Grilled Cheese Platter

A lot of people believe that cheese is not good for them as it is loaded with calories and fat. Well, I know that cheese is high in protein and low fat cottage cheese, mozzarella or feta can only be good to eat, in taste as well as nutrition. I have known various health freaks(including me) having this food item all the time without gaining an inch…infact, it has helped in losing weight without compromising on essential nutrients especially for people who do strength/resistance training.
Teamed up with vegetables , it makes for even a complete meal. I have eaten fried versions of this recipe which is definitely very tasty but packs in worthless calories. Grilled is a better way to crunch the outside to a great texture and preserves the nutritive value of food.
The following dish is not only tasty and healthy, but it also has a great eye appeal what with a green leafy base topped with red juicy tomatoes and white cheese with brown grilled scars, garnished with omega -3 oozing light green extra virgin olive oil. It’s only when you look at food in all it’s vibrant colours and textures that define vibrant health, that you can really satisfy your hunger cravings with complete gratitude for such lovely options provided by mother earth.

Ingredients :

Low fat cottage cheese : 200 gms
Lettuce : 6 whole leaves
Tomatoes : 2 whole
extra virgin olive oil : to pour as garnish
Lemon juice : of 1 whole lemon
Crushed oregano -for garnish
Salt /crushed peppercorn- to taste

Method (Cooking time- 10-12 mins.):

Cut 1/2 inch by 2 and 1/2 inches of cottage cheese which look like finger width and length. Grill them in a grill pan without any oil/butter. Alongside , cut tomatoes in small cubes and mix in some lemon juice with salt and pepper. Turn the cheese onto the other side , so both sides are evenly grilled and marked. Meanwhile, take a large platter and line with whole lettuce leaves.
Place the grilled cheese ,one on side of the other, and put the tomato mix all around it in the platter . Pour some extra virgin olive oil all over the dish and throw on some oregano for garnish in the end. Serve hot with serviettes/snack plates.

For a spicy twist, you can mix the tomatoes with tiny diced olives and jalapeños.

About Shaloo Dogra

Shaloo Dogra is a wellness coach and director at Epicurean Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon, India. She has been part of the hospitality industry for almost 20 years providing food solutions to industries, institutions and for events. She is dedicated to structured consultation for individuals for fitness, nutrition, intermediate level yoga and meditation. For more on this, please see her website: www.shaloodogra.com She is married to Rajat Dogra and has two wonderful boys aged 16 and 13.
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