DIY: Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing

Good Morning!

So before you start your (hopefully relaxing, but probably more realistically errands-filled) Sunday I thought I’d catch you to share the latest on my Sunday Snacks series…you know, in case you needed to run out to the store to pick up a few inspired items for your healthy meal prep for the week or one special Sunday evening dinner.

To be honest, many of the snacks/meals/smoothies that are featured on Meg in the Meantime are found on Pinterest and/or are brought up in conversations with my friends, family, and/or boyfriend. Today’s feature came about after Ryan, my boyfriend, and I were trying to decide what to make for dinner one night this week. Bless him, he always plays along with my food experiments for this blog and so I took to my usual Pinterest search and stumbled upon Marie’s version of Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing,* courtesy of her blog: Not Enough Cinnamon.
*For the sake of today’s feature you can ignore the part about the chopped brussels sprout salad, unless of course you’d like to incorporate that into your meal as a refreshing appetizer or starter to share.

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What I appreciate most about Marie’s blog is that, while she is clearly passionate about cooking and baking-and therefore probably capable of some really intimidating and impressive impressive nutritious cooking feats-she makes sure to keep her recipes on Not Enough Cinnamon fairly simple and easy for us likeminded folk who don’t have much time (and perhaps the same skill level!) in our daily lives to dedicate to cooking, but who still desire to lead a mindfully healthy lifestyle.

By now you must be thinking: “She was trying to figure out healthy dinner plans with her boyfriend and she only decided to make her own blue cheese dressing?!” Well, no…I actually decided to test out the blue cheese dressing with another one of Marie’s recipes: Skinny Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, but for the sake of this blog I’ll just feature the dressing and show you how I used it on the stuffed sweet potatoes and let you get creative with what else you dip in/dress with the healthy dressing. Here are some of my thoughts: vegetables, salad, crackers, chicken (think: chicken wings), sandwiches and burgers (beef, turkey, veggie, etc.)–the possibilities are endless!

And so, with just seven simple ingredients and no more than five minutes you have created a delicious, low calorie alternative dressing that yields just under two cups in total. Here are the details to get you going:

Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blue cheese (use 3/4 cup if you want a stronger flavor/chunkier consistency)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or, use honey blended if you want some extra sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. honey (I ended up using more like 1 tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • salt to taste

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Other Items Needed:

  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk together until fully blended. Whisk harder and pound a bit if you want a creamier dressing-otherwise enjoy its naturally chunky texture!

I honestly was not sure how the healthy blue cheese dressing would come out, but lucky for me I had blue cheese’s biggest critic, Ryan, by my side to test it out (never met anyone who despises Kraft’s blue cheese more than he does). Good news for this recipe, though-he liked it! I actually felt like screaming “He likes it!” a la the 1978 Life Cereal commercial featured “Mikey.”

Anyways, like I mentioned earlier…Ryan and I decided to use our healthy blue cheese dressing on another one of Marie’s recipes: Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and it was fantastic! I won’t go into the details of that recipe (you can find that information linked above), but I will share some meal prep and finished product snapshots with you to hopefully inspire a future meal of yours!

BuffChixStuffedSweetPotato

What are some things that you would use this healthy blue cheese dressing on? I listed a few obvious suggestions above, but am always interested to hear what you all think! Comment below or share your ideas with me on Twitter: @meggielukes.

In the meantime, I’m off to race the B.A.A. 10k (in some unfortunately really hot weather)–wish me luck and send me good vibes. Will report back with results later!

Stay cool out there,
-Meg

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