Wellness Wednesdays: The Cheese You Love

Why Not Eat the Cheese You Love?!

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There are three reasons that cheese is a great food…

1. It’s packed with protein and fat, which keep you full.

2. Cheese is versatile and convenient. You can eat it right out of a single-serving packaging; making it a great snack; or use as a dip or to add more flavor to almost any dish.

3. The Fact is, full-fat cheese is a healthy food there’s a lot info out there to back it this up. It’s a good source of calcium, and of course, high-quality protein. Its fat content makes it taste good, and also likely helps you stay full longer than had you eaten fat-free cheese. All of which makes it an excellent snack or topping. Why deny yourself the good stuff like full-fat Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Asiago.

Resource: Men’s Health

Baked Squash with Pesto Gratin

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Servings: 4

2 cups yellow summer squash, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
2 cups zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
1 cup tomato, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
1/3 cup prepared basil pesto
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Prep Day: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 8×8 baking dish with a little of the pesto. Layer tomatoes, zucchini and squash in pan, slightly overlapping and brushing with pesto in between layers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with shredded Gruyere cheese. Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Freezing Directions: Prepare as directed above. Allow to cool. Cover, label and freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Reheat for 30 minutes.

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