Key Takeaway: To make low calorie queso for weight loss, start by pureeing steamed cauliflower and mixing it with unsweetened almond milk, reduced-fat cheddar cheese, and various spices. Give this creamy, guilt-free queso a try for a healthier, tasty alternative that won’t derail your weight loss efforts! 😋
Did you know that the average serving of traditional queso can contain up to 300 calories? 😲 That’s a lot of calories to digest. But fear not, cheese lovers! I have the perfect solution for you. Today, I’m going to share my secret recipe for low calorie queso that’s perfect for weight loss, while still satisfying your cheesy cravings. 😉
As a nutritionist, I’ve spent years experimenting with healthier alternatives to classic comfort foods. I’ve discovered that with a little creativity, you can still enjoy your favorite dishes without compromising your weight loss goals. So, let’s dive into this yummy recipe, shall we?
To make this delicious low calorie queso, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of cauliflower florets, steamed and pureed
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup of reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp of paprika
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of pepper
- 1/4 tsp of chili powder
- A pinch of cayenne pepper, if you like it spicy 🌶️
First, steam the cauliflower florets until they’re tender. You can use a steamer basket or just pop them in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Once they’re cooked, purée the cauliflower in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Next, combine the pureed cauliflower and almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat. You’ll want to stir it frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once it starts to thicken, add in the shredded cheddar cheese, and stir until it’s melted and fully incorporated.
Now it’s time to season your queso! Add the nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper (if you’re using it) to the saucepan. Stir well to combine everything. If you feel like your queso is too thick, you can add a little more almond milk to thin it out.
And there you have it – a mouthwatering low calorie queso that won’t derail your weight loss efforts! It’s perfect for dipping veggies, baked tortilla chips, or even drizzled over a healthy taco salad. 🥗
I hope you enjoy this tasty, guilt-free queso as much as I do. Give it a try, and let me know how it turns out. Remember, losing weight doesn’t have to mean giving up on the foods you love – it’s all about finding healthier alternatives that still satisfy your cravings. 😋
Now it’s your turn to get creative in the kitchen! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe or any other healthy swaps you’ve discovered on your weight loss journey. Share your favorite low calorie recipe hacks in the comments below, and let’s inspire each other to live healthier, happier lives. 🥳