~Fancy~ Grilled Cheese & All-Grown-Up Tomato Soup

So, Guy & I wanted to make a quick and easy comfort dinner: Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese. Yum! We both started doctoring the soup & this is what we came up with. It was great! As for the Grilled Cheese, Guy remembers having this at the Chicago Diner when he was still in high school. I don't know how we have had a relationship for 13 years before he shared this grilled cheese secret, but its now my favorite way to have grilled cheese!

~Fancy~ Grilled Cheese

2 Wheat Bread
1/2 C Shredded Carrot

1/2 Refrigerator Dill Pickle, sliced thinly

optional: diced green onion
3 Slices 2% American Cheese
Smart Balance

Heat pan and butter bread. Place 1 slice of bread butter side down to brown. Top 1 slice of bread with 1 1/2 slice of cheese. Top with carrot and pickle. Top with 1 1/2 slice of cheese and 2nd piece of bread. Flip when well browned on first side. Cook until well browned Yum!

All-Grown-Up Tomato Soup
8 oz Small Dry Pasta - I had stars, orzo would work, but keep it small

26 oz Condensed Tomato Soup (Family Size)
28 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes - don't drain!
13 oz Water
1 Lg pinch Saffron
3-4 Tbsp Tandoori Powder

Diced White Onion

Cook pasta as directed (mine was 3-5 min). Drain.
Heat tomato soup, diced tomatoes, water and spices. Add drained pasta when ready.
Top with cilantro and diced onion. Enjoy!


Linguini with Clam Sauce


1 box of whole wheat pasta
1 T olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/8 t red pepper flake
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/4 C lemon juice
3/4 C white wine
10.5 oz can of baby clams, drain
small can minced clams in clam juice, don't drain
1/4 C hot pasta water
1/2 C fresh parsley

Drop pasta in boiling water before starting to cook the sauce so you can add to the sauce right away!
Heat olive oil. Add garlic. Cook for 2 min on medium heat.
Add spices, lemon juice and wine. Bring to a boil.
Add clams and juices. Heat until warm.
Add 1/4 C hot pasta water (this helps thicken the sauce)
Add salt to taste.
Toss pasta in sauce, add parsley.
Serve immediately
Serves 3-4