Cottage cheese might not be for everyone, but you might be surprised at how many cottage cheese recipes are up your alley. Cottage cheese is a healthy protein-packed snack item that can be made into various cottage cheese creations. From healthy cheesecake to a creamy cottage cheese alfredo sauce, cottage cheese is the underutilized item that might change how you look at meals. Get creative and read on to learn new ways to up your kitchen game.
Easy Cottage Cheese Recipes for Snacks
Cottage cheese alone is a delicious, healthy, and protein-forward snack. Not everyone wants to just eat cottage cheese alone and it could get boring if you were to eat it every day. There are plenty of cottage cheese recipes for snacks that are easy to make, yummy to eat, and healthy. From breakfast to a late afternoon snack, even a midnight snack, these cottage cheese recipes will not only satisfy you but will keep you full longer with protein-dense cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese, one that has not been aged, as most cheeses are. Fun fact-Curds and Whey from the kid’s nursery rhyme is cottage cheese. The curd is the lumps and the whey is the liquid.
For savory snack cottage cheese recipes, you can top cottage cheese with an egg, and seasonings of choice, sprinkle it with a few chives, and if you like it spicy a little sriracha or hot sauce of choice. Make cottage cheese toast, think avocado toast with cottage cheese and any other toppings you might enjoy. Add avocado, sprinkle with salt and a little pepper, and top with microgreens. Top crackers with cottage cheese, or use as a dip with veggies and/or fruit. Create a cottage cheese salad with fresh tomato, and cucumber, sprinkled with a little salt and pepper for a fresh summer snack that will sustain you for hours.
Cottage cheese can easily be substituted for items that would have called for yogurt, instead of a yogurt bowl, create a cottage cheese bowl for breakfast, or a snack at any time of the day. Use all of your favorite ingredients that you might have otherwise, fresh fruit, a sprinkle of granola, a little chia seed, coconut flakes, a drizzle of honey, or almond butter. You will have yourself a meal or hearty snack that will hold you over for hours with the dense protein.
Enjoy a scoop with a little bit of fresh jam for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or top with sliced apple and cinnamon. Spread some on your next wrap for lunch in place of sliced cheese, press it on the grill, or panini press for a melted sandwich to spruce up your routine lunches. Once you start to enjoy cottage cheese in a few different ways you will realize how versatile cottage cheese recipes can be and how easy it is to make a protein-rich snack that will not only satisfy you but also keep your health goals on track.
Cottage Cheese Recipes for Baking
Cottage cheese recipes are also used in a variety of baked goods, and not just if you trying to satisfy your sweet tooth. Cheese blintz can go either way, topped with sweet strawberries or made into a savory side dish. Cottage cheese recipes don’t always have to call for cottage cheese, they can call for other types of cheese and be substituted for cottage cheese such as cheesecake, lasagna, or other types of cheese with similar consistencies. Such as Buttermilk Cheese, Goat Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Pot Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Cream Havarti, Swiss Cheese, Fromage Blac, and Red Leicester.
Cottage cheese recipes can also be a bit different than your usual thought process when using cottage cheese for example, if you love Mexican food, adding cottage cheese to your favorite enchilada recipe will provide a creamier enchilada that although has a similar melting point, but will keep the rest of the ingredients bound for the perfect melted center. Once you add cottage cheese to your enchiladas you will never go back to just a cheese blend!
Other cottage cheese recipes such as casseroles are the perfect amount of creaminess and the cottage cheese melts and binds together the rest of the cheeses that you might have used. If you are feeling inspired and looking for even more cottage cheese recipes, check out Taste Of Home for 50 more cottage cheese recipes to inspire you and spark your appetite and add to your cottage cheese recipes.
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Cottage Cheese Recipes in Everyday Cooking
In addition to the above, here are common ingredients you can substitute for cottage cheese-ricotta (lasagna, stuffed shells), use instead of feta if you don’t care for the salty cheese, use in place of cream cheese, yogurt, and heavy cream for some recipes. If the consistency of cottage cheese is holding you back, there are various ways to overcome the lumpiness that makes cottage cheese. You can spread it out, mash it up, blend it or even whip cottage cheese, for even more cottage cheese recipes.
Add a scoop of cottage cheese to scrambled eggs for a boost of protein and added creaminess, and the cottage cheese will melt and blend like most full-fat cheeses. If the texture of cottage cheese is your deterrent, find cottage cheese recipes that call for whipped cottage cheese. This is exactly what it sounds like, whipping cottage cheese removes the lumpy factor of cottage cheese and incorporates the dense creaminess into a whipped delight. You might be pleasantly surprised at these cottage cheese recipes, use this as a substitute for yogurt, add a dollop to your pancakes, waffles, or french toast or dip your favorite fruit in the whipped cottage cheese.
Throw on some cottage cheese to a salad is another way to get some extra protein in, great for vegetarians. For breakfast, you can add a scoop to your waffles or pancakes and then top them with syrups and fruit. Use instead of yogurt to make new cottage cheese recipes with a parfait layered in cottage cheese or add a scoop to your morning smoothie. If you want your children to enjoy these cottage cheese recipes, start them young and introduce cottage cheese to them early on. Easy to eat and a great source of protein, that is not the usual option.
People seem to love or hate cottage cheese, most don’t care for the texture and find it weird. Which makes sense, it’s a lumpy cheese that can be considered rubbery. However, when used in cooking it has the same melt factor as any other high-fat cheese and adds a creaminess that can rival heavy cream. Cottage cheese recipes can be a fun new way to incorporate this often misunderstood cheese while adding a little something new into your weekly meal planning.
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