Cheese Lover? 30 Cheesy Foods to Add to Your MenuArticle posted in: Nutrisystem
Americans love their cheese. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that people in the U.S. increased their consumption of cheese in the last four decades from about 11 pounds per person per year to about 33.5 pounds, particularly Italian-style cheeses such as mozzarella, Parmesan and provolone. Cheesy foods are the ultimate guilty pleasure.
But it doesn’t have to be a guilt-ridden indulgence. Cheesy foods can be an excellent source of calcium, which is vital for strong bones and teeth. But it can also be bad because cheese is a pretty serious source of fat and calories. That’s probably why, when you’re trying to lose weight, cheese doesn’t often make it to the menu.
But on Nutrisystem, you don’t have to give up cheese. In fact, you have the option of 30 different meal ideas—from breakfasts to snacks—whose first, last or middle name is cheese.
Check out 30 of our cheesy foods that are sure to satisfy all of your cheesy cravings:
Cheesy foods to start your day? You bet! This egg and cheese muffin is so delicious, you’re going to wonder why some fast food restaurants haven’t stolen the idea to lure in more weight-conscious customers. Egg whites tend to be less calories, while turkey Canadian bacon and a slice of melty American cheese are super satisfying. It clocks in at just 160 calories, but with all this hearty flavor, it’s sure to satisfy you right up until lunch time.
Another one of our favorite cheesy foods, this breakfast omelet is as tasty as the kind you order at the diner, but leaves the guilt at home. Two kinds of cheese—Swiss and cheddar—are tucked into this egg white omelet filled with savory turkey ham. This hearty breakfast has 12 grams of filling protein but only packs 90 calories. There’s nothing like lean protein and cheesy eggs to start the morning!
Cheese and potatoes are the perfect pair in this loaded lunch! Featuring a blend of tangy cheddar and blue cheeses with crunchy bacon bits, our Loaded Mashed Potato is comfort food made easy. It contains 190 calories, 10 grams of protein and three grams of fiber.
When you see the word “melt,” you know it’s going to be cheesy. A seasoned bread crust wraps around a generous amount of savory pepperoni and mozzarella cheese in a zesty tomato sauce. Only 220 calories with six grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein, this mid-day meal will keep your taste buds AND your waistline happy.
Made for cheese lovers and vegetarians, this convenient lunch option has Parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses wrapped in a whole grain crust—and it’s only 240 calories of satisfying goodness.
You may recognize this combo as a cheesy chicken parm sandwich, without all the fat and minus the breading. There’s still tender chicken, tomatoes, melty Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Taking the place of breading is a seasoned whole grain wrap. Only 220 calories, it supplies six grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein.
The famous Philly cheesesteak gets a makeover with this hearty sandwich that is filled with grilled steak, onions and peppers, swimming in a sea of creamy, savory provolone and mozzarella cheeses and tucked into a seasoned, whole grain roll. It’s only 230 calories and supplies six grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. This Philly cheesesteak sandwich will leave you wondering if you aren’t actually in the City of Brotherly Love.
Are you a fan of cheese and broccoli soup? With all the flavor of your favorite soup tucked into a whole grain pastry pocket, this is a powerhouse lunch supplying 11 grams of protein and five grams of dietary fiber at only 210 calories. It’s vegetarian-friendly, too. So, give this cheesy broccoli melt a try.
Let’s face it: Mac and cheese is at the top of most cheese lovers’ lists as the favorite go-to of cheesy foods. It doesn’t get much cheesier than mac and cheese. The noodles are tender and nestled in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce. At 220 calories, it supplies 10 grams of protein and three grams of fiber. Pro tip: Up the fiber by adding a serving of your favorite non-starchy vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower or spinach.
You don’t have to kiss pretzels and cheese goodbye when you’re on Nutrisystem. This portable pretzel pocket is stuffed with mozzarella, fontina, parmesan and spinach. It has 12 grams of protein and four grams of fiber which makes it filling, but clocks in at only 230 calories.
The creamy cheese sauce makes this meal of tender chicken, curly pasta, savory tomatoes and broccoli even more delicious. For only 200 calories, you get 10 grams of protein and four grams of fiber with a delicious dose of flavor in this cheesy chicken pasta.
The cream sauce is made from cheese, buttermilk and real butter that wraps around rice and broccoli, supplying 10 grams of protein and four grams of fiber. Feel free to add even more cheesy broccoli to make this 200-calorie lunch even more satisfying.
Our whole wheat flatbread is topped with a light, buttery garlic sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. This Italian-style dish is the perfect base for all of your favorite pizza toppings. It has 10 grams of protein and is only 250 calories. Serve with a mixed green side salad or top it with some non-starchy veggies for more fiber.
This Italian-inspired dinner is a decadent as it sounds. Tender pasta is filled with ricotta, parmesan and romano cheeses and covered in a tangy tomato and red bell pepper sauce. We top it all off with melty mozzarella. There’s a whopping 14 grams of protein in one 250-calorie serving.
Craving classic cheesy comfort food? Stock up on our frozen Mac and Cheese dinner! This cheesy dish features elbow macaroni pasta with a velvety, smooth cheddar cheese sauce. It’s sure to be one of your new favorites!
When we say vegetables, we mean vegetables. In between layers of cheesy lasagna noodles and four cheeses, you’ll find corn, peas, pinto beans, spinach, carrots and onions. For 220 calories, you also get 10 grams of protein and three grams of fiber.
This pizza is a customer favorite! That’s because of its savory turkey pepperoni and sausage, Italian tomato sauce and melted cheese on a thick crust. You bake it yourself so it tastes pizzeria style. All that for only 260 calories, plus it supplies 15 grams of filling protein. Make this cheesy pepperoni pizza one of your favorites today.
This bake-it-yourself pizzeria classic is topped with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, basil and fire-roasted tomatoes. Holding it all up? A crispy whole grain crust. High in protein (22 grams!), it supplies four grams of fiber for only 230 calories.
Cut into this tender, seasoned chicken breast stuffed with artichokes, spinach and a blend of delicious cheeses. It’s only 190 calories but has a whopping 17 grams of protein.
There’s Romano and ricotta cheese stuffed into these tender raviolis. They’re nestled in a hearty tomato sauce flavored with onion, garlic and a blend of traditional Italian spices. Only 290 calories, it has three grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein. Great for vegetarian cheese lovers.
This easy, cheesy lasagna is all about the cheese. There are three different kinds tucked between layers of thick pasta ribbons and filled with loads of veggies, including pinto beans and spinach and covered with a rich, satisfying meat sauce. There are 15 grams of protein and four grams of fiber in this serving which comes in at only 260 calories.
Cheesy pizza on a diet? Yes! There are only 230 calories in this tasty pie, which features a thick, hearty crust and tomato sauce. Of course, we can’t forget the cheese! Grated mozzarella cheese is the star of the show. It contains 10 grams of protein and is ready to enjoy in minutes!
Ricotta, mozzarella and Romano cheeses are packed into these ravioli, which are topped with a filling meat sauce. Only 220 calories, this delicious dish has an astounding 14 grams of protein and four grams of fiber.
When you see the word “Alfredo,” you can expect a dish that pairs the two distinct hard and sharp Italian cheeses, Parmesan and Romano. What you don’t expect is to have cheesy Alfredo dish that’s only 220 calories—and that includes the tender pieces of chicken and cheesy pasta. This creamy dish has an awesome 18 grams of protein and two grams of fiber.
Mac and cheese gets an extra boost with tasty pieces of turkey sausage in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce. No guilt though: It’s only 240 calories and has 16 grams of protein. This cheesy mac and cheese with savory sausage is just what you’re looking for.
Chicken pieces and penne pasta are coated with a creamy, cheesy Alfredo sauce for 240 calories worth of deliciousness and 17 grams of protein. This easy cheese sauce pasta is sure to fill you up and keep you satisfied.
Imagine if you could enjoy your favorite comfort food meal made diet-friendly! That’s this cheesy, classic Italian dish, which is only 270 calories with 17 grams of protein and six grams of fiber. Stock up on our Chicken Parmesan for delicious dinners all week long! It’s sure to become one of your favorite cheesy foods.
Cheesy foods also mean cheesy snacks! Cheese lovers don’t always want their favorite treat in the molten state. This cheesy popcorn is coated with real cheddar cheese and savory spices. One snack bag is only 140 calories and very filling, with five grams of protein and three grams of fiber.
Another one of our favorite cheesy foods is this delicious (and crunchy) snack. Perfectly portioned at 150 calories so you don’t overdo it, you get a flavorful dose of cheddar cheese with a satisfying crunch. You also get seven grams of protein.
We’re finishing up this list of cheesy menu items with a sweet snack that’s filled with cream cheese frosting! This soft-baked Carrot Cake is only 130 calories but packs in five grams of protein and three grams of fiber. Satisfy your sweet tooth and your cheese cravings with one delicious dessert.
Looking to make your own delicious dish? Try some of our cheesiest recipes below: