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Cheese Toastie with Grilled Veg

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This is the best cheese toastie I’ve ever had. It’s the perfect summer lunch, as it’s paired with tasty grilled veg, making it healthy & delicious.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
£1.42
Makes: 4
mains, Snack
Italian
cheese, Loaded Chicken, mozzarella, Noodles with Roasted Vegetables, sandwich

Table of Contents

  1. Why you’ll love this recipe
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to make this recipe
  4. Tips & Variations
  5. Meal Prep/ Storage

Why you’ll love this recipe

This might be the best cheese toastie I’ve ever had. It feels indulgent, whilst being super fresh, thanks to our tangy, charred grilled veg. 

It’s the perfect excuse to bring out the BBQ, although any griddle pan will work perfectly. The flavour combo of all the ingredients makes it so much more than cheese on toast. It’s nutrient dense, packed with fibre, a balance of fats and 25g of protein. As grilled cheese calories go, it’s pretty light too! 

Ideal for a summer lunch shared between friends or the grilled veg works perfectly for this cheese toastie to meal prep and enjoy throughout the week. 

Pulling sandwich apart with mozzarella cheese pull

Ingredients

Aubergine 

Charred aubergine offers a meaty substitute to this vegetarian grilled cheese. You won’t be missing any meat with this sandwich! 

Courgette

One of my favourite vegetables to grill, similarly great to the aubergine in texture. 

Salad tomatoes 

For acidity, flavour and moisture in the sandwich. 

Thick cut, wholemeal malted bloomer bread

Try to use any dense sort of bread that isn’t sliced too thinly. I used a wholemeal, thick sliced loaf for additional fibre. You want the bread to be thick enough to ensure that it can hold the amount of cheese and veg you’re going to squeeze into this toasted sandwich.  Other breads that would work well: white bread (thick slices), sourdough, ciabatta and panini. 

Mozzarella 

We want to use low hydration/grated mozzarella for this recipe to prevent any sogginess in our cheese toastie. 

Garlic & Basil 

Pairs so well with the med veg and adds an extra summery vibe to this sandwich. 

Lemon 

To add brightness and balance to the indulgent cheesy flavours. 

Ingredients shot for loaded sandwich

How to make this recipe

Start by prepping the courgettes and aubergine and cut into long thin slices.

Sliced aubergine and courgette

And slice the tomatoes.

Sliced tomatoes on a chopping board

In a griddle pan or BBQ start to brown the vegetables, cooking over a high heat with rapeseed oil until charred and cooked.

Sliced aubergine in griddle pan

Once the vegetables are nicely charred, set aside.

Charred vegetables in bowl

Then thinly slice the charred vegetables  into bite sized pieces, before adding to a large mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, finely chopped basil and a generous amount of salt and pepper into the bowl.

Sliced vegetables in bowl

Optionally butter the 2 slices of bread before placing butter – side down into a non-stick frying pan on a low/medium heat. Then add the grated cheese and the grilled veg to each slice.

2 sliced of bread, one with cheese topping and one with vegetables

After around 3 minutes, flip the cheesy bread onto the other piece to close the sandwich, continue to heat, whilst flipping the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is nicely toasted. Enjoy!

Toasted sandwich in pan

Tips & Variations

You can customise this cheese toastie by adapting the recipe with some add-ins. Whether you want even more protein (it’s already pretty high) or to add more veggies, the foundation of this recipe is great for so many more fillings! 

Add protein 

  • Shredded chicken breast 
  • Grilled bacon 
  • Mashed chickpeas
  • Black beans 

Add more veggies 

  • Grilled bell peppers 
  • Grilled sweetcorn
  • Grilled red onion/white onion 
  • Grilled mushrooms 

Side view of grilled cheese sandwich

Meal Prep/ Storage

To use this recipe as meal prep, grill all of your veg ahead of time, combining with the lemon juice, basil and garlic. Add this to a sealed container and refrigerate. 

When it’s time to eat, start to toast your bread and add the prepped grilled veg & cheese into the sandwich. You want to eat the grilled cheese when it’s been freshly toasted to get the gooey cheese inside. If you meal prepped it all, the bread could be soggy and the cheese on toast would be hard. 

Other quick lunch recipes…

Sweet Chilli Halloumi Wrap

Smokin’ Chickpea Vegetarian Gyros

Creamy Mushroom Toast

Other toastie recipes…         

The Best Toast Ever: Halloumi and Avocado Sourdough Toast

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomato Ricotta Toast

Pizza Toast (Hailey Bieber’s Tiktok Inspired Recipe)

Close up of sandwich with grilled cheese dripping out

 

Cheese Toastie with Grilled Veg

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5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
£1.42
mains, Snack
Italian
cheese, Loaded Chicken, mozzarella, Noodles with Roasted Vegetables, sandwich
Servings: 4
This is the best cheese toastie I’ve ever had. It’s the perfect summer lunch, as it’s paired with tasty grilled veg, making it healthy & delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 aubergine, sliced into thin planks (£0.70)
  • 2 grilled courgettes, sliced into thin planks (£0.80)
  • 6 salad tomatoes, thinly sliced (£0.72)
  • ½ lemon, juiced (£0.54/4)=(£0.14)
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil, finely chopped (£0.55)
  • 200 g mozzarella, grated (£2.00)
  • 8 thick slices of brown bread (£1.50/2)=(£0.75)
  • Optional butter

Cupboard Essentials

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil

Method

  • Grill the prepped veg using a griddle pan or BBQ, cooking over a high heat with rapeseed oil, until charred and cooked. Thinly slice into bite sized pieces and add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Next, add the lemon juice, finely chopped basil, and a generous amount of salt and pepper into the bowl.
  • Optionally butter the 2 slices of bread, before placing butter-side down into a non-stick frying pan on a low/medium heat. On one side of the bread, add the grated cheese and on the other, add the grilled veg.
  • After around 3 minutes, flip the cheesy bread onto the other piece to close the sandwich, continue to heat, whilst flipping the sandwich until the cheese is melted and the bread is nicely toasted. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 21g
Calories: 552kcal
Carbohydrates: 64g
Protein: 26g

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