I have a super big perk to my job: free lunch. Yes, I am a little spoiled, I know. During school vacations I have a different story, however. I have to provide lunch for myself. But I like that. I take these days to make things that Mr. Brazil does not believe is real food, such as a grilled cheese sandwich with a side of tomato soup.
You all know how to make a grilled cheese, I am sure. And if you don't, well... it isn't that hard. There are a couple of things that I would like to point out that you need in order to make the perfect (according to me) grilled cheese sandwich:
Put stuff inside of it! Today's sandwich had my typical fillings: avocado and tomato. Really, though, you can put anything inside of it. My absolute favorite is my "Tropical Reuben Grilled Cheese". It has a secret spread, tuna, and sourkraut. Weird? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.
I believe the best sandwiches are made with sourdough bread and Colby cheese, except I use very little Colby myself. Those slices on top are there to show you what yours should look like. That orange stuff on the bottom is mine -- and are actually not cheese slices, but faux-cheese, some soy-based stuff. Cheese and my stomach have a touch-and-go relationship, so I use my fake cheese and buy Colby for the others who might be around. You, however, should just use cheese if you can.
Of course, you want to have buttery-spread on both sides so they grill evenly and crispy. One other thing I like to do is place a smaller lid on the top. This helps keep the heat in while pushing down on the sandwich, allowing the cheese to melt faster and all the ingredients inside not to fall out.
Now for the soup. I would like to say I made it from scratch, but I did not. I grabbed some off the shelf at Trader Joe's, Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. IT IS AMAZING. I have been eating bowl after bowl. My husband is starting to get worried that I am going to turn orange or something, but so far I am OK. I think I am going to go buy some more tomorrow...
Perfect for a rainy day, or any other day for that matter.
COST: $2.45 per sandwich & bowl of soup