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Simple Ways to Enjoy Cheese

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, February 12, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Eating healthfully doesn’t have to mean giving up foods that you love, like cheese.

Whether it’s a special day like Valentine’s or any day like today, think outside the rind!

We offer the highest quality organic cheeses, cheeses made from skim milk and dozens of hand-selected cheeses that you won’t find anywhere else — along with simple ideas for enjoying cheese in a healthier way.

Here are a few:

  • A little flavor goes a long way, so try using just a bit of piquant aged cheese for big flavor impact.
  • Combining cheese with other ingredients mellows flavor, so when adding to a dish, try experimenting with new flavorful cheeses.
  • Think of cheese as a condiment—try sprinkling just a bit of flavorful cheese such as feta, aged cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, blue cheese or other aged cheeses on salads and soups.
  • Save rinds from hard cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano and toss them into a pot of stock, soup or tomato sauce for a dose of rich flavor.
  • Boost the flavors of fruits, vegetables, greens and grains by adding a little bit of cheese to finished dishes.

Bonus tips:

  • All of our 365 Everyday Value® cheeses, organic or not, are made from the highest quality ingredients and none of the cheeses we carry contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives either.
  • Our specialty team members will be glad to slice the exact amount of cheese you need. No extra cheese, no extra cost!

No one said rich mac and cheese, gooey quesadillas or a bowl of hot melted queso isn’t deliciously satisfying, but cheese can also be enjoyed without the guilt.

We've picked a few dishes to show you just how easy it is to enjoy cheese in a healthier way.

Do you have a favorite way to spotlight the great flavor of cheese in a healthier way? We'd love to hear it.

Category: Cheese, Food & Recipes

 

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Stephanie says ...
Don't forget dessert! Cheese pairings can be endless amounts of fun! Tickle your tastebuds with some not so common treats like: Shropshire and a tawny port for dessert. Take a wedge of Parmeggiano Reggiano, chunk off some pieces, drizzle with a little honey, and sprinkle toasted hazlenuts or walnuts crushed in your hand...mmmm!!!...finger lickn' goodness. Another easy mouthwatering dessert could be taking thick slices of a smoked mozzarella or provolone, wrapping it in some phyllo or lumpia wrapper and tossing it in hot oil, frying until golden, drizzle over honey or a melted fig preserve, sprinkling with nuts. The oozing gooey cheese wrapped in beautiful layers of texture, sweetness, a touch of saltiness, and a hint of rustic smokiness takes fried cheese to another level. Exploring with different cheeses is half the fun. Your mouth will be singing it's own happy tune and thanking you, begging for more of those little surprises not so common in the U.S., but well known in many other countries! Bon Appetito!
02/15/2012 6:29:56 PM CST
NoRecipeRequired says ...
These recipes look great. I love incorporating cheese into my recipes. As you point out, just a bit can go a long way like in the Pear, Gorgonzola and Walnut salad. Of course...if you don't mind the fat, I think the king of cheese dishes is Fettucini alfredo.
02/20/2012 9:26:44 AM CST
Jacqueline B Blades says ...
Cheese is another healthy food product that consumers come across in the market today. There are so many varieties. I have seen on television an interesting item in the cheesse making process. The cheese curd seems so facinating and useful.
09/14/2012 3:19:30 PM CDT