Before we swapped Greek style yogurt into recipes to bump up nutrition, there was cottage cheese. Traditionally it’s been thought of as a “diet food” along with grapefruit and rice cakes of decades past. Perhaps with good reason, given its ability to provide high quality protein and other vitamins and minerals in a low-calorie package (which aligned with theories of the time suggesting low calorie diets were the way to a trimmer waistline). But cottage cheese isn’t some tasteless, fad diet food. It’s your new best friend!
I love cottage cheese. Ask anyone. It’s been my go to protein source since high school, winning as a fast, satisfying snack to curb my hunger between meals or as part of a larger meal on the quick. It’s just so easy to take a scoop and go. No pots and pans or prep required. Besides being an excellent source of protein, it’s a good source of riboflavin (Vitamin B2) which helps convert food into energy. It can be purchased in full fat, low fat and fat free varieties, making it easy to choose your family’s preference. Cottage cheese is a staple on my grocery list for its versatility. Whether enjoyed on its own, with a favorite topping or mixed into either sweet or savory dishes, cottage cheese is a proven winner.
Give it a try! Here’s a few tasty recipes for inspiration.
Add it into:
- Smoothies. There are literally hundreds of recipes to choose from.
- Dips. Perhaps this Cottage Cheese Dill Dip will suit your fancy.
- On Toast- Avocado toast is all the rage. Try this recipe and add a heaping helping of protein to it.
- Scrambled Eggs. A simple recipe like this version will be a great place to start.
- Salads. Nothing like a cool summer salad with garden fresh veggies.
- Lasagna. An easy first to try, particularly those who don’t think they like cottage cheese. Consider trying this recipe by the Pioneer Woman. It’s A-MAY-ZING!
- Savory casseroles or quiches. Perfect comfort food.
- Rolls or Muffins. A little yeast and some cottage cheese can do amazing things together.
- Desserts (wait what?!) Really. You can put it in a cheesecake.
Oh, and if you’re looking for the nutrition stats: