5 Expert-Tested Ways to Enjoy Cottage Cheese Even if You Hate It

It's not as popular as yogurt, but cottage cheese is just as healthy.

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Making cottage cheese pancakes for breakfast

Don't let the texture turn you off. Blending cottage cheese to remove lumps may help you enjoy this healthy food more.

Cottage cheese isn’t winning any popularity contests. Though it's on par healthwise with other dairy darlings and has a long-standing reputation as a weight-loss food, this curdled milk product is divisive: People love it or hate it, thanks to its lumpy texture and slightly sour, slightly ripe taste.

There are plenty of reasons to be in the former camp. Compared with other cheeses, it’s much lower in calories and saturated fat — ? cup of low-fat cottage cheese contains just 81 calories and 1 gram (g) of fat, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But it still packs 14 g of protein, making it an excellent source of that filling, muscle-building nutrient.

And while it has less calcium than hard cheeses, it’s still a good source of the bone-building mineral, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Cottage cheese is also a good source of phosphorus, a nutrient also linked to bone and tooth health, per the NIH. Some kinds of cottage cheese contain probiotic organisms, which could be a boon to your microbiome and overall health. Check the label for the words “live active cultures” to see if there are probiotics in a given brand.

One thing to keep in mind is that cottage cheese does contain a fair amount of sodium per serving (459 milligrams [mg]), so if you’re watching your intake, opt for a low-sodium variety.

Can you learn to love cottage cheese? You're probably not alone if you're wondering. A recent tip on?TikTok — blending the curds to a smoother texture — racked up more than 71 million views. That's just one simple way to sneak more of this nutritious food into your diet — here are five recipes that will turn you into a fan!

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Whipped Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

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For cottage cheese detractors, the main complaint is its texture. Whipping cottage cheese is a simple solution that makes it light and fluffy while maintaining all its nutritional benefits. Here, whipped cottage cheese is served with granola for crunch and fresh berries for natural sweetness and,?according to?Johns Hopkins Medicine, a powerful boost of antioxidants and fiber. If you prefer, you can blend the berries right in with the cottage cheese.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups low-fat plain cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup assorted fresh berries
  • 6 tbsp granola

Directions

  1. Place cottage cheese and maple syrup in a blender or food processor and blend on high until completely smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Divide cottage cheese mixture evenly between two serving bowls and top each with ? cup berries and 3 tbsp granola.

Nutrition per serving: 332 calories, 7g total fat (2.3g saturated fat), 31g protein, 45g carbohydrates, 1.6g fiber, 30.2g sugar (15.7g added sugar), 625mg sodium

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Light and Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Who doesn’t love pancakes? Unfortunately, the way they’re traditionally prepared makes them high in processed carbohydrates and low in fiber and protein, so if you have them for breakfast you'll likely feel hungry before lunchtime. Here, cottage cheese adds a rich texture and significantly ups the protein quotient. Plus, rolled oats are used as the flour to add fiber (per the USDA) and make these pancakes gluten-free! Oats are naturally gluten-free according to Beyond Celiac, but are sometimes processed in a plant that also processes wheat, barley, or rye, so be sure to choose a brand labeled gluten-free if this is your goal.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free, if desired)
  • 1 cup low-fat plain cottage cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ? tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients except for oil in a blender or food processor and process on high until smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium. Once hot, add some of the oil and cook small pancakes in batches until batter begins to bubble in the middle, about 1 minute. Flip and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute more. Serve with fresh fruit or toppings of your choosing.

Nutrition per serving (3 small pancakes): 338 calories, 16g total fat (2.7g saturated fat), 18g protein, 33g carbohydrates, 3.8g fiber, 8.7g sugar (6.2g added sugar), 527mg sodium

378

The Ultimate High-Protein Scrambled Eggs

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Eggs are naturally high in protein, according to data from the USDA, but they also contain a decent amount of saturated fat, which makes eating too many of them on a regular basis ill-advised. For example, just three eggs would be equivalent to almost 40 percent of the daily recommended limit for saturated fat, per the American Heart Association. In these scrambled eggs, low-fat cottage cheese is an easy mix-in that adds protein and very little extra saturated fat, according to the USDA. If you’re looking to limit your saturated fat further, opt for fat-free cottage cheese in this or any of these recipes. Cottage cheese also brings a dose of calcium where there would otherwise be none! The texture goes well with scrambled eggs, but if you want to eliminate lumps, blend the cottage cheese before adding it to the egg mixture.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • ? cup low-fat plain cottage cheese
  • ? tsp kosher salt
  • ? tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh chives (optional)
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, cottage cheese, salt, pepper, and chives, if using.
  2. Place a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil and then egg mixture. With a spatula, slowly scrape eggs toward the middle of the pan as they set until the mixture is cooked through, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition per serving: 268 calories, 19g total fat (4.9g saturated fat), 22g protein, 4g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 3.8g sugar (0g added sugar), 464mg sodium

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Garlic and Herb Veggie Dip

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There’s just something about vegetable dip that makes veggies more appealing. Unfortunately, traditional dips are high in calories and unhealthy fats and low in valuable nutrients, according to data from the USDA, which makes them better as an occasional indulgence than a regular part of a healthy diet. Not so with this veggie dip! Cottage cheese serves as the base of this delicious and nutritious condiment, which packs 11 grams of protein per serving. Plus, its blended texture makes it appealing to cottage cheese naysayers and lovers alike.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1? cups lowfat plain cottage cheese
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ? tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small clove garlic (or ? of a regular clove)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 3 tbsp lowfat milk (plus more as needed to adjust thickness)

Directions

  1. Place cottage cheese, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Add dill, chives, and milk and pulse until herbs are well chopped, but not completely blended in, about five times. Serve alongside your favorite veggies.

Nutrition per serving: 69 calories, 2g total fat (0.8g saturated fat), 11g protein, 5g carbohydrates, 0.1g fiber, 3.9g sugar (0g added sugar), 300mg sodium

380

Basil Parmesan Salad Dressing

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Homemade salad dressings are surprisingly easy to make. And with fresher ingredients and no chemical additives or preservatives, they are significantly healthier than store bought options. This simple blended cottage cheese dressing is absolutely delicious and adds protein and calcium to your plate in place of high-calorie, saturated-fat-filled commercial creamy dressings, according to the USDA. For example, a traditional ranch dressing contains 129 calories and 2 g of saturated fat for the same 2 tbsp serving size as this cottage cheese dressing, which contains only 19 calories and 0.3 g of saturated fat.

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • ? cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup lowfat plain cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • ? tsp kosher salt
  • ? tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place basil, garlic, and vinegar in a blender or food processor and mix until basil is well chopped.
  2. Add cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and blend until completely smooth, about 1 minute.

Nutrition per serving (2 tbsp): 19 calories, 0.6g total fat (0.3g saturated fat), 3g protein, 1g carbohydrates, 0g fiber, 0.7g sugar (0g added sugar), 112mg sodium