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Springtime Veggie Grilled Cheese with Horseradish and Garlic Pea Spread

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pea veggie grilled cheese 5Kind of looks like guacamole, doesn’t it?

Well… not quite.

pea veggie grilled cheese 3What if I told you that this delicious green goodness was actually made from one of my favorite Springtime vegetables and that it does not contain a single bit of avocado (though I am definitely kicking myself  for not adding avocado to this sandwich)?

pea veggie grilled cheese 9Have you figured it out yet?

If you are thinking green peas then you are so spot on.  I do not know what came over me several weeks ago, but I suddenly decided that smashed peas- combined with a few of my other favorite ingredients- needed to make an appearance in a grilled cheese sandwich.  Throw in some fresh Springtime vegetables and the result was perfection (in my unbiased opinion, of course).pea veggie grilled cheese 4Toasted, grainy bread + a whole ‘lotta creamy and slightly tangy green pea spread + the perfect green Spring and Summertime veggies = one hell of a sandwich.

pea veggie grilled cheese 11Springtime Veggie Grilled Cheese with Horseradish and Garlic Pea Spread

Makes one sandwich


For the Horseradish and Garlic Pea Spread:

1/2 cup canned no salt added green peas (frozen peas will not yield the same consistency)
1 TB garlic hummus
1 tsp horseradish
pinch onion powder
pinch garlic powder
pinch fine sea salt
pinch black pepper

For the sandwich:

2 pieces bread (I used 7 grain Ezekiel bread)
1 to 2 TB coconut oil
4 to 6 quartered artichoke hearts, sliced
4 to 6 pieces zucchini, thinly sliced
1 slice vegan “cheese” (I used Daiya sliced provolone)


1. To make the Horseradish and Garlic Pea spread, combine peas, hummus, horseradish, and seasonings in a small food processor or blender and pulse until mostly pureed.  I kept some peas slightly intact in order to make a chunkier spread.  If you do not have a blender or food processor, you can mash the peas by hand and stir in the other ingredients.

pea veggie grilled cheese 22. Once your prettygreen spread is ready, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and spread one side of each piece of bread with coconut oil.

3. Place one slice of bread (coconut oil side down) onto the pan.  Top the bread with the Horseradish and Garlic Pea Spread, artichokes, zucchini slices, and cheese.  Top the sandwich with the second slice of bread (coconut oil side up).  Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

4. Carefully flip the sandwich and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until the second side is golden brown.  Slice your sandwich or dig into it whole.

pea veggie grilled cheese 7Yes, I cut my grilled cheese in half and not on a diagonal.  I am not sure what got into me when I made that decision…

pea veggie grilled cheese 10If I could have stacked this ten high instead of two high, I totally would have.  And I sure as hell would have tried my best to eat every last bite.  But lucky for me my stomach, I just stuck with the one sandwich.

FYI, for those of you with curiosity like mine, this pea spread is the bomb dot com in many more ways than just in this sandwich.  Since making it, I have dipped veggies into it in place of hummus and have topped my toast/English muffins with it for breakfast.  It is safe to say that I am hooked.  And to think that I did not like horseradish just a couple of years ago.  Thank goodness my taste buds have smartened up and evolved!

What is your favorite Springtime vegetable?  Have you added it to your grilled cheese sandwiches yet?

Do you like horseradish?

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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 20, 2014, 8:04 am
    This looks waaay better than the traditional grilled cheese sandwich! I love that pea spread! And peas just so happen to be one of my favorite veggies! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...15 Weeks – Less WorryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 20, 2014, 1:32 pm
      I thought you might like it!! Pea lovers unite! ;)
  • Jessie May 20, 2014, 10:38 am
    Yes! The recipe I've been waiting for. I don't have a can of peas, but I do have a can of mixed peas & corn. I wonder how that would work? I'll have to give it a try & get back to you!! Thanks so much for sharing :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 20, 2014, 1:34 pm
      I bet that could definitely work since carrots have a nice sweetness to them just like peas! Let me know how it goes!
  • Leslee @ Her Happy Balance May 20, 2014, 10:46 am
    Hmm, tough question. I think I'm going with either zucchini or asparagus as favorite springtime veggies. And yes I actually LOVE horseradish although I usually use it when I'm eating a steak and haven't gotten creative with it with veggies.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 20, 2014, 1:36 pm
      Yay for another horseradish lover :) You should definitely try it with veggies. And nice call on the asparagus! I bet it would be tasty on this grilled cheese too.
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 20, 2014, 11:43 am
    Love, love peas! I also like horseradish so this needs to make an appearance in my kitchen soon! I'm not the best grilled cheese maker so I'll have to get some help from the boyfriend but this sounds so good! I bet it would also be really good as a dip too. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...treat yourself – groupon editionMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 20, 2014, 1:37 pm
      I knew you would enjoy this one, Nicole!! You are one of my fellow pea lovers :)
  • GiGi Eats May 20, 2014, 12:57 pm
    I wish I was more adventurous when I could eat grilled cheese sandwiches, because this idea, among a million other ideas I have in my head, sound SO FLIPPING GOOD !!! GiGi Eats recently posted...Miss Matcha Has Met Her MatchMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 20, 2014, 1:38 pm
      Yes, it is truly crazy the number of different ways that grilled cheese sandwiches can be made!
  • Jen Blick May 20, 2014, 5:17 pm
    This looks amazing and exactly like my kind of sandwich!! Can't wait to try this! Just FYI, your blog and recipes have changed my food life, seriously! I'm pescatarian and try to eat clean a lot of the time but I was in a major food rut after my baby was born until I found your blog a few months ago. Thank you!! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 24, 2014, 1:39 pm
      Thank you SO much, Jen! That seriously means a lot! I am so glad to hear that you have found recipes that you enjoy :)
  • Katherine May 20, 2014, 7:38 pm
    I think it's safe to say that you just took grilled cheese sandwiches to a new level my friend. Katherine recently posted...So, Why Do We Body Shame?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 24, 2014, 1:40 pm
      Haha, thank you Katherine!! I hope you give it a try :)

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