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Few foods have as broad an appeal as the grilled cheese sandwich. And, as I recently discovered, that appeal reaches back centuries.

According to the Food Timeline (, the grilled cheese sandwich descended from ancient Roman recipes. The sandwich as we know it today debuted in the ’20s and the economical ingredients led World War II Navy chefs to make the sandwiches en masse aboard ships.

Why am I telling you this? Because the humble grilled cheese sandwich is about to undergo a makeover.

Below we’ve listed two variations on the grilled cheese sandwich that are sure to shake up the old routine. After finals are over, celebrate with the sandwich of your choice, reveling in cheesy goodness and then, after slipping into a food coma, catching up on some sleep.

Veggie Grilled Cheese: Bread of your choice; sliced or grated white cheddar; spinach; sliced onion (slice vertically, and don’t cut into smaller pieces); tomato slices.

Extra Cheesy Grilled Cheese: Bread of your choice; two slices provolone cheese; one slice cheddar cheese; small slices avocado (about half of avocado); honey mustard.

How to do it:

On one slice of bread, stack the ingredients. Order isn’t important, although I suggest putting cheese on first and last so it will stick to the bread and keep the sandwich together. Top with a second slice of bread.

If your sandwich is on the smaller side, toast it in a skillet greased with butter over medium heat. If the sandwich is larger, use a toaster oven.