11 Creative Uses for Cottage Cheese

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11 Healthy Cottage Cheese Recipes

Try these super tasty ways to prepare your favorite protein-packed food!

Delightful Dips

Puree cottage cheese with fresh herbs, garlic, or shallots for a healthier chip dip. (It's great with veggies or whole-wheat crackers, too!)

Stuffed Squash

Stuff a butternut squash with sauteed onions and mushrooms, toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs, eggs, and cottage cheese for a lighter take on a classic gratin. Top with arugula or parsley and fresh rosemary!

Creamy Enchiladas

Top with salsa and dig in with baked chips or veggie sticks. Or puree salsa and cottage cheese for a creamy enchilada sauce!

Super Stuffed Potatoes

Stuff cottage cheese into a baked potato (sweet or white) with a slice of chopped bacon and chives. Sprinkle on a bit of shredded Cheddar, if you prefer.

Awesome Appetizers

Whip cottage cheese until it's fluffy, then add black pepper and herbs. Spread on toasted whole-wheat baguettes and top with a slice of tomato or cucumber for a quick appetizer.

Perk Up Pesto

Mix cottage cheese with pesto for a creamy pasta topper or a dip. Add strips of roasted red pepper or sun-dried tomatoes for an added burst of flavor.

Quick Sweet Snack

Top cottage cheese with berries or jam for a sweet treat. Spread on whole-wheat toast or stuff into crepes for a quick breakfast, or eat on its own for an after-dinner snack.

Luscious Lasagna

Swap cottage cheese into your lasagna for a boost of protein and creaminess. Think beyond traditional lasagna: Try thinly sliced butternut squash with roasted chicken breast, and a creamy sauce made with cottage cheese and plenty of sage and black pepper.

Souped-Up Smoothies

Blend cottage cheese into your favorite smoothie recipe. Try peaches, berries, and honey, or banana with low-sugar chocolate syrup!

Boost Baked Goods

Use cottage cheese in place of oil in your favorite baked goods. Try it in banana bread, bran muffins, and blueberry cobbler.

Primo Pasta

Toss cottage cheese with freshly cooked whole-wheat pasta, loads of fresh herbs like basil and parsley, and lemon zest and black pepper. Add cooked veggies like broccoli, spinach or asparagus, plus bell peppers and onions, for a creamy pasta primavera.

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10/21/2013 7:18:10 AM

love this site great recipes.thanks for the new cottage cheese ideas


10/21/2013 12:06:13 AM

Like sparkbjok I like any kind of cottage chees, but especially with cut up fresh fruit. Being vegetarian I never combine it with meat, nor any of the false sweeteners like Splenda sugar twin etc which destroy your body. Stevia is the only one I would use .
A delicious treat is melt bakers dark chocolate and add a bit of honey or stevia then drizzle it over a mound of cottage cheese for a great dessert
So many other delightful recipes besides the original offering.


10/20/2013 8:55:42 PM

DONNA046's SparkPage
So many good ideas! Is there a way they can be collected and saved without having to re-key them all or copy by hand - to collect and save for updating with nutrition info, and for printing to use as recipe while cooking?


10/20/2013 5:16:35 PM

So many great ideas!

Here's my go-to for breakfast:

3/4 fat free cottage cheese
3/4 c. fresh blueberries
28 almonds
1 tblsp honey
1/2 tsp Vietnamese cinnamon (very strong)



10/20/2013 2:55:24 PM

PAM_COOPER's SparkPage
Great ideas!


10/20/2013 1:41:14 PM

Favorite and so simple: For lunch the following day, mix Original Mrs. Dash with cottage cheese and refrigerate overnight. The herbs and spices suffuse the cottage cheese with flavor, and it's very satisfying, with no additional calories. If you have time, you can also chop fresh veggies to mix in, but do that in the a.m. or just before eating.


10/20/2013 11:46:02 AM

BLUEROSE's SparkPage
My favorite way is a cottage cheese omelet. It's super simple just add cottage cheese, a
Touch of salt n pepper to the omelette. Really delicious and I am not really a big fan of cottage cheese.


10/20/2013 9:20:33 AM

NANCYANNE55's SparkPage
You can also put a bit in eggs before scrambling them, in leiu of milk. Delicious!


10/20/2013 7:55:37 AM

My favorite way to use cottage cheese is in a cottage cheese/special K roast which is a favorite vegetarian entree. It is tasty, nutritious and very popular at our vegetarian potlucks at our church.


10/20/2013 7:12:07 AM

Cottage Cheese, frozen grapes(good as candy) and small portion of chopped walnuts on top. I eat that with light whole wheat toast, a touch of Smart Balance buttery spreand a a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar


10/20/2013 6:55:35 AM

I mix 1/2 cup cottage cheese with a teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 packets of Splenda for a delicious sweet treat *packed* with protein. Also, it can be spread onto a slice of whole grain bread and broiled for a yummy breakfast 'pastry'.


10/20/2013 6:29:33 AM

JUICYLOVE2's SparkPage
Good morning--Great suggestions, thank you.
I'd like to share my fave cottage cheese recipe:

1 Package Jello--sugar free or regular.
2 Cups low fat cottage cheese
1 Cup hot water.

Pour jello into blender container.
Add water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Add cottage cheese and puree.

Be sure to liquify the mixture or it can be gritty.

Divide equally among 4 containers and refrigerate until set.

I have used portable containers for lunches/snacks at work.


ENJOY!--My fave is lime flavour.


10/20/2013 5:45:03 AM

Found similar recipe online:

Acorn or Butternut Squash Stuffed with Mushroom Cheese Filling

2 acorn or butternut squash
1/2 lb. mushrooms, chopped
1 c onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 c low fat cottage cheese
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 c parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 c cooked brown rice or bread crumbs
2 tbsp. dry white wine (optional)
Split the squash lengthwise, remove seeds, and bake, face down, on a non-stick tray or on a tray sprayed with non-stick spray for 30 minutes at 350o or until tender. While the squash are baking, saute mushrooms, onions and garlic with salt and pepper until onions are soft. Drain well (save liquid) and combine with the remaining ingredients. Fill the squash cavities amply and bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes at 350F. Baste with liquid from saut� during baking.


10/19/2013 1:45:50 AM

Thanks for sharing.


10/17/2013 7:44:07 PM

Made the primavera and the cottage balled up into one mass, not sure why but it did taste good, however it was not filling and I even added some polish sausage to it. I would have felt more satisfied if I had eaten a cup of cottage cheese by itself.

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