Sargento Ultra Thin Pepper Jack Cheese

Popping into Target with my friend this past weekend, we were walking past the cheese casing to head up to the front of the store when I spotted the Sargento Ultra Thin Pepper Jack Cheese. I am a HUGE lover of pepper jack because it’s undoubtedly my favorite type of cheese. Unfortunately it’s a bit difficult to find and my local grocery store doesn’t sell the Land O Lakes version at the deli, so I was excited to pick this up.
The cheese is sliced very thinly as the package explains, which is exactly how I enjoy my cheese sliced.  The thing I like is there are pieces of parchment paper between each slice which make for easy removing of each slice and keeps slices from sticking to one another. The cheese itself is real cheese, it’s flavorful and it packs that little spicy punch which I enjoy. I’ve been enjoying this with burgers, deli meat and even on top of tuna salad.
A serving is 3 slices for 120 calories or 3 points plus, or you can have 1 slice for 40 calories or 1 points plus.

Trader Joe’s Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese

I had seen the Trader Joe’s Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese advertised on the website and I wanted to give it a try.  The apple cinnamon coating is what really pulled me in because I’ve honestly never purchase goat cheese to eat. I’ve had it on pizza, but I feel cooking cheeses sometimes changes the flavor compared to eating it cold.  When I got to Trader Joe’s they were actually giving out samples of the Apple Cinnamon Goat Cheese near the cheese section. So I tried a sample and I really enjoyed it … so I picked up a log.
According to the label the cheese is “A great balance of textures and flavors. Tart, sweet, tangy and creamy.”I personally didn’t get much of a tart flavor, but I did get the sweet, tangy and creamy. The cheese itself is very creamy and when paired with the sweet apples it gives it a tangy quality.  I find it’s really best on a plain cracker that has little to no salt on it. I have had it on a piece of bread in lieu of a cream cheese and it’s tasty, but I prefer it more with crackers.  It really is a different and unique snack for me.
A 1 ounce serving, which is roughly 1 inch, is 80 calories and 2 points plus values.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite cheese-based snack?

Trader Joe’s Queso Cheese Dip


This is by far one of the greatest food finds I stumbled upon at Trader Joe’s their Queso Cheese Dip.  Such a great find that I have repurchased it a number of times.  I am a huge nachos fan … this love started in my childhood because my mother (in my honest opinion) makes THE best nachos known to man!
Before I stumbled upon this jewel, I had found and had been purchasing a great nacho cheese alternative at Walmart (incase you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, it’s Walmart’s brand of queso dip it’s got salsa mixed in it and is 1 points plus for 2 or 3 tablespoons), but this particular cheese dip takes the cake for me.  It is a looser consistency, so it’s not going to stick to the container, it can pour right on out.  It does have a little bit of a “fake cheese” taste to it, but honestly, if you’re making nachos or pairing this with other items you can’t even tell. If you’re eating it on its own it does have an underlying soury flavor to it — but I’ve noticed that flavor completely gets canceled if you’re eating it with additional salsa or nacho toppings (fresh vegetables) or even guacamole. The dip itself appears to be a finely ground salsa which gives the cheese a little kick of spice.
I’m a cheese lover and this allows me to have cheese “whiz” on my taco salads and nachos without any guilt or pondering if I should use the points on it.  You could use this to dip sandwiches into, pretzels, drizzle over a broccoli stuffed potato, etc.  The possibilities are endless.
The greatest things about this dip is a 2 tablespoon serving is 0 points plus!  Yes, ZERO points plus!  Whereas you can have 4-6 tablespoons for 1 points plus values!  If you were feeling adventurous you could even eat the entire jar for 5 points plus values.  I’m not saying you should, but I’m just throwing that out there incase you’re wondering.
I cannot rave about this queso dip enough.  Two thumbs up, Trader Joe’s!  Well done!
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Queso Cheese dip from Trader Joe’s?  If not, what is your favorite queso dip (if you have one)?

Weight Watchers Jalapeno String Cheese

I spotted this Weight Watchers Jalapeno String Cheese at Walmart many, many times and finally decided to give it a whirl.  My local grocery store only carries the classic light and the smoked so I usually don’t purchase any string cheese.  This string cheese has the classis light part-skim mozzarella cheese stick flavor but the jalapeno does bring it a nice, I feel a mild zip to it.  I personally don’t really care for light string cheese because I find the flavor of it to be overwhelming and unpalatable but this particular flavor variety I do enjoy.
Hot Pepper Jack cheese is one of my favorites to have with crackers and pepperoni – but since 1 ounce is not justifiable for the points I don’t purchase it any longer.  But with this jalapeno cheese I can tear off some strips, have it with some turkey pepperoni and a few Ritz crackers and I’d be good to go.
As mentioned I can only find this particular string cheese at super Walmart locations.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite string cheese flavor?

Skinnytaste’s Cheeseburger Casserole

The moment I saw Gina post her Cheeseburger Casserole recipe on her Skinnytaste recipe, I immediately printed the recipe out and planned on making it because it just looked and sounded amazing!
I followed her recipe to a T.  The only thing I changed was that I reduced the amount of cheese being used since my boyfriend is not a cheese fan; I removed 1/3 of the recipe from the pan.  So to adjust for that, I removed 1/3 of the cheese for the recipe.  What I can say is while it’s cooking, it smells amazing and while you’re eating it it’s out of this world fabulous! The greatest part is that 1 cup is only 7 points plus.
It’s SUCH a unique flare on a classic staple food (a cheeseburger).  The pasta acts as though it’s the bread, the meat is plentiful, the flavor is overall amazing and the pickles on the top are indeed at first interesting but I find them to be quite pleasing because it gives the dish a nice salty flare (plus I love pickles).  Definitely two thumbs up for this dish!
If you are interested in the recipe, please find it here: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/03/cheeseburger-casserole.html
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Cheeseburger Casserole recipe?

Steak-Eze Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich


I spotted this Steak-Eze Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich in the freezer section at my local grocery store.  I had never seen them before, so I of course had to check out the nutritional information.  There were a few different flavors available, but I decided to go with the philly cheese steak because it seemed like the sandwich that I would more than likely order out if I was in a sub shop.
The sandwiches are on the smaller sizes (they’re about a little big bigger than the length of a hot dog bun) and comes with grilled onions, peppers and american cheese.  Cooking was quite simple because all you had to do was open one end of the plastic and stick the sandwich (which comes with a little paper “container”) into the microwave for 70 seconds.
Taste wise, it wasn’t bad. I found it to be a simple quick and easy lunch.  I was quite starving the day I made this, so it definitely cured my hunger and it cured it in under any amount of time it would have taken to try to throw something together (especially since I was just getting home from a mini vacation).
Points Plus wise the sandwich was 8 points.  Sure, a little high for what you get, but when in a pinch it wasn’t bad.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Steak-Eze products?

Crunchmaster Cheezy Cheddar Crisps


I had heard many things about these Crunchmaster Cheezy Cheddar Crisps because they are supposed to be a pretty decent alternative for Cheez-It’s, while also allowing you to have 60 crisps in a serving, while offering 3 grams of fat per serving.
Unfortunately the Crunchmaster brand can be pretty hard to find. I had searched a few stores and came up empty handed.  I then went onto the Crunchmaster website to search the brands store locator.  Surprisingly enough it brought up a lot of the local grocery stores around me, so off on the hunt I went (again).  Needless to say, my local stores sold the Crunchmaster brand, but it was not for the particular flavors I was hoping for.  One day, while taking a quick grocery store run on my lunch break, after grabbing animal crackers for an Easter dessert, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted these on the shelf and immediately threw the box (as well as the graham which I have not tried yet) into my cart.
The texture of these crackers is far crispier than a Cheez-It.  These definitely involve a good amount of chewing even though they are smaller in size.  Seasoning wise it’s definitely there, it’s a nice cheddar flavor – not overwhelming, but not boring – so in my opinion perfect.  And with a 60 crisp serving size?  You can never go wrong with that!
Points Plus wise, 60 crisps are 3 points plus.  I think these would cure someone’s crunchy, cheddary cracker craving – it did mine, which was appreciative.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Crunchmaster brand products?

Open Faced Tuna Melt


The other day I had a real hankering for a tuna fish sandwich.  Since I am not the biggest fan of seafood I’ve always incorporated vegetables into my tuna fish.  I also switch up how I eat my tuna (sometimes over a bed of lettuce, sometimes on bread, etc.).  This time I decided to just reach for my craving and make me exactly what I was looking for.
To make my tuna fish I use:
  • 1 can of solid white tuna fish (albacore), flaked
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced & chopped (note: this was excluded this time because I did not have celery in the fridge)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pickles, diced (note: again optional, but I incorporated these into my mixture because I was without celery)
  • 1 slice fat free american cheese
  • 2 slices light Italian bread, toasted
After all my ingredients were mixed, I layered it onto each half of the bread and split the cheese over the top.  Typically you could toast the bread and melt the cheese on a warmed skillet with spray butter, or you could slide the open faced sandwich into the toaster oven to melt the cheese.  I put this into the microwave for 10 seconds just to soften the cheese and I was happy enough with the result because it did not make the tuna warm it just made the cheese gooey.
Points Plus wise the whole sandwich was 8 points plus values – the tuna mixture is 5 points plus, the cheese was 1 points plus and the bread was 2 points plus.
QUESTION:
Do you like tuna melts?