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Cottage cheese – Friend or Foe ?

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Cottage cheese is another one of those foods with which I have had an interesting history and such a love/hate relationship. Currently, we are back together. My lactose intolerance seems to be fading so I am recently experimenting with eating cottage cheese again. It’s not my mother’s cottage cheese which was as low fat as possible.Now, mine is full fat and organic. This is my favorite kind. Her favorite way to eat it and a lunch we had in common many many hot summer days was half or at least a big piece of cantaloupe filled with a scoop of cottage cheese. After the advent of artificial sweeteners, that got a sprinkle of one of those on it. Yikes. We also would have it inside a fresh ripe tomato in the summer.

That was only a small piece of my long personal history of cottage cheese as diet food. How about this meal ? I wonder how many of you shared those restaurant meals with me ?? Really ? Let’s get dressed up and go out to eat and have this ?? Yes, sadly.

images-13 classic diner “diet” plate

I went on many diets in which cottage cheese was the main ingredient. Cottage cheese every day gets old pretty quickly. My college dorm years saw me eat a lot of cottage cheese also. Many dinners were salad bar and cottage cheese. Early early Weight Watcher days provided some “interesting” recipes using cottage cheese. It was then I discovered it was good on toast and broiled a bit. It can be savory or sweet. I think it was about 25 years ago that I started having mucus issues with dairy products so out went the cottage cheese along with all the other beloved dairy products.

More and more people seem to be getting on the full fat dairy wagon. Here is a good article with some scientific facts. I have written about fat before. A strong reason is that full fat dairy products taste better! Low and non fat products have ingredients added to them including varieties of sugars, and are NOT a whole food.

Once again, I went to my personal chef Facebook group and polled my friends about how they liked cottage cheese. I was a little surprised by how many people really like it and eat it often. I forget that as most of my friends here follow a pretty similar diet as mine which doesn’t include much if any dairy. Savory choices had a slight lead over sweet. Mixing it with salsa or fresh tomatoes is popular, don’t forget the black pepper, olives, on top of a potato were some of the savory faves. Mixing with most kind of fruit rounded out the sweet side. My favorite lately is mixed with tomatoes and sauerkraut. Try it ? or, this was my breakfast a few days ago accompanied by a few pieces of bacon.

IMG_0986 raspberries and blueberries!

One friend mentioned pancakes, Yummy! so here is a recipe from Enjoy and make it your own.


Grain Free Almond Pancakes
makes 6-8 pancakes

For the batter:
  • 1/2 cup full-fat cottage cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon grain-free baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin, optional (if you choose to omit the gelatin, the pancakes will taste fine, but not hold together quite as well)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Few tablespoons coconut oil for frying
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup or honey for drizzling


Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Let batter rest for 5 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until hot. Add about a teaspoon of coconut oil to pan and swirl to coat. Using a ladle, spoon batter into pan to make 3 pancakes. Cook until bottom is golden brown and flip. Cook until golden brown on second side. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

** my notes: If you don’t want the gelatin, you can substitute 1 tsp. of ground chia seeds ( grind in your coffee/spice mill).

Now, I need another poll about favorite way to eat pancakes!! hmmm. I actually like savory pancakes, more like latkes, using grated root vegetables or zucchini. How do you like your pancakes ?

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