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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 January 17, 2019

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                              Listen carefully:

                                                              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                              1. Pray Daily

                                                              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                              3. Smile Often

                                                              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                              4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                              How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                              8. Go Exercise

                                                              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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