Kale, Grilled Garlic and Cheddar Panini

by on January 9, 2013

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Is it too soon post-New Year’s for something indulgent like grilled cheese? I didn’t think so either. No two ways around it, these Kale, Grilled Garlic and Cheddar Panini are grilled cheese sandwiches. But they are also vehicles for a lot of healthy, nutrient-rich kale (which, by the way, even my children managed to allow past their lips in grilled cheese form). I know that it doesn’t exactly cancel out the cheese, but if I’m gonna have grilled cheese anyway…isn’t it better to add in something “good”?

By the way, I should also mention that these panini aren’t comprised of just cheese and sautéed kale – there’s one more flavorful not-so-secret ingredient: sweet cloves of grilled garlic. I grill a whole head of garlic right on the panini press, wrapped in foil just like you’d roast it, and spread the soft cloves all over the bread.

I read a rather interesting perspective the other day about New Year’s resolutions. This person said he was planning to focus on adding things to his life in an effort to be healthier and happier, rather than just removing things. I thought that was really insightful. At this time of year, we tend to be all about cutting back/cutting out/cutting down but maybe it’s just as important to look at what we should try to bring into our lives.

I’ve got a little list going on my phone (so I can keep it close at hand) of things I’d like to do more of this year, some of which include:

  • Have friends over for dinner more often
  • Read (audiobooks count)
  • Replace a few showers each week with relaxing baths
  • Go to the beach (it’s just 3 miles away as the crow flies, but we hardly go)
  • Exercise (cliché, but I really need to)

Now, I know there’s a bunch of stuff I really ought to cut back on too (grilled cheese sandwiches could be among them) but if I can manage to add more “good” on balance, I think I should be all right.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kalyn January 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Kale in a sandwich, love it!

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2 Kathy January 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

You are kale’s #1 fan, Kalyn! :-)

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3 Karly January 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a grilled cheese! Besides, the kale totally makes this New Year’s Resolution Approved. ;)
Karly´s last blog post ..What’s Cookin’ Wednesday? #1

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4 Brian @ A Thought For Food January 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Every time I read these panini posts I become more and more tempted to get a panini press. Also, grilled garlic? I don’t think that’d make it on the sandwich, because I’d eat each clove before it made it on.
Brian @ A Thought For Food´s last blog post ..Burnt Eggplant with Lemon, Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds

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5 Kathy January 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I agree – it’s nearly impossible not to pop a few cloves in your mouth while you’re making these sandwiches. :-)

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6 Angela January 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

It’s never too early for cheese! It’s all about moderation, right? I think this would be nice with a bowl of soup.

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7 Victoria January 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I had already experimented with grilling a few cloves of garlic at a time to add to recipes. Now I’ll have to experiment with grilling a whole head!

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8 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 10, 2013 at 6:22 am

Is it time for lunch yet?! Because I’ll have one of these! :)
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies´s last blog post ..Recipe | Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

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9 Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

I am such a huge fan of kale nowadays. I adore your use of it with the grilled garlic. Nice combination.
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)´s last blog post ..My Exclusive Interview with Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi

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10 Carolyn January 11, 2013 at 4:36 am

Your panini always looks so good, you inspired me to create a low carb flat bread so I could make panini again! What a great way to work some kale in.
Carolyn´s last blog post ..Gluten-Free Cowboy Cookies – Healthy Snacks for Kids

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11 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 11, 2013 at 6:41 am

What a tasty way to get your greens!
Sommer@ASpicyPerspective´s last blog post ..Crispy Baked Chicken

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12 Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) January 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

Oh YES PLEASE! I will eat kale any way humanly possible, but with melted cheddar? GET IN MY TUMMY!
Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)´s last blog post ..Raw Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

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13 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence January 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Kale + Cheddar + Garlic?! Yum!!
Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence´s last blog post ..Pear and Arugula Smoothie

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14 vanillasugarblog January 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

so this is how we eat our kale?
lol

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15 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

Mmm…garlic, kale and cheese together sounds pretty amazing!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

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16 sally @ sallys baking addiction January 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hi Kathy! I am SO glad I found your blog. I have a very dusty panini maker to whip out again after seeing all of these! wow this one looks and sounds incredible!! I love love love kale!
sally @ sallys baking addiction´s last blog post ..soft-baked monster cookies.

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17 Cassie | Bake Your Day January 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I was sold at grilled garlic! I love the kale and cheddar too though!
Cassie | Bake Your Day´s last blog post ..Wednesday Ramblings | five things

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18 mild January 17, 2013 at 2:21 am

i need to make some of this now.
grilled garlic and cheddar!

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19 Kristina January 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm

wow, this sounds amazing. I love kale in sandwiches, but it’s usually cold, like a lettuce replacement. I cannot wait to try this, the garlic is a perfect addition!

I love your list – because it has been SO cold lately, I have been taking more baths – I highly recommend!
Kristina´s last blog post ..broccoli cheese muffins

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20 Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies January 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm

This sounds so tasty! Grilled cheese are one of my favorite foods and I like the extra boost of nutrients from kale (and just love love love garlic in general))
Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies´s last blog post ..Cherry Almond Flax Muffins

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21 Amanda at TheCottonwoodJournals.com April 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website: http://grilledcheeseacademy.com
Amanda at TheCottonwoodJournals.com´s last blog post ..no. 3 a ferry ride

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22 Kira - HealthAble Old Soul January 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Kale is my favorite! To me, this will be my classic grilled cheese (while I am learning through my path of enjoying food) instead of tomato, basil and cheese!
Kira – HealthAble Old Soul´s last blog post ..HealthAble Cream-y Broccoli soup without the Cream – Dairy Free!

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