Monday, February 23, 2009

Rustic Grilled Cheese...

Hold the chemicals, please.
I found an ad insert recipe today in a popular magazine. The recipe was for a rustic grilled cheese sandwich that looked REALLY YUMMY, but as is often the case, I have to play "Recipe Rescue" in order to turn it into something I am willing to feed my family.

Why, you ask?

(to give proper credit for this recipe, it is an ad insert for Kraft Sandwich Recipes, and I believe can be found at Kraft.com)
Here is the ingredient list as it appears in the magazine: (I DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT ANYBODY FOLLOW THIS RECIPE; READ ON FOR MY EXPLANATION)
♦ 2 slices multi-grain bread
♦ 1 tsp. Grey Poupon savory honey mustard
(Ingredients: MUSTARD SEED, WATER, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, VINEGAR, BROWN SUGAR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, HONEY, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF SALT, FRUIT PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, SPICE, TURMERIC, SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, PAPRIKA.)
♦ 6 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast (phew, that's a mouthful right there! Do people realize they are getting more than just meat in this meat? Why would you need to add chicken flavor to chicken?!)
(Ingredients: CHICKEN BREAST, WATER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM LACTATE, SALT, SUGAR, CHICKEN FLAVOR (YEAST EXTRACT, SALT, FLAVOR), SODIUM PHOSPHATES, CARRAGEENAN, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE, SODIUM NITRITE, CARAMEL COLOR.)
♦ 2 thin tomato slices
♦ 1 KRAFT singles (Kraft calls these Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. Why can't they just call it "cheese"? Because it is not just cheese...
(Ingredients: MILK, WHEY, MILKFAT, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SALT, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM CITRATE, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SORBIC ACID AS A PRESERVATIVE, APOCAROTENAL (COLOR), ANNATTO (COLOR), ENZYMES, VITAMIN D3, CHEESE CULTURE.)
2 tsp. butter, softened

Directions:Spread 1 of the bread slices with mustard; top with chicken, tomatoes and Singles. Cover with remaining bread slice. Spread outside of sandwich with butter. Cook in skillet on medium heat 3 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides.

Ironically, they say they... "scoured our favorite regions for locally grown produce and native tastes that got our mouths watering and creative juices flowing...What follows is a travel guide for the tastebuds."

This recipe was 'inspired' by the region of the Rocky Mountains. And yet, none of the ingredients listed above are 'local' ingredients, are they? Did I miss the name of the boutique farm who produces the mustard? Oh, no, it's Grey Poupon...hmmm.

My recommended recipe for this sandwich after RECIPE RESCUE:


2 slices of multi-grain or sprouted grain bread WITHOUT PRESERVATIVES OR HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
Annie's Naturals Organic honey mustard (Ingredients: *Mustard (*Apple Cider Vinegar, *Yellow Mustard Seed, Salt), *Sugar, *Honey, *Cinnamon. *=organic)
or Annie's Naturals Organic Dijon Mustard (Ingredients: *Distilled White Vinegar from corn, *Mustard Seed, Sea Salt, *Cloves. *=organic)
NO MEAT. or if you are one who does eat meat, use REAL chicken, NOT prepared lunch meats. Make it clean meat chicken that has lived free range, veg fed, without antibiotics or hormones.
2 locally grown, organic heirloom tomato slices. If you cannot get local, organic or heirloom, try to at least find pesticide free tomatoes.
sliced NATURAL cheddar cheese. Organic if possible, but at the very least, with ingredients free of antibiotics and hormones (look for rBGH/rBST free). The ingredients should be: Milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes. There should not be anything else. No annatto for color (your cheese should not be orange), and no preservatives!
2tsp. butter. That's REAL butter, organic or at least free of antibiotics and hormones.

Then, follow the directions for preparation above. Cook on IRON or STAINLESS STEEL cookware. Avoid aluminum and teflon, non-stick cookward at all costs! Aluminum is still on the official "safe to use" list, but so are a whole host of other things that I believe to be harmful. Teflon can kill birds and other small animals such as hamsters and causes flu-like symptoms in humans. Teflon flu? Can this be a good thing?

After Recipe Rescue, I can create a healthy sandwich without unnecessary and possibly harmful chemicals that I can feel good about eating and feeding to my family. Please follow this link to read more about chemicals in food processing.

Join the fight against Frankenfood.

Happy sandwich eating!

5 comments:

Sandy said...

Could I have a table in the corner for two please, and I'd like a glass of Pinot Grigio with it. Ahhhhhh

I agree, chicken flavored chicken...and pretend cheese not for me. I'm not a lunch meat person by and large anyway. And I like real cheese wayyyyyyy to much to want processed little thin no flavor slices.

Sandy
Rec. Rescue...love it!

Welcome mats always out, pop in
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got a question for you, sometime on blogger blogs I get the option to put name and url, sometimes only the google/blogger ID and the open ID thing. Can you help me understand the difference?
Thanks

SolSisters said...

Thanks a little freaky.. but yet all too true. It's so much better for your health to stick to the edges of the supermarket (produce, meat and dairy)

Sinclair said...

@Sandy: I don't know about the Open ID requirement for leaving a comment...I have only ever used Google/Blogger identity. Perhaps it is the ways they set up their comment section, or that you may not be logged in at the time you are leaving the comment? Sorry that I don't have more information on that one...

Sinclair said...

Thank you both for your comments! Have a nice day.

babygirl said...

thanks for the comment and hope things get better your way too