Open Face Grilled Cheeze

Soup and a grilled cheese sandwich are certainly the go-to lazy woman’s dinner. Minimal prep involved, ready in a flash, and very few dishes to deal with. Can’t get much better than that, yeah?

I decided to give this old standby a facelift with the addition of an egg and the use of nutritional yeast in place of the cheese.

I know. What is a grilled cheese without the cheese? I must be nuts, right? Just trust me when I say that nutritional yeast gives you all of the cheezeyness you want without the dairy and with a huge nutritional boost, hence the name =)

Nutritional yeast is one of those miraculous foods that many vegans turn to not only for its amazing levels of vitamin Bs and protein but also to achieve the wonderful comfort and flavor of cheese without venturing into the animal kingdom. We’re not talking yeast the levening agent; we’re talking fungus. I found nutritional yeast sitting in the bulk bins at Whole Foods among the various nuts and grains in a flakey, yellow form. It has an earthy aroma that, if blindfolded, I would most likely idenify as some sort of stinky French cheese.

I cross my heart when I say that had I handed you this sandwich for dinner without a word about the ingredients, you absolutely would have asked what kind of cheese I used. Parmesan, perhaps?

Open Face Grilled Cheese

serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 stalk scallions (green onions), chopped
  • 3 small grape tomatoes, large dice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Turn on your broiler and lightly toast your bread until it just begins to harden. Alternatively, toast your bread until it just begins to harden and brown.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the egg, nutritional yeast, scallions, tomatoes, salt and pepper. The mixture will be slightly thick.
  • Remove your toast from the broiler or toaster and place on a foiled-line baking sheet. Spread the egg mixture onto the toast and return to the broiler for about 3 minutes, or until the edges of the toast are deep brown and the egg appears to be cooked.

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