Rethinking Comfort Food

This past Sunday, I had my brother and his young family over for lunch. I was thinking
of something different to serve. I stared at the loaf of uneaten Challah from Friday
night, and just could not bring myself to whip up the usual French Toast…. Not so
healthy after you add all the grease and syrup, and quite frankly, not so French! I
went out and purchased a  loaf of wholegrain bread, some reduced
fat swiss cheese slices, apples, chunky natural peanut butter and bananas. And voila,
a new take on an old favorite. What I didn’t expect, was the gooey yumminess of
it all. And yes, I used the Challah, but everything was cooked on a nonstick griddle
with non stick cooking spray. Try these sandwiches…they are super easy and a real
crowd pleaser!

As an aside on the health benefits of peanut butter, a recent study published in the
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment journal followed 9,000 girls for 17 years and
discovered that those who received their fat and protein from vegetable sources, such
as nuts, corn and beans, had lower rates of breast cancer by the time they were 35.
Peanuts were singled out as particularly effective. The study’s author, Graham Colditz,
M.D., a professor at Washington University Medical School, stated that, “a couple of
servings of peanut butter a week was enough to see a benefit.”

Grilled Swiss Cheese and Apple Sandwich

1 loaf of multigrain bread or day old challah or brioche
Swiss cheese (regular or low fat)
Apple thinly sliced

Spray a frying pan or griddle with non stick cooking spray
Place cheese and sliced apples in between 2 slices of bread
Fry on medium heat turning continuously to avoid burning.
You can always add 2 teaspoons of canola oil to the pan if you feel the bread is
Cook until the cheese is melted. (about 10-15 minutes)

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches


  • 1 loaf of multigrain or whole wheat bread, or day old challah or brioche
  • Crunchy or smooth natural peanut butter
  • Sliced bananas


  1. Butter 2 slices of multigrain or challah with the peanut butter
  2. Add sliced banana
  3. Place in frying pan or atop a griddle well sprayed with non stick cooking spray
  4. Turn continuously for approximate 10-15 on medium heat or until peanut butter
  5. texture looks melted and gooey.
  6. Cut the sandwiches in halves and serve immediately with milk!
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