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Rethinking Cottage Cheese

What is the first think you think about when you think cottage cheese? Is it the slight mothball smell emanating from your grandparent’s house?


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Is it the sad canned peach or pear sloshed onto cottage cheese?


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Is it the limp white curds in a bowl you see when your aunt is on a diet?


Photo Credit: Shutterstock image Woman weighing curd cheese on kitchen scales

Not anymore! Cottage cheese’s bad rap should be over because it is delicious and versatile. Cottage cheese is also extremely easy to make, and can be done at home with simple ingredients you probably have on hand. The soft little curds are very high in protein, making cottage cheese a great part of any balanced diet. Here are some new ways you can use cottage cheese every day.


Photo and recipe from In Sock Monkey Slippers

An easy way to start on the right food with cottage cheese is to schemer it on a cracker and add goodies. If you have a sweet tooth try some sliced (fresh!) peaches and pomegranates. Looking for a way to sneak in a veggie or two? Roast some tomatoes in olive oil and with a little salt and pepper you can have a delicious and healthy snack.


Photo and recipe by Tastefully Julie 

Want a little protein punch to your favorite guacamole? Swirl in some cottage cheese to give your guac an extra boost of creamy flavor.


Photo and recipe by Food Network Kitchen 

Cheesy baked pasta dishes are a hallmark of cooler weather. Try swapping ricotta for cottage cheese sometime to perk up your Cheesy Spinach Baked Penne (pictured above).

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Photo and recipe by Unfussy Epicure

You can even use cottage cheese in baking! Try these protein-rich Fluffy Lemon-Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes next time you make breakfast. 

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Virginia Hyde

Virginia Hyde is a southern girl at heart who just moved to Boston to submerge herself in food - mainly cheese, to be honest. Game for any food-related adventure, festival, or gathering, she is ready to share her passion for cheese with others. Virginia is currently working on a Masters in Gastronomy at Boston University.