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    Easy Cheese Ball

    Ingredients

    • 1 8-ounce package light cream cheese
    • 2 tablespoons low trans-fat margarine, with 8 g of fat per tablespoon
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant cheddar cheese sauce mix, (use the envelope from a macaroni and cheese mix, or cheddar cheese powder from the store's spice section)
    • 1 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, finely chopped, or 3/4 teaspoon dried
    • 2 tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 to 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Put cream cheese, margarine, cheddar cheese powder, cheddar cheese, lemon juice, parsley, and green onion in small food processor bowl. Process until nicely blended. Put chopped nuts into a shallow bowl.
    Step 2
    Shape cheese mixture into a ball or log using clean hands, then roll it in the chopped nuts. Wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with lower-fat, higher-fiber crackers.

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