Dare I say I made the best cheesy balls yesterday?
Definitely never thought I’d use those words in a sentence. There’s a first for everything.
I have a little confession to make to you…
Did you love that Kraft Dinner when you were a younger kid? Welp, I didn’t.
There was something about the weird looking noodles and creamy bright orange cheese that threw me off.
Yes, I was one of those odd ball kids, who hated mac and cheese, pizza, handburgers (wait, is it a hamburger or handburger?), and all those other foods kids usually enjoy. I lived off carbs. White pasta, white bread, sugary cereals, and french fries. Oh, and frozen peas. Seriously, I do not know how I wasn’t a whale.
Homemade macaroni and cheese on the other hand.
I. could. not. get. enough.
Honestly, almost every single day I came home from school I would beg my mom to make her homemade mac and cheese. It was delicious, it was (mostly) all I would eat for dinner. Until, I realized it wasn’t doing very nice things to my waist line.
When I went on my journey to lose weight, eating mac and cheese? Forget about it. That was totally off limits to me.
That is, until I started experimenting with healthier ingredients to make a great tasting alternative to mac and cheese.
Healthy Cheese Sauce Balls (what a weird recipe name)
Recipe (makes 4 balls) inspired by this recipe
- 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 80 grams goat cheese (if vegan, use tofu)
- 2 tablespoons cashew butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard (I can’t use this because I’m allergic to mustard, but I know lots of people use it to get a tangier tasting sauce)
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder (if desired) (again, not for me, I have a sensitivity to these)*
2. Add the lemon juice, mustard, and spices (if using), and nutritional yeast.
3. Grab a fork, and stir until the ingredients are well combined.
4. Separate into 4 equal portions (makes about 2 tablespoons per serving)
- Good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6 and B12, and selenium.
- More digestible than cow’s milk, high in calcium, vitamin K, D, A, B6, and B12. And contains CLA’s (to help burn belly fat)
- Contains no sugar or cholesterol and is high in magnesium (can help those bones), thiamin, and riboflavin.
Do you have any food allergies?
I hope you are having a great Thursday, and a lovely night!