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  • Elle Apr 25, 2004 11:40 PM
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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. re: mleigh

              toasted?

            2. 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.

                  http://www.friendshipdairies.com/prod...

                  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: Science Chick

                        There is actually an "amino acid score" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_..., http://nutritiondata.self.com/help/an... just for the record.

                        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.

                  2. I just use lowfat ricotta. Same protein, less completely disgusting appearance.

                    1. i like cottage cheese only one way: very fresh, very cold and topped with some kind of trail mix or salty nuts or seeds. i really don't like sweet, like fruit, on top of it (except for maybe a few pcs of dried fruit from the trail mix, like raisins or dried apricots). i can't stand if it gets runny, like from juice from any fruit). but something about the salty, crunchy nuts on the creamy cottage cheese is really wonderful (lots of extra protein from the nuts, too).

                      1. I didn't used to be a fan of cottage cheese, until I tried it topped with a little salt, fresh ground pepper, and the squeeze of a lemon. The tartness of lemon juice and the pepper gives it a kick that makes it much, much more palatable.

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                        1. re: DanaB

                          My husband loves it that way as a side dish at dinner--he says it's a product of his German background.

                        2. I love cottage cheese and generally eat it plain. The only thing i've ever mixed it with is some egg noodles and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

                          I've also found that different brands have very different tastes. Breakstone's 2% is very good. If you are somewhere that they have Dean's dairy products, thats the best cottage cheese ive ever had. I wish i could get it in New York. I dont like the friendship brand at all.

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                          1. re: belle

                            that's interesting, i like friendship & hate breakstone. plain only - i hate it with fruit added. my favorite brand by far is nancy's but unfortunately it's not available in nyc.

                          2. Whip it up with your favorite spices and spread it on crackers, or add a little milk after whipping and add your favorite crudite dip seasonings.

                            1. Garlic, salt, minced herbs

                              1. The large curd kind mixed with Patak's mild curry paste. Sounds strange, and I don't know how I started doing it.

                                1. I mix in cinammon and Equal.

                                  I like it with salsa on a toasted scooped bagel.

                                  You might also try parmesan, garlic powder, and italian seasonings.

                                  Or mix it with egg whites for protein omelette.

                                  As a bizarre note, I prefer the non-fat cottage cheese. I know, I'm weird.

                                  1. I eat cottage cheese every morning. Love it. I think the best brand is cabot. I buy the full fat and nonfat versions and mix them together to make 2%. The full fat version is dreamy however. Like to mix it w fruit and eat w whole grain crackers, mix in sugar and cinammon or jam.. Good on toasted pita.

                                    1. Alaskan Crab Quiche
                                      from To Market, To Market...
                                      A Collection of Kentucky Recipes

                                      INGREDIENTS:
                                      1 package (6 ounces) king crab meat
                                      1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
                                      2 Tablespoons butter
                                      4 eggs
                                      1 cup sour cream
                                      1 cup small curd cottage cheese
                                      1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
                                      1/4 cup flour
                                      1 teaspoon onion powder
                                      1/4 teaspoon salt
                                      4 drops hot pepper sauce
                                      2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
                                      TO PREPARE:
                                      1. Thaw and drain crab meat.
                                      2. In a medium-sized skillet, sauté mushrooms in butter until tender. Drain. Set aside.
                                      3. In blender, mix next eight ingredients.
                                      4. Fold in mushrooms, Jack cheese, and crab meat. Pour into 10-inch quiche dish.
                                      5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until golden brown, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
                                      SERVINGS: 6

                                      1. Just add some really good smoked trout. YUM!

                                        1. I used to take cottage cheese and put it on Pita bread with sprinkle some cinnamon and a little sweet n low on top and put it under the broiler to get toasty. Very tasty that way.

                                          1. I also used to use it mixed in with tuna instead of mayo on a tuna sandwich

                                            1. Cottage Cheese Salad recipe
                                              (it's a favorite party dish)

                                              1 sweet onion, diced
                                              1 green bell pepper, diced
                                              1T. Worcestershire
                                              1 T. lemon juice
                                              3 T. Mayo
                                              1 t. fresh black pepper
                                              1 t. salt
                                              1 large container of small curd cottage cheese

                                              Strain and rinse the cottage cheese. (I prefer it strained, but I've made it without straining it, and it works, too.) In a bowl, combine lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt & pepper and mayo. (I use Canola-based mayo for lower calorie count.) Fold in raw veggies and cottage cheese, and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours...preferably overnight. Taste after marinating and adjust salt & pepper as needed.

                                              **This is fantastic and fresh. In the summer, when good tomatoes are in season, I also add fresh tomatoes with the onion and bell pepper!

                                              1. Mix it with Natural Peanut butter, cinnamon, and splenda. It sounds gross but for some reason tastes delicious! Like a healthy dessert. Try it at least once before you think I'm insane!

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                                                1. re: dodus

                                                  also add a little jelly and you feel like you're eating a pbj sandwich...it's delicious!

                                                  1. re: dodus

                                                    This was my grandmas breakfast and now mine. Toast bread, your choice, top with peanut butter, some cottage cheese, and then some jam of your preference. Strange, but really good and satisfying!

                                                    1. re: geminigirl

                                                      Peanut butter and cottage cheese sandwiches were my favorite in high school.

                                                  2. wedge a good heirloom tomato, fill the cavities with some delicious cottage cheese, top with some fresh ground pepper and salt.... my favorite snack ever

                                                    1. I like cottage cheese (the low fat variety) mixed with ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil, spread on Pepperidge Farm thin sliced wheat bread and toasted for breakfast in the mornings. Found that idea on a Body For Life group years ago, Also enjoy it with pineapple or canteloupe, or simply in a bowl just seasoned with some salt and freshly ground pepper. When I was travelling through Pennsylvania last year, we ate at a restaurant where we were served a side dish of cottage cheese topped with apple butter. I'd never heard of that before and it didn't look terribly appetizing, but it tasted ok.

                                                      1. Diane Mott Davidson writes a mystery series about a caterer/detective whose plots revolve around an event menu, and of course gives the recipes for all the courses. In her latest, "Fatally Flaky", she has a recipe for "Arch's Flapjacks" that includes cottage cheese and looks pretty good, though I haven't gotten around to trying it yet. You can see the recipe and read excerpts from the book at
                                                        http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Fata...
                                                        if you click on the "see inside" link and go to page 306.

                                                        My wife thinks that you can replace ricotta cheese with cottage cheese in recipes, but a recent experiment proved this is a risky concept. She made an amoretto cheesecake using cottage cheese that tasted great but was way too runny!

                                                        1. Fresh tomatoes (grape tomatoes really work, as they don't get mushy), shredded fresh basil, and a sprinkle of crunchy Maldon Sea Salt. Lovely!

                                                          1. I cut up a freash cucumber, mix cottage cheese a little lemon juice and then apple cider vingear. It makes a great low fat salad. Find out yourself by taste how much you care for the lemon and vingear. You can always add other veggies too that might seem appetizing. The cider is suppose to help burn fat. At least this is filling and you get protein.

                                                            1. Large-curd with snipped fresh dill, horseradish, salt & pepper. This was a favorite in the relish cart at The Dog Team Tavern, in Middlebury, VT (long gone).

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                                                                1. I second Emme's recommendation of a good salsa mixed with cottage cheese. The taste is very refreshing and yummy!

                                                                  1. Top it with slices of avocado, some pico de gallo, and shake on (lots of) Cholula sauce. Mmm-mmm.

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                                                                    1. re: Channa

                                                                      Someone on one of the Avocado threads suggesting cutting an avocado in half, filling the space left by the stone with cottage cheese and eating bites with both.

                                                                      YUM. I can't believe how those two simple things complement each other so well!

                                                                    2. One of my favorite breakfasts is Knudsen's 2% cottage cheese warmed up in a non-stick (to evaporate some of the liquid) scrambled with a couple of egg whites. Sometimes one white and one whole egg, it depends how I feel and how worthy my eggs are.
                                                                      This gets cooked gently and is served with only fresh black pepper, no salt needed.
                                                                      My piece of work Ex used to make gagging noises when I made this particular treat, which only makes me enjoy it now even more. Sometimes I flip the bird in his general direction while I'm plating up.

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                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                        Big fan of cottage cheese. My mom used to buy the little containers for me as an after school nack, and I always ate it with potato chips. still love it that way.

                                                                        Also Farmers chop suey/cottage cheese salad.
                                                                        chop up whatever veggies you like (cucumber, onion, bell pepper. radish, carrot, tomato) mix in some sour cream, salt and pepper. I like to add a little garlic powder and onion powder. Grew up eating the stuff and still love it.

                                                                      2. My mom makes the best non-traditional mac n cheese with cottage cheese. cook pasta al dente with plenty of salt, drain, add 1 small tub of low fat cottage cheese, stir well, add black pepper, put in baking dish and top with extra thick slices of extra sharp white cheddar. put the tiniest bit of milk or water just to cover the bottom of the dish and bake at 350 until golden (45 minutes or more). Totally different than cream sauce mac n cheese but phenomenal none the less.

                                                                        1. I love cottage cheese and prefer its savory variations. My favorite way to eat it is with diced cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, with lots of salt and pepper and a drop of vinegar (any kind really). If I have any fresh herbs (especially parsley, chives, or dill) on hand, they go in too. I have a friend who likes hers with diced radishes and chives, which isn't bad either.

                                                                          Some times I use cottage cheese in place of salad dressing- just a big lump of it on my salad. Mmmm :)

                                                                          1. Hi,

                                                                            I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta in lasagna. I Also use it in meatloaf, enchiladas, and a breakfast egg "quiche" recipe.

                                                                            Maybe you might like it straight with something on top, like fruit or salsa. A fav breakfast is a waffle with cottage cheese, fruit, a little syrup and some chopped nuts on top...

                                                                            1. I ran out of cream cheese a few weeks ago and used cottage cheese instead for spinach artichoke dip and it was great.

                                                                              1. I don't eat meat during Lent, and cottage cheese is one of my go to proteins. My current favorite is to take a (single serving) cup of mandarin oranges packed in water, open the container and pour the water over the top of the cottage cheese. Eat the drained mandarins separately.

                                                                                I don't stir the cottage cheese and drained orange water together.

                                                                                The other old favorite is to place cottage cheese on a bed of shredded lettuce, top with thousand island dressing and sprinkle liberally with toasted, salted, sunflower kernels.

                                                                                1. There's got to be things you LIKE to eat instead of forcing yourself to eat something new.

                                                                                  I just started eating it with walnuts.

                                                                                  Hey - eat nuts - they are pretty dense in protein, full of GOOD fat, and naturally vegan!

                                                                                  1. Top a baked potato, adding salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. It sounded terrible to me until I tried it. It's very satisfying.