Tasty Tidbit Tuesday: Curds and Whey

They were on to something in the early 1800s with the coining of the name cottage cheese for the milk left over after villagers make butter in their cottages.  While looking like not the quite so appealing cousin of silky smooth butter, cottage cheese has made it’s way up the food chain from leftover to key ingredient in the kitchen.  Cottage cheese has held on as one of the many weight loss staple foods over the years.  However, it isn’t just the food of our grandparents to enjoy with their morning meal, so get excited about the little things or big things… depending on how you enjoy your curds that is!

Who knew such a bland food could look so appealing?

Who knew such a bland food could look so appealing?

So why all the hype about cottage cheese? For the majority of us looking to either add on muscle, drop some a few pounds, or maintain a stable weight range, cottage cheese is a go to mainly for its high protein and low carbohydrate content.  On average, the protein content may vary from about 10-14 grams in a half cup serving.  Not to mention it isn’t just about eating cottage cheese entirely on it’s own in a bowl.  Some classic versions include fruit (a half cup or more allows for a high enough protein and sugar content to let you continue to feel full for longer than a 2 hour period).  Some of the larger companies, like Hood, have created some amazing savory versions of the versatile dairy product.

Mixing it up: Radishes and scallions for a savory mix

Mixing it up: Radishes and scallions for a savory mix

Particularly for the fairer sex, dairy intake can be difficult to manage.  For the gents it can be easier when downing half a quart of milk is factored into meals, but for the majority of the ladies, it isn’t as common.  The addition of cottage cheese into a woman’s monitored food intake can help with variety of healthy living aspects, including but not to: healthy weight, pre-menstrual syndrome, ovarian cancer prevention, kidney stone prevention, and urinary track infection preventions (who knew?!).

However, unless you have an intolerance to dairy, cottage cheese is great for both men and women.  It can be a staple for some bodybuilders to eat prior to bedtime (no that doesn’t mean you’ll wake up looking like The Hulk if you scarf a cup of curds before hitting the sack).  At most, you may not feel so inclined to cook up a huge omelet or scarf down an entire bagel laden with butter or cream cheese.  Cottage cheese contains a specific kind of protein, casein, which most individuals digest at a slower rate.  As a result, individuals consuming cottage cheese tend to feel satiated for a longer period of time (no growling stomach two hours before it’s lunchtime).  Casein in particular will clot in the stomach; the amino acids will then be released slowly over an extended period of time, hence no being a grump before lunch.

Below are a list of some of my favorite unconventional cottage cheese included recipes; shake up your usual routine and try something different to keep the food choices from getting boring!

Breakfast:

Cottage Cheese and Blackberry Sandwich

Cottage Cheese Muffins with Ham and Cheese

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Parfait

Cottage Cheese with Jam and Cereal

Garden Veggie Egg Bake

Spinach and Egg White Omelet

 

Lunch:

California Cottage Cheese Bowl

Cottage Cheese Salad

Cottage Cheese Sandwich

Cottage Cheese Tuna Salad

Spicy Tuna and Cottage Cheese Jacket

 

Dinner:

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Creamy Baked Spaghetti

Crustless Mushroom Spinach Pie

Eggplant Casserole

Lasagna Roll Ups

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

 

Snack/Dessert:

Blueberry and Cheese Blintzes

Cucumber Cups with Cottage Cheese

Lasagna Dip

Mini Mocha Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Protein Cheesecake Mousse

Spinach Dip

Hey there I’m Bubble T, professor of Psychology and Physical Education here at Vixen Varsity. Based out of NY, I am a CrossFit trainee, competitive powerlifter, and roller derby girl. The crux of my days revolve around developing fitness goals and psychological well-being. I currently run the blog, The Cosplay Body, and am an active advocate of developing tips, tricks around healthy nutritional needs and positive self-image in the cosplay community. Questions regarding psychology and physical education class material can be fielded directly at [email protected]; follow the Psychology and PhysEd Profession on Twitter @Blondie_BubbleT.

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