The “white-bread-and-butter fried cheese sandwich” of years past is transformed with spelt bread, low-fat cheddar cheese, whole grain mustard and thinly sliced tart apples. And, while we may have updated this classic sandwich for modern and health-conscious tastes, we didn’t dare tamper with its trademark simple assembly or minimal ingredients. Five ingredients and 10 minutes is all you’ll need to get our grilled cheese on the table!

Apple Grilled Cheese with Grainy Mustard

Makes 2 sandwiches. Hands-on time: 5 minutes. Total time: 10 minutes.


• 4 slices spelt bread or sprouted whole-grain bread

• 1 tsp olive oil

• 1 tsp whole-grain Dijon mustard

• 2 oz low-fat cheddar cheese, finely grated, divided

• 1/2 medium Granny Smith apple or other tart apple, halved, cored and thinly sliced lengthwise

TIP: Try to slice the apple as thinly as possible using a mandolin or sharp knife.


ONE: Lay bread out on clean work surface and lightly brush top side of each piece with oil. Turn two pieces of bread over and spread with mustard. Divide half of cheese between both mustard-covered slices, arranging cheese in a thin layer. Cover cheese with a layer of apples, dividing evenly between both slices, followed by remaining cheese. Top each with other half of bread, oiled-side-up, making two sandwiches.

TWO: Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Place sandwiches in pan and cook until light golden brown on bottom. Flip, using a spatula, and continue to cook until cheese has melted and bread is golden brown on other side, about six minutes total. Cut sandwiches in half and serve.

OPTION: If you have a panini grill, try using it in lieu of the nonstick skillet for even easier no-flipping-required cooking.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Best of Clean Eating.*