With just four ingredients and an easy method that takes just minutes, this Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a favorite kids meal—whether as an easy lunch or dinner!—that adults can dig into too. So good!
Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I am not going to tell you that you need to add or sneak in veggies to every single thing that you make for your kids, but I do like to offer ideas on how to incorporate them in yummy ways that the kids might like.
Because the more we offer veggies that taste good, the more likelihood there is that the kids will learn to like them.
And this grilled cheese sandwich is a favorite option to serve up a little mashed sweet potato smack in the middle of a classic gooey sandwich.
I love the added flavor, how it adds some moisture to the filling, and how easy it is to make for any age.
TIP: You could even pair this with Tomato Soup if you wanted to!
Ingredients You Need
To make this sandwich, you’ll need just four ingredients including:
- Bread: I use sourdough here, but any sandwich bread will work.
- Cheese: I prefer sliced cheddar, but use what you like including Fontina, mozzarella, gruyere, or Colby Jack.
- Mashed Sweet Potato: Plan to make this ahead if using homemade or use jarred or canned unsweetened sweet potato puree from the store.
- Butter: Unsalted is the type I recommend here.
- You can swap in Carrot Puree, Mashed Butternut Squash, or finely minced cooked veggies like broccoli if you prefer.
- Dairy-free: Use a favorite nondairy sliced or shredded cheese that melts well like the ones and either a vegan butter or a neutral cooking oil.
- Gluten-free: Swap in a favorite gluten-free sandwich bread.
Here’s a look at how to make this sandwich so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full information.
- Spread the sweet potato on one piece of toast. I usually do a fairly thin layer so the sandwich still looks and tastes like grilled cheese. Add the cheese to another piece.
- Melt the butter in a pan, add the bread (fillings side up) and swirl a bit to coat the bread with the butter. Cook to toast the undersides of each slice of bread.
- Put the bread together and press down.
- Cut to serve.
TIP: You can cut this in half, into sticks, or dice it up for a younger eater.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make grilled cheese vegan, use a dairy-free sliced cheese and either a vegan butter or a neutral cooking oil in place of the butter,
I like sweet potato and butternut squash, but you can do almost any cooked veggie including minced broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, or kale. You could even add some shredded baby spinach.
You can dice it up for babies eating finger foods, cut into strips for toddlers able to take bites (usually around 16/18 months), or just in half like a regular sandwich.
How to Store
This kids meal is best right after you make it, but you could make it ahead of time or store the leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. Then place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and warm for 4-6 minutes in a 375 degree oven, on a nonstick skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until warm, or in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.
Best Tips for Success
I’d love to hear what your family thought of this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!
Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich (to Share with the Kids)
With just 4 ingredients, including a veggie that blends right in, this Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a yummy kids lunch to share. It packs extra nutrition in the filling, yet only takes a few minutes to make. Such a great easy meal!
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 slices sourdough bread (or whole grain)
- 2 slices cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons mashed sweet potato
Add the butter to a nonstick or cast Iron pan set over medium heat.
Spread the sweet potato onto one piece of toast. Place the cheese on the other. Place both pieces of bread, toppings side up, onto the buttered pan. Swirl gently to coat the bread with butter. Cook for about 3 minutes.
Place the two sides of the sandwich together and press down slightly with a spatula. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, flipping as needed until both sides are golden brown.
Remove the pan from the heat and cut the sandwich In half, Into sticks (good for toddlers), or dice up Into little pieces (good for older babies).
- Use a smooth veggie puree such as Mashed Sweet Potato.
- Try other flavors by usingCarrot Puree, Mashed Butternut Squash, Broccoli Puree, or finely minced broccoli.
- I usually melt the butter right in the pan, but you can also spread it right onto both slices of bread.
- Cut the cooked sandwich in half, into strips, or dice up into small pieces as a baby finger food. (Try using kitchen scissors which make this part easy.)
- Serve with a simple side of diced fruit or another quick side you like.
- Gluten-free: Use gf bread.
- Dairy-free: Use a favorite nondairy cheese.
Calories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 12gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 443mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2443IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 157mgIron: 3mg