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Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese recipe means crunchy whole wheat outside and Parmesan cheesy inside with superfood kale and hemp seeds in between. Kids didn't mind. | ifoodreal.com

I am on a major Parmesan kick. Whenever I feel “blah” I crave Parmesan cheese, I eat it by the slice. I love its hard and crumbly texture, not to mention the taste.

I have been feeling “blah” the past few days, starting Monday (shocking?!). It is a mixture of winter blues, my absolutely high maintenance 5 year old, work overload and things that have to be done at home. I need light in the evening and morning desperately. I can’t believe how exhausting a barely 4 feet tall person can be. I need an assistant even more desperately than light. And I can’t believe how laundry, cooking and cleaning never ends.

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese recipe means crunchy whole wheat outside and Parmesan cheesy inside with superfood kale and hemp seeds in between. Kids didn't mind. | ifoodreal.com

Speaking of cleaning. I do not remember how I learnt to clean but I clean well. We used to live in this 4 bedroom apartment sharing it with 2 other families. We also shared kitchen and bathroom. We used torn newspaper pieces in place of bathroom tissue and hot water and cloth to clean absolutely everything. We had no washer, dryer or dishwasher. We had no dish soap or laundry detergent. Life was very simple and everything was done by hand. So, I guess that is how I learnt to clean well. My point is that you can learn anything you set your mind on, especially basic life skills.

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese recipe means crunchy whole wheat outside and Parmesan cheesy inside with superfood kale and hemp seeds in between. Kids didn't mind. | ifoodreal.com

Especially cooking…It is so simple and anynone can learn. For example, this is my first grilled cheese I ever made with something besides cheese. I make one for kids’ lunches occasionally. I make it first thing in the morning, then wrap in parchment paper and then in aluminum foil to keep it sort of warm until lunchtime. Kids like simple things – just cheese. So, I learnt. Trust me, we didn’t make kale grilled cheese in Ukraine.

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Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese recipe means crunchy whole wheat outside and Parmesan cheesy inside with superfood kale and hemp seeds in between. Kids didn't mind. | ifoodreal.com

Just like I learnt to make grilled cheese, I learnt to speak English fluently. I learnt French and Italian, which I almost forgot by now. I learnt when it is OK to smile and when you pretend to ignore who you don’t want to notice. I learnt not to discuss your true feelings in public, however I still do more often than not creating uncomfortable situations, not for me. I learnt to make BBQ sauce and drive a car. I learnt to ignore emails you don’t want to reply to. I learnt to work here, live here and be happy here. So, anyone can learn almost anything.

You can learn to cook. In case you still have doubts.

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese recipe means crunchy whole wheat outside and Parmesan cheesy inside with superfood kale and hemp seeds in between. Kids didn't mind. | ifoodreal.com

I should and could have bought a rye or whole wheat loaf of bread but it was late on Monday night. I was getting back from my son’s hockey game and all the store had was this organic sourdough loaf. So, I grabbed it. Not 100% clean eating but go ahead and judge me. If you can do better by all means do that. I will next time.

Hearty shelled hemp seeds sprinkled on top of crumbled parmesan cheese and mixed with garlic powder – even kids didn’t notice my extra sneakiness. Wait, kids ate this kale grilled cheese?! Aha.

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese recipe means crunchy whole wheat outside and Parmesan cheesy inside with superfood kale and hemp seeds in between. Kids didn't mind. | ifoodreal.com

I wish I had a cast iron electric grill. Not sure if it exists. I will look for one as I’m not a fan of toxic non-stick one. I just need time. Maybe you know?

The morale of the story is that I’m still puzzled how someone doesn’t know how to clean?! I mean to dust inside the TV shelf, wash the toothbrush holder inside and vacuum under the door mat. If you want you can learn, especially if it is your job. Yep, I thought to myself the last few days have been a disaster as I was mopping the floor after a cleaning specialist has left and I paid her for the services. So, I went and made myself parmesan kale grilled cheese. I felt better, no guilt. You gotta live a little. No fear of fat or muffin top. Won’t happen. All fresh real ingredients. I’m going for a walk tonight.

And crispy fries behind the cheese are coming next. And they are not potatoes or sweet potatoes. Enjoy!

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese recipe means crunchy whole wheat outside and Parmesan cheesy inside with superfood kale and hemp seeds in between. Kids didn't mind. | ifoodreal.com

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese

Parmesan Kale Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 Dinosaur (lacinato) kale leaves, ribs removed & chopped
  • 2 slices bread (preferably organic whole wheat)
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese, sliced
  • 1 oz any other melting cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds, shelled

Directions

  1. Preheat indoor grill or panini press. On a slice of bread, crumble half Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with hemp seeds and garlic powder. Top with kale, crumble remaining Parmesan and place a few slices of melting cheese. Lay other slice of bread on top.
  2. Place on a grill and close lid tightly. Grill for a few minutes or until grill marks appear, cheese has melted and/or you hear cheese dripping on a griddle. Remove and cut in half with a long sharp knife. Serve hot.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 443.3
Total Fat: 23.9 g
Cholesterol: 50.2 mg
Sodium: 901.8 mg
Total Carbs: 31.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 7.6 g
Protein: 31.5 g
WW Points+: 12

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12 Comments

  1. Vera (VerasCooking)

    This looks soooo good! I’ve been sneaking kale into my kids’ sandwiches for a while, as long as there’s cheese, it works! And those winter blues!.. if only I had a cleaning person, and assistant…(sigh). I think I just need an all-inclusive vacation 🙂 Have a great day!

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    • Olena

      Well, right now, my friend, I have neither, nor am I going for an all-inclusive vacation any time soon.:) A date with a husband including a meal I don’t have to cook would suffice for now.:) You enjoy your day too.:)

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  2. Kit

    That sandwich is both gorgeous to see and I’ll bet a treat too! Mothers work is hard. Keeping up with house, kids, and a job, long winter, blues are inevitable. I hope it doesn’t last too long. You need a good break.

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  3. Kit

    I didn’t make that particular sandwich last night, because I didn’t have the ingredients. But, you gave me a slight poke. This does not have to be an all or nothing nothing world. It just isn’t very practical and its expecting too much from ourselves. (Me, at least) I don’t want to feel deprived. I did pull out some of my husbands organic whole wheat bread and enjoy a simple grilled sandwich of homemade cranberry walnut jam (I made tons and froze over the holidays), spinach, and Parmesan! It sounds odd, but boy! Yum!

    I think with new help hired, you will enjoy life in everything you are doing more! And do it with less stress too. A wonderful idea! Hopefully just the right person will come along 🙂

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    • Olena

      No, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It doesn’t work. Now I wanna hear your cranberry walnut jam recipe.
      Yes, I will feel better with help. I’m already feeling better as I see applications come in.:)

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  4. Kit

    Haha! No recipe! My grandma made all of her own jam and I stood on a stool and watched. She jarred and poured wax on top, put on a lid and canned them. I am too lazy and just freeze mine. She made all sorts of berry and fruit jam. Strawberry, Apple huckleberry, peach, plum, fig, and cranberry! Mostly those fruits she could find frowning free along the roadside or in the woods. Some from generous friends and traded from things in her garden.

    I like the cranberry because it is quick and easy. One thing, it does need a lot of honey or other sweetener. I usually boil apple cider down in the fall into a syrup and use that! I know that it is still sugar, but it is really GOOD sugar!

    Just put the cranberries in a sauce pot (fresh or frozen) and add juice of 1/2 a lemon, a pinch of salt, juice and zest of an orange. Here is where you can add some frozen strawberries or blueberries, and that will also take the sour edge off. Some cinnamon, and whatever you want to sweeten with, honey, maple syrup, boiled cider, to taste. Add a tiny bit of water to get it cooking, and bring it to a low boil. Turn it down and simmer, stirring, until it is cooked down and the consistency of thick jam. Add some nuts for a nice flavor and texture. It will set up even more as it cools. If it seems too thick, thin it with a little orange juice, too thin, heat and cook it down a little more. At that point, add more sweetener to your taste if needed! My Gram always added a little butter as it cooled. I never do, but it might be nice!

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    • Kit

      Sorry. That is so NOT a recipe! I never wrote it down, I just ‘do’? I just looked at the bags of cranberries (I stocked up, my freezer is brimming with the organic ones. I use two 8oz bags.

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    • Olena

      Thanks, Kit. I learnt a lot from this – adding nuts and butter. And cooking down apple cider…How interesting.

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  5. Kit

    A gallon of cider cooked down to syrup with cinnamon stick and whole clove makes about one pint of syrup. Still sugar, yes, but organic, and you control how much goes into recipes.

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  6. Melissa

    Made this for lunch today, minus the hemp seeds (didn’t have any) on Ezekiel 7 grain bread. It was so very good!! It looked good, but I was still surprised at how amazing it was. 10/10!!

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