Add Cottage Cheese to Your Recipes for Extra Protein

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

I am NOT a cook, but I eat to survive. I've recently discovered you can add cottage cheese to recipes to make them healthier with added protein.

Book Entitled Feed Me I'm Yours

When my son was little, my favorite cookbook was titled "Feed Me I'm Yours". This was my introduction to slipping veggies into recipes to get him to eat healthier food.

I'll never forget the time I made "Squash Dressing" instead of Cornbread Dressing. He gobbled up half of it until he asked what was in it. I finally confessed the secret ingredient was cooked squash, and he never took another bite. I will share the recipe with you Yanks who have never heard of it.

Squash Dressing Recipe edited

Now that my son is grown with a home of his own, I cook out of necessity, not for the love of cooking. I learned a long time ago to make microwaved scrambled eggs, and if you've never had them, they really are quite good. But recently I've learned to add a dollop of COTTAGE CHEESE to the scrambled eggs; it adds extra protein, plus you cannot taste the cottage cheese once it is mixed into the eggs.

Many Instagram reels and TikTok videos have gone viral with cottage cheese recipes. If you are unfamiliar, some of my favorites are pancakes, flatbread, zucchini lasagna, spaghetti sauce, Alfredo, Ranch dip, and so many more. All you have to do is run a computer search for your favorite recipe and you'll find ways to add cottage cheese to almost any dish.

Last night I created a Meatless One-Dish Wonder, inspired by Cottage Cheese Zucchini Lasagna. I've made the dish using zucchini noodles instead of pasta (healthier version). Except last night, I was out of zucchini, so as I often do, I  substituted with whatever I had on hand.  Following is how it came together.

Meatless One Dish Wonder

Meatless One-Dish Wonder


2-3 cloves garlic, minced; 1/2 onion, chopped; 3-4 mini colored bell peppers, sliced

6 ounces fresh spinach, washed and lightly chopped (substitute squash or zucchini)

Seeds of Change 8.5 oz Organic Pre-cooked Brown Basmati Rice (or any cooked pasta, ziti, etc.) 

1/2 jar prepared pasta sauce (red)

1 cup small curd cottage cheese

Shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese


Saute' the first three ingredients in an oiled skillet; add spinach and allow to wilt. Add pre-cooked rice with 2 tbsp water. Cook for an extra minute or two. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl or blender, mix the pasta sauce with the cottage cheese. A blender will remove the lumps.

Put the rice/veggie mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish. Top with red sauce, then add mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are brown.

This basic recipe can be modified in so many ways and you are only limited by your imagination and the ingredients in your fridge and pantry.


Submitted to: Fork It Over: June ActiveRain Recipe Challenge


Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Seems to me we used to try and do similar when it came to feeding meds to pets.

Jun 21, 2024 12:29 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Sheila, I looked for that cute book last night but can't find it. I might have gotten rid of it during one of my decluttering episodes. 😶 My son STILL doesn't eat his veggies! LOL

Jun 21, 2024 12:31 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Nina Hollander, Broker - the only reason I have cottage cheese in the house is due to the TikTok videos I've been watching.

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - kids and pets have certain things in common. They don't know what's good for them. 😃


Jun 21, 2024 12:34 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty I am not on TikTok so it's passed me by!

Jun 21, 2024 01:43 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty I am not a fan of cottage cheese, BUT that dish does look good.

Jun 21, 2024 01:34 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Pat,

OMG what clever ways to try and insert veggies for the kids. You have become quite creative with your cottage cheese recipes! Good for you!!

Jun 21, 2024 02:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Pat- I love it!!!!  And how easy is it to add cottage cheese!!! My mom used to make a squash casserole and got us to eat it because of the cheese that was in it. Thank you for entering this in the June Challenge. 

Jun 21, 2024 05:40 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

George Souto - Imagine traditional Lasagna; instead of ricotta, use lower calorie cottage cheese. If your mind can make that substitution, you're on your way!  

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I can modify a recipe, but I have to give Instagram and TikTok credit for the ideas.

Kathy Streib - thank you! I love a squash casserole, too!

Jun 21, 2024 07:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  loved your post and I will have to do a blog post since I believe we both own the same container:)Endre

Jun 21, 2024 10:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I don't remember the last time I used cottage cheese, but it certainly sounds like an interesting idea. Thank you for sharing.

Jun 22, 2024 05:29 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Endre Barath, Jr. - this was my pattern from a wedding many years ago!

Kat Palmiotti - I'm not a vegetarian but I do enjoy meatless meals occasionally, so sneaking protein in helps. 🙂

Jun 22, 2024 06:27 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yum Pat this recipe I think is a keeper and I will put it on my menu for July, (I do a whole menu for the month)


Jun 22, 2024 09:22 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

We often eat cottage cheese with our spaghetti or lasagne but this is eye-opening and a whole new level of cooking with it. Thanks for the entry to this month's challenge, Pat!

Jun 22, 2024 09:34 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - I'm not a cottage cheese person but I'd be willing to try the recipe using ricotta cheese instead for nutrition. Your recipe sounds good!

You sure put forth a lot of effort into this challenge! I commend you. 


Jun 22, 2024 10:03 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Pat,
I do like cottage cheese and often substitute it for sour cream. You've offered up some new ideas, though. Thanks.

Jun 22, 2024 12:34 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Thanks Will Hamm ! I hope you enjoy it.

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - I don't eat a lot of meat at home, so using cottage cheese is a way to get some protein. I don't like it plain!


Jun 22, 2024 06:29 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Hi Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP it's so good to hear from you! I got a little (lot) wordy with this post but it was pretty easy to put together. Most of it was memories from when my son was little so it was good to reminisce. You can use ricotta instead of cottage cheese; ricotta has more calories but also has more calcium. Bon appetit!

Thank you Carol Williams . I don't like to mess up too many dishes in the kitchen, so the scrambled eggs with cottage cheese is a usual breakfast item for me. I make it and eat it in a coffee mug. Easy peasy! 

Jun 22, 2024 06:34 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Pat love your ideas.  Oddly enough I was just thinking about cottage cheese yesterday.  I haven't had any or bought any in years.  Why I stopped using it I have no idea.  But I have this strange hankering for it now, especially after reading your post!  Tomorrow it's on my list.......yum!


And thanks for the reminder about this month's contest.  I've got a smoked ribs recipe I am going to share.  Yum!

Jun 23, 2024 04:08 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Yes Anna "Banana" Kruchten - get busy on your submission! Hopefully you'll find a  way to incorporate cottage cheese into a quick and easy (and healthy) recipe.

Jun 23, 2024 08:04 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh my gosh, this sounds so yummy, Pat! I had to chuckle at your squash casserole recipe - the same one I have from my grandmother! All of we southerners must have inherited this recipe! LOL

As for the zucchini recipe - I've bookmarked you and will definitely be trying this. I've been using a lot of cottage cheese and do enjoy the healthy benefits of using in in lieu of other fattening ingredients. 

Thank you for participating in this month's challenge!

Jun 30, 2024 08:20 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your recipes!  I've saved them as I try to avoid eating as much meat.  These are perfect.  I will also be bringing along your squash recipe when I visit my daughter in Iowa for Thanksgiving.  Always looking to mix it up a bit!   Thanks for sharing!

Jul 01, 2024 10:57 AM