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03-13-2008, 03:21 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make cottage cheese taste good? I can't stand the taste of it but I know its good to eat. Thanks!

03-13-2008, 03:28 PM
Cottage cheese = :( :( :(

Does ANYONE actually like cottage cheese?

03-13-2008, 03:30 PM
Sorry, I'm not very helpful..

03-13-2008, 03:34 PM
I am one of those crazy people who actually enjoys cottage cheese! But, it wasn't always that way. The way I started liking it was taking a cantaloupe or honey dew melon, cuttng it in half, gutting the seeds and then filling the hole with cottage cheese. So each time you spoon a piece of melon you get some cottage cheese too. The melon flavour and texture is stronger than that of the cottage cheese.

Maybe that will be helpful! :)


03-13-2008, 03:39 PM
Add some fruit to it if you'd like, also you can add a SF sweetener to it. I have eaten it with salt and pepper as well. You can cook with it as a substitute for some other things, too. (Can't remember what off the top of my head)

03-13-2008, 03:43 PM
Here are some of my favorite ways to dress up cottage cheese. :)

"Butterfinger" Cottage Cheese

1 serving cottage cheese
1/4 packet dry SF chocolate instant pudding mix (leave it powdered)
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

Stir all three ingredients together.

Lemon or Lime Cheesecake

2 boxes of lemon or lime sugar free Jell-O (I’ve also used cherry and strawberry)
1 3/4 cups of boiling water
2 cups cottage cheese (I use a 24 oz container of Light & Lively)
2 tablespoons of sugar free cheesecake pudding mix (about ½ packet)

I use a 4 cup glass measuring cup for the first step.

Boil water. Dissolve Jell-O into boiling water. Add ice to make about 3 ½ cups of liquid.

Pour mixture into a blender container. Add cottage cheese and pudding mix. Blend until mixture is completely smooth. Pour into individual dishes and refrigerate until set.

Baked Pumpkin Custard

1 large can pure pumpkin (I think it's 29 oz)
1 1/2 cups low or nonfat cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups Splenda
1 1/2 cups Eggbeaters
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

Process all in the food processor until well-mixed and smooth. Spray six custard cups with PAM. Divide mixture equally in cups. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Nutrition Info per serving

110 calories
1 g fat
12 g carbs
13 g protein

03-13-2008, 03:47 PM
Why force yourself to eat something you don't like? What is it about cottage cheese that you can't get from any other (yummier) food? IMO, choking down foods you don't really like is a great way to learn to resent your new way of eating, get frustrated, and give up :dizzy:

I actually AVOID cottage cheese because it's quite high in sodium, and the ones with low sodium or no salt added taste like paste to me :barf: If you're looking for a good low-fat source of protein, maybe try some yogurt or something.

03-13-2008, 03:54 PM
Oh wow, I LOVE cottage cheese, but the recipes Butterfinger and the Custard sound YUMMY!!! Thanks for the recipes Meg ::carrot::carrot:: :p (licking the bowl, lol) ::carrot::carrot::

Just Deb
03-13-2008, 04:02 PM
I like cottage cheese so I don't have a problem eating it. I like it on top of a baked potato or cooked in scrambled eggs and other weird ways. But I have to agree with Jilly, why force yourself to eat something you don't like? Find an alternative that you enjoy.

03-13-2008, 04:04 PM
Count me in as a cottage cheese lover! I eat it plain or with pineapple, but I do admit to rationing it due to the sodium content. I agree with Jill that if you don't like it, you shouldn't force yourself to eat it just because you've heard it is good for you. There are a lot of foods (well, a few anyway) that I detest and you won't EVER find me eating them!

03-13-2008, 04:15 PM
I loooooooooove all forms of cheese. :love: I eat 2% cottage cheese on top of a bagel instead of cream cheese, because it's lower in fat. I don't like FF cottage cheese, though... It's one of those cheeses that needs some fat.

I don't force myself to eat foods that I dislike, though. (I might give a food a few tries before saying "no" completely.) Grapefruit, for example, was mentioned in another thread. Now, there are plenty of wonderful things that grapefruit has going for it from a nutritional standpoint, but that doesn't mean I can't get them from other sources. (I do not like grapefruit. :p) Why bother torturing myself with something that I dread doing?

What is it about cottage cheese that you find so appealing nutrition-wise? I bet people can suggest some alternatives that your tastebuds would agree to.

03-13-2008, 04:17 PM
I'm indifferent towards cottage cheese, neither hating or loving it ~ I usually mix it with a little fruit preserve or a drizzle of honey for extra flavor. But Meg's recipes sounds yummy! :D

03-13-2008, 04:19 PM
u mean there are actually people in the world who don't like cottage cheese???

sorry i couldnt be more helpful, i love cottage cheese with salt n pepper, one of my favorites!

03-13-2008, 04:20 PM
My grandma always put salad dressing on hers, so I do too. Just a tablespoon of a low-cal french or even Newman's Own Lighten Up Viniagrette (sp?) can really zip up a 1/2 cup of 2% for me.
I agree you shouldn't eat stuff you don't like, but I applaud you for looking for different ways to try it that you might like. I'm trying to do the same with eggplant.

03-13-2008, 04:51 PM
I couldn't bring myself to buy cottage cheese for years because I associated with the dreaded "diets". Now I keep a container of non-fat in my fridge all the time. I like it in savory applications versus sweet ones. Any hot sauce will liven it up. I like it to be closer to room temperature. I also spoon some into hot soups like tomato or butternut squash. It takes on a more "cheesy" texture- you actually see strings. I also fold it into sauteed spinach and mushrooms along with a wedge of Laughing Cow lite- almost like a creamed spinach dish. But in the end, I agree with other posters that if it is yucky to you there are tons of other protein and dairy options out there.

03-13-2008, 04:58 PM
Just about the only way I really *love* to eat cottage cheese is with tomatoes, basil, salt/pepper and balsamic vinegar/olive oil - a yummy alternative to insalata caprese for those days when I can't fit buffalo mozzarella into either my calorie or financial budget :D.

03-13-2008, 05:24 PM
Cottage is my favorite of the cheeses. A salad isn't a salad without a side of cottage cheese.

03-13-2008, 06:05 PM
Ok, this a great way to enjoy cottage cheese!

Bake or nuke a potato (any kind you like)
Cut the potato in half
Mash it up a little with a work
add what ever seasoning you love...I like onion soup mix or garlic salt, pepper and italian seasoning and some sun-dried tomatoes
add a layer of 2% cottage cheese (evenly spread)
top off with grated parmasean cheese
broil until the cheese gets bubbly

It is so good! The cheese actually melts and gets stringy like "real cheese"

It is an awesome dieters dream lunch or dinner!!

03-13-2008, 07:31 PM
I'm a bit old fashioned with Cottage cheese, I like just a little bit of salt and pepper in it. I've never liked the fruit mixes only because cheese doesn't seem like cheese unless it's savoury. My kids love the cottage cheese and pineapple or peach mixes.

Lucerne Fat free cottage cheese is pretty good. I'll either eat fat free or 1%

03-13-2008, 07:45 PM
Life's too short to eat foods you don't like. There's nothing special about cottage cheese that you can't get from other food sources. If you don't like cottage cheese, why force yourself to eat it? There are so many other healthy food choices. I'm not every sure it's that great for you. It's actually a little high in calories as compared to other dairy products (80 calories per half cup of nonfat cottage cheese vs. 100 calories per cup of nonfat yogurt or skim milk. Sure it has protein and calcium, but there are lots of other sources for both nutrients.

I can only eat a limited amount of food per day so I want to make sure I enjoy everything I'm eating as much as possible. I'm a fan of cottage cheese, but if I didn't like it, I wouldn't eat it.

Meg, that Butterfingers Cottage Cheese recipe sounds awesome! :drool:

03-13-2008, 09:14 PM
My issue with cottage cheese is the lumpy texture - if I feel like it, I whip the lumps out with my immersion blender. I don't force myself to eat foods I don't like though - so I don't do it very often. When I whip the lumps out, it makes a good base for dips. I also like it with pineapple.

03-13-2008, 09:52 PM
I love cottage cheese. I can eat a 1lb tub in one sitting. =/ A very tasty way of having cottage cheese is to make a cottage cheese cake. Google will get you a ton of good recipes. You just blend everything up in a blender of food processor so that it's very smooth and it ends up tasting like cheesecake. If you use eggbeaters and artificial sweetener it can be super low calorie AND very tasty even to those who hate cottage cheese. I made this just a couple weeks ago and served it to my family and they thought it was really good. None of them believed me when I told them it was cottage cheese cake. You should try it. Great way of eating the stuff. =)

03-13-2008, 11:47 PM
Cottage Cheese is good as a side dish to eggs, especially scrambled eggs. I like it with tomatoes cut up in it with lots of black pepper. The best tasting cottage cheese EVER is "Michigan Brand" full fat cottage cheese. It is good that I live in Northern Virginia and can not get it here!!! It is the treat that my Grandma and Dad bring to me when they come down to VA. I always take a couple tubs home when we drive up and back. It is a very small curd, dry cottage cheese. YUMMO!!! others have said, CC isn't THAT healthy, so don't eat it if you don't like it!

03-14-2008, 10:46 AM
I'll echo the ladies saying why eat it if you hate it? You can get good protein elsewhere and actually use your cals on foods you enjoy.

I'll dump some cottage cheese into a smoothie with fruit and blend it in... The lumps go away and it adds some protein. Otherwise I like it with tomato and basil on crackers... Or just plain :)

03-14-2008, 04:28 PM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I will try them and see what I think.

WOW Meg, those recipes sound amazingly good!! My husband may even like these. I can't wait to try the butterfinger one. YUMMY!

I agree with not eating something you don't like (you won't see me eating brussell sprouts no matter how good they are for you ;)). But the reason I am looking to eat cottage cheese is for a breakfast alternative for protein. I eat one egg and egg white scrambled with 1/2 cup of grits or oatmeal with a boiled egg in the mornings. I am afraid that its too many eggs - one everyday - so I am looking for alternatives and I know cottage cheese has protein in it. I really need the protein in the morning or I just feel lousy especially if I plan on working out later on in the morning. So I figured if I could make it taste better then maybe I could eat it. It's possible that I could "dress it up" and still hate it but at least I gave it a chance.

03-14-2008, 04:33 PM
Unless you have been advised otherwise by a doctor, 1 egg a day is just fine. I typically eat 3 whole eggs a day, and my cholesterol is fine. The poor egg got a bad rep, but it's really not that bad for you!

If you're looking for other protein breakfast alternatives, how about a protein smoothie? whole grain toast with natural peanut butter? yogurt? oatmeal made with milk instead of water with some chopped nuts mixed in? turkey sausage? I'm sure others will have more suggestions as well. Oh, and don't think you have to have "breakfast foods" for breakfast, either--no one says you can't have some chicken, ham, turkey, dinner leftovers, whatever floats your boat :)

03-14-2008, 06:15 PM
If you like yogurt, plain non-fat yogurt has more protein for just about the same calories as non-fat cottage cheese. Same goes for reduced fat yogurt vs. reduced fat cottage cheese. If you don't like your yogurt plain, you could add fruit to it. I sometimes stir sugar-free syrup into my plain yogurt.

Try stirring peanut butter into your oatmeal instead of eating it with an egg. I sometimes stir 1 tbsp SnacLite PowerPB into my oatmeal. I has 1.5 times the protein of regular PB and makes for a super protein-packed meal (5g in the oatmeal and 6g in the PB). Or stir some flax seed into your oatmeal.

Or a couple of breakfast wraps (on a whole wheat wrap):

diced lean ham, onions, bell peppers, and scrambled egg whites
scrambled egg whites, refried beans, and salsa

For an extra protein kick, you would add some reduced or low fat cheese to both wraps, if you can afford the extra calories. Try a Laughing Cow cheese wedge.

03-15-2008, 01:51 PM
Barbara, where do you find that peanut butter you mentioned?

03-15-2008, 03:56 PM
I like cottage cheese, but don't eat it very often. Yogurt has the same amount of protein and contains a lot more calcium, so I'd rather eat yogurt.

03-15-2008, 04:36 PM
I totally agree that you shouldn't force feed yourself food, but I also see the value in being open to trying new foods and developing a taste for them! I hated cottage cheese, but I tried it for breakfast for two weeks and now I love it so much I am completely addicted! I find the more foods I try the more options I have to make different meals. I have always loved food, but had an abusive relationship with it. Now, food and I have worked out our differences and we both really enjoy spending time with each other and trying new things together. I eat slowly and enjoy every bite rather than trying to eat as much of something I can shove into my mouth. Maybe you'll end up hating cottage cheese forever, but for me, discovering new foods and developing new tastes has made this whole weight loss process so enjoyable I know I will never go back and that I will want to keep this up for the rest of my life! Good luck to you!

03-16-2008, 03:08 PM
2¢ worth from Minnesota here: my cc of choice is Land O'Lakes 1% (I think cc tastes a little better with the minimum of fat and a little sodium, I tried LO'L fat-free once and didn't care for it, and some other brands that don't have so much sodium taste like wallpaper paste :isn't there a yuck smiley?: ). I like cc on peanut-butter sandwiches, or mixed with tuna for sandwich salad, or just plain as a side dish; I don't care for it quite so much with fruit (I'd rather take the fruit on the side)