I have learned that my daughter will eat just about anything if it’s encased in melted cheese (I didn’t say I was proud of this—it’s just a fact). And when she’s squeezing her lips shut and refusing to eat anything I put in front of her except for strawberries. . . well, desperate times call for desperate measures. This grilled chicken, guacamole, and roasted red pepper grilled cheese sandwich is not only delicious, but it packs a punch with lots of calcium, protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. All in a happy little melty package!
Busy Mama Shortcuts: You can use jarred roasted red peppers to save a bit of time. Target also has a roasted red pepper monterey jack cheese, which is delicious and takes a step out of the prep work. I also used Tyson’s Grilled & Ready Frozen Chicken Strips diced up—this not only saves time but, by dicing up the chicken, you can stretch it a bit farther.
To make an easy, quick guacamole, mash an avocado in a bowl with the back of a fork. Add about a tsp of olive oil, a tsp of minced garlic, a couple tsps of lemon or lime juice (whatever you have on hand works) and as much cilantro as you like. If you don’t normally keep fresh cilantro on hand, try keeping a cilantro paste in your frig. Gourmet Garden makes a great one, and it lasts a lot longer than fresh cilantro. Sure, the flavor isn’t quite as fresh, but for a little guac, it’s perfect.