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5 Ways to Eat Parmesan Cheese

Superfoods paired with low-cal, high-protein parmesan cheese can feed your gains and tickle your taste buds.

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5 Ways to Eat Parmesan Cheese

1. Flavor up Some Healthy Rice

Place 2 cups cauliflower in a food processor and pulse, 10 to 12 times, to form shreds that resemble rice. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add 2 tsp olive oil. Add “rice,” 2 tbsp chopped parsley, ¼ tsp garlic salt, and ground black pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until rice starts to brown. Turn heat off and stir in ¼ cup grated parmesan. 

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2. Broil Up a Fast Gratin

Spread ¼ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt in the center of an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Layer 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts over yogurt. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp drained capers, 1 tbsp chia seeds, and ¼ cup grated parmesan, then dust with ¼ tsp paprika. Place under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starts to brown. 

3. Make Some Parmesan Flax Crisps

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine 1/2 cup grated parmesan in a small bowl with 1 tbsp ground flax, 1 tsp dried herbs of your choice (such as basil), and tsp ground black pepper. Spoon the mixture by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto a baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Remove from baking sheet using a thin spatula.

SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Eat Almonds 

4. Snack On Jalapeno Parmesan Poppers

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut 4 jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Put peppers on baking sheet and place under broiler for 3 minutes, turning 1 to 2 times to soften. Remove from broiler and preheat oven to 400°F. Put peppers skin-side down on baking sheet and top each with a slice of chicken sausage or 1 tbsp shredded rotisserie chicken, then sprinkle each with 1 tbsp grated parmesan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is golden.

5. Bake a Breadless Shrimp Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a small ovenproof skillet with cooking spray. Sprinkle ¼ pound peeled, deveined shrimp with 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/8 tsp salt, and ground black pepper. Place skillet over medium-high heat and add shrimp and 1 cup broccoli florets. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, turning 1 to 2 times until shrimp starts to turn pink and broccoli starts to turn dark green. Add 1/2 cup jarred marinara sauce, stir, then sprinkle with 3 tbsp grated parmesan. Put skillet in oven and bake 4 to 5 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through and cheese is golden.

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