beka stays healthy : apple, cheddar, and arugula sandwiches with berry dijon dressing (whew)

I think these sandwiches take longer to say than they do to make.

But first, a little back story:

When I graduated from college and learned to cook for myself, I started getting crazy in the kitchen. WAY crazier than I ever had before. I mean, I mixed two different kinds of cereal…in the same bowl! I purchased plain yogurt…and put my own fruit on top! And, weirdest of all, I put apples…in a sandwich!

Stranger things had not happened.

When I first started making this I used to whip it up in a very standard and unremarkable way: apples, cheddar, soft tortilla, folded in half and grilled. Good, but not great.

A few years later, now that I’m no longer bewildered by the phenomenon of sandwiches outside of the PB&J variety, I think it’s become great. (Really, really great. Seriously. I had two of these today.)

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 whole Multi Grain Sandwich Thin
  • ¼ Apple, Sliced Thin
  • 1 ounce White Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup Arugula


  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Smucker’s Triple Berry Preserves

And here’s the how-to:

Start with the dressing. Combine dijon and berry preserves in a small bowl. Mix well.

Next, add equal portions of the dressing to the inside of each side of a multi grain sandwich thin. Then add apple slices, cheddar, and arugula to one side of the thin and top with the remaining side.

Once the sandwich is made, spray a grill pan with a light mist of cooking spray. Turn the heat to medium-low. Add the sandwich to the pan and place a heavy object (such as a flat-bottomed bowl or plate) on top of the sandwich. The weight will press the ingredients down so that they are evenly heated and will also grill the bread nicely. Grill for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until the cheese is completely melted and the bread is golden brown.

Allow to cool for a minute before serving. Then, dig in! Fast and healthy and full of fall goodness.

Much better than PB&J (on most days – but some days, PB&J is still where it’s at).

(You can also find this recipe here at Tasty Kitchen!)


the dailies : 11.2.11

daily word: “Happy Birthday, Annie!” When your favorite 3 year old turns 4, those are the only words that matter for the day.

daily sweat: A really great morning of CrossFit bootcamp. Eventually I want to write a post about my CrossFit experience so far, but in the meantime here’s a basic intro to CrossFit for those of you who’ve had no idea what I’ve been talking about for the past two weeks:

I really, really, really love it.

daily dish: This sandwich. It’s just so darn good.

daily mile:

Day 58: welcome to dallas

21 day challenge: 3/3 today!

the dailies : 10.13.11

daily word: “Change the thoughts, and you change the person. If today’s thoughts are tomorrow’s actions, what happens when we fill our minds with thoughts of God’s love? Will standing beneath a downpour of his grace change the way we feel about others? Paul says absolutely! It’s not enough to keep the bad stuff out. We’ve got to let the good stuff in.” – Max Lucado, A Love Worth Giving

daily sweat: walking here, there, and everywhere while I was sans-vehicle for a bit today.

daily dish: it’s been so long since I had one of these:

Thanks for bringing me back to the good ‘ole days of breakfast sandwiches, Tim Hortons! I have to admit…I missed my morning bowl of oatmeal/cereal/something desserty disguised as something breakfasty…but it was good to switch things up a bit!
daily mile: