Especially as the weather cools I love a home cooked meal. There are many benefits to eating a home cooked meal; saving money, choosing fresh ingredients, better portion control, a clean space. No shade but do we really know what goes on in those kitchens. Growing up I enjoyed cooking with my mother and being able to sit around the table with my family each night to enjoy her cooking. Today in my single season, while cooking for one, I enjoy the benefits of cooking at home because I get to put my own spin on recipes.
Here are the ingredients to my favorite autumn grilled cheese and tomato soup recipes. It’s an easy meal to cook. Please don’t judge until you try for yourself.
Two slices of your favorite kind of hard bread (bread that doesn’t easily become soggy)
Two slices of Cheddar cheese
Two slices Turkey bacon
Pumpkin puree 2 tablespoons
about 3 thinly slice pieces of your favorite apple
Optional: A dash Cinnamon powder, Ginger powder nutmeg powder, clove powder ( There is a seasoning called pumpkin spice I found at trader joes that has the four powders already combined.)
Use butter for frying
How to prepare:
Place the bread on the cutting board. Add the tomato puree to both sides. On one side add the turkey bacon, pour a drizzle of maple syrup onto the turkey bacon. Add the apple slices, then the slices of cheddar and Brie cheeses. On the opposite side add 3 dashes of the powders.
Place the frying pan on the stove to get warm. Add the butter. When the butter begins to sizzle add the bread. On the side of the bread that is up. Add two thin pieces of butter. Watch closely because it depends on the type of beard you use that will determine when to flip it. Usually about 1 minute. When you are using the spatula to flip the sandwich make sure the butter lands underneath the sandwich and not just in the pan.
Grill the following ingredients in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees
24 ounces of tomatoes
1 whole onion chopped
1 peeled garlic head
5 thyme sprigs
8 oz of tomato paste
½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon of black pepper
Tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
2 Tablespoon of oregano
3 tablespoons of olive oil to drizzle over combined ingredients
On the Stove top add the following to a medium saucepan
8 oz of coconut milk
½ cup of broth
add a little salt and pepper to taste
Stir for two minutes
Take out sprigs of thyme
Place in a blender or use a hand blender to puree
Makes 3 servings
Set the mood with your favorite Candid Soul Candle
Serve with grilled cheese and Enjoy