Beyond the Bowl: 5 Protein-Packed Snacks Starring Cottage Cheese
Growing up, I knew cottage cheese was a healthy snack and that it tasted great piled high in the seeded center of a juicy cantaloupe. It wasn’t until I was an adult that my mom started combining cottage cheese with diced apple and cinnamon that my eyes opened to pairing the protein-rich cheese with other simple, healthy partners. Now, Hood® Cottage Cheese has an array of both sweet and savory flavors that have expanded my thinking further, allowing me to go beyond the bowl when I create recipes using this healthy, versatile snack.
Hot and Cheesy Garden Veggie Dip
This dip transforms cottage cheese into either a snack to share or straight-up party fare. I mix 1 (16-ounce) container of Hood Cottage Cheese with Garden Vegetables with 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, pour the mixture into a 1-quart baking dish, and place 6 inches below the preheated broiler for about 5 minutes. The dip comes out lightly browned and melted, perfect for scooping up with crostini, crackers, or crudités.
Smoked Salmon Roll Ups
If you like smoked salmon with cream cheese, you’ll love these roll-ups, which have two distinct advantages over the former: (1) an increased serving of protein, and (2) a flavor boost from added cucumber and dill in the cottage cheese. Simply spread Hood Cottage Cheese with Cucumber & Dill on a tortilla or wrap, top with a thin layer of smoked salmon, roll up tightly, and use a serrated knife to slice into rounds. My kids love this one, too!
Honey Pear Tarts
This is inspired by my mom’s apple and cottage cheese bowl, but with a dessert-inspired twist. I combine
Prosciutto and Peach Toasts
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While I’m still a big fan of good old cantaloupe with cottage cheese, I only rarely eat it now that the floodgate of possibilities has opened. No longer are my cottage cheese options limited to fruit or bowl, making healthy snacking easier and tastier. So have some fun using Hood Cottage Cheese’s creative flavors, whether to use in my concoctions or your own!
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