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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving:
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