A few weeks ago I emailed my latest blog post along with an example of what’s been cooking in my kitchen, as I usually do. This feature looked at cottage cheese, which I’ve been eating in an effort to get more protein – doctor’s orders since starting treatment for cancer.
I asked readers to share their favourite ways to enjoy cottage cheese, and six emailed me back these great ideas. If you’re tired of eating cottage cheese the same old way, or you just avoid it altogether, hopefully you’ll try one and be pleasantly surprised!
(Answers have been edited slightly for consistency.)
1. Cottage Cheese Banana Split
“One of my fave ways to eat a banana is to cut it in half and then cut each piece in half lengthwise. Arrange them in a circle on a small plate. Place a scoop of cottage cheese in the middle. Top with a spoonful of low-sugar strawberry jam and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds. Kinda like a banana split. Got this idea from Weight Watchers.” Debrah
(Note from Cheryl – I did the photo wrong! I forgot to cut each banana in half lengthwise.)
2. On Whole Grain Toast with Extra Pepper
“I love cottage cheese. I eat it on whole grain toast with extra pepper…yum!! I ate a ton of it when I was pregnant with my first child. It sustained me til the next snack attack. Haha. … Cottage cheese on toast for breakfast is the best …lol!.” Mona
(Note from Cheryl – I used a lot of pepper! Not sure I was meant to use that much. Perhaps Mona can chime in on the Facebook group discussion.)
3. Green Salad Boost
“Love to enhance protein with cottage cheese in my green salads.” Emily
4. Traditionalists – With Fruit
“Lorna and I like cottage cheese with orange segments or chunks of pineapple or fruit cocktail. Especially for breakfast. – As kids we put Roger’s Golden Syrup on it also when it was available but it was mainly fruit.” Bill
5. With Lasagna or Musilix and Fruit
“I don’t like cottage cheese except for in lasagna. My sister mixes in Musilix and fruit. She seems to like it.” Kelly
Since people typically use ricotta instead of cottage cheese for lasagna, I did a Google search to see if I could find out why. It seems some feel the cottage cheese is lighter and milder. Do you like lasagna with cottage instead of ricotta cheese? Let us know why in the Facebook group discussion. – Cheryl
Will you try one?
Cottage cheese may not be one of your favourites, but with one of these fresh ideas, perhaps it could be! It’s high in protein, although also high in sodium, so try to balance that.
Let me know if you try one of them, or better yet, chime in on the Facebook group.