Protein can help you lose fat, tack on muscle mass, or sustain your current shape. But sometimes the chocolate protein shakes and chicken breasts and eggs grow redundant, and the craving for something on the creamier side takes hold. Why not cottage cheese? Cottage cheese is high in casein protein, which is naturally digested slowly, while it’s low in fat and high in calcium. Sounds pretty appealing huh? Well, that's why we’ve pulled together the 5 best tasting and healthiest cottage cheese recipes out there!
1. Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Not only does this recipe include the sought after high protein cottage cheese as one of its core ingredients, but it also calls for high in fiber oatmeal which will leave you and that appetite well satisfied long after you’ve cleared your plate!
- 1/2 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 medium banana
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 large egg whites (or 1 egg)
- 1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
You can also add in any berries of your choice or chocolate to sweeten it all up a bit! Now take all your ingredients, toss them in a blender, and blend until the consistency is smooth. Next coat a large nonstick skillet with butter or cooking spray, and put over medium heat. Drop the batter by increments of ¼ cup onto the warmed skillet, adding in any toppings you see fit (berries/chocolate chips).
Cook until the batter on the skillet begins to show bubbles on top, then flip and continue cooking until the pancake has achieved a golden brown color. You should be able to make 4 total!
2. Cottage Cheese and Apples
The apples included in this recipe come rich in fiber (3.6 to 4.4 grams of fiber per apple), which dually help you cut weight (fiber leaves you feeling fuller longer due to its ability to encourage your body to absorb more water) and maintain healthy bowel movement.
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 2 tbsp. raisins
- 2 tbsp. slivered almonds
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 sliced apples
It doesn’t get much easier in terms of prep for this recipe folks! Simply stir together the cottage cheese, raisins, slivered almonds, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until it has all been well mixed.
Then simply spoon your final mixture into a bowl of your choice and serve it all up with some sliced apples.
3. Polish Noodles
This dish makes for a phenomenal comfort food option, and comes packed with plenty of healthy carbs and protein.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 (16 oz.) package egg noodles
- 1 (16 oz.) package cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
For this recipe, begin by melting your ½ cup butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Then take your small-diced onion, toss into saucepan, and cook and stir for 8 minutes.
Next bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook your egg noodles for around 5 minutes. Drain after the 5 minutes, and add your egg noodles back to the large empty pot.
Last, stir your butter/onion mixture, cottage cheese, sour cream, sea salt and black pepper vigorously so they’re well dispersed throughout the noodles—this should take around 8 minutes.
4. Low Carb, Low Fat Lemon Ice Cream
With summer rapidly approaching, and the hotter weather settling in for the long ride, many of us have begun to develop a craving for cool and refreshing ice cream! Unfortunately ice cream usually isn't very healthy, but this is not the case with this sensational culinary innovation that doesn’t even taste like cottage cheese!
- 1 cup of cottage cheese
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
- 4 Tbsp. sugar-free sweetener
Then simply combine all the ingredients in a blender, and puree until the consistency is smooth with no lumps present. Last freeze the final mixture as according to the ice cream manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Easy Lasagna Recipe with Cottage Cheese
Follow this recipe and whip up the table’s favorite comfort food dish in a jiffy.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 jar (32 oz.) spaghetti sauce
- 32 ounces cottage cheese
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- salt (for taste)
- black pepper (for taste)
- 9 lasagna noodles
- 1/2 cup water
Begin by heating the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Next, add your spaghetti sauce and simmer for a total of 5 minutes. Next in a baking dish (ideally 9×13 inches) evenly spread ¾ cup of your sauce mixture. Cover the sauce mixture with three lasagna noodles, 1 ¾ cup of cheese mixture, and ¼ cup of sauce. Repeat the layering process twice over. Top it all with 3 noodles, whatever sauce and cheese (parmesan and mozzarella) you have left, and add the half-cup of water to the edges of your baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes remove the foil and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes. Take it out, let it cool, and enjoy!