feta cheese...

OdisseyOdissey Posts: 24Registered Users
I love feta. Period. But i'm currently watching what i put in my mouth.. so i need to know how bad is this for me? Or how much i can consume and get away with it..
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dude, it's just cheese. If you like it, eat it. It's got lovely protein and calcium. It's hard to eat too much protein...it's the other stuff (simple/processed carbs) you eat that puts on weight.
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 9,413Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    This is my fav cheese in salads. I only add a little bit, so I don't worry about the calories, etc. Moderation is the key. A cup has a lot of calories, but you don't need a cup in your salads. Just a sprinkle on the top.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    You'd watch out for it the way you would other cheese. So, if you're watching cholesterol and saturated fat, cheese of any kind is something to control.
    If this is about sodium, there are different types of feta. French feta is usually less salty, as are some types found in places like farmers' markets.
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  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users Curl Novice
    Since feta is such a strong flavor, I wouldn't worry. I know that in weight watchers 1/8 cup is one point - usually plenty for a salad.
  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Dude, it's just cheese. If you like it, eat it. It's got lovely protein and calcium. It's hard to eat too much protein...it's the other stuff (carbs) you eat that puts on weight.




    OK I need to Delurk to comment on this because I just died a little inside. TOO MANY CARBS DOES NOT PUT ON WEIGHT!!! THis is a HUGE myth, too many calories PERIOD causing a positive energy balance (More energy intake than output) is what causes weight gain PERIOD. Carbs includes things like Veggies, Fruits, Brown Rice etc. You eat a low Carb diet you will get dehydrated, lose muscle mass (due to the need to get glycogen from somewhere which causes your body to look for it in your muscles) and possibly cause a condition called ketoacidosis. It IS possible to get too much protein and when you have exceeded your limit it gets stored as fat since you don't store protein, excess protein does NOT turn into muscle mass. I wouldn't worry about consuming too much just stay away from protein supplements. Carbs should be 45-65% of your daily intake of calories. Any less than this and I guarantee you will feel sluggish/tired and will not be able to work out to your full extent. Sigh, that is all. Can you tell I just finished Nutritional sciences midterms.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Nej wrote: »
    Dude, it's just cheese. If you like it, eat it. It's got lovely protein and calcium. It's hard to eat too much protein...it's the other stuff (simple/processed carbs) you eat that puts on weight.




    OK I need to Delurk to comment on this because I just died a little inside. TOO MANY CARBS DOES NOT PUT ON WEIGHT!!! THis is a HUGE myth, too many calories PERIOD causing a positive energy balance (More energy intake than output) is what causes weight gain PERIOD. Carbs includes things like Veggies, Fruits, Brown Rice etc. You eat a low Carb diet you will get dehydrated, lose muscle mass (due to the need to get glycogen from somewhere which causes your body to look for it in your muscles) and possibly cause a condition called ketoacidosis. It IS possible to get too much protein and when you have exceeded your limit it gets stored as fat since you don't store protein, excess protein does NOT turn into muscle mass. I wouldn't worry about consuming too much just stay away from protein supplements. Carbs should be 45-65% of your daily intake of calories. Any less than this and I guarantee you will feel sluggish/tired and will not be able to work out to your full extent. Sigh, that is all. Can you tell I just finished Nutritional sciences midterms.



    Oooo...chill, Dr. Nej. I'll amend my post to say SIMPLE carbs. Better?

    Oy...
  • hmkennyhmkenny Posts: 1,458Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Enjoy your feta. Like others have said, it's only a smattering that you'd put on salads anyway. There is a fat free variety too that tastes great IMO, but if you have an aversion to fat free then the good stuff in moderation shouldn't sabotage your diet.
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  • OnMyJourneyOnMyJourney Posts: 140Registered Users
    I have no helpful advice to add, I just saw the title and HAD to run in here. LOL I love some feta cheese! *drools just thinking about it* Feta and spinach pizza is the best thing in the world to me. [email protected], now I'm hungry. lol

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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,938Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I have a really great quickbread recipe with feta, tomatoes, and basil (it is in no way good for you as it also has a little oil, heavy cream, and a little sugar). Want me to post it? It is super easy and sooooo good.
  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    Love feta, and it's the only cheese I don't mind in the fat-free version.
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  • curlykeycurlykey Posts: 1,540Registered Users
    auntnett wrote: »
    Love feta, and it's the only cheese I don't mind in the fat-free version.

    I agree. Sams carries the fat free feta that tastes like the real stuff. :love7:
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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    CGNYC wrote: »
    I have a really great quickbread recipe with feta, tomatoes, and basil (it is in no way good for you as it also has a little oil, heavy cream, and a little sugar). Want me to post it? It is super easy and sooooo good.

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  • LisaF1163LisaF1163 Posts: 1,079Registered Users
    Munchy wrote: »
    Since feta is such a strong flavor, I wouldn't worry. I know that in weight watchers 1/8 cup is one point - usually plenty for a salad.
    I was just going to say this. Yeah, on the WW points list, this is the lowest. I mean, don't go nuts with it, but it's probably one of the more diet friendly cheeses.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,670Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    CGNYC wrote: »
    I have a really great quickbread recipe with feta, tomatoes, and basil (it is in no way good for you as it also has a little oil, heavy cream, and a little sugar). Want me to post it? It is super easy and sooooo good.

    uh yeah!!! you have to ASK????

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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    To guano just a bit, I have a very good friend who pronounces feta like the word beta. It drives me crazy.
  • AjidahkAjidahk Posts: 1,212Registered Users
    Goodness, I LOVE feta too! A salad just isn't a salad without it
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  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I love feta cheese omelets...used to get them at the diners up north...miss 'em...feta is my preferred salad cheese, too...any recipes are very welcome!
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    To guano just a bit, I have a very good friend who pronounces feta like the word beta. It drives me crazy.

    Well, that just makes me twitch. Make this friend stop it NOW. And never, never speak of this again ;)


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  • CGNYCCGNYC Posts: 4,938Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Sun Dried Tomato Quick Bread from Paula Deen

    1 3/4 C all purp flour
    1 C feta cheese
    1/4 C chopped fresh basil (FRESH!)
    1/4 C chopped sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
    3 T sugar
    2 1/2 t baking powder
    1/2 t salt
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    3/4 C whipping cream
    1/3 C sun dried tomato oil

    Preheat oven to 400.
    Lightly grease a 9x 5 loaf pan.

    In a large bowl, combine flour, feta, basil, tomatoes, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

    In another large bowl, beat together egg, cream, and oil.

    Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just moistened.

    Pour batter into prepared pan.

    Bake for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center coems out clean.

    Cool in pan for ten minutes then remove to wire rack.

    Then there is some nonsense about letting it cool completely but who does that? Bread is supposed to be eaten warm. With butter. Humph.

    I made this a few years ago for a Christmas brunch and it didn't last ten minutes. Now I make at least two. Big hit. Do not try to sub anything to reduce the fat or calories, you'll ruin it.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I love feta cheese omelets...used to get them at the diners up north...miss 'em...feta is my preferred salad cheese, too...any recipes are very welcome!

    Why can't you get them where you are? I order them whenever we go to a diner. Egg-white Greek omelets (spinach and feta). Yum!

    Goldencurly, she's also got her hubby pronouncing it that way too. I cringe every time.

    CGNYC, thanks for that recipe. I'm going to see if I can get my husband to make that for me Sunday morning. It sounds really good.
  • Gemini13Gemini13 Posts: 5,000Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    I love feta cheese omelets...used to get them at the diners up north...miss 'em...feta is my preferred salad cheese, too...any recipes are very welcome!

    Why can't you get them where you are? I order them whenever we go to a diner. Egg-white Greek omelets (spinach and feta). Yum!

    Yeah, I usually end up getting an omlette with feta when I go to a diner for breakfast. YUM!
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  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Nej wrote: »
    Dude, it's just cheese. If you like it, eat it. It's got lovely protein and calcium. It's hard to eat too much protein...it's the other stuff (simple/processed carbs) you eat that puts on weight.




    OK I need to Delurk to comment on this because I just died a little inside. TOO MANY CARBS DOES NOT PUT ON WEIGHT!!! THis is a HUGE myth, too many calories PERIOD causing a positive energy balance (More energy intake than output) is what causes weight gain PERIOD. Carbs includes things like Veggies, Fruits, Brown Rice etc. You eat a low Carb diet you will get dehydrated, lose muscle mass (due to the need to get glycogen from somewhere which causes your body to look for it in your muscles) and possibly cause a condition called ketoacidosis. It IS possible to get too much protein and when you have exceeded your limit it gets stored as fat since you don't store protein, excess protein does NOT turn into muscle mass. I wouldn't worry about consuming too much just stay away from protein supplements. Carbs should be 45-65% of your daily intake of calories. Any less than this and I guarantee you will feel sluggish/tired and will not be able to work out to your full extent. Sigh, that is all. Can you tell I just finished Nutritional sciences midterms.



    Oooo...chill, Dr. Nej. I'll amend my post to say SIMPLE carbs. Better?

    Oy...

    Haha yea I kinda freaked out there. I work in an industry where these kind of myths make my life VERY hard. Just one of those things that gets my hackles up ya' know? Simple carbs makes a difference if it's crammed with fat & sugar but it's still calories in vs calories out.
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  • yogawavesyogawaves Posts: 368Registered Users
    hey, just wanted to add that Trader Joes has a nice fat free feta cheese , pretty decent as far as being low sodium goes. I buy it and always liked it.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,754Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    CGNYC wrote: »
    Sun Dried Tomato Quick Bread from Paula Deen

    1 3/4 C all purp flour
    1 C feta cheese
    1/4 C chopped fresh basil (FRESH!)
    1/4 C chopped sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
    3 T sugar
    2 1/2 t baking powder
    1/2 t salt
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    3/4 C whipping cream
    1/3 C sun dried tomato oil

    Preheat oven to 400.
    Lightly grease a 9x 5 loaf pan.

    In a large bowl, combine flour, feta, basil, tomatoes, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

    In another large bowl, beat together egg, cream, and oil.

    Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just moistened.

    Pour batter into prepared pan.

    Bake for 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center coems out clean.

    Cool in pan for ten minutes then remove to wire rack.

    Then there is some nonsense about letting it cool completely but who does that? Bread is supposed to be eaten warm. With butter. Humph.

    I made this a few years ago for a Christmas brunch and it didn't last ten minutes. Now I make at least two. Big hit. Do not try to sub anything to reduce the fat or calories, you'll ruin it.

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  • Brooke789Brooke789 Posts: 415Registered Users
    I love feta cheese! My DH refuses to eat it. He just can't stand it.

    And a word of caution. I once tried feta on chips (melted the feta in the micro on the chips) and it was not good. Too salty. Don't try it and waste your feta!
  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    There is a Greek restaurant near me that makes a spicy feta spread that I am addicted to - it's like a whipped feta with hot red peppers and olive oil & lemon. So good.
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  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    medussa wrote: »
    I love feta cheese omelets...used to get them at the diners up north...miss 'em...feta is my preferred salad cheese, too...any recipes are very welcome!

    Why can't you get them where you are? I order them whenever we go to a diner. Egg-white Greek omelets (spinach and feta). Yum!

    Goldencurly, she's also got her hubby pronouncing it that way too. I cringe every time.

    CGNYC, thanks for that recipe. I'm going to see if I can get my husband to make that for me Sunday morning. It sounds really good.
    There aren't diners down here-at least locally...I never asked at a Denny's or similar type place...but I guess I can make my own-never thought about doing it. CGNYC-that recipe looks yummy!
  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    Blue Cheese and Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

    4 strips bacon
    1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
    6 oz. dry elbow macaroni
    8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups)
    2 to 4 oz. crumbled blue cheese
    1 cup half & half or light cream
    1/8 tsp pepper

    Preheat oven to 350. Cook bacon until crisp, Drain on paper towel and crumble.

    Cook onion in bacon drippings till tender and golden brown. Set aside.

    Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and place in 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish. Add crumbled bacon, onions, 1 1/2 cps of the mozzarella, all the blue cheese, half and half or cream, and pepper. Toss gently to combine.

    Bake uncovered for 20 min.. Stir gently. Top with the remaining mozzarella, bake 10 more min. or until top of casserole is brown & bubbly. Let stand 10 min.

    Try making this at home (courtesy of the Bacon Show blog). Substitute the blue cheese for feta and it will be the most delicious mac & cheese you will ever have, I promise.
  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 9,413Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    rileyb wrote: »
    There is a Greek restaurant near me that makes a spicy feta spread that I am addicted to - it's like a whipped feta with hot red peppers and olive oil & lemon. So good.

    You need to get the recipe & share. This sounds so good.
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  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Lotsawaves wrote: »
    rileyb wrote: »
    There is a Greek restaurant near me that makes a spicy feta spread that I am addicted to - it's like a whipped feta with hot red peppers and olive oil & lemon. So good.

    You need to get the recipe & share. This sounds so good.

    It's called tirokafteri - and I've seen a bunch of recipes online, but a lot of them have cream cheese, which this restaurant definitely does not use in theirs. I think this is probably the closest, except I would maybe substitute some lemon juice for vinegar:

    Ingredients
    Directions
    1. First, put the feta in a bowl with water. Let it stand for 1 hour. Then drain and cut in cubes.
    2. Grill or fry the pepper,remove the seeds and cut into pieces.
    3. Put the feta cubes in a electric mixer bowl , add the pepper in pieces and begin beating.Add the vinegar and gradually the olive oil.
    4. In the end add the oregano and stir.
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