Is Cottage Cheese Making a Comeback?
by Kristen Keen, MBA, RD, LDN
Last Updated: November 17, 2020
Growing up, you may remember your parents or grandparents having cottage cheese with fruit as a snack or a side to a meal. Some even ate it as a side on the salad bar at school or at a buffet (which we are all avoiding now). Cottage cheese is starting to make an appearance on our plates again. Some might say it is making a comeback, but we never thought it left.
To keep it simple, cottage cheese is a powerhouse food full of nutrients! Not only does it pack a punch of protein, but depending on the brand can contain Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Iron, and Potassium.
At the grocery store, you can expect to find the below calories and protein per 1/2 cup of cottage cheese:
Calories - 80-110 calories
Protein - 12-14 grams
The process of making cottage cheese requires adding an acidic agent to milk. Then the acid makes the milk separate into casein (the curds) and whey (the liquid). The casein or curd is then cooked down and rinsed. This produces a very mild cheese and can be bought in different curd sizes (small, medium, and large). Cottage Cheese can be added to any meal or snack as a standalone or the star. See below for inspiration on how to fit cottage cheese into your weekly menu.
- Try it as a topping on whole grain toast or bread like this cottage cheese and peach English muffin recipe.
- Add it to your pancakes! Cottage cheese oatmeal pancakes.
- Keep it simple and top cottage cheese with your favorite fruit and nuts or seeds.
Lunch and Dinner Ideas:
- Use it in Mac & Cheese to help reduce unhealthy fats like in this homemade macaroni and cheese with broccoli.
- Try it in a creamy pasta dish like this mushroom pasta with blue cheese.
- Use it in place of sour cream and top your nachos, potatoes, or sweet potatoes with.
- Use as a replacement for mayonnaise in dips like in this onion dip and pair with some fresh vegetables.
- Combine it with fruit to create a cottage cheese and fruit salad.
Including protein with our meals and snacks has shown to help us feel more satisfied and maintain our energy throughout the day. When choosing a cottage cheese opt for a lower fat option, which uses skim milk, 1% milk, or 2% milk. For anyone that experiences issues from lactose, there is even a lactose-free cottage cheese available! For more recipe inspiration, visit the recipe section at Kroger.com.
Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.