5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheese (Plus 10 Cheesy Recipes)

by in Healthy Recipes, December 5, 2013

broccoli cheddar pocket

Is cheese a staple ingredient of your menus? Here are some nutrition tips, a couple of insights and, of course, some healthy cheesy recipes.

Did You Know?

1. Lower-moisture cheeses, including Parmesan, Romano and Swiss, are lower in lactose and may therefore be tolerated better by people who suffer from lactose intolerance.

2. A one-ounce serving of cheese is about the size of six dice. (See what it looks like.)

3. In addition to bone-building calcium, cheese offers good-for-you nutrients like protein, riboflavin, vitamin B6, selenium and zinc.

4. There’s more to cheese pairings than wine (although that is always divine). Try matching cheese with beer, dried fruit or chocolate.

5. According to Wisconsin cheese makers Sartori Cheese, fruity cheeses are still trendy but flavors like cinnamon, chipotle, habenero and caramel are on the rise.

Healthy Cheesy Recipes to Try

Blue cheese: Escarole Salad with Bacon Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Cheddar: Broccoli-Cheddar Pockets (above, from Food Network Magazine)

Cream cheese: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cotija: Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija Cheese

Goat cheese (and Parmesan): Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Feta: Avocado-Feta Dip

Monterey Jack: Bacon Jack Jalapeno Quesadillas

Mozzarella: Crisp Mozzarella Sticks

Parmesan: Parmesan Crisps

Ricotta (and Mozzarella, and Parmesan): BLT Pasta Skillet

 

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