Jodi Balis is Capital Area Food Bank’s Resident Dietitian. Follow her on Twitter at @TheRedLentil
Breakfast for dinner? Dinner for lunch? Lunch for breakfast? Thinking outside the box at meal times is part of Healthy Eating on a Budget.
Looking to cultural culinary traditions around the world can provide inspiration for thinking creatively about meals during the day. Take Breakfast for example. While some parts of the world eat spicy fragrant broth with noodles for breakfast, others dine on plain yogurt, fish, and cold vegetable salads. Time, location, lifestyle, and economics make our food landscape dynamic and ever changing. It is this changing food landscape that can provide new ideas when finding ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget.
This breakfast idea is based on the classic sandwich. A piece of whole grain bread toasted with cheddar cheese and a drizzle or shmear of honey or jam. Fresh baby spinach fills the middle when the sandwich is hot and it wilts to perfection. This sandwich is great to grab in the morning when on the go.
2 slices of hearty whole grain bread
Drizzle of honey or a shmear of favorite jam (whatever lives in your cabinet)
2 slices of cheddar cheese (can also use Swiss, Mozzarella, etc.)
½ cup baby spinach
DirectionsDrizzle honey or shmear jam onto both slices of bread and toast bread in oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Add one slice of cheese onto each piece of bread and toast 7 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with spinach and put sandwich together.