Mediterranean Diet: Cheese

Posted on May 25th, 2018

May is Mediterranean Diet Month, and this week we are focusing on cheese! While cheese is not consumed at every meal in the Mediterranean Diet, it sure makes a great snack to help reach three servings of dairy a day. There are several cheeses we can enjoy, but some of the cheeses specific to the Mediterranean diet are: Brie, Chevre, Corvo, Feta, Haloumi, Manchego, Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan), Pecorino, and Ricotta. Reasor’s offers a variety of these cheeses, and here are a few highlights!

Brie (Bree):
This cheese has a pale ivory appearance and a rich, creamy texture. Brie pairs well with fruits (such as melons, grapes, and berries), sun-dried tomatoes, sparkling wines, Champagne, or pinot noir. #FunFact: brie is at its best when served at room temperature.

Brie can be found at the cheese counters at certain Reasor’s locations

Feta (Feh-ta):
This cheese has a chalk-white appearance and a firm, crumbly texture. Feta pairs well with olives, vegetables, fruit, seafood, chicken, pasta salad, and mixed greens. #FunFact: feta sautés well without melting. #DietitianUpgrade: to reduce the sodium in feta, rinse or soak the cheese in cold water or milk before serving.

Parmesan (Parm’-is-on):
This cheese is pale yellow in appearance and has a granular texture. Parmesan pairs well with grain-based dishes, vegetable soups, cream or tomato sauces, fruits (such as grapes, figs, and plums), walnuts, balsamic vinegar, Barolo red wine and Vin Santo dessert wines. #FunFact: the rind can be used in soups and stocks to add flavor.

Fresh Parmesan can be found at most Reasor’s locations

Ricotta (Re-caht’-ah):
This cheese has a creamy white appearance and a creamy, slightly grainy curd. Ricotta pairs well with pasta, vegetable casseroles, stuffing, herbs, dried fruits, and tomatoes. #FunFact: ricotta can be used for a lower fat alternative in cheesecake.

Content was originally published as a Facebook note for Reasor’s Healthy Living on May 26, 2017.

Blog post reviewed by Reasor’s Registered Dietitian Heather Steele.

Information included does not constitute medical advice and should only be used as a general recommendation for a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. Our dietitian’s opinions and recommendations are her own; she is not paid to endorse any products or services.