Remember when I told you guys Mr. Prevention was going to start picking out a weekly meal…or, whenever I can get him to commit? Well, here we are. His choice, that I am not allowed to veto, was cheese fondue.
He wasn’t specific on what kind of fondue, so naturally, I seized the opportunity to lighten things up. Would you believe we pigged out on cheese fondue for less than 500 calories? Believe it.
I don’t throw out too many product plugs, but Cabot offers up some really great low-fat cheeses (that I can find at my Kroger, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods). When you take all of the fat out of cheese, it loses many of its properties…like the ability to melt. Fat-free cheese also gets a little powdery – bleck!
Low-fat cheeses are challenged to ride that fine line between health and flavor. Some rise to the challenge, others…not so much. But I can assure you, this fondue had flavor and cheesy, melty goodness.
While a fondue pot is ideal for fondue (duh), don’t underestimate the powers of the “warm” settings on a stove top range. This recipe is 100% doable for anyone. No fancy fondue forks? No problem. Toothpicks and skewers work just fine!
And before you reach straight for the bread cubes, don’t forget your fruits and veggies. The apple chunks were actually our favorite to dip’n dunk!
6 oz (3/4 cup) winter ale beer
9 oz 75% reduced-fat Cabot white cheddar cheese, grated
4 oz Gruyere, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground mustard
pinch of cayenne
1 apple, diced
1 cup broccoli, broken into bite-sized pieces
1 cup cauliflower, broken into bite-sized pieces
1 cup baby carrots
3 thick slices multi-grain bread, cubed
Combine ingredients for the fondue in a fondue pot over low heat or in a small sauce pan, stirring frequently. Serve warm with veggies, apple, and bread pieces. Yield: 3 entree servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 445 calories; 19.7 g. fat; 63 mg. cholesterol; 981 mg. sodium; 26 g. carbohydrate; 3.3 g. fiber; 41.7 g. protein
Result: Rich and creamy! This is a great, simple fondue that’s perfect for the calorie-conscious and beer-lovers alike! Enjoy!
One day of work, another day in court, and then I’m Chicago-bound! 😀