If you've been following along with the health news on cheese, you know that studies are showing full-fat cheese may be as healthy as low-fat cheese.
Frankly, life's too short for fake cheese. Fact is, you can have your full-fat cheese and enjoy a healthy, lower-calorie diet. These 9 skinny, cheesy recipes show the way:
1. Lasagna Pepper Boats | 232 Calories
A low-carb way to do lasagna with "green pepper boats" replacing noodles. "Delicious," raves Shellyfoo. "It was so light and refreshing. A great change from traditional noodles."
2. Enchiladas Verdes | 284 Calories
"Be conservative with the cream and the cheese," recommends gema. "I learned this recipe from an amazing cook from Puebla." This recipe is a great candidate for leftover or store-bought rotisserie chicken.
3. Pizza On The Grill I | 212 Calories
"Use your favorite toppings, but keep in mind not to overload the pizza. Keep it light," recommends Doug. "Even with a baking stone, a conventional oven is no match for the grill. The heat of a hot grill is perfect, and makes it possible to make incredible pizza at home. Try it -- everything is better on the grill!"
4. Poulet de Provencal | 249 Calories
"The flavors melded so well together and really brought some basic chicken up a few levels," says sanzoe.
5. Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers | 233 Calories
"Quick and delicious," raves accidental cook. "The salty feta and the earthy spinach just seem to belong with ground turkey." Peepers adds, "When they are hot, the feta just melts in your mouth. I'll be making these all summer."
6. Goat Cheese and Arugula over Penne | 317 Calories
"Peppery arugula with creamy goat cheese is a great combination," says JGMAC. "Any kind of pasta will do." Shannon adds, "It would probably be just as good with not quite as much goat cheese."
7. Balsamic Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts | 340 Calories
"I added sundried tomatoes on top of the goat cheese, and it was excellent," says Christina. "Be sure to use good quality balsamic and reduce it well."
8. Parmesan Broccoli Balls | 71 Calories
"Delicious," says KACEY01. "I sprinkled a little extra grated cheese on top when they were cooked!"
"Delicious and fun to make," says SuzyQ. Here's a lower-carb take on ravioli. "Thin strips of zucchini are stuffed with ricotta and spinach pesto, topped with tomato sauce and cheese, then baked," says Buckwheat Queen. "Top with fresh chile peppers or pepper flakes and more Parmesan cheese."