11 Feta Cheese Recipes That Bring Big Flavor, Lower Calories
We love feta cheese! The crumbly texture and lively tang. Feta cheese also has fewer calories and less fat per ounce than lots of other cheeses, including Cheddar, blue cheese, and mozzarella. So that's a big bonus. And because feta is so flavorful, it's easy to be satisfied with smaller servings. Double bonus!
Now, the Greeks traditionally make feta with sheep or goat's milk. In the U.S., you'll often find feta made from cow's milk, which creates a delicious cheese with a slightly more firm texture. No matter which type of feta you have on hand, you'll love it in these top-rated, feta-friendly main-dish recipes! One note: Feta is a somewhat salty cheese, so watch how much additional salt you add to these recipes.
Sauteed shrimp are bathed in a basil, garlic, and fire-roasted tomato sauce. Mix everything up with cooked linguine and sprinkle over the feta. "Wow, this is SO good," says LindseyB. "The feta, fire-roasted tomatoes, shrimp, and garlic complement each other perfectly."
This oven-baked omelet is loaded with spinach, bacon, and feta cheese. It's a simple and delicious, one-pan brunch dish. Of course, it would also work wonders as a side dish for a simple braised meat dish. Enjoy it warm or chilled.
"The balsamic vinegar blended so well with the garlic, onion, and tomatoes," raves MOONNOODLE. "And the feta on top was like icing on the cake! A great amount of taste with a minimum of work." Try it with garlic mashed potatoes.
These mini muffin meatloaves are made with ground turkey, fresh basil, and feta cheese -- and finished with a simple balsamic reduction sauce. "Super-easy and healthy mini loaves are great for parties or a party of two," says RixiePixie. "Mini loaves will shrink when they cook, so don't worry if you fill the cups to the top."
5. Feta Eggs
Scrambled eggs and sauteed onions combine with chopped tomatoes and feta cheese. To keep the scrambling eggs from becoming too juicy, add the tomatoes at the end. "The feta and tomato add a lot of flavor and bring the dish from boring to addictive," says Heather.
You'll butterfly boneless, skinless chicken breasts, adding to each a tasty mixture of mayonnaise, spinach, feta cheese, and garlic. Then you'll wrap the stuffed chicken breasts in bacon. "Delicious," says WALLIZGRL. "I love feta and spinach together, and this was a wonderful combo. We have fresh spinach on hand often and I will be adding this to one of our regulars."
"Quick and delicious," says accidental cook. "The salty feta and the earthy spinach just seem to belong with ground turkey."
Diced cooked chicken combines with celery, red onion, and a creamy mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, feta cheese, and dill. "I love the flavor that the dill and feta add to this classic," says JuliB. "Absolutely delicious. And the veggies give the salad a wonderfully crisp texture."
This delicious summer salad is sweet and salty. To make, you'll simply toss cubed watermelon with red onion, fresh herbs (basil, mint, and cilantro), feta cheese, lime juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. "The ultimate summer salad," raves Scott. "I would have never imagined watermelon, feta, balsamic vinegar, and cilantro going together...but this knocked my socks off!"
10. Greek Pizza
This light, flavorful pizza features feta, spinach, sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. "Awesome flavor and very quick and easy to make," says Annie. "My vegetarian friend loved it as did my meat-eating boyfriend."
Wrap up grilled marinated chicken and a tasty mixture of feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, and a tangy sun-dried tomato dressing in a flour tortilla. Cut the wrap in half and enjoy cold or place it on the grill until the tortilla is warm and crispy. "This wrap will rock your socks off," raves Nicole.
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