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Cottage Cheese – Countless Ways


Growing up, I was always a savory cottage cheese girl. Add a little salt and pepper and I was good to go. I don’t think it was until high school or college that I discovered that people added fruit to their cottage cheese! I’ve tried it and it’s not really my thing; even though it isn’t too much different than fruit with yogurt… or fruit preserves atop a log of cream cheese or chèvre.

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot more cottage cheese.

I’ve found that it really satisfies me. Sometimes I’ll just add a little salt and pepper. Other times, I’ll sprinkle some Herbes de Provence or other savory seasoning on top. Or I’ll just to top it with some chopped scallions.

And still, other times, I just add some to my leftovers!

Cottage Cheese

Here, I stirred some leftover chicken into some leftover sauteed mushrooms and onions. I topped it with some diced tomatoes, but still felt something was missing. A little cottage cheese was the perfect touch to change the flavor and texture!

And by now, you know how much I love making a good Poorman’s Caprese in the summer when tomatoes are in season.

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Well, I’ve created a new-to-me version of the Poorman’s Caprese!

It came about because my cousin gave me a big jar of her homemade salsa. And once I opened it, I didn’t want it to go to waste. Then, I dumped some into my cottage cheese and a new and delicious creation was born.

Salsa Caprese!

Salsa Caprese!

It doesn’t look all that pretty when you mix it all together; but it is oh-so-good!

Cottage Cheese Salsa Caprese

One other way that I’ve liked to eat cottage cheese is rather strange…

And I didn’t think it was the healthiest either. I’d take about a half-cup of cottage cheese and top it with a few almonds, then sprinkle it with a little shredded cheddar cheese. Weird, right?

But then I read this suggested snack on Livestrong for a Cinnamon Almond Spread that consisted of cottage cheese, chopped almonds and cinnamon. I didn’t feel so strange anymore! And their Mini-Mexican Pizzas are very similar to my Salsa Caprese.

In fact, I’ve been seeing a lot of snack-like recipes with cottage cheese as an ingredient lately. What an easy, versatile protein! Oh no. I just did a search for cottage cheese recipes on Pinterest. I could be there all day… 😉

How do you like your cottage cheese?

Any crazy combinations out there?


Snack Lunches


You know what I’ve been absolutely loving lately?


Well, you should have known that by the title.

Anyway, what are Snack Lunches? They are foods that I’d probably normally bring to work to snack on or munch on at home between meals. Instead, I’ve been bringing my snacks to work with me as meals. What’s interesting is that while some look low in calories, they do fill me up! I don’t really need any other snacks later in the day. Here is one of my favorites:

Snack Lunch Cucumber, Capress & Egg

Cucumbers, Hard Boiled Egg & Poorman’s Caprese 

I usually add a fruit to my lunch bag {not pictured above} to round out my Snack Lunch and to have something slightly sweet. As of late, I’ve been noshing on cherries, watermelon and grapes. Like here:

Snack Lunch

Grapes, 1.5 oz Muenster Cheese & Veggies with Hummus

I also have my daily piece of Dove dark chocolate. I do bring one of my pre-portioned bag of 100 calories worth of nuts along, too. {I adore the Rosemary Marcona Almonds from Trader Joe’s!} However, I don’t always end up eating them. I may eat them after work if I have a run scheduled that night. But lately it’s just been me crunching on a cucumber while I keep the pooches separated while they eat. {Shamrock tries to eat the adult food, while Sophie tries to eat the puppy food!}

leftover Tuscan pork chop and veggies with hummus

Leftover Tuscan Pork Chop & Veggies with Hummus

Above is yesterday’s Snack Lunch. On a whim, I chopped up the leftover pork chop from the night before and threw it into my lunch. I didn’t think cold pork sounded that appetizing {I don’t like cold leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!}, but it was actually a really tasty addition!

In some ways, I think of these Snack Lunches as antipasti platters. You know, those plates with an assortment of cheeses, meats, fruits, olives… Yes! I forgot to add that I sometimes add olives to my Snack Lunches!

One day, I picked up a little snack box from Target. Did you know that they offer these in the deli section?!

Snack Lunch-Target

Trail Mix, Spicy Summer Sausage, two types of Cheese & Pretzels

Sure, that Snack Lunch above wasn’t quite as healthy as my others since it lacked veggies. But I did see several different variations of this snack box in the deli section. Some had hummus and veggies. Some included fruit. There were ones with tuna salad and crackers. I probably could have chosen a more healthy option. Don’t worry, I still had plenty of cukes form the Farmers’ Market. I’ve been eating them like crazy right now!

I seriously feel like I can’t get tired of snacks for lunch. I brought some leftovers and a salad to work a couple of times recently, but what I really wanted my Snack Lunch instead. What’s also great is that since you pre-portion all of your snacks before you leave the house, portion control should not be an issue.

Here’s my formula for a healthy Snack Lunch:

  • Protein (chicken, pork chop, cottage cheese, cheese cubes, hummus)
  • Veggies (to eat plain or with dip, hummus, guacamole)
  • Fruit (Right now, I like ones that are chopped into pieces or bite-sized rather than an apple or orange – such as raspberries, melon, cherries)
  • Optional: Healthy Fat (guacamole, olives, a drizzle of olive oil over roasted veggies.)

You could also add a whole grain, too. I love that these are so simple to put together and it helps me use up whatever I’ve got in my fridge.

Do you ever eat your snacks as your lunch?

What kind of foods would you put in your ideal healthy Snack Lunch?