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Wanna Curdle? Embrace Cottage Cheese In 8 New Recipes

Not sure what to do with those lumpy, white curds? These recipes will have you enjoying cottage cheese so much you’ll forget that you’re eating it.

Whether you're cutting fat, building muscle or just trying to maintain your shape, protein is a necessary nutrient in your diet. Of course protein shakes and chicken breasts will help you get those necessary grams, but what if you're in the mood for something creamy? Cottage cheese can be a delicious addition to your diet.

Cottage cheese is a wonderful addition to your diet plan because it's rich in casein protein, which your body will digest slowly. It is also low in fat and high in calcium. All in all, it will support your body composition goals whether you want to burn fat or build lean muscle tissue.

You might be surprised at the many yummy ways you can prepare cottage cheese. Rather than plugging your nose and forcing it down, try any one of these recipes and see how non-scary cottage cheese can be!

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Cottage Cheese
Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

Topping

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients and one half of banana until smooth.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Pour the batter onto the skillet in medium sized circles and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles form on the edges.
  4. Flip and then cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from skillet and top with extra peanut butter and sliced banana before serving.
  6. (We added cinnamon and sugar-free maple syrup for a little extra flavor!)

Nutritional Info Per Serving (makes two servings)
Calories: 282.5
Carbs: 39g
Fat: 7.5g
Protein: 20.5g



Walden Farms Sugar Free Syrup

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Cottage Cheese
Breakfast

Directions

  1. Lightly toast whole grain English muffin.
  2. Smear fat-free mayonnaise on each half and top with turkey breast and tomato slice.
  3. On each half, spoon 1/4 cup of the cottage cheese on top of tomato.
  4. Top each half with avocado and a sprinkle of green onions and ground pepper.

Nutritional Info (per half muffin)
Calories: 159
Carbs: 41g
Fat: 33g
Protein: 12g

Cottage Cheese Breakfast PDF (29.6 KB)

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Cottage Cheese
Cheesecake

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, 2 tbsp. of the Splenda and butter in a small bowl.
  3. Press mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch spring-form pan, to form crust.
  4. In a blender, mix cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of egg whites.
  5. Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup of Splenda, and 1 1/2 cups egg whites until well blended.
  6. Add in the cottage cheese mixture and continue to beat until combined.
  7. Pour cheese mixture over the crust and then place in the oven for about 80 minutes.
  8. Once cake is done, cool for 20-30 minutes.
  9. While cake is cooling, slice strawberries and mix with jam.
  10. Pour this strawberry mixture over top of the cheesecake and serve.

Nutritional Info Per Slice (makes eight slices)
Calories: 208
Carbs: 15g
Fat: 3.75g
Protein: 25g


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Cottage Cheese
And Apples

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Stir together cottage cheese, raisins, slivered almonds, cinnamon and vanilla extract until well-mixed.
  2. Spoon into a bowl and serve with freshly-sliced apples.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (makes two servings)
Calories: 185
Carbs: 27g
Fat: 3g
Protein: 16g


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Cottage Cheese
Piña Colada

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (makes two servings)
Calories: 220
Carbs: 34g
Fat: 4g
Protein: 18g


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Cottage Cheese
Fruit Bowl

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Spoon cottage cheese into a bowl, and then top with peaches, dried cranberries and nuts.
  2. Stir gently and then serve.

Nutritional Info
Calories: 292
Carbs: 31g
Fat: 5g
Protein: 31g


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Cheesy
Pasta

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cook the whole wheat pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, blend cottage cheese and milk until smooth.
  3. Drain pasta and then stir in the cottage cheese mixture and cheddar cheese until melted.
  4. Sprinkle with pepper and any other spices you desire.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (makes two servings)
Calories: 360
Carbs: 44g
Fat: 7g
Protein: 39g

Cheesy Pasta PDF (29.3 KB)

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Cottage Cheese
Gelatin

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Blend cottage cheese in a blender until smooth.
  2. Bring the 3/4 cup of water to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, stir in the gelatin mix until well dissolved.
  4. Add in the cold water and mix until blended and then place into a container to set in the fridge for about one hour.
    Note: you'll only be thickening the mixture during this process.
  5. As Jell-O is cooling, pour cottage cheese into a shallow pan and place in the fridge.
  6. After one hour, pour the gelatin mixture over cottage cheese and then place in the fridge overnight to set completely.
  7. Serve the next day topped with the fruit.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (makes six servings)
Calories: 65
Carbs: 4g
Fat: 1g
Protein: 9.5g

Cottage Cheese Gelatin PDF (30.1 KB)


Next time you find yourself with a container of cottage cheese and don't know what to do with it, try one of these recipes. Each provides you with wholesome nutrition you can feel good about putting in your body.

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I always look forward to Shannon's articles. Some simple easy ideas here, I plan on using a few of them.

Of course I have to finish the 12weeks of Gethin first! The Cottage Cheese and Bannana pancakes are something I can look forward to.

Feb 7, 2012 9:00am | report
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kdelev

Well you can always utilize a meal here to replace one of your daily meals in the gethin program :) Just calculate the kcals the carbs the protein and the fats of a meal and find a recepie here that meets that :)

Jun 12, 2012 8:18am | report
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dajunglebrotha

those pancakes look awesome!

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Shannon clark , Please know that i am one of your BIGGEST followers EVER !! , i read one article of yours everyday at night , thank you so much for the huge mine of information that you share with us.

Feb 7, 2012 11:41am | report
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Bujinkan

The carbs are awfully high on these. Especially considering cottage cheese is a casein protein to be taken just before bed...the worst time to eat carbs.

Feb 7, 2012 12:09pm | report
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Hassan1407

I definitely gonna try these recipes !

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chiefgreybeard

Love that fat free cottage cheese. These are easy, good tasting and healthy recipes.

A good post workout meal that I use a lot is a cup of non-fat cottage cheese sprinkled with 1/8 cup of chopped walnuts with 6 oz of low sodium V8 to drink.

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LarissaCynthia

I love the fact that they look so easy, plus some of them look like they could be made portable as well. Nice.

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sarasayshi

I made the pancakes today! They were delish!

Feb 9, 2012 6:37pm | report
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AlliEssex

perfect timing! really needed this :) bought a big tub of the stuff today, just had some on toast with salad and remembered i dont like it lol will be having those pancakes tomorrow me thinks

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bjaen

Cottage banana pancakes... a total win!! :D

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lizzybeee

Loved the pancakes!!

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Mariokko

I knew this pancake earlier. On the polish bodybuilding forum (KFD), recipe for this one is from 2009. It's almost legendary :D I highly recommend this pancake !!! I can't wait to try the other recipes, all are looking so delicious. Thanks a lot ;)

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love it

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H2L

Man I HATE cottage cheese... Now finally know what to do with it. Gonna try the cheesy pasta first :)

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nick.grohall

Should blend in well with the milk and cheddar.

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For the pancakes, should the oatmeal be prepared oatmeal or just oats?

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Wici

The pancakes are now a standard breakfast in my household. They're fantastic!

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kerryx12

Cottage cheese, mixed with vanilla protein powder, in the freezer for 15mins, top with berries.

AWSOMEEE!

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How do I follow this person for future articles? I like all of her articles, but can't figure out how to keep an eye out for future articles.

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