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Garlic and Chili Cheese Toast

A family favorite! The flavor of cheddar blends surprisingly well with the garlic and fresh chilies when toasted. This dish is spicy but very tasty!

Prep Time:  10 minutes Toasting Time:  15–20 minutes Serves: 4 (2 slices per person)

1 loaf of preferred bread, sliced (e.g., multigrain or white)

4 c. reduced-fat sharp (white or yellow) cheddar cheese,* shredded

4 green chilies, finely chopped (less if you prefer a mild taste)

3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. salt, or salt to taste

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. red chili powder

1. Combine all the ingredients above in a medium mixing bowl. Blend well and spoon 1/2 c. of the mixture onto each slice.  

2. In a toaster oven, toast slices on medium/medium-high setting and serve hot.

* You can substitute low fat mozzarella cheese for cheddar.

What’s good for you:

v Cheddar cheese is good source of protein, calcium, and phosphorous.  Using reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese significantly reduces the calorie and saturated fat intake without sacrificing great flavor.

v Garlic can boost the immune system, lower bad cholesterol levels and raise the good cholesterol, and lower the risk of several common cancers. It is also a good source of vitamins B6 and C.

v Chilies contain capsaicin, a compound that offers many health benefits. It increases metabolism and in turn helps burn calories and fat. It has potent anti-bacterial properties that prevent sinusitis and relieve congestion. It helps protect the heart by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation.

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