Cottage cheese is a delicious, healthy ingredient that can be incorporated into everything from breakfast to dinner! If you’re looking for some new ways to eat cottage cheese, this list has you covered. These ideas can be a great way to use up a bit of leftover cottage cheese but I also have ideas for making this humble cheese the star of the show!

What is cottage cheese?

Cottage cheese is made from cow’s milk. Instead of pressing it to make cheese curd, it’s drained, retaining the whey and keeping the curds loose. It has a mild, milky flavor and a slightly soupy texture. Some people find the texture of cottage cheese to be off-putting but there are plenty of ways you can use it where texture won’t be an issue. For example, blending cottage cheese into a smoothie can be a great way to get the health benefits of cottage cheese while disguising the texture.

Is cottage cheese healthy?

Yes! It’s packed with protein and it’s high in B vitamins and calcium. In fact, it’s been a popular diet food because it can be low in calories but high in protein. Don’t let the diet label fool you though, this creamy cheese can be delicious! You can read more about the health benefits of cottage cheese here.

How long does cottage cheese last?

Cottage cheese typically lasts about 2 weeks if properly refrigerated but once it’s opened, it usually needs to be consumed within 5 days. Never eat out of the container and use a clean spoon each time you scoop out a portion in order to prevent it from spoiling faster. Always check the expiration date and I follow the rule “when in doubt, throw it out” because I don’t want to risk it!

16 Ways to Eat Cottage Cheese

Breakfast Recipes

Cottage Cheese is a great way to add more protein to your favorite breakfast recipes.

Appetizers

Spice up your cottage cheese into a homemade dip.

Dinner Recipes

Classic dinner recipes using cottage cheese instead of ricotta.

Dessert Recipe

Not only can you add cottage cheese to everyday recipes, it's great for desserts too.