You might not have thought about cottage cheese as a versatile, healthful ingredient, but it can do so much more than just be a lumpy old-timey diet fad. From breakfast, to lunch, and even dinner, there are a lot of ways you can use this unexpected protein to make healthier meals for your family.
1. Spread it on thin apple slices with cinnamon for a healthy breakfast or snack.
Apples are the perfect complement to the rich texture of cottage cheese. This savory-sweet combination is great for breakfast, and it also fills the house with the sweet fall scent of apples and cinnamon.
2. Mix in a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter for a creamy cottage cheese spread.
Spreading a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter on a bowl of cottage cheese adds texture and flavor, as well as some extra protein. This is a simple, delicious breakfast option that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
3. Try it as a healthy substitute for sour cream on a veggie sandwich or wrap.
You can replace sour cream in your favorite sandwiches and wraps with cottage cheese, creating a healthier version that's just as delicious. Try these low-carb broccoli and cheese crescent wraps, or this vegetarian egg bake with feta and cottage cheese.
4. Stir it into your morning smoothie to give it a creamy, dairy-free boost.
A creamy, dairy-free addition to your morning smoothie can help make it more filling and keep you full until lunchtime. Add a spoonful of cottage cheese to your fruit smoothie recipe, and you'll get an extra dose of protein without adding too many calories.