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Yummy little veggies. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Yummy little veggies. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

As of late, I have been getting into making a lot of cold mediterranean salads. I must admit, I like the feta cheese! But every time I open a new container of feta cheese, there lurks another wonderful recipe on the back of the lid.

Last week, I decided to make a special kind of green bean salad from the back of one of my feta cheese lids, so I went down to the local farmer’s market and picked up a few pounds of the┬álocally grown veggie.

After reading a little bit about how I was going to make this salad, I got to work. I recommed using the basil and tomato flavored feta cheese for this one. Here’s my recipe for green beans and feta cheese with dill:

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

Step 1: Cook beans in water seven minutes or until tender and crisp. Drain. Rinse with cold water

Step 2: Toss beans with dressing, cheese, onions, and dill in a large bowl.

Step 3: Refrigerate for several hours until chilled. (You can serve this immediately, but I don’t think it tastes as good as it does when you let it sit in the fridge for a while.)

After making this great concoction, I fed it to my room mate, family members, and I ate a whole bunch, too. This recipe is easy, and a must have for anyone who likes dolled up green beans.

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Just look at all that cheese and cauliflower.

Just look at all that cheese and cauliflower.

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Well, since I just finished the last of my cauliflower casserole leftovers, I want to give you the recipe. This dish is excellent as a side for any dinner or lunch. I’ve just been eating it as a snack between meals because it’s so cheesy and delicious.

I even gave a bunch of this casserole away to friends. The compliments never stopped flowing! It was a real hit. Seriously, if you want to make some friends, bake this dish and serve it up!

Once again, I’ve got Hungry Girl to thank for this one.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 wedges Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat or light ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded fat-free (or reduced fat) cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Place cauliflower and onion in a large microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup water. Microwave for 6 to 8 minutes. Once the bowl is cool enough to handle, drain the water and set aside.

Step 3: Place cheese wedges in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. Mix until smooth.

Step 4: Add cheese and all the other ingredients to the bowl with the cauliflower and onion and stir until well mixed.

Step 5: Spray a medium to large baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer contents of the bowl to the baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika (optional). Bake in the oven for 1 hour.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes, then serve warm.

If you’re watching your calories, this dish is right for you. 1 generous cup of the sweet creamy casserole is only 117 calories.

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