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QUICK & EASY SUMMERTIME MEALS

Monday, July 17, 2017

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. #HeluvaGoodSummer #IC


I don't know about you, but in the Summertime, I want to spend as much time as I can with family and friends enjoying the beautiful weather. This means less time spent in the kitchen and more time outside. Heluva Good!® Block Cheese is perfect for any snack or meal. That's why I'm teaming up with them to bring you some easy and deliciously cheesy Summertime meals--so easy even I can make them!


Cheese Plate with Crackers & Fruit 


I totally have to start with the obvious snack. Who doesn't love cheese and crackers?! There is so much versatility with Heluva Good! cheeses and a cheese plate is always perfect for an everyday snack. In fact, it's one of my daily go-to's! It's such an easy dish with a good source of protein and an excellent source of calcium all thanks to Heluva Good! cheeses.



Ingredients: 

Your Favorite Crackers 
Heluva Good! Colby-Jack
Heluva Good! Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar
Grapes and/or Strawberries

How To Make: 

1. Slice up some Heluva Good! Colby-Jack & Heluva Good! Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar cheeses
2. Wash your choice of fruit 
3. Grab your cutest cheese plate 
4. Place your Heluva Good! Colby-Jack & Heluva Good! Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar slices and fruit on your plate
5. Add some of your favorite crackers to the plate 
6. Enjoy!


Okay, that was way too easy that I felt silly typing out instructions. haha! Now it's time to get a little more creative with our meals!


You already knew that this cheese-eatin' weasel was going to sneak into this post somehow. ;) I can't do anything with cheese without her being right there. Lilly tested. Lilly approved.

Roasted Bell Pepper & Spinach Grilled Cheese Panini


I love a classic grilled cheese sandwich, but then I thought, 'Let's jazz it up a bit' and add some more flavor!


Ingredients: 

1/2 of a Bell Pepper (Green or Orange)
1/2 Cup of Spinach 
1/4 Cup of Sweet Onion
Heluva Good! Jalapeño Jack Cheese 
4 Slices of Sourdough Bread
Olive Oil
Butter

Yield: 2 Paninis


How To Make: 



1. Slice and chop your onion, bell pepper, and spinach


2. Add a splash of olive oil to a small pan and saute your chopped onion, bell pepper, and spinach for 3-5 minutes. 


3. While your veggies are sauteing, slice some Heluva Good! Cheese into super thin slices for easy melting. Check on your veggies, and if they are done, turn off the burner and cover to keep warm.

I am using Heluva Good! Jalapeño Jack cheese for my dish, but you can choose an assortment of flavors including: Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, White Extra Sharp Cheddar, White Sharp Cheddar, White Mild Cheddar, Muenster, Monterey Jack, Special Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar, Colby, and Mild Cheddar. You can find Heluva Good! cheese in the dairy aisle of your neighborhood supermarkets.


4. Place a grill pan on the stove setting the burner on medium. (I'm using a grill pan to get the same marks that a panini press would give!) Grab a slice of sourdough bread, spread a little butter on one side and place the butter side down onto the pan once it's warm. 


5. Place some of your Heluva Good! sliced cheese on the bread in the pan covering it completely. The Heluva Good! Cheese adds so much flavor--it's simply mouthwatering!


6. Scoop some of your cooked veggies onto the first layer of cheese


7. Top your panini with a few more slices of Heluva Good! Cheese


8. Grab another slice of sourdough bread spreading butter on one side. Then place the slice of bread butter side up onto your masterpiece.



9. Once the cheese starts to melt, carefully flip your panini. Once all of the cheese is melted, warm, and gooey, turn off the the stove and remove from the heat

*Note: I used a burger press we already had to act as a panini press!


10. Plate & Enjoy!

Save and Print for Later!

If you're loving these recipes so far, be sure to claim this offer from Ibotta for $.75 cash back, and then head to your local Walmart to pick up some Heluva Good! Cheeses to create your own awesome recipes! Limited quantities are available for the Ibotta offer, as there is no expiration date for the offer, but once all of the rebates have been claimed, they are gone!


Chips & Queso 

This is the perfect dish if you are hosting a party. It's perfect for entertaining because it's so quick and so delicious. Heluva Good! cheeses are made with real milk, have 0 grams of trans fat per serving, and are gluten free for any of your gluten free friends.


Ingredients 

Tortilla Chips
1 Poblano Pepper
1 Cup Heluva Good! Colby-Jack
1 Cup Heluva Good! Jalapeño Jack
1 Cup of Heavy Cream
2-3 Plum Tomatoes
1 Teaspoon of Minced Garlic


How to Make:

1. Slice each of your Heluva Good! Jalapeño Jack Cheese and Heluva Good! Colby-Jack. Each cheese package is 1 cup.


2. Dice your poblano peppers and plum tomatoes


3. Add your Heluva Good! cheeses, poblano peppers, and plum tomatoes into a crockpot and set it to high



4. Pour in 1 cup of heavy cream and add in 1 teaspoon of minced garlic

5. Put the lid on the crockpot and let it sit for 1 hour on low

*Note: Stir your queso every 30 minutes to help the cheese melt evenly and for your ingredients to all mesh together.

6. After 2 hours and the cheese is all melted and your queso is nice and hot, scoop a serving into a small bowl


7. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

**For parties, you can leave the crockpot on warm and your guests can serve themselves from the crockpot so it stays nice and warm!

Well, there ya have it--three quick & easy Summertime meals that are so easy that even I could make them!

What are some of your favorite quick & easy Summertime meals?

Stay Classy.
xx, 
Kristen

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