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Cheesy Obsession

January 25, 2010

So, I’m officially obsessed with Mae’s pizza cheese.

I served it over some steamed Brussels sprouts and spiralized zucchini noodles last night for dinner…


Mae’s cheese sauce also found it’s way into this messy bowl of a lunch, which included 1 strip of bacon stir-fried with 1/2 onion. 1/2 red bell pepper, 8 ounces sliced mushrooms, lots of spinach, and 1/2 an avocado the size of my head chopped and stirred in after cooking.


To convert Mae’s pizza cheese into a sauce, I simply stir about 2 or 3 TBSP of hummus with 2 TBSP nutritional yeast and water to thin. I then pour that over my veggies and add a drizzle of tahini. I know many of you don’t like tahini on its own, but honestly, I want to strip down naked and swim in it. Honestly. 8)

The one thing that did not get topped with Mae’s cheese was this morning’s breakfast…


Mmm, a big bowl of Hot Chocolate Soup topped with 2 TBSP whipped heavy cream. I β™₯ cream.

I skipped out on my hyperbolic resistance training for an hour long walk with the pups this morning, and it was so windy and cold. Brrrr. I like it to be cold for Christmas and New Years, but come January 1, I’m ready for tank top weather…don’t think that’s going to be happening anytime soon.

Who wants some Maple Nut Oaties? Well, if you live in the U.S., you can bid on a double batch in Diana’s auction over at The Chic Life this Wednesday, January 27. All proceeds from the auction will be designated for Haiti relief and given to the Red Cross.


Oh, and don’t forget to order your Jay Robb. This special promo code expires Sunday, January 31.


Then after you order your Jay Robb, you can click here to read my guest post on protein consumption over at Run.Lori.Run.

Thanks so much to all you who stop by HEAB everyday.Β  I’m amazed by your constant encouragement and support!

66 Comments leave one →
  1. eaternotarunner permalink
    January 25, 2010 2:43 pm

    That sauce over brussel sprouts looks amazing!

  2. January 25, 2010 2:43 pm

    I hit up THREE cooking stores this weekend, and none of them had a spiralizer 😦

    I guess I’ll have to use “the google.” πŸ™‚ Looks like a delicious lunch!

  3. January 25, 2010 2:44 pm

    Im not a cold weather girl.. spring needs to get here (although I cant complain.. mid 60s!)

    Hot choc soup.. nice.. looks fabulous πŸ™‚

  4. January 25, 2010 2:45 pm

    That pizza cheese looks absolutely amazing! I may even try it over my beloved regular cheese!

  5. January 25, 2010 2:51 pm

    amazing eats!
    I thought of you this morning tossing my gums into my magic bullet to make a smoothie– it turned out more like a bowl of pudding though, I think I’ll take it a little easier on the gums–

    That cheese sauces sounds fantastic, have you ever made cashew cheese?

  6. Emily permalink
    January 25, 2010 2:52 pm

    Your breakast looks delicious, I need to start buying protein powders/gums because your stuff always looks too good!

  7. January 25, 2010 2:56 pm

    Miss Heather, I’m so honored!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I agree, I could bathe in tahini too. It’s so good with chocolate or with apples (Or, obviously, hummnut cheese sauce!!)
    The bake sale sound like such an awesome idea! I can’t wait to check it out. Have a great night!

  8. January 25, 2010 3:05 pm

    I think we need to go out and get Target’s Long & Lean tanks and go somewhere warm!! I’m so ready for tank top weather. Can’t believe I left California for this πŸ˜‰

    Must try Mae’s cheese. I have a ridiculous craving for Brussels right now!

  9. January 25, 2010 3:05 pm

    Adrienmelanie, Yes, here is the recipe I use: I love it!

  10. January 25, 2010 3:06 pm

    Emily, All my breakfast contained was almond milk, 1/2 avocado, cocoa, and stevia. No gums or powder required. πŸ™‚

  11. Scott in Ohio permalink
    January 25, 2010 3:10 pm

    You can go ahead and ink that label with “Westerville, Ohio” for the double batch of oaties. πŸ˜‰

  12. January 25, 2010 3:12 pm

    Ha ha – will do Scott!

  13. January 25, 2010 3:17 pm

    You’re welcome, Heather — in a sea of “me-too” blogs, I love a woman who does her own thing.

    My husband told me that my new veggie spiralizer looks like a torture device! Loved it!

  14. Metta permalink
    January 25, 2010 3:19 pm

    I don’t really like tahini by itself, but since I don’t eat peanuts (or peanut butter) anymore, I’ve found that 2 parts almond butter/1 part tahini makes something that tastes somewhat similar to peanut butter.

  15. Melanie permalink
    January 25, 2010 3:21 pm

    I am in 100% agreement about the tahini. I put it on what I’m eating, and then licklicklick the spoon clean:). It is one of my favorite nut/seed butters, I think. And as far as your last sentences, I just can’t get along without a daily dose of HEAB!!!

  16. Reigne permalink
    January 25, 2010 3:23 pm

    Yummy-o! The pizza cheese sauce looks so good!

    This is going to sound weird… But I can’t wait for winter to come! After weeks of temperatures consecutively above 30 degrees celcius (no air-con!) I’m starting to think I may become a roast chicken before the summer ends…

    :). Reigne

  17. January 25, 2010 3:24 pm

    Hey chica! That cheesy sauce sounds fantastic! I totally just had a cup of HEAB hot chocolate (chocolate almond milk ;))- my new favorite obsession.

  18. January 25, 2010 3:26 pm

    Snap! We had the same breakfast! x x

  19. January 25, 2010 3:28 pm

    Erica, Easiest hot chocolate ever!!!!

  20. January 25, 2010 3:31 pm

    oh.holy.yum. i want that for dinner tonight!!! πŸ™‚

  21. January 25, 2010 3:36 pm

    Okay you’ve convinced me. I have hummus and nutritional yeast in my kitchen so I’ll have to give the cheesy sauce a try.

  22. January 25, 2010 3:41 pm

    I may be the only person who hasn’t had nutritional yeast yet! I want to go get some so I can make this ASAP!

  23. January 25, 2010 3:45 pm

    I’ve gotta try this “cheese” sauce!!! I just sent a reader over here to find your Jay Robb coupon, and you posted it again–good timing!

    It might be time to rename the site Heather Eats Tahini. We gotta work an “A” in there so your acronym is HEAT. Heather Eats All the Tahini? Heather Eats Awesome Tahini? Heather Eats Anything w/Tahini?

  24. courtney permalink
    January 25, 2010 3:47 pm

    I love HEAB!! I’m wondering, when do you freeze avocados–right after you buy, or when they are ripe? Are they only good for smoothies after being frozen, or could you thaw them and eat like normal? Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  25. January 25, 2010 3:53 pm

    Courtney, I usually wait until they are ripe, and I’ve only ever used them for smoothies. That being said, I know at one time, Trader Joe’s sold frozen avocado halves that you could thaw out and use for any recipe requiring avocados. So, I’m sure you could do the same with your own frozen avos. πŸ™‚

  26. January 25, 2010 3:58 pm

    I know you probably get this a lot, but can you at all taste the avocado in the hot chocolate soup? And just out of curiosity, how in the world did you think to use avocado in a chocolate dish?!

  27. January 25, 2010 4:02 pm

    Good lord, I need to try that sauce! I am very happy that, not only did I find nutritional yeast at a bulk bin closer than 60 minutes away, I found it walking distance from my dorm. Heavenly

  28. January 25, 2010 4:07 pm

    Gracie, Not sure. I’ve been using avocados in chocolate dishes ever since I became interested in raw foods, about 5 or 6 years ago.I’m used to tasting the avocado, and I love it. That’s why I don’t use a lot of cocoa. However, you probably won’t taste the avo at all if you double the cocoa and sweetener.

  29. January 25, 2010 4:42 pm

    I swear, I might just love tahini that much too πŸ™‚ LOL! You have me hooked making a tangy dressing and having it on tempeh. I was thinking pizza night, so your enthusiasm on that cheese is wonderful; will try. Funny, you thank us for stopping by HEAB, I thank YOU for posting ❀

  30. January 25, 2010 4:55 pm

    Hummus…and….nooch? I’ve officially gone to Awesome Combinations Heaven! I just hit up Trader Joe’s a few days ago and got three different types of hummus, so now all I have to do is decide which one to sample first. Mae is a genius πŸ™‚

  31. Danielle permalink
    January 25, 2010 5:07 pm

    Omg the second picture of all the veggies looks soooo good. I think I may need to get some more tahini…

  32. January 25, 2010 5:36 pm

    That’s it, I have to try this pizza cheese! And for once I actually have all the ingredients to do it! I sense a La Tortilla Factory + pizza cheese + veggie creation coming on! Or perhaps a spaghetti squash + pizza cheese + tomato sauce combo. Oh, the possibilities!

  33. Ashlei permalink
    January 25, 2010 6:35 pm

    That’s so great that you’re making Maple Nut Oaties with proceeds going to Haiti πŸ™‚

  34. January 25, 2010 7:06 pm

    Those brussel sprouts reminded me of your post when you said you and CD went through 10 lbs in a week….don’t feel crazy about that, because I could prolly do that by myself!

  35. January 25, 2010 7:27 pm

    I do love cheesy sauces and cheese in general- so I’ll give that a try heabie- mae must be so happy to have you as her new fan! πŸ™‚ She sounds fabulous!

  36. January 25, 2010 7:32 pm

    That pizza cheese sounds amazing, I have to try it!

  37. January 25, 2010 7:54 pm

    That cheese sauce and pizza looks absolutely amazing! I don’t have any access to an oven (high school boarding school, yo!! xD) most of the time so…any chance once can whip it up in a microwave or raw?

  38. January 25, 2010 7:56 pm

    Great pizza!

  39. January 25, 2010 8:02 pm

    Thank you for writing! I look forward to reading every day!
    I’m very close to buying some nutritional yeast. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but your (and Mae’s) little concoction looks very interesting…how’s life on the higher fats treating you?
    Oh, and I LOVE my coconut butter. LOVE it.


  40. January 25, 2010 8:34 pm

    Serena, No heating required for the sauce. I don’t even warm it – just serve at room temp.

  41. January 25, 2010 8:35 pm

    Nicole, Love my fats. So glad you love the coconut butter. I thought you would enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  42. January 25, 2010 8:38 pm

    Delicious looking pizza cheese! Mmmm…

  43. January 25, 2010 9:00 pm

    Yum! I love your veggies and sauces. Can you come be my personal chef?

  44. January 25, 2010 9:01 pm

    HEAB… you want to “strip down naked and swim in it”??? are you trying to up your porn-ish internet hits!?!?

    you know what i love about your blog…… you post those beautiful brussels sprouts with NO SHAME! i have taken so much crap for loving brussels sprouts, but you make me feel like i can come right out of the closet with my dirty little brussels sprout secret!!


  45. January 25, 2010 9:03 pm

    Susan, Brussels sprouts = most underrated vegetable ever. No shame my friend…no shame!

  46. January 25, 2010 9:26 pm

    I love brussels sprouts! I think I eat them every single day- they make great additions to butternut squash soup from a box. I like to add hummus and nutritional yeast to egg scrambles; I bet it tastes a lot like this.

  47. January 25, 2010 10:14 pm

    Did you know i’ve never had a Brussel Sprout? You make them look so tasty! I want to try that hot chocolate soup you make too!

  48. Hanna M. permalink
    January 26, 2010 3:38 am

    No, thank YOU Heather for sharing so much with us!

  49. Hanna M. permalink
    January 26, 2010 3:39 am


  50. January 26, 2010 5:28 am

    Heather thank you SO much for sharing that coupon with us! I just stocked up on some JR Brown Rice Protein Powder. πŸ™‚

    I also love your combination of random foods, and I have no doubt that the tahini added to the cheesiness tastes divine. I checked out the cheesy recipe and I think I’m going to have to try it! First I need to invest in some nooch though.

    I love your blog!

  51. Morgan permalink
    January 26, 2010 6:08 am

    I made a pizza with this ‘cheese” and it was AMAZING!
    Im like you now, trying to figure out anything i can put it on πŸ™‚ totally addicting!
    Please keep posting your adventures with it, because i love the ideas!

  52. January 26, 2010 6:21 am

    I don’t know if I’m lacking in greenery lately, but after the shock of the simplest cheese idea ever wore off, I got extremely excited about your spiralized zucchini with brussel sprouts…must have…will buy today.

  53. January 26, 2010 6:44 am

    OMG I want that pizza cheese, and the hot chocolate with HEAVY whipped cream RIGHT NOW!! πŸ™‚

  54. January 26, 2010 7:32 am

    Oooh I’ve never seen “hot chocolate soup” – I’m intrigued!…

  55. January 26, 2010 7:38 am

    Yum, yum, gotta try that cheese. Bet it’d be good on potatoes!

  56. fitandfortysomething permalink
    January 26, 2010 7:58 am

    I agree with everyone! The cheeese looks amazing! Have a great day.

  57. January 26, 2010 9:20 am

    Cheese sauce over Brussels sprouts! Now there’s a lunch idea.
    I get some funny looks when I bring in my Tupperware full of Brussels sprouts to work for lunch. It helps that I work in a health freak accepting environment but there’s something about Brussels Sprouts makes people cringe.
    We should start a ‘love the Brussels sprouts’ movement.
    I’ll be pouring some cheesy hummus over them when I have some around. Watered down a little, that is my all time favorite easy to prepare salad dressing and/or everything dressing!

  58. January 26, 2010 10:55 am

    I can understand that kind of obsession. That sauce is worth it!

    And of course I have to stop by HEAB every day. A day w/o HEAB is like…anything without tahini. That should put it in perspective for you. πŸ™‚

  59. January 26, 2010 11:19 am

    Oh my. I need Mae’s cheese sauce. Looks delicious!!!

  60. Sweet and Fit permalink
    January 26, 2010 11:21 am

    your dinner last night looks so appetizing – i really need to invest in a spiralizer!

  61. ann permalink
    January 26, 2010 6:27 pm


    I was skeptical about trying this but “Oh my God” it was delicious. I can’t wait to get more brussels sprouts tomorrow.

    Heather, you are adorable and a genius.


  62. January 26, 2010 6:31 pm

    Ann, So happy you enjoyed!!! πŸ™‚


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