Zehra Jemal shows you that low-fat cottage cheese is much more than just a ‘diet’ food.
1. Simple snack
For a light and savoury treat, top wholegrain, rice or corn crackers with low-fat cottage cheese and a spoonful of your favourite chutney or salsa.
2. Healthy jacket potatoes
Top jacket potatoes with this delicious filling. Combine low-fat cottage cheese with a little grainy mustard, a can of four-bean mix and chopped fresh herbs. Spoon mixture into baked potatoes and sprinkle with parmesan. Place under the grill to melt parmesan.
3. Lovely lasagne
For a simple, no-cook ‘béchamel’ sauce to use in pasta bakes or lasagnes, place 250g low-fat cottage cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan and 1/4 cup skim milk into a food processor and blend to make a smooth, cheesy sauce.
4. Pumpkin cannelloni
To make a delicious cannelloni filling, mix together equal parts mashed pumpkin and low-fat cottage cheese with 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary. Fill cannelloni tubes with mixture, top with tomato pasta sauce and bake at 180°C for about 30 minutes.
5. Mini onion and blue cheese tarts
For this entrée, place 3 squares filo pastry into each hole of a greased muffin tin, spray with oil, then bake at 180°C for 5 minutes. Combine 150g low-fat cottage cheese with 50g blue cheese, then fill filo cups with mixture. Top with caramelised onions and serve.
6. For a healthier brekky
Swap cream cheese for low-fat cottage cheese on bagels and raisin toast.
7. Avocado dip
Process 1/2 avocado, 250g low-fat cottage cheese, juice from one lemon, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground black pepper and 1/4 cup chopped coriander in a food processor until smooth. Serve as a dip with vegie sticks or spread onto grainy bread rolls.
8. Salmon wraps
For a satisfying and healthy work lunch, spread a wholegrain wrap or tortilla with low-fat cottage cheese, then top with a tin of salmon and chopped chives. Season with pepper and roll up.
9. Cottage cheese patties
Combine 500g low-fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls, then flatten slightly to form a patty and evenly coat in more breadcrumbs. Place onto a lined baking tray, spray with oil and bake at 180°C for 15 minutes, or until golden. Serve with grilled tomatoes and salad.
10. Stuffed mushrooms
For a quick and easy dinner, remove and chop up the stems of 4 Portobello mushrooms. Combine stems with a 95g can tomato and basil tuna, 250g low-fat cottage cheese and fresh chopped basil or oregano. Divide mixture equally between the mushrooms. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with reduced-fat cheese, then bake at 180°C for 10–15 minutes until cheese is golden. Serve with salad.