Believe it or not, as much as I love cheese, I frequently elect not to use it in dishes where it would typically serve wonderfully. Most of the time it is not even missed, although if it was there a cheese lover’s eyes would light up.
Lunch today was refried black beans served in a baked whole wheat tortilla shell with guacamole salad. Shredded cheddar cheese would have melted beautifully on the piping hot refried black beans seasoned with Simply Heinz® ketchup and Faye’s homemade fajita seasoning. Instead, the baked tortilla shell was filled with a simple guacamole salad made with cucumber, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, tomato, lime juice and salt. Of course this called for my homemade fermented jalapeño hot sauce. Cheddar cheese, had it been used, would have been lost amongst all the other flavors.