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Cottage cheese is a soft, low-fat, bland cheese used worldwide in thousands of recipes. Made from drained curd, it is also known as curd cheese. There are different types of cottage cheese, like farmer cheese and pot cheese, differentiated as per their firmness. Though not listed among the best cheese around the world, it is a popular food for bodybuilders, and a recommended food in fad diets and crash diets.

The recipes associated with cottage cheese have become popular due to its low-fat content, and high protein and mineral content. Half a cup of cottage cheese contains 120 calories, 14 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of carbohydrate. Here are some awesome dishes you can make with cottage cheese. Take your pick.

(Recipe With Jello)
Pineapple Cottage Cheese Salad

Cheese salad with pineapple

Jello is the quickest way of creating new desserts and salads. Nothing can taste better than this imaginative Jello dish, after a hard day's work.

Ingredients
♦ 1 pkt Orange Jello (or any flavor)
♦ ½ cup (4 ounces) cottage cheese
♦ ¾ cup (6 ounces) crushed pineapple
♦ 1 cup (8 ounces) whipped cream

Preparation
► Put the cottage cheese and whipped cream in a blender, mix well and pour it in a bowl.
► Drain the pineapple and mix with blended cheese and cream.
► Refrigerate until set.

(For Breakfast)
Scrambled Cottage Cheese

Scrambled cheese with tomatoes

We want easy-to-prepare, but nutritious food for breakfast. Cottage cheese is definitely the best option. High in protein, this recipe is simple, energizing, and scrumptious.

Ingredients
♦ 1 cup (8 ounces) cottage cheese
♦ 1 tbsp. oil
♦ ¼ tsp. turmeric powder (optional)
♦ 1 small onion (chopped)
♦ 1 tomato (chopped)
♦ 1 tsp. salt

Preparation
► Heat oil in a pan and pour the chopped onions.
► Add turmeric and fry till it turns golden brown.
► Add chopped tomatoes and fry till it turns soft.
► Add cheese and stir continuously and fry for about 5 minutes.
► Serve hot.

(For Bodybuilding)
Potato Egg Cheesy Omelet

Potato omelet with cheese and tomatoes

Cheese becomes your staple diet once you start bodybuilding. This recipe is not just a natural supplement of protein and carbohydrate, but also easy to make and delicious.

Ingredients
♦ 2 medium-sized potatoes
♦ 3 eggs
♦ 4 tbsp. oil
♦ ½ cup (4 ounces) cottage cheese
♦ ¼ tsp. black pepper
♦ ¼ tsp. salt

Preparation
► Cut potatoes into even strips and soak it in water for ½ an hour and drain the water.
► Fry the potatoes in a pan.
► In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and cottage cheese.
► Drain excess oil and leave the fried potatoes in the pan and pour cheese-eggs mixture over the potatoes evenly.
► Sprinkle black pepper and salt and cover pan tightly with lid,let it simmer for 3 minutes and serve hot.

(Healthy Recipe)
Cheesy Tomato Cups

Tomato Cups

Most types of cheese is considered unhealthy due to their high content of fat. But cottage cheese is an exception. Are you are aiming for a toned and fit body, but can't resist eating cheese? Well, you don't have to cut cheese from your diet. Try this healthy cheese tomato recipe.

Ingredients
♦ 8 medium-sized tomatoes
♦ 1 cup (8 ounces) cottage cheese
♦ 1 cup (8 ounces) grated cabbage
♦ 1 cup (8 ounces) yogurt
♦ ¼ tsp. black or red pepper
♦ ¼ tsp. salt

Preparation
► Slice out the top of the tomatoes and scoop out the centers to make cups.
► Mix salt and grated cabbage and set aside, squeeze out the water after 10 minutes.
► In a separate bowl, mix cottage cheese, yogurt, pepper and salt with cabbage and fill each tomatoes with this mixture.
► It can be eaten as a salad, or can be baked in an oven at 200ºF for 10 minutes.

(Low Fat Recipe)
Strawberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake

When we think of desserts and cakes, the first things that come to mind are the homemade soft and lovely cheesecakes. But fear of gaining weight keeps us away from them. Well, you need not worry anymore. Try making this low-fat, yummy cheesecake.

Ingredients
♦ ¾ cup (6 ounces) cottage Cheese
♦ 2 cups (16 ounces) strawberries (chopped)
♦ ½ cup (4 ounces) yogurt
♦ 2 tbsp. flour/sugar each
♦ 2 eggs (1 whole, 1 egg white)
♦ ½ tsp. lemon juice/salt each

Preparation
► Grease a round cake pan and preheat to 350ºF.
► In a food processor, blend cottage cheese, yogurt, flour, eggs, salt, and sugar.
► Add lemon juice and strawberries and mix well.
► Pour batter in the preheated pan and bake at 250ºF for 30 - 40 minutes.
► Serve hot or chilled.

If you are looking for a substitute for high-calorie, high-fat Cheddar, Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, then cottage cheese is your answer. Though it might taste too plain and boring for some, the bland taste makes it extremely versatile for experimentation in different recipes. The best way to energize your body and keep it healthy is to add cottage cheese in your everyday diet. So, for a natural supply of protein and healthy nutrients, try out these delectable recipes.