Try goat cheese for a lower calorie, easier to digest alternative to traditional cheese. We have a great recipe for quesadillas for you to try!

Goat cheese: Fewer calories than cow’s cheese

Goat cheese has just 75 calories per ounce—significantly less than popular cow cheeses like mozzarella (85), brie (95), Swiss (108), and cheddar (115).

Think about this: If you substitute a serving of goat cheese for cheddar each day for a week, you will cut nearly 300 calories from your diet.

Adequate Protein to Meet Daily Needs

Substituting goat cheese for can also help you limit your intake of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. You may be wondering: what about protein? Goat cheese does not contain as much protein, but still provides an adequate amount to help you meet your daily needs. A serving of goat cheese contains 4 g of protein.

Easier to Digest

Goat milk has less lactose and a slightly different protein structure than cow’s milk. These subtle shifts actually make a big difference: Even people who are allergic to cow’s milk can usually drink goat’s milk without issue.

Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Quesadillas

  • 1cupfresh corn kernels (about 1 large ear)
  • 2/3cupgoat cheese, softened
  • 8(6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1/4cupchopped green onion (about 1 green onion)
  • 10Tbspbottled salsa verde, divided
  • Cooking spray
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn; sauté 2 minutes or until browned. Place corn in a small bowl. Add goat cheese to corn; stir until well blended. Divide corn mixture evenly among 4 tortillas; spread to within 1/4 inch of sides. Sprinkle each tortilla with 1 tablespoon green onions. Drizzle each with 1 1/2 teaspoons salsa; top with remaining 4 tortillas.
  2. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place 2 quesadillas in pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan clean with paper towels; recoat with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. Serve with remaining 8 tablespoons salsa.
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