Easi (yo) Cheesey!!

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Hi everyone!

I hope you're all well and eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer as much as I am! Where's the sun? Ah well, it's gotta show up some time soon. I have been exercising regularly and also eating healthily in preparation for those summer clothes. I've been using Diet Chef but have been adapting it so it's flexible for me and my lifestyle. I love easiyo and use it in many ways all the time but one of my fave ways when watching the weight is using it like 'Philly' cream cheese!

I was at work the other day when two floor managers were eating their lunch..they pulled out their lock and locks and were eating easiyo with diet chef granola and blueberries! Exactly the same as I had brought in that day to eat!! So we got onto swapping recipe ideas and they said they'd never made the cheese before so I decided to put the 'method' on here so anyone who has always wanted to try but never knew exactly how could use this easy to follow method.

Firstly begin with making a pot of easiyo yogurt as per instructions. I use natural or skimmers but you can use any of the flavours for something different. When using the lower fat option you will get a slightly crumblier cheese so if you want it to feel decandently creamy & naughty use the full fat knowing it's still relatively low in calories!

Place a sieve over a bowl and line the sieve with either a coffee filter or several layers of kitchen roll. I use the latter as I can't seem to find coffee filters anywhere!! Pour the entire litre of yogurt into the sieve, put in the fridge and leave for a few hours in order for the whey to drain through.

007 008After this draining time, drain out the accumulated whey and then get a fresh filter or kitchen roll and place over the sieve. Turn the sieve carefully upside down so you have the easiyo in your hand. Then reline the sieve with a new filter/kitchen roll and place back over the bowl and into the fridge to strain some more for a few hours.

010 013 I usually find this is adequate for the cheese to be complete but if you find you need to repeat the straining process until the easiyo is more solid just keep doing it, it will get there! I then place it into a lock & lock to keep it fresh for up to two weeks.

I love piling it onto ryvita crispbreads topped with a recent supermarket discovery – 'tomberries'!!

They are like mini tomatoes, yummy! I also like using cucumber and tomato slices or fresh basil leaves with tomato chunks and sauteed mushroom slices. Whatever I top them with I add a ridiculous amount of freshly ground black pepper and it's just so yum for a low fat and healthy snack/light lunch!

Please feel free to share your easiyo recipes and ideas. I'm always on the lookout for more!

Lots of love,

Catherine x

6 Comments

  1. Karen May 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Catherine,
    have you tried adding chopped, dried apricots and walnuts to the easi yo cheese. very nice.

  2. Catherine Huntley May 20, 2010 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Oooh yummy! No, I haven’t yet but I will, Karen. Thanks for that!
    Love Catherine xx

  3. Angela Bradley June 9, 2010 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    loved your serving suggestion with the baby tomatoes —I have found Amazon stock a variety of coffee filters –check them out when you are next on line!
    best wishes
    Angela

  4. Catherine Huntley July 30, 2010 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Hello lovely Angela!
    That is really helpful! I’m placing an order today.
    I hope all is well with you & your lovely family.
    Much love & thanks,
    Catherine x

  5. Christine Jones January 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Just had to send you my best wishes and gto say I am sat here recovering from a real dose of the flu.. Real flu that is not a heavy cold!!! anyway, I was flitting aroud QVC website and as its kipling day i just had to tune in on my lap top sat up in bed.. From there I got onto make up and the cid range that you were presenting a collection some time over Christmas I think, You looked so stunning with a superb new hair cut, I had to keep looking to make sure it was you!!!! LOVE the new you, you look so fit and healthy.. When I get better I am definitely going to have my hair done like yours I hope.. Best style I seen you nad the colour realy suits you..
    Bless you Catherine
    Lots of love
    Christine x x x

  6. holly campbell February 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    please could you tell me where you got the pink dress you wore in the kipling bag programme at 2.00pm on 28th feb? thanks
    Holly

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