Have you eaten cottage cheese lately? Most of you probably haven’t. It’s outdated. Your mother and grandmother’s diet food. You probably saw them eat it a long time ago and associated it with boring health food. I’m here to tell you to give it a second chance. Why? Because it is actually inexpensive, great protein, and is quite versatile. I will admit I hadn’t eaten it in a while myself. The last time I ate it regularly was when with canned Cling peaches. Yes, those peaches in the heavy syrup. It was so good. But, I forgot about it for years.
Not until Tony asked me to buy a large quantity so he could eat it every day. Fast forward a few days and a lot of gastrointestinal distress and I had a huge amount of cottage cheese to eat. I hate wasting food. So I had to figure out what do do with it. It took me a couple of weeks before I came up with a way to eat it that is so good, I have eaten it on the weekends as my main summer lunch. Because it’s cold, I can take it on trips. No fast food. I did this for our trip to Washington DC and it worked beautifully. How did I make it? Here are the basic ingredients. These can be whatever you want.
- A serving of cottage cheese
- A serving of protein
- A serving of fresh or frozen vegetable
- A serving of fruit
- A seasoning of choice
- A little cheese or dried fruit for added calories as needed
You can make this a low or as high calorie as you need. This works well for people with different needs. If you can handle the dairy, it’s worth a try. It’s great for summer when it’s too hot to cook. It can be made ahead of time and hang out in the fridge or cooler. This is my go to meal for any time. You can make it taste any way you want. I like a sweet savory combination with some personality. No plain cottage cheese here. This is one of the variations that I make a lot.
Kerry’s Curry Cottage Cheese Meal
- 1/2 cup 4% milk fat cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup canned pineapple in water, drained
- 3 oz of frozen peas, thawed
- 5oz canned chicken
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- Pinch of salt
Place everything in a container and mix well. Drain off any excess liquid, if necessary.
Stats for this recipe:
- 324 Calories
- 7g Fat
- 42g Protein
- 795mg Sodium
Hopefully you will give cottage cheese a second chance. This is not your mother’s cottage cheese. Maybe share this with your mom for some new ideas on an old classic.