cottage cheese flavors

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  1. TKMaxx715

    TKMaxx715 saggy pants

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    ive seen some cottage cheese that have like peach syrup stuff that you can mix in with it and stuff and was wondering if it tasted any good or not. I really dont like cottage cheese but i wish i did. Is it perhaps an acquired taste?
     
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    I LOVE it.


    Go with the large curd 2%.

    Has a good cheese like flavor compared to the pasty flavor of the small curd.
     
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    I love it also, especially before bed. When I"m trying to gain weight I"ll have a big bowl of it before crashing and it tastes great. Its a lot cheaper than those all night casein proteins and I have heard (not read) that it is similar. Also, becaues its cold it is kinda refreshing during the summer.

    I buy the 1% milkfat one and just load it up with pepper. I literally put a solid layer of pepper on it, eat that layer, then do it again. Makes it taste great.
     
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    I actually like the flavor of plain, fat-free, small curd cottage cheese. Weird, huh?

    Anyhow, if you are looking to change the flavor of the stuff without adding syrups (which may be laden with processed sugars), try adding fresh pineapple (for a sweeter flavor) or tomatoes (for a saltier flavor).

    Also, cottage cheese mixed in with a good tasting protein powder (e.g. Biotest's Grow!, Cytosport's Muscle Milk) can do both enhance flavor and boost nutritional profile. Here are two of my favorite cottage cheese recipes:

    2 C. fat-free, small curd cottage cheese
    1 scoop vanilla Low-Carb Grow! protein
    Handful low-fat granola
    -Mix in a styrofoam cup, and place in freezer for about 5-10 minutes. Tastes, amazingly, like cheesecake.
    F-2g C-36g P-46g

    2 C. fat-free, small curd cottage cheese
    1 scoop chocolate Low-Carb Grow! protein
    2 T. natural peanut butter
    -Mix in a styrofoam cup, and place in freezer for about 5-10 minutes.
    F- 18g C-20g P-54g
     
  5. I mix mine with peaches and manderin oranges
     
  6. Lynxx

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    Do you guys have vegemite/promite in US ? Might be called Marmite in UK.

    Get some rye or crispbread crackers and have vegemite and cottage cheese on them. Unbelievably nice !
     
  7. CHawkins

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    I'll second the suggestion to use oranges, pineapple or peaches with your cottage cheese. The syrup is probably loaded with processed sugars.

    I've also used sliced strawberries and apples to take the bland out of cottage cheese. Fruits have sugar too, but it's not the processed variety and therefore not so detrimental to you.
     
  8. Carl Carlson

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    The problem with adding fruit and those fruit "syrups" or whatever is that you're adding a lot of sugar into the mix which some people want to avoid.

    My recommendation is to add a packet of splenda and a bit of cinnamon to a bowl of cottage cheese. Man, it's so good it's like dessert.

    Also, another recommendation I read and recently tried was adding some sugar free jello to cottage cheese. It doesn't take much, but it adds a lot of flavor. I recommend giving that a try too.
     
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    Another option is adding Jelly or all natural praservatives...... Super sweeet and really makes the cottage cheese taste better....
    But again the sugar is bad.
     
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    I eat it with canned peaches or canned mixed fruit(minus the syrup) everyday as a snack
     
  11. LeveRAGE.tv

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    got this off t-nation.com

    Cottage cheese is a staple in so many of our diets, but personally, all those curds can get a bit boring for my taste buds after a while! Another site has recently updated their Cottage Cheese Page. It's full of some great ideas on how to add some spice to this versatile food.

    As Krista says: "High in protein, low in fat, easily available even in the crummiest dive of a convenience store, and great as a substitute for higher-fat cheeses or in its own right, cottage cheese is truly the food of the gods."

    Below are some of the recipes from Krista and her readers. I have to admit, I haven't tried any of them. If you do, let us know what you think!

    Happy eating!

    -Tea-Vixen


    Cottage Cheese Potato Topper

    1/2 cup cottage cheese
    Fresh herbs, chopped (suggestion: oregano, basil, chives)
    Salt to taste
    Splash of lemon juice (optional)

    Combine above ingredients in blender. Serve over hot baked potatoes.


    Bean and Avocado Salad

    1 part chopped cooked green beans
    1 part cooked kidney beans
    1 part chopped avocado
    1 part cottage cheese
    Splash of lemon juice
    Pinch of salt

    Mix all ingredients together and serve cold.


    Tuna Pasta

    1/2 cup tuna and cottage cheese mix
    1 cup chopped tomatoes
    1 tbsp olive oil

    Mix and heat for a few minutes over medium heat, stirring often, till flavours combine. Toss with pasta and top with grated Parmigiana. For a variation, try adding salsa.


    Cottage Cheese Pasta

    1/2 cup cottage cheese
    1 cup chopped tomatoes
    Plenty of chopped fresh basil
    1/2 clove chopped garlic
    1 tbsp olive oil

    Mix and heat for a few minutes over medium heat till flavours combine, cheese melts a bit, and garlic becomes fragrant. Toss with pasta and top with grated Parmigiana.


    Super Easy Breakfast

    Mix 1 part cottage cheese with 1 part flavoured yogurt of your choice. Looks kind of gross but tastes great. Top with fruit if desired. This is a good starter dish for anyone who doesn't really like cottage cheese.


    Protein Blintz

    2 eggs
    1/3 cup dry curd cottage cheese
    frozen blueberries, defrosted to room temperature (you can use whatever fruit you like here, but I use frozen blueberries since they keep well for long periods when fresh berries aren't in season, and they're not packed in syrup).

    Beat eggs and pour into small nonstick frying pan heated over medium heat, as if for an omelet. When the edges begin to firm up, push them towards the centre so that the runny stuff in the middle puddles out and cooks. After doing this once or twice, spoon cottage cheese and blueberries on top. Allow the eggs to set fully. The bottom of the omelet should be golden brown (turn it up with a spatula to check). You can either roll up the omelet into a cylinder like a blintz, or simply slide it off the pan and fold it in half like an omelet. If this isn't sweet enough, try beating a little bit of sugar or sweetener into the eggs beforehand. I don't like it too sweet.


    Cottage Cheese Pancakes

    2-3 beaten eggs
    1 cup cottage cheese
    Honey or a couple of teaspoons of sugar, to taste (a banana will make it naturally sweeter)
    1 cup uncooked oatmeal

    Optional, highly recommended ingredients:
    banana
    a sprinkle of cinnamon
    a splash of vanilla

    Grab your handy blender and dump the ingredients in, in the order they appear (otherwise the mixture will get all chunky). So, eggs in first, then start the blender. As it's blending, pour in the cottage cheese, then the banana if you're using it, then whatever sweeteners and spices you like, then the oatmeal. Once this is nicely blended, cook as you would pancakes, in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. I love these plain or with fruit, but you can put syrup on them too, just like regular pancakes.


    Cottage Cheese Fruit Dip

    1 cup cottage cheese
    2 tablespoons sugar (more or less depending on taste)
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    Combine above ingredients in blender. Serve with fruit. (Also try adding Cool Whip!)


    Tuna and Cottage Cheese Mix

    1 part canned tuna
    1 part cottage cheese

    This mixture is incredibly versatile. Eat it on its own or use it in a sandwich.


    Tuna Melts

    Prepare tuna and cottage cheese mix. Spread over pieces of bread (nice multigrain buns cut in half work well for this). Top with sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese (old cheddar gives you the most flavour bang for your buck, and ensures you don't need a lot). Microwave for a minute or so, or grill under broiler (watch it?these burn fast!), till cheese on top is melted.


    Lasagne

    Use cottage cheese in place of ricotta in your favourite lasagne recipe to reduce the overall calories and saturated fat. Regular cottage cheese works better than lowfat cheese here.


    Tuna and Cottage Cheese Salad

    Prepare tuna and cottage cheese mix. Toss with vinaigrette, chopped tomatoes, mixed leafy greens, and whatever other fresh chopped veggies you feel like throwing in. You can even toss in some chopped cooked egg whites if you like. Tastes pretty good on its own or topped with grated Parmigiana. As a variation, toss cottage cheese alone with some fresh chopped spinach and shredded red cabbage in a creamy dressing.

    Vinaigrette:

    1/2 cup olive oil or 1/4 cup olive and 1/4 cup flax seed oil
    1/4 cup red cooking wine
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/2 to 1 tsp Dijon mustard (depending on how zesty you like your vinaigrettes)
    Pinch of salt and pepper
    Pinch of dried basil, oregano, parsley, and/or garlic

    Combine all ingredients in a sealed container and shake to blend. You can adjust proportions to taste and add natural yogurt (or even blenderized cottage cheese!) for a creamier texture.


    Cottage Cheese Nachos

    fat free cottage cheese
    cooked lean or extra lean ground beef
    tomatoes/green peppers or salsa
    tostitos low fat baked tortilla chips
    sour cream
    cheese

    Combine all ingredients and you have some healthy nachos! They are awesome, high in protein, low in carb and fat.... try to get as much as possible from the cottage cheese (cottage cheese is the sour cream substitute) and as little as possible from the chips


    Chocolate Cottage Cheese

    Take Cottage cheese and add 3 tsp of sugar and 2 tsp of cocoa for every cup. An alternative to chocolate milk!


    Salsa Con Cottage Queso

    Combine equal parts store bought salsa and cottage cheese as a dip for fat free tortilla chips.


    Cottage Cheese Roll-Up

    Take thin sliced turkey (you know, lunch meat style) and lay it out flat, put in some cottage cheese, and pickle, of course, roll it up, and eat. Quick, and lots of protein!


    Stuffed Baked Potato

    A healthy filling for baked potatoes. Cook the potatoes as usual and then scoop out the flesh. Mix this approximately equal amount of with cottage cheese and season with salt and pepper. Fill the potatoes back up with the mixture and dollop a bit more cottage cheese on top! Healthy, yummy and filling.


    Cottage Cheese and Jello

    Mix 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with 1/2 cup of sugar free jello. It's yummy!


    Cottage Cheese Spread

    A cottage cheese topping for a bagel, or perhaps a filling for a pita or celery stalks: Drop a portion of cottage cheese in some cheese cloth & squeeze, squeeze, squeeze out the liquid. Put it in a bowl with some garlicky Mrs. Dash or your favorite dry herbs/seasonings, and mush it with a fork. This spreads easily over a toasted bagel and won't make it soggy!


    Cheesecake

    2 cups dry curd pressed cottage cheese (fat percentage optional)
    3 eggs
    1/2 cup yogurt (any percentage of fat)
    1/3 cup honey
    1 tsp. grated lemon peel
    1-2 tsp. vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350. Combine ingredients and process until satin smooth. Pour into loaf pan and bake 30 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool and refrigerate for several hours. Top with fresh or cooked drained berries or fruit of choice. Serves 8. 148 calories per serving. 12.65 g of protein, 20.5 g of carbs, 2.5 g of fat. From "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall.


    Scrambled Eggs

    Scramble some eggs and just before you are ready to take them out of the pan, add some diced tomatoes and some cottage cheese just long enough to make them warm. The cheese should just start to melt a little but still look like pieces of cottage cheese. (Sounds gross but tastes good.)


    Pseudo Waldorf salad

    1/2 cup cottage cheese
    1/4 cup ultra low-fat Cool Whip or equivalent frozen edible oil type topping
    1/2 apple cut up
    1 tablespoon of Heath bar or Skor bar...caramel bits
    slivered almonds or walnuts (optional)


    Mix it all together and eat. Leave it overnight and the caramel will blend and it will taste even better.

    Take a piece of good, chewy, whole wheat/multigrain bread and toast it to your prefered shade. Layer on some cottage cheese, and then top with some well-drained crushed pineapple. Sprinkle a little ginger over the whole thing, and you've got a very satisfying treat.


    Cottage Cheese Smoothie

    In a blender combine:

    1/2 cup of cottage cheese (low or nonfat)
    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
    1 cup of milk (low or nonfat)
    1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
    1 packet of Splenda or sweetner of choice

    For those that use flax oil, you can add a tablespoon to this and it doesn't really change the taste. Blend for 1 to minutes, serve and enjoy!


    Palak Paneer (a variation on a traditional Indian dish)

    .5 cup cottage cheese (non or lowfat)
    .5 cup frozen spinach (the kind that comes in a bag can be thrown in while it's still frozen)
    .5 cup organic canned lentils
    1 t. curry powder
    garlic powder and pepper to taste

    Throw everything into a tupperware container the night before and just zap it for a couple of minutes in the microwave at lunch and stir. The cheese gets melty and I think it's delicious. It's a good way to get more veggies, protein and fiber, too.


    Beans and Cheese

    1/2 cup of black beans
    1/4 cup of low fat cottage cheese
    Crushed red pepper or crushed cayenne pepper to taste

    Heat the beans and cottage cheese together in stove to the desired temperature, pour in a bowl and season with salt, black pepper and the crushed red pepper or cayenne if you like it spicy.


    Cottage Cheese PB&C

    1/2 cup Cottage Cheese (look for the Friendship 1% Whipped Spreadable as it has 16 g of protein and only 3 g of carbs)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter
    1 packet of splenda
    1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

    Mix them together until evenly mixed and enjoy!


    Cottage Cheese Pizza

    This is delicious and kids love it, too! Each pizza is 1 serving.

    Spread approx. 1 Tbsp pizza sauce over whole wheat pita. Over pizza sauce spread a heaping Tbsp fat free or low fat cottage cheese. Top that with sliced, cooked chicken breast or homemade turkey sausage. Add veggies if desired. Cook on top rack of oven at 475 degrees.


    Middle Eastern Cottage Cheese Sandwich

    1/2 lavash or whole wheat pita
    hummus
    cucumber slices
    tomato slices
    salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil
    cottage cheese

    Slather your favorite hummus on the lavash (or pita if you prefer) and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Sprinkle kosher salt & fresh ground pepper & garlic powder on top. Add sliced cucumber & tomato. Glob cc in center and roll that bad boy up.

    Adding a little dill and grilled vidalia onion slices might be good, too.


    Cottage Cheesy Steel Cut Blues

    1/2 cup cottage cheese
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1/4 cup steel cut oats
    1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup
    1 tsp Splenda

    Mix cold cooked steel cut oats with Maple syrup. Place in bowl or container. Top with cottage cheese sweetened with one packet Splenda, add thawed blueberries. (You can also leave out the blueberries and add to 1/2 cup oats).
     
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    hey guys thanks a lot for the replies ill definately give a lot of these ideas a go.
     
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    It comes out cheaper gram-per-gram than the caseins? What brand do you buy?

    I'm ready to switch. I'll get the nutritional value of the whole foods for cheaper without straining my kidneys.
     
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    Madmick Cerebrage Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    BTW, Leverage, I know I've taunted you in the past (and probably will continue to in the future over Cissus, I won't lie), but that was a great post from T-Nation. Thanks for bringing it over.
     
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    I qouted you.
     
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    my advice is to not chew it. I just swallow it because I don't care for the taste but it is an excellent b4 bed protein.
     
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    they kind of taste like eggs. Perhaps its that they taste like eggs and i know tis cheese that my brain is just like what the hell thats weird and just thinks of it as gross *shrug*.

    but anyways sometimes there is a yellowish liquid at the top of the cottage cheese after eating it and storing it for a day but it hasnt expired. Is that an indication that its gone bad or is that normal? kidn of yucky
     
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    This is great. I was reading the post and I was thinking the EXACT same thing. I"m going to print that off. I get stale with old boring recipies and hope to get a few new ones. There was a HUGE webpage about Tuna put together by a few powerlifters and bodybuilders that was good. They had like 400 recipies for it, but like 1/4 were just to be funny (like leaving the cans for chromium, or adding jack daniels as a potent vasodialator).

    Madmick, I never actually took the time to figure out cost. I just get the biggest one at my local grocery store and eat that. I havent gone to a Sams club or Costco (discount warehouses) to see if they have even a bigger one but I"ll have to check that out. I have only looked into a few casein "nighttime" proteins and they were crazy expensive. I would rather have whole foods than supplements 90% of the time.
     
  19. BackBrainKick

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    Goddamn, that was a shitload of recipes...

    ...anyone ever try the pre-made cottage cheese with green onions/chives already in it? GOOD SHIT! I like to put some salt and pepper on it...surprisingly good

    ...otherwise, I like the pineapple variety, or I'll put some canned peaches in it...


    ...unless you're a hardcore bodybuilder wanting to see the striations of muscle in your own ass, or if you're a diabetic, why worry about a little sugar? Honestly, will it make THAT much of a difference? You already train-that makes you better than 85% of people out there...
     
  20. Madmick

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    RJKD, have you seen the two sites I buy my protein from?:

    1) http://www.proteinfactory.com/store/
    2) http://trueprotein.com/store/index.asp (Coach D showed me this one).

    It's $6.89 at Protein Factory for the "Aussie" (Calcium) Caseinate and $6.69 at True Protein.

    1Fast400 once tested all the Protein Factory and all but two of the powders performed as advertised. The egg white protein is apparently the only protein you should avoid at PF. TP's powders are cheaper but I have never seen any such lab test performed on them.
     

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