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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 November 11, 2019

                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                                              To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                                              Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                                              1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                                              Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                                              Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                                              To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                              2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                                              Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                                              If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                                              Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                                              3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                                              Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                                              Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                                              4. Feed Your Brain

                                                              Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                                              This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                                              Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                                              Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                                              5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                                              According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                                              Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                                              Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                                              6. Write it Down

                                                              If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                                              It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                                              You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                                              7. Listen to Music

                                                              Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                                              8. Visual Concepts

                                                              In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                                              Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                                              Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                                              9. Teach Someone Else

                                                              Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                                              Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                                              10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                                              Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                                              So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                                              Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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