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Apr 25, 2004 11:40 PM

Looking for tasty cottage cheese recipes for a non cottage cheese lover

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I have never been a fan of cottage cheese, it just looks like it would taste nasty. My personal trainer says it is one of the best sources of protein, but I am not at the point yet where I can just eat it straight. I would love to hear your recipes for tasty lowfat wayst to use cottage cheese or creative ways of adding it to familiar dishes.

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  1. Try adding some unsweetened crushed pineapple to it.

    BTW, cottage cheese is not particularly low fat, unless you buy low fat cottage cheese, which isn't particularly appetizing.

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      I find the 2% low fat variety perfectly palatable.

      I frequently blend lowfat cottage cheese with lowfat yogurt for a reasonable substitute for sour cream.

      Throw some strawberries and banana slices and a few ice cubes into the blender too for a refreshing smoothie.

      1. re: Gary Soup

        Nuh-uh!!! Trader Joe's non-fat cottage cheese is both tasty and satisfying in texture.

        I like it with a savory relish like corn relish or red pepper relish. And I like it sprinkled with cinnamon and Splenda Blend -- either white or brown sugar varieties.

        You can purée it and flavor it with garlic and herbs and use it like tzatziki.

        Cottage cheese is also an important ingredient in really yummy and flaky ruggelah dough.

      2. Hide it in Italian pasta dishes in place of ricotta. Spoon it onto a piece of toast, sprinkle with cinnamon and broil briefly.

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        1. re: Coyote

          Definitely agree. I was never a huge fan of lasagna except for Stouffer's which I figured out used cottage instead of ricotta. I make it homemade and it's delicious.

          1. re: Coyote

            What is the advantage? Not all ricotta is high fat.

            1. re: lagatta

              For me it's about taste but cottage has far fewer calories than ricotta. Both are high in protein but cottage has about half the calories for the same amount of protein.

          2. I don't eat the stuff but my mom eats it toasted with cinnamon all the time and a friend of mine eats it with peanut butter. Sounds awful to me but she loves it.

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            1. Jane Brody's Good Food Book has recipes for cottage cheese pancakes and cottage cheese cookies. I make them with whole wheat pastry flour instead of white. They are both nutritious and tasty.

              I don't have the book with me right now, so can't post recipes, but the book should be at your local library.

              1. No offense to you or your trainer but you can get excellent protein from many sources other than dairy products, which most nutritionists agree is not good for adults at all. To force yourself to eat cottage cheese which in regular form is extremely high in fat, and in the low-fat or no-fat version tastes DISGUSTING, seems like more trouble than its worth. Fish and soy are much better for you than dairy protein, much less fat and many more other important nutrients.

                That being said if you are committed to eating cottage cheese the real stuff (full fat) tastes fantastic with any kind of fruit or preserves, inside blintzes or crepes, and also can be used as a substitute for ricotta cheese in savory dishes, or for cream cheese on bagels or toast.

                Good luck.

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                1. re: snot-rock

                  I don't believe most nutritionists caution against eating dairy products. Most dairy products are, however, calorie dense, so maybe that's what you're getting at. They are a good source of protein and also of calcium which is important.

                  As for cottage cheese, there is a wide range of taste and texture differences among brands. My favorite brand is Friendship. It comes in various fat levels and also in a whipped version, without the lumps.

                  I'm not a nutriionist, but I recommend the whole fat version (4%). It's only about 30 more calories than the skim version and 20 more calories than the low fat version and doesn't have all the chemical additives (xantham gum, etc.) that low fat dairy products typically require to maintain texture.


                  1. re: snot-rock

                    Actually the bioavailability ie the amount of protein that your body absorbs from whey is greater than any other source (whey is often found in the liquid portion of the cottage cheese... unles you strain the cheese once you buy it.) As for the Amino Acid score ie the diversity of protein found in cottage cheese/whey it is low compared to fish or beef. And frankly you are incorrect about dairy products being bad for adults.Moreover the sodium found in regular soy sauce vastly negates its value in protein...( however soy milk on the other hand is a both non dairy low salt source of protein.)

                    1. re: sgreer13

                      I think the soy being referred to was tofu and the like, not soy sauce, which is not a protein source.

                      Regarding "amino acid score" of dairy vs. animal muscle, there really isn't any. There is no "diversity of protein" when it comes to nutrition. You either get your essential amino acids or you don't. There are many non-animal ways to get plenty of protein as well, including legumes, nuts and the like, all of which can provide all the protein you need.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Yes, but how a person translates this into actual daily nutrition is nebulous at best, since it doesn't let you know *which* amino acids are enriched and/or lacking. The old vegetarian "one from column A and one from column B" is more effective at assuring complete protein on a daily basis (e.g. pairing beans with corn to complete the protein). This just perpetuates the myth that animal protein sources are more nutritious than other protein sources. Amino acids are equal, regardless of their source.

                          1. re: Science Chick

                            I wasn't stating an opinion, I was just putting it out there that it does exist because you claimed "there really isn't any." There is, whether it's valid or not I don't know, but like I said "for the record." I'm not sure your final statement is 100% true but that's OK with me. Also lots of plants are not a complete protein sources which is an important consideration.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              I just get concerned when protein sources are "valued" in ways that are not useful for the average person, and that these "values" are used in hyperbolic manner sometimes. And, yes, plants are not complete sources alone often, but are when paired correctly (as per my example). Bottom line, if your nutrition/protein intake over the long haul is balanced, you are fine. You don't even need to eat each amino acid every day, just as long as you don't get depleted in the long haul.