Delicious Ways to Create High-Protein Dishes Using Cottage Cheese

People either love or hate cottage cheese. Those who like the soft white cheese praise it for its tangy and creamy flavor, along with its high protein content. And those who abstain from cottage cheese usually can’t get over its texture. But regardless if you enjoy cottage cheese on its own or need it mixed into something, there are a number of delicious dishes that incorporate the versatile cheese and showcase its versatility. Cottage cheese is packed with protein, vitamins, and calcium, so finding ways to mix it into your meals will yield great health benefits. Here are 7 recipes that showcase the cheese in all of its glory.

1. Spicy Cranberry Compote Oatmeal with Cottage Cheese

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Kicking things off with some breakfast recipes, we first come to this formula for an oatmeal dish that is taken up a notch thanks to the addition of cranberry compote and cottage cheese. This oatmeal recipe from Fannetastic Food yields a filling breakfast with three layers: A classic oatmeal base, a creamy cottage cheese middle, and a cranberry compote topping. Dig your spoon into all three layers and you have the perfect bite of savory and sweet. This protein and fiber-packed morning meal will fill you up the healthy way.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup raw oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk (or soy)
  • 1/3 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Few shakes of cinnamon
  • Few shakes of nutmeg

Directions: Combine oatmeal ingredients in a bowl, microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring once. Set aside.

In a small pan or skillet, mix all cranberry compote ingredients. Turn heat to medium and stir frequently, until desired consistency is reached.

In your original oatmeal bowl, layer cottage cheese over the cooked oatmeal, followed by the cranberry compote topping. Add a sprinkle of brown sugar, if desired.

2. Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Next up are cottage cheese pancakes from Weelicious. Regardless if you and your breakfast guests like cottage cheese on its own, you’ll definitely enjoy these pancakes. You won’t even know cottage cheese is the pancakes’ star ingredient, as it gets mixed into the batter also made from eggs, flour, baking powder, and salt. Putting cottage cheese in your pancakes amps up their nutritional profile and gives them the ability to satiate you all the way until lunch time.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Butter, oil or oil spray

Directions: Place the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and whisk.

In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredients. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Heat a large sauté pan or griddle over medium heat, lightly coat with oil or butter and pour about 1 tbsp of the mixture onto the griddle for each pancake.

Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until pancakes are set and golden.

3. Peach, Banana, Honey, and Cottage Cheese Smoothie

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Another way to incorporate cottage cheese in your breakfast is by blending it with fruits to make a smoothie. This recipe from Rachel Cooks yields a peach, banana, honey, and cottage cheese smoothie that tastes like summer but can be enjoyed any month of the year. Thanks to the fiber and natural sugars from the fruit and the protein from the cottage cheese, this smoothie can serve as a nutritious substitute to any breakfast you typically chew and it can be made in minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 heaping cups frozen peach slices
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey (more or less to taste)

Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

4. Cottage Cheese Salad

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Moving on to lunch, we come to this cottage cheese salad from Taste of Home. This simple dish can be enjoyed at all times of the year, and it comes together in less than 5 minutes. People typically go the sweet route when they’re enjoying their cottage cheese, combining it with jam or fruit, but this formula highlights that cottage cheese can shine on the savory side of things, too, as it is paired with veggies, tomatoes, and sour cream. Make this salad for your midday meal and enjoy it alongside a sandwich or on its own.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon ranch salad dressing mix

Directions: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve immediately.

5. Cottage Cheese Spinach Salad

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Here’s another salad enlisting cottage cheese that is all about the pairing of greens with cheese. For this cottage cheese spinach salad from Epicurious, you’re combining your base of spinach with cottage cheese and pecans, and then dressing the salad with a homemade sauce made from sugar, vinegar, horseradish, and mustard. Cottage cheese tastes just as great on a salad as feta, goat cheese, and mozzarella, but this time, you don’t have to feel any guilt about going heavy handed on the cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 (12-ounce) small curd cottage cheese
  • ½ cup chopped pecan, toasted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard

DirectionsIn a large serving bowl, layer half of the spinach, cottage cheese and pecans. Repeat. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, drizzle over salad and toss.

6. Baked Mac and Cheese

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You can also add cottage cheese to a classic dish to make it even creamier. Check out this baked mac and cheese recipe from Smitten Kitten to see what we mean. Why only have one type of cheese in your favorite comfort food when you can have two? The more the merrier, especially when one comes with a punch of protein. Next time a craving for mac and cheese strikes, pull out the cottage cheese along with the butter, milk, cheddar cheese, and pasta, and serve this lunch or dinner up to cottage cheese lovers and abstainers, alike.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked.

Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven. Use one tablespoon butter to grease a 9-inch round or square baking pan.

In a blender, purée cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper together. Reserve 1/4 cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.

Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes more, until browned. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

7. Four-Cheese Spinach Pizza

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Last but not least is one final lunch or dinner dish that will help anyone and everything get their cottage cheese fix, regardless if they can tolerate the white cheese on its own. Enter: four-cheese spinach pizza from Taste of Home. All cottage cheese texture issues just went out the window. Grab your Parmesan, mozzarella, feta, and cottage cheese and get going. For this pizza, the four cheeses will pair with a homemade sauce that tops a thin pizza crust. Bake your pie in the oven for less than 15 minutes and then it’s finally time to eat your protein-packed treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ½ cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 prebaked 12-inch thin pizza crust
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions: In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute spinach for 2-3 minutes or until wilted; remove from the skillet. Cool slightly; chop.

In a large bowl, combine ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir in the spinach, salt and pepper. Spread over crust to within ½ in. of edges.

In a large bowl, combine the tomato, onions, olives, basil, oil, vinegar and garlic; sprinkle over spinach mixture. Top with the feta cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until cheese softens and is lightly browned.

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