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30 Cheese Recipes That Will Blow Your Imagination

30 Cheese Recipes That Will Blow Your Imagination

Who doesn’t love cheese?! Whether it’s pepperjack or brie, on its own or on a cracker, cheese simply has a way to immediately satisfy your palate. With its nutritional values, it can help complete a meal or serve as a quick snack. Most of us simply enjoy eating it in simple forms: grilled cheese sandwich, adding some shredded on a taco, or enjoying some warm mac and cheese. There are so many more options that can help you rediscover your love for this dairy item and we are sharing 30 innovative and delicious ways to eat cheese that will help you bring some excitement to your dishes.

Whether you are planning on hosting for a big game party, celebrating with family and friends or simply looking for some innovative ways to enjoy cheese, these recipes are sure to impress. Ranging from a few minutes to full hour meals, you are sure to find something to fit in your schedule and that will not require a long grocery shopping list. Below, you will find cheese recipes that will help you discover quick breakfast ideas, alternative snack options, lighter desserts and appetizers. Some of the recipes will even help you trick a picky eater into eating plenty of vegetables and fruits!

1. White Pizza Dip

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    A sure hit with a game night crowd, this cheesy recipe is ready in few minutes.

    2. Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese

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      Put a new spin to the traditional grilled cheese and sneak in some fruit intake in the process.

      3. Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

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        Swap the regular potato for the sweet potato in this classic game day snack and you won’t feel as guilty when you go for seconds.

        4. Buffalo Oven Fried Goat Cheese

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          A great way to explore new types of cheese!

          5. Baked Cream Cheese Wontons

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            These are always great as appetizers for any cocktail hour!

            6. Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

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              What better way to add some sweetness to your traditional grilled cheese?

              7. Cheese Stuffed Doritos

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                Simply delicious! Cheese stuffed inside of cheese flavored tortilla chips.

                8. Party Perfect Marinated Cheese

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                  Another great side dish for appetizers, pair with assorted crackers and your guests will be amazed!

                  9. Classic Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

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                    Watching the scale? This recipe makes for a great lunch option.

                    10. Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

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                      Apples? Check. Caramel? Check. Nuts? Check. Cheese? Check. Pair this with a glass of wine and you are in for a treat!

                      11. Cheddar Bacon Risotto

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                        This picture says it all! Delicious! It requires a little more skill, however, totally worth it.

                        12. Nutella Brie Bites

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                          A great recipe to entertain the little ones during the summer and great if you are watching your weight but need to satisfy the chocolate craving.

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                          13. Garlic Parmesan Cheese Bombs

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                            Italian night? These cheese bombs will fly off the table!

                            14. Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                              A great dinner idea especially to try to incorporate more vegetables in your diet.

                              15. Smoked Gouda and Mushroom Quesadillas

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                                These can be great as lunch or as appetizers for a party.

                                16. Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

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                                  Want to try a new version of the traditional mac and cheese? This is it!

                                  17. Classic Cheese Fondue

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                                    Because, we all need to know the basics of a great classic cheese fondue.

                                    18. Fried Rosemary Mozzarella Balls

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                                      Add some flair to the traditional mozzarella sticks with this great recipe and impress the little ones.

                                      19. Creamy White Chicken and Artichoke Lasagna

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                                        Another great method to introduce another less popular vegetable while keeping them interested.

                                        20. Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos

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                                          A great nacho recipe to entertain the crowd during game night.

                                          21. Mango Wrapped Mozzarella

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                                            Quick, simple, tasty, and definitely summer appropriate.

                                            22. Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

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                                              Prepare this recipe over the weekend and you are sure to have a quick and hearty breakfast option for the work week.

                                              23. Gingery Steak and Brie Sliders

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                                                The ultimate twist on the traditional slider! Great for appetizers at a party.

                                                24. Baked Brie Graham Cracker Crostini with Lavender Honey

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                                                  A light snack for when you just want to indulge in your love for cheese.

                                                  25. Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos

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                                                    Take your stuffed jalapenos recipe up a notch and wrap it in bacon goodness.

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                                                    26. Parmesan and Asiago Cheese Roasted Tomatoes

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                                                      Quick and fun way to create some appetizers for a party or snacks for the little ones.

                                                      27. Crispy Cheese and Bacon Potatoes

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                                                        Cheese, bacon, potatoes, all of the basics for a great dinner.

                                                        28. Broiled Feta with Caramelized Cinnamon Pears

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                                                          This is an excellent idea for a light dessert or a sweet snack especially when watching the waistline.

                                                          29. Cheesy Pepperoni and Spinach Stuffed Bread

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                                                            Prepare this bread over the weekend and you can sleep an extra 30 minutes because breakfast is covered!

                                                            30. Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas

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                                                              Strawberry cheesecake taken to a new level of fun!

                                                              Remember to enjoy trying these amazing recipes, and remember: if it calls for a cheese that you may not be too fond of, you can always swap it out for one more familiar that you prefer. The goal is to have you rediscover the reasons why you love cheese!

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                                                              Last Updated on July 28, 2020

                                                              14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                                              14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

                                                              Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

                                                              What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

                                                              The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

                                                              Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

                                                              It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

                                                              Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

                                                              In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

                                                              Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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                                                              Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

                                                              1. Quinoa

                                                              GI: 53

                                                              Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

                                                              2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

                                                              GI: 50

                                                              Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

                                                              3. Corn on the Cob

                                                              GI: 48

                                                              Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

                                                              4. Bananas

                                                              GI: 47

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                                                              Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

                                                              They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

                                                              5. Bran Cereal

                                                              GI: 43

                                                              Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

                                                              6. Natural Muesli

                                                              GI: 40

                                                              Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

                                                              7. Apples

                                                              GI: 40

                                                              Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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                                                              8. Apricots

                                                              GI: 30

                                                              Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

                                                              Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

                                                              9. Kidney Beans

                                                              GI: 29

                                                              Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

                                                              10. Barley

                                                              GI: 22

                                                              Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

                                                              Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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                                                              11. Raw Nuts

                                                              GI: 20

                                                              Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

                                                              12. Carrots

                                                              GI: 16

                                                              Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

                                                              13. Greek Yogurt

                                                              GI: 12

                                                              Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

                                                              14. Hummus

                                                              GI: 6

                                                              When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

                                                              Bottom Line

                                                              If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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