Sunday, August 5, 2012

Arugula Ham Grilled Cheese

So it was summer for me, for about two weeks after the three-week summer program. During those two weeks, I went to NYC with my family and visited some universities. We went shopping, I spent way more money than I should have, and I hung out with friends when I came back to Toronto.

After those two weeks, I began to feel antsy, like I wasn’t being productive enough with my time. My theory is that summers should be relaxing, but also productive. Right now, that translates into either getting a job to save for university, or studying in order to get into university.

With a month of school left, it’s time to get down to business. There are SATs to study for, textbooks to review, and books to read. I had put a bunch of books on hold at the library online and the first one, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell had arrived at my local branch. So I decided that I would go to the library to pick up my book and begin my sure to be long and tumultuous acquaintance with the grade twelve biology textbook.

As soon as I got to the library, I went to the holds aisle and checked out the book, lest I forget it (and have to pay the $1 fee for not picking up a hold—is this necessary, Toronto?). Then I made my way up the stairs to the fifth floor to the Science and Technology floor of the library, my footsteps heavy and slow. I might have been feeling guilty about how much I’d been slacking off this summer, but that certainly didn’t mean that I wanted to sit down with a biology textbook for hours on end.

So I decided to find an empty table on the second floor and read Outliers instead. Yeah, I’m one of those people, the ones who read books to procrastinate. (Side note: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a very intriguing book which discusses why successful people are successful. It references some aspects of psychology and takes the “bigger picture” into account. I really loved it and would recommend anyone to read it).

Three hours later, I finished reading the book and with no other obstacles standing in the way of myself and the biology textbook up on the fifth floor, I went up. I stomached the first twenty pages of the textbook, which was basically a review of the concepts I’d learned in chemistry this year. Then I decided that I was hungry and that because I love Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, I should go home and make myself an Arugula Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Click below for the recipe.

Arugula Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich

  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • a couple slices cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you like your sandwiches)
  • 2 slices ham
  • a small handful arugula and/or spinach leaves
  • a couple teaspoons butter


Preheat a small non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Butter both sides of the bread. To make the sandwich, put half the cheese on one slice of bread, the one slice of ham, the arugula, the other slice of ham, and the remaining cheese on one slice of bread. Top with the other slice of bread and place the sandwich in the pan. Put a lid over top and let the bread toast until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula, flip the sandwich carefully and then toast the other side until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes. Serve warm.


  1. Yes, reading books to procrastinate is not procrastinating. It's a great use of time! Did the same myself this morning. I didn't wanna get out of bed so I stayed in bed reading from 7 until 10. Lol! I love your sandwich!

  2. Love your review of Outliers. I've had it on my list to check out one of these days! And YUM. Grilled cheese is the best procrastinator. When I was still doing homework, I would constantly find something to cook/bake instead. It's so much more fun (and tasty!).

  3. Oh my!!, that cheese...looks so yummy!

  4. Haha, I also feel like I need to be productive during the summer. So far.. Not as much as I would have liked..
    This looks SO good. Melt some cheese, and I am all over it

  5. Oh I definitely read to procrastinate studying. And eat. This grilled cheese looks like the perfect procrastination food!

  6. I like grilled cheese sandwich with tomato lovely pictures

  7. I am putting these on my 'to make' list. I love how healthy and delicious they sound!

  8. Grilled cheese is just one of those foods that never gets old! Love this twist on an old classic - I'll have to try it!

  9. I never thought grilled cheese as something worth fussing over.. Until those pictures! Kyleen, my eyes! Now I can't see anything but. They look scrumptious

    I had my fair share of burying my nose in SAT books, so you have my sympathy. But it is a journey worth doing and I know you can do it!

  10. we call them "toasties" here, I love them, they make quick simple lunches but are yummy and you can always change up the flavours! I like them with a contrast of sth sweet to the salty cheese, caramelised onions are amazing, but of corus,e takes a bit more time than necessary for a quick toastie lunch. really love rocket too. GOOD LUCK for the SATs! It was a bitch studying for them, I rmb!

  11. Hmm, arugula was everywhere in Germany, but I hadn't really seen it around in Toronto before! This looks really yummy :)


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