Family moments are tough to measure — but the calories folded into Grandma’s famous green bean casserole, those could fill your measuring cup a few times over. We love gathering around a table of traditional favorites for the holidays, but we always keep an eye out for healthy holiday cooking ideas, like cooking with cottage cheese, to keep us on track when temptations are as abundant as the feasts themselves.
Cooking with cottage cheese—go ahead and add it to your list of things to be thankful for. After all, how many other high-protein, low-fat, all-natural ingredients do you have to work with this time of year? Our secret ingredient is a great substitute for dishes that call for ricotta, sour cream or cream cheese. Best of all, your friends and family won’t even want to stop indulging long enough to realize you’ve made the minor swap for healthy holiday cooking.
Let’s talk morning of the big meal. Instead of reaching for the shredded cheese, try cooking with cottage cheese to make your scrambled eggs or quiche. The mild flavor and creamy texture go a long way, plus the protein boost will hold over hungry family members until mealtime.
When it comes to dinner, have your bread and eat it too! Cottage cheese can be added to most homemade biscuit and cornbread recipes to make every bite as tender as it is tasty. One single-serve container of Artisa is the perfect addition to most recipes, which call for half a cup.
So whether you’re serving it with crackers and a spread of fruit and veggie toppers, baking it into delicious casseroles or blending it into a creamy, low-fat cheesecake, or substituting it in your unique brunch ideas, cooking with cottage cheese means healthy holiday cooking. Simply think outside the cottage to revamp your go-to recipes into guilt-free new favorites.