There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals picked out for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re recommending our five picks for you to make in the upcoming week. But this week is extra special, because it’s National Sandwich Month. Which means it’s time to celebrate in the only way possible: With five of our all-time favorite sammies ever. Dinnertime just got a whole lot more fun!
Monday, August 11th
Cheers for low-fat cheese! We snacked on nearly 50 types to find five skinny versions that are so rich and flavorful, you’ll swear they’re the real deal. By: Dina Cheney
Best for salads: Athenos Reduced Fat Traditional Crumbled Feta Cheese ($5.72 for 12 oz.)
“I’ll never buy a full-fat version again!” vowed one tester after sampling this robust feta made with part-skim milk. Addictively salty and creamy (with one-third fewer calories than regular feta), it’s spectacular sprinkled on salads—from classic Greeks to slices of watermelon and red onion.
Best for Sandwiches: Sargento Deli Style Sliced Reduced Fat Pepper Jack Cheese ($3.62 for 6.67 oz.)
Flecks of spicy habanero and jalapeño chiles kick up the heat in these tasty slices made with fresh 2% milk (some companies use condensed or dry milk). Panelists praised Sargento’s smooth texture and zesty flavor. Add slices to cold-cut sandwiches or grilled panini. Bonus: It tastes even better melted!
Best for Snacking: Kerrygold Reduced Fat Dubliner Cheese ($5.49 for 7 oz.)
Produced in Ireland with milk from grassfed cows, this cheese is aged for a year to intensify its nutty, sharp flavor and dense, crumbly texture. Delicious on its own or with apple slices, toasted nuts and a glass of wine, it’s a dead ringer for aged cheddar—but has fewer calories and less fat.
Best for Melting: Karoun Dairies Part-Skim Mozzarella Ball ($5.99 for 1 lb.)
Many reduced-fat mozzarellas come preshredded and have a dry texture and wan taste. But this part-skim ball crafted from hormone-free milk is rich, full-flavored, slightly tangy and ideal for pizza, baked pasta and lasagna.
Best for Party Platters: Coach Farm Reduced Fat Goat Cheese with Herbs ($7.99 for 7 oz.)
Long featured on the menus of top chefs, Coach Farm’s line of small-batch goat cheeses includes this luscious version made with skim milk and rolled in dried basil, thyme and rosemary. The contrast between the grassy herbs and the creamy cheese wowed panelists: “It tastes artisanal, not low-fat,” one pointed out.
More Taste Test winners:
Toast + Pistachio Butter + Oranges +
Bananas & Strawberries + Honey & Pistachios =
To celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, we’re taking a look at five of the crazy peanut butter and jelly-inspired creations chefs across the nation have been coming up with!
1. PB Pasty at Cornish Pasty Co. in Phoenix, AZ
This warm, flaky pasty filled with creamy peanut butter, bananas and tart raspberry jam is topped with whipped cream and sure to hit the sweet spot.
2. Oregon-Smoked Goat Sandwich at PBJ’s Grilled in Portland, OR
This grilled sandwich using calamata olive bred is filled to capacity with PBJ’s house almond butter, applewood smoked bacon, goat cheese and fig jam.
3. “F” this PB Foie Gras Torchon at Praying Monk in Scottsdale, AZ
It was only a matter of time before a chef fancied-it-up and added foie gras to the classic PB&J flavor combo! Served with satisfyingly crunchy toast points, this combination of housemade peanut butter, blackberry jam and foie gras is far more decadent that your schoolyard snack.
4. PB Pain Perdu at Recette in New York, NY
The chefs at Recette have taken the classic sandwich from the playground to the adults’ (brunch) table with their over-the-top french toast reinvention.
5. Deep Fried PB at The Malibu Inn in Malibu, CA
With crunchy peanut butter and strawberry jelly, this sandwich is the closest to the original in the bunch. However, a deep fry in waffle batter does give this sandwich a tasty 2.0 upgrade!
What do you think? Would you try any of these takes on peanut butter and jelly?
Also, don’t miss this flashback to one of the “original” memes! (Here’s a hint: It’s peanut butter jelly time…)