Cottage Cheese: A Winning Ingredient to Refresh Spring Recipes

Are you refreshing your spring menu? Want light, healthful dishes that don't sacrifice great taste? Choose cottage cheese!

Dairy foods, including cottage cheese, are nutrient-rich, filled with vitamins and minerals that your body needs for health and vitality. Cottage cheese is also low in fat and calories, a winning combination to lighten up your menu items.

Protein is still hot and cottage cheese is packed with quality protein. With an increasing interest in plant-based diets, cottage cheese is ideal for creating protein-rich, vegetarian menu items.

Cottage cheese also wins in taste and versatility. Use it in sweet or savoury dishes; the mild flavour takes on the vibrancy of any ingredients you pair it with.

6 Simple Ways to Refresh Spring Menus with Cottage Cheese

  1. Get toasty. Blend cottage cheese with lemon zest and chili flakes, spread on garlicky crostini, top with avocado, thinly sliced spring radishes and toasted slivered almonds.

  2. Lighten up dessert. Bake a light and lemony cheesecake using cottage cheese and top with a chunky, tangy rhubarb compote.

  3. Perfect pasta. Toss cottage cheese with whole grain pasta, lemon, olive oil, roasted mushrooms, garlic and fresh sautéed spring asparagus.

  4. Build a better breakfast. Create a trendy power bowl featuring a scoop of cottage cheese, cooked cinnamon-y quinoa, early summer strawberries, toasted walnuts and a sweet drizzle of Canadian maple syrup.

  5. Power-pack smoothies. Skip expensive protein powders; instead, blend cottage cheese into smoothies for an instant hit of protein. Whirl together with other smoothie boosting ingredients such as nut butters, avocado, or kale.

  6. Create sensational salads. A scoop of cottage cheese adds a super creamy taste and texture to salad of spring greens, cucumbers, sweet peppers, toasted sunflower seeds and green onions.

Written By: Shannon Crocker MSc RD, Vibrant Nutrition Communications

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