Creamy White Bean dip

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup reduced fat cottage cheese
  • 1T apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 15.5oz can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Pinch of smoke Paprika
  • Chopped chives, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine cottage cheese, vinegar, thyme, beans, salt & pepper in a food processor.
  2. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Chill for 30 mins to 1 hr.
  4. Transfer to serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with paprika and garnish with chives.

Recipe From: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2012/10/03/new-play-on-cottage-cheese/

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Homemade Cheesy Crackers

Ingredients:

  • Shredded cheese of your choice (try cheddar, swiss, pepper jack, etc.)
  • Parchment paper
  • Spices, if desired (pepper, chili flakes, garlic powder)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Shred cheese and spoon out tablespoon-sized clumps onto parchment paper. Space the cheese clumps about 1-2” apart.
  3. Cook for about 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of oven and let cool.

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Custom Mac & Cheese

The cool thing about this recipe is that you use whatever you have on hand to make it, which makes it super easy and super convenient! You can add your own twists make it completely your own! Make a different version each week! Great for a quick dinner – and it makes leftovers easy for lunch the next day!

Ingredients (your choice, and you’re not limited to what’s listed!)

  • 1 box of Pasta (Elbow, Bow Tie, Spaghetti, Linguini)
  • 2 cups Cheese (Colby Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack – or a mix of several)
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 2 Tbs. Butter
  • Dashes of Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Dried Oregano – whatever you like)
  • 1-2 c. of Cooked Meat (Ham, Grilled Chicken, Ground Beef)

Directions

  1. Cook and drain the pasta.
  2. Return pasta to pot and stir in cheese, milk and butter on low heat until all cheese is melted and blended.
  3. Add spices and meat and continue to stir for 3 minutes.
  4. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving and indulging!
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Red, White and Blue Crackers

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • 2 T honey
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Graham crackers or cracker of choice

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Spread layer of white cream on crackers. Top with fruit of choice or for 4th of July top with: strawberries, bananas and blueberries.
  3. Serve immediately. If left sitting, the crackers will become soggy!
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Caprese Salad

Ingredients:

  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Purple and green basil

Directions:

  1. Cube the fresh mozzarella.
  2. Take a toothpick and layer on one tomato, the cheese and then the basil.
  3. Serve immediately or you can refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of black pepper or drizzle balsamic vinegar over them.
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