Grilled Cheese Pita Sandwiches

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Joan Lunden

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Grilled cheese large

These quick lunchtime sandwiches combine two favorites — pocket bread sandwiches and grilled cheese — to make a new favorite.

Serves 4

4 six-inch plain or whole-wheat pitas
4 ounces low-fat cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or Swiss), shredded or coarsely grated
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
Optional additions (per sandwich):
2 thin slices tomato
3 thin slices onion
1 piece crumbled, cooked turkey bacon
4 thin rounds dill pickle
1 small mushroom, sliced
1 tablespoon sliced, pitted olives

Cut a small slice from one side of each pita to make an opening, and stuff one-fourth of the cheese and any optional additions into each opening. (Make sure that any optional addition is wedged in the middle of the cheese, so that the cheese melts evenly and the pita stays crisp.)

In a preheated large skillet that has been sprayed with the nonstick vegetable spray, cook the stuffed pitas over moderate heat, covered, for 5 minutes a side or until crispy on both sides.

Nutritional Analysis per serving, with all optional additions: 262 calories; 32% calories from fat; 9 grams of fat; 841 milligrams of sodium

Nutritional Analysis per serving, without any optional additions: 185 calories; 23% calories from fat; 5 grams of fat; 355 milligrams of sodium

Source: Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking by Joan Lunden and Laura Morton - See more at:

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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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