While trying to stay away from regular milk products, I’ve been discovering other things to use instead. I was shopping with my daughter Skye one evening, trying to hurry and not really paying attention, when I came across goat cheese. I bought three:
blueberry, lemon, and thyme
cranberry, orange, and cinnamon
Imagine my excitement. I’d been looking for a substitute for the cow’s milk cheeses and decided I would try these. When I got them home I looked more closely at the label.
The ingredients are simple, which is great. However, the flavored cheeses had sugar in them. 😦 Well, I had paid almost $5.00 each, so you know I ate them. And they were delicious! All three of the cheeses were. I don’t know why I never thought to try goat’s milk cheese before.
As much as I would like to take the easy way out and just buy the flavored ones, I decided to be good and do some experimenting. I’m trying not to eat sugar. I went out and bought blueberry’s, figs, nut butter, and honey and started whipping up some of my own flavored goat cheeses to pair with fruits and vegetables.
The results? Three great dips using plain goat cheese as the base.
Fig & Goat Cheese Dip
(I didn’t measure anything out. I just put some ingredients in a bowl, mixed it up, and called it good. Make this dip by trusting your taste buds!)
2 or 3 figs, processed in a blender
a little honey
- Put it all in a bowl and mix with a fork, while also smashing it all together to break up the cheese and combine everything. Don’t worry about getting all the little chunks of cheese smoothed out. They add tecture and taste great!
- Place in a small decorative bowl.
- Store leftovers in refrigerator.
- Look for sales on the cheese to save money.
- Coupling an in-store coupon with a sale will save you even more.
- Serve with carrot and celery sticks.
- Serve on a cheeseboard with fruits, vegetables, and Paleo friendly crackers.