I’ve always been a huge fan of Velveeta cheese. I mean, come on. Who isn’t? It’s so creamy and goes great on and in anything! But that creamy goodness has roughly 10x the grams of carbs as cheddar cheese, so it’s a no-go for our household. As a lover of creamy melted cheese, I’ve been determined to find a low carb substitute. I have tried a few different cheese recipes but none of them quite made the cut; good, yes, but not a good replica of the cheesy salty taste of Velveeta. UNTIL NOW! This one is by far the best yet…
Creamy Cheddar Sauce
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz mild cheddar, grated*
4 tbs salted butter
6 tbs Half & Half
On stovetop over medium-low heat, melt butter. Combine remaining ingredients and stir or whisk until smooth and creamy. Serve warm.
Yield: 1 cup (1 tbs serving size) 72 cal, 6.9g fat, .75g carbs, 1.75g protein (macros can vary by product/brand)
*Note- I don’t recommend and did not use the packaged pre-grated cheese.
Not only is this creamy sauce fabulous while warm- it tastes remarkably like actual Velveeta spread once it has cooled! WIN WIN! At less than 1g carbs per tablespoon, I can eat this on my broccoli without feeling any guilt at all! Plus, I have left-overs in the fridge for a quick cheesy spread later!
I spooned this Creamy Cheese Sauce over fresh steamed broccoli and served with baked Garlic Butter Chicken for a delicious low-carb supper. Simple, delicious, and husband approved!
Garlic Butter Chicken: 1 stick salted sbutter, 1 tsp minced garlic; melt butter in the microwave for 20 seconds or so, add garlic and stir together. Pour over chicken then bake at 350 degrees. For added fat and flavor, pour melted bacon grease over chicken prior to adding garlic butter. Yummmmm!
I have spent the better part of two days obsessing over something I probably shouldn’t be obsessing over. I have spent countless hours lying in bed, awake, with my thoughts racing through scenario after scenario. I’ve awakened in the wee hours of the morning unable to fall back asleep because my thoughts immediately turn to this something that is weighing so heavily on my mind. Today has been no different. Until this…
THIS speaks volumes to me right now, in this moment, and it is profound! Today IS a blank canvas. Yesterday’s problems are yesterday’s problems. The problem that’s weighing so heavily on my mind, pushing me so far down that it’s robbing me of today’s joy, is yesterday’s problem. So why am I allowing it to steal my time and overshadow everything else going on around me?
This, problem, involves my job. It involves a decision I made based on the training I received and knowledge I’ve gained over the course of the past few years. It also involves a decision I made without having been given all the facts. Be that as it may, the buck stopped with me and the entire weight of the situation was place squarely on my shoulders. I have gone through every detail countless times, only to realize that there is nothing that can change the situation because it is now history. With the changes occurring in my career field and within the company that employs me, I can now see new avenues opened to me that weren’t necessarily there before. I can see that there are other options that not only make my job easier, but take much of the burdens off my shoulders so that I am better able to function in my professional life and my personal life. There are other avenues I can explore even without having all of the details shared with me. I’ve been obsessing over my feelings of betrayal and disappointment and it hasn’t change anything! It has only mentally taken me away from those around me, and left me exhausted both mentally and physically.
Today is a new day, a blank canvas. A fresh start. And so is tomorrow. It’s okay to bring yesterday’s lessons because it is those very lessons that will make tomorrow’s problems seem much easier. It is the lessons learned that define who I am. Not the choices I’ve made.
Thank you Lysa TerKeurst for allowing God to use you to bring the message to me that I’ve been seeking over the past few days. And thank You God for hearing me and answering my prayers.