Nuts contain varying amounts of these healthy substances so eating a variety of nuts is a good idea.

  • Fiber – All nuts contain fiber which helps you feel full longer. Fiber lowers your cholesterol and it is thought to play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – Nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish.
  • Unsaturated fats – It is thought that these “good fats” in nuts help lower bad cholesterol.
  • Vitamin E – Vitamin E can help prevent plaque development in your arteries.
  • Antioxidants – The polyphenols in nuts help control free radicals and prevents them from harming your cells.

Check out the links at the bottom for even more health benefits. But these health benefits aren’t why I eat nuts — they are just a bonus!

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

So back to my ultimate grilled cheese. I’ve always liked grilled cheese sandwiches but once in a while the cheese would not all be melted. Also, sometimes that wonderful ooey, gooey texture would get to me before I finished the sandwich. I stumbled upon a couple of things that fixed both those issues. I’ll tell you my secret for always having perfectly melted cheese and crispy bread later on. Adding walnuts took care of the texture issue so I didn’t feel like I was eating slime before the sandwich was finished. OK, maybe that’s TMI but I have the same problem with bananas.

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Ingredients for my ultimate grilled cheese

Of course, you can use any kind of bread for this sandwich but I prefer sourdough. I even found a wheat-walnut sourdough that is absolutely perfect.

Cheese sliced for my ultimate grilled cheese

The sky is the limit for what cheese you use. I like a combination of sharp cheddar and mozzarella. I like to cut my cheese relatively thin because, even though I like lots of cheese, I don’t want it too messy.

Walnuts toasting in skillet

While you are getting the rest of your sandwich ready, lightly toast your walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat. These got a little darker than I normally toast them.

Cheese and walnuts on sandwich

Lightly butter the outside of each slice of bread with soft butter. Put cheese on one slice and place the walnuts on top.

Second layer of cheese on sandwich

Cover with the second layer of cheese and place the other slice of bread on top. Here’s the secret to always having thoroughly melted cheese: put the sandwich in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.

Toasting the sandwich

I leave the burner on under my pan after I toast my walnuts so it is nice and hot when I’m ready to put the sandwich in. You don’t want it to burn but you should definitely hear it sizzle when you put it in. Putting it in a pan that is not hot will result in a soggy sandwich.

Toasting the second side of my ultimate grilled cheese

Toast it until it is the color you like and crispy. Before I used the microwave, I was always pulling it apart to see if the cheese was melted enough but I never have to do that now.

Finished ultimate grilled cheese on cutting board

Let it rest just a bit on your cutting board.

Ultimate grilled cheese cut

Cut and enjoy! If you try it, let me know what you think of adding the walnuts. Do you have any special tricks for making the perfect grilled cheese?

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I love adding nuts to pretty much everything, including my ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. Check out my secret for always have totally melted cheese.
I love adding nuts to pretty much everything, including my ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. Check out my secret for always have totally melted cheese.

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14 Comments

  1. Never ever thought of putting nuts in a grill cheese, but why not? Sounds delish! That bread looks amazing too!

  2. This looks mouthwateringly delicious! I never tried this combination, but I love to sprinkle nuts on my salads

  3. Oh my gosh, yummy! I LOVE grilled cheese, and this looks delicious.

  4. Looks like a great way to add health benefits to your grilled cheese, I’ll have to give it a try!

  5. I’m actually not fond of nuts or grilled cheese… but I will agree that nuts are super healthy. I wish I liked them!!

  6. This looks so tasty! I love Grilled Cheese! I can’t wait to try it with nuts 🙂

  7. I have never had a grilled cheese like this before–sounds like I need to try it!

  8. The sight of those foods make me want to crave for it. I also love nuts. And I love cheese too. I love to bring it whenever we have a trip outside.

  9. Wow i want them all 🙂 Nuts also helps me to have a healthy and shiny hair. And nuts are also good for snacks 🙂

  10. I was never a fan of grilled cheese until I married my husband! He makes it for me and the kids all the time as a quick lunch. Tasty! I didn’t know nuts could help so much with my hair! Definitely need to get on that!

  11. While I am allergic to peanuts, they are literally the only nut that I have an allergy to. And I am so thankful for that because I love all other nuts … almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, etc. I love how you put them in the sandwich like this.

    • By the way, contrary to their name “peanuts” are not nuts, they’re legumes. So technically you’re not allergic to nuts. Many suffer from peanut allergies and progress is being made to reduce peanut allergies. There’s lots of stuff for you to google, if you’re interested.

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