Lots of us have a soft spot for cheese and could quite happily eat it in huge chunks with just crackers to keep it company on the plate. However, cheese also sometimes gets a bad rap for not being the healthiest of foods, so we've found some great dishes that are made with four of the healthier, most low-fat cheeses out there – mozzarella, goats cheese, feta and camembert.
Of course, even if you like cheese a bit more than maybe you should, don't forget the wisdom of the old saying "everything in moderation". Having cheese a few times a week won't cause you any major problems, as long as you mix it in with a well-balanced diet and make sure that you do plenty of exercise too.
So don't deny yourself the pleasure of cheese – check out where to find the healthier cheeses in delicious dishes in Irish eateries, from Greek to American and beyond.
Mozzarella tends to have lower fat levels than stronger cheeses and is a great source of niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B7. Of course, it's a cheese that is often used in Italian dishes such as pizza, but if you want to make your mozzarella meal a bit healthier, switch the pizza for a salad. For instance, you could have the Buffalo Mozzarella & Tomato salad from Milano. With a ball of fresh mozzarella nestled alongside tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzles of pesto and extra virgin olive oil, this salad will not disappoint with its clean flavours!
2. Goats cheese
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As it's made with goat's milk rather than cow's milk, goat's cheese is easier to digest and has 40% fewer calories than cheddar, so it's definitely one of the healthiest cheeses out there. It's also one that's packed with flavour and is used in many different dishes. Our pick is the Ardsallagh Goats Cheese sourdough sandwich from Cafe Gusto that comes with red peppers, tapenade, hummus, sweet red onion marmalade and mixed salad leaves.
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Like goats cheese, sheep's cheese such as feta is easier for the body to digest than cheese made with cow's milk. While you'd generally associate feta cheese with a beautifully prepared Greek salad, that's not the only cuisine you'll find it used in. For instance, the Roma pizza at Amicus has feta cheese instead of mozzarella, along with prosciutto, sundried tomatoes, olives, rocket and parmesan shavings.
Camembert doesn't immediately come to mind if you're thinking of a healthier cheese but in fact because it's soft-ripened and not pressed, it has a higher water content than many other cheeses. And as it contains more water, camembert has less fat than a harder cheese.
Camembert is at its best when it's melted a little and that's what you get on the Camembert & Cranberry Chicken sandwich from Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Alongside the three key ingredients, there's also some salad, house mayo and relish.
Next time you're in the mood for a cheese-enhanced dish, do your body a favour and try one of these healthier options. They're all available on Deliveroo.