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Category: Vegetarian

Browned Panela Cheese on Greens

Panela is a Mexican cheese that holds its shape when heated. That makes it perfect for this recipe. I like to brown it lightly in a skillet until it's soft inside and serve it on salad greens with a low-fat ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced seeded tomato
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 (1/2-ounce) slices panela cheese
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1Saute shallots in olive oil in small skillet over medium-low heat until they begin to turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir to prevent burning. Add tomato and saute until cooked through, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in vegetable and chicken broths, water and 1/2 teaspoon oregano. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and lemon juice. Set dressing aside to cool to room temperature.

Step 2Just before serving, lightly sprinkle cheese slices with 1/4 teaspoon oregano. Add cheese to hot skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and cook over medium-low heat until browned, 1 1/2 minutes. Turn and brown second side, about 1 minute.

Step 3For each serving, place 1 slice cheese on 1 cup salad greens. Sprinkle pepper over salad, and top with tomato vinaigrette.

Each serving:
76 calories; 467 mg sodium; 10 mg cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 3 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 0.45 gram fiber.
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