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Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
CHEESEBALL ON CRACKERS—they want me to bring,
These are a few of my favorite things”
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Yep……everybody’s favorite cheeseball. Always asked to bring it. Simple to make. Loved by everybody.
Win. Win. Win.
Can cheese balls really fit in with a healthy eating plan? How about a low carb one? Well, the answer is yes and no.
How particular are you about your “healthy” plan? Is there wiggle room? Are there absolutely no cans or jars in your kitchen? Do the words “cheese product” scare you? 🙂
A healthy, fully natural cheeseball that would be good for real food or low carb peeps is the old “cream cheese, shredded cheese, worcestershire sauce, green onions, and nuts” combo (or something similar).
This isn’t that.
But it’s not horrible—I mean, it’s not sugar, white flour, terrible fats, etc.
So make this. And serve it with healthy crackers and/or veggies. Serve it with low carb tortillas or lavash that you crisp in the microwave on high for thirty to ninety seconds, brush with butter or olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. It doesn’t have to be an “off my diet” food. Really. (Check out how to make quick low carb crackers or tortilla chips here!)
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- 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 jar Kraft Old English cheese spread
- ¼ tsp parsley
- ¼ tsp onion salt
- ⅛ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp worcestershire sauce
- ½ green pepper chopped finely (or more or less)
- a few green onions chopped finely (or more or less)
- Cream the cream cheese in mixer.
- Add Old English cheese spread and mix it.
- Add all seasonings and chopped veggies.
- Add shredded cheese and mix until shape-able.
- You can shape now if not too soft or refrigerate and shape later and roll in nuts or bacon bits or ham bits.
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Very Low Carb (VLC): This is very low carb by itself. Of course, as with most meats, cheeses, nut spreads, etc., the carb damage is based on what you serve it on or with. Follow the instructions in the forward for crisping your own “homemade crackers,” and you can have a hearty cheeseball and cracker snack for under five carbs or so!
Family-Friendly (FF): No unfamiliar tastes or ingredients. Everybody loves it!
Store-Bought-Stella (SBS): Cheese balls made with canned/jarred cheese are super simple—but taste like you went all out!
Homemade Hannah (HH): Make this along with homemade crackers—and you are Queen Homemade Hannah!
Freezer Cooking (FC): I do not freeze cheese balls. The texture of cream cheese changes in the freezer, so even when I freeze cream cheese, I prefer to use it in a cooked recipe rather than a fresh one, like a cheese ball or spread. This does keep for week in the refrigerator though.
Trim Healthy Mama-Friendly (THM) (www.trimhealthymama.com): Definite S with low carb crackers and/or veggies!
Sugar Free (SF): No sugar, of course!
Gluten-Free (GF): Yep!