I take fat free cottage cheese,drain it, and use it in place of most of cheeses since joining Spark... I've used it in eggs, on toasted sandwiches, on pita-pizzas...all delicious! I even mixed it with fruit and yogurt for a homemade protein shake (could've been better, but not bad)! A friend of mine way back had said something about using it in place of ricotta for a vegetarian lasagna... thinking about doing that with some whole-wheat lasagna pasta (once I find it) soon.
I used to throw it in oatmeal xD I think its because it reminds me of the salty Chinese porridge concoctions, and it didnt' really become too sticky or overwhelmingly cheesy, since I got the skim version.
When I had jam, I threw in a bit too. But now its too inconvenient to buy cottage cheese because its not at my normal grocery store.
Just a bit of pepper for a snack or side with my sandwich at lunch is always good. My favorite is to add pineapple chunks. I also mix it with yogurt, granola and fruit for a great breakfast. I love to add toasted, sliced almonds too for some extra crunch.
It seems like more people eat it with sweets (like fruit) than salty foods, but I pretty much only use it with savory foods. I use it with everything, but here are a few favorites:
diced cucumber and scallion mixed in with canned tuna (with dried or fresh dill, pepper) on a whole grain english muffin mixed with just some pepper Trader Joe's has this amazing red pepper & eggplant spread that is good with everything, but very yummy mixed w/cottage cheese
This is going to sound weird, but I really like cottage cheese with cantaloupe! Half a cantaloupe with the center filled with low-fat cottage cheese tastes so good--it's the perfect combination of salty and sweet!
For an easy snack, I pair it with a sweet fruit (berries, melon, nectarines, kiwi, etc). Tonight I am making a stuff potato recipe which uses it to make a version of a twice baked potato but adds some additional nutrients. I found the recipe on SP so I suggest doing a search for recipes which include it in the ingredients.
Here is a fantastic dessert made with cottage cheese:
1. Whip 1 C small curd/low fat cottage cheese in a food processor until it is smooth. 2. Mix up a pkg of Sug Free Fat Free Jello Pudding (cheesecake flavor). 3. Add the cottage cheese to the pudding and mix thoroughly 4. Top a serving of this with a teaspoon of graham cracker crumb
This will give you protein and the healthy benefits of cottage cheese and give that cheesecake flavor just a bit of a punch. The graham cracker crumbs substitute for a crust so you just get the "flavor" of crust without having it.
Another old Weight Watcher idea I utilize is to add a pkt of splenda to a cup of cottage cheese and add a dash or two of cinnamon. This can be put on a piece of whole wheat bread and toasted under the broiler or you can eat the cottage cheese as is.
My personal favorite is to mix cottage cheese with no-sugar-added applesauce and a dash of cinnamon!! (this would also work on whole wheat and broiled too!! YUMMY
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Plain or on top of potatoes like it is sour cream
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Sometimes I'll shred a few radishes into it or I'll chop some chives out of my garden into it.
when i was a kid and my mom wanted to give us a healthy snack she would give us cottage cheese with either peaches or pears in it, sometimes on a lettuce leaf in a bowl but now that i am older i totally love it and now i want some.
First, have you tried looking for a lower-sodium brand? I recently discovered one and it does make a difference! (President's Choice 2% Cottage Cheese with Howaru; it has about 100 mg less sodium than Nordica).
I usually eat cottage cheese without anything on it, but when I do want a topping, I stick with berries or fresh fruit.
I like it on my salad with salsa. A lot of people like mixing it with different fruits to add sweetness, that might be able to balance out the saltiness for you. For me adding it to raw veggies or salads do the trick though.
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