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Ways to Jazz Up Cottage Cheese and Score with Protein

By Sandy Schroeder 

Cottage cheese is one of those bland, but OK, foods we forget to buy, but it may be time to take a second look.

Prevention tells us one cup of cottage cheese can deliver 30 grams of protein. That’s more than Greek yogurt and almost as much as a 4-ounce chicken breast. At the same time, low or full-fat cottage cheese can be surprisingly rich and creamy with the right recipes.

If that sounds like your ticket to slim down for the summer, read on and consider some new recipes from Prevention and

Purée cottage cheese with coconut, honey and vanilla - Spread it on toasted bagels or English muffins.

Make macaroni and cheese - Forget the calorie-loaded versions and create a winner with cottage cheese, milk and Manchego cheese for extra flavor. See 24CarrotLife for the recipe.

Make it a party - Mix cottage cheese with salmon, dill and capers to top water crackers.

Make cornbread - Use cottage cheese and skim milk instead of buttermilk to make cornbread with your favorite mix.

Stuff a chicken breast - Start with sliced chicken breasts. Fill with blended cottage cheese, spinach, mozzarella, and garlic. Add tomato sauce and bake until golden brown. See Diethood for the recipe.

Add to pancake batter - Use whole wheat flour, fresh berries or sliced apples, cottage cheese and a bit of sugar to make protein-rich, calorie-light pancakes.

Add it to a smoothie - Instead of Greek yogurt, mix cottage cheese with bananas, dark chocolate cocoa powder, crushed pineapples and protein powder.

Make breakfast banana splits - Top the banana with cottage cheese and your choice of honey, nuts or flaxseed.

Create a lunch bowl - Instead of chicken or fish, add cottage cheese to a bowl of black rice, spinach, whole beets, and spicy peppers. Mix in other favorites like green onions, pickled carrots or little tomatoes.

Use it as a sub for mayo - Jack up the protein and reduce the fat with your choice of seasonings whipped into cottage cheese to use with tuna or salmon.

Pair it with your favorite salsa - Looking for a lightweight pickup? Mix cottage cheese with your favorite spicy salsa and skip the chips.

Do a Greek wrap - Use all of your favorite veggies with cucumber slices, black olives and a scoop of cottage cheese.

Make scones - Combine cottage cheese with butter, black pepper and scallions. Everybody will want seconds.

If some of these new tastes work for you, savor the flavor and enjoy a lot of protein with very few calories.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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