Is anything grater than a grilled cheese sandwich? 🥪 For this week’s #ToastTuesday, we’re putting a #probiotic spin on your traditional grilled cheese. Start by spreading a dollop of our irresistible Farmer Cheese on a slice of seasoned, butter-toasted bread. Add a mix of provolone, fontina, and vitamin-rich sun-dried tomatoes for a little extra tang. 🍅 Pan-heat until the cheese starts to melt and experience a comfort food that eases your mind, body, and soul. And keep an eye on Thursday’s recipe for a perfect grilled cheese pairing!
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school age years. In addition, kefir made from whole fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest probiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 8oz Farmer Cheese
- 3oz provolone cheese grated
- 3oz fontina cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1-2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 stick butter
- 8 slices Tuscan or Sourdough bread
- 3oz marinated roasted peppers, patted dry
- salt and pepper
- In a bowl, whip Farmer Cheese until well combined.
- In a different bowl, combine fontina and sun-dried tomatoes until combined and set aside
- In a small bowl, blend softened butter, parsley, and parmesan. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Assemble sandwiches by slathering one side of each bread with the butter mixture. Put two of the buttered side toast down on a pan over medium heat. Top with farmer cheese, provolone cheese, marinated roasted peppers, and sun-dried/cheese mix. Cover with a lid and cook until cheese starts to melt. When the cheese starts to melt, remove the lid, top each sandwich with the other buttered bread (butter faced up) and flip to cook until bread is toasted.
- Remove and let cook a couple of minutes before serving. Enjoy!