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!

1 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!)
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Total Calories283.5
Fat7.5 g
Carb39 g
Protein20.5 g

Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes PDF (29.9 KB)

2 Cottage Cheese Breakfast

Ingredients
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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (per half muffin)
Amount per serving
Total Calories159
Fat33 g
Carb41 g
Protein12 g

Cottage Cheese Breakfast PDF (29.6 KB)

3 Cottage Cheese Cheesecake

Ingredients
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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 8 slices
Amount per serving
Total Calories208
Fat3.75 g
Carb15 g
Protein25 g

Cottage Cheese Cheesecake PDF (30.6 KB)

4 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Total Calories185
Fat3 g
Carb27 g
Protein16 g

Cottage Cheese And Apples PDF (29.1 KB)

5 Cottage Cheese Piña Colada

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (xxx) Recipe yields xxx
Amount per serving
Total Calories220
Fat4 g
Carb34 g
Protein18 g

Cottage Cheese Piña Colada PDF (29.2 KB)

6 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1)
Amount per serving
Total Calories392
Fat5 g
Carb31 g
Protein31 g

Cottage Cheese Fruit Bowl PDF (28.8 KB)

7 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 2 servings
Amount per serving
Total Calories360
Fat7 g
Carb44 g
Protein39 g

Cheesy Pasta PDF (29.3 KB)

8 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 6 servings
Amount per serving
Total Calories65
Fat1 g
Carb4 g
Protein9.5 g

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.