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Unexpected Cottage Cheese Mix-Ins

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These unexpected cottage cheese mix-ins will satisfy any group.

These unexpected cottage cheese mix-ins will satisfy any group.

Non-Fruit Additions to Cottage Cheese

Most of us have heard of cottage cheese with fruit, like peaches, but how many people enjoy cottage cheese with something salty, like green olives? I do! If you’re a cottage cheese lover, I dare you to try the following cottage cheese mixers.

What to Mix Into Cottage Cheese

  1. Tomatoes and Pepper
  2. Saltine Crackers
  3. Green Olives
  4. Avocado
  5. Jalapeños or Pepper Rings
  6. Beans or Chili
My favorite mixture is cottage cheese with sliced grape tomatoes and ground pepper.

My favorite mixture is cottage cheese with sliced grape tomatoes and ground pepper.

1. Tomatoes and Pepper

Tomatoes, preferably straight from the garden, are my favorite food to mix with cottage cheese. Chop up the tomatoes, grind some pepper, and mix up with the cottage cheese. The flavors on the palate are absolutely divine. In the wintertime, go for grape or cherry tomatoes, which carry their flavor pretty well throughout the weather, even when other tomatoes don't. This mixture is, by far, my favorite.

2. Saltine Crackers

Saltine crackers, you ask? Yes, try it. Crumble up the crackers in your cottage cheese, and voila! The saltiness of the crackers is a delightful addition to the mix. I’ve even added in tomatoes with the crackers, as well, for a heartier meal. Yummy. I haven't tried other crackers—yet! But I do think that other crackers such as soda crackers or wheat thin type crackers would be tasty, too!

3. Green Olives

Dumping green olives into my cottage cheese was an experiment for me. I was looking for something to mix with my cottage cheese and spied a few green olives left in the jar. I emptied them in and tried a spoonful... another great discovery of what to mix with cottage cheese! Perhaps black olives would be tasty, too.

4. Avocado

Cut up a firm, ripe avocado and mix in with cottage cheese. Add ground cracked pepper. This is a yummy mixture if you like avocados!

5. Jalapeños or Pepper Rings

If you like hot stuff on the palate and are feeling brave, you might try some jalapeños or pepper rings to mix with your cottage cheese. They won't add many calories but will contribute quite a spicy flavor.

6. Beans or Chili

You may have already discovered how wonderful cottage cheese tastes with many types of beans. Eat them side by side or mix together. Warm beans—try pinto, black, chili, western, or ranch beans—complement the cool creaminess of the cottage cheese. A very soothing and comforting dish.

My dad and stepmother like cottage cheese with their chili. While I had always plopped sour cream on my chili, I had never thought of cottage cheese. Now I can't stop eating it that way. Chili and cottage cheese are a must-try combination.

What do you think about these combinations?

Bonus: An Unexpected Dessert Idea

Yes, you can add the ol' standbys of chopped pineapples, oranges, peaches, strawberries, and other fruits for your dessert-type cottage cheese. One combo I tried that might be considered unusual, but was absolutely amazing, was chocolate chips. Yes, chocoholics, drop some chocolate chips into your cottage cheese and indulge.

There are lots of options out there to mix with cottage cheese. All in all, I think all the recipes I've listed here are much better than the traditional fruity mixtures, but that's just my preference. For those of you who aren't crazy about mixing your fruit with cottage cheese, I'm sure you'll agree. Whatever you mix, be creative, and have fun with it. Cottage cheese is a pretty versatile food.

Comments

Madison Hurst on August 11, 2019:

I eat my cottage cheese from Gordon food service or GFS is where I buy it from and I mix A little bit of salt and some cinnamon sugar in it and it’s pretty yummy . I have also tried it with western dressing and salt and pepper and it was pretty good . I have also tried it with green olives and I liked it that way too i’ll have to try it some of these other ways that you all have posted up.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 21, 2013:

rebecca--Yeah, cottage cheese is great with salads with lots of stuff. And with beans--it's a great combo! Thanks for the comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 21, 2013:

Denise--Yes, try it in chili, especially! With the cheese! It's kind of like sour cream, which I love on chili, also. Yum--cottage cheese in a wrap! I should try that. I may have to buy some more soon! Thanks for the comments!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 20, 2013:

Hmmm. I think I might try it with the beans. I like adding cottage cheese to salads with "the kitchen sink" in them. Lots of times that may include kidney beans of chic peas, so I think that might work.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 20, 2013:

Susan--I love cottage cheese with green olives, too! I can't buy cottage cheese very often, because I eat it up way too quickly. LOL! Thanks or reading and sharing this!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 20, 2013:

It's funny that the first hub I spotted in the news feed, (shared by Sholland), was this one, because I've been eating a lot of C.C this week in a variety of ways. Your hub's inspired me to try a few more ways. Seriously-chocolate chips in CC? Well, I'm game, since I LOVE chocolate...problem is, I'm eating the low cal CC because of the pounds I've gained from eating chocolate, lol. Better stick with the other versions. I've never heard of CC in chili, we usually grate cheddar cheese, but I'm sure it would be good.

I also do the cottage cheese and celery / carrot stix or on big lettuce leaves, like a wrap. My latest has been the cc and peaches. YUM Thanks for the inspiration. UP and pinned.

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on July 20, 2013:

Yum! I love all these ideas! Cottage cheese and green olives is one of my favorites - so easy and quick. I eat it for a snack or a meal!! Love it!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 18, 2012:

katyzzz--I love being creative with food! Thanks for reading!

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on April 17, 2012:

Something to think about when thinking of new types of snacks. What a little imagination can do to food

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 02, 2012:

vespawoolf--I would be sad if I couldn't find cottage cheese! Maybe you can google a recipe for it. Thanks for reading and voting.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 02, 2012:

I love all these options, although I must confess I've never tried the chocolate chips. Cottage cheese is hard to find in Peru, so when I go back to the U.S. I eat lots of it. I wish I had a recipe for making cottage cheese! Thanks for sharing...voted up and useful.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

Susan, I'd be curious as to whether or not your son likes the combinations or not. Thanks for reading and commenting and passing on the ideas! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 13, 2012:

Oh, Sunnie, I would be so sad to give up dairy. Thanks for reading about cottage cheese, anyway. haha. I do appreciate it! :-)

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 13, 2012:

I'm not a big fan of cottage cheese but my son recently started eating it. He's asked me several times what to eat or mix the cottage cheese with. I'll have him read your hub as you've offered some great suggestions here that I'm sure he'll like.

Sunnie Day on February 13, 2012:

I love cottage cheese or at least I did before giving up dairy(never mind that) lol but I used to eat it all the time. These are great ways to enjoy eating it..Thanks for sharing Victoria.

Take care,

Sunnie

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 12, 2012:

Yes, prasetio, check out cottage cheese if you have a chance. Thanks for reading and commenting!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 12, 2012:

I had never know about cottage cheese. I believe this cheese so delicious. Thanks for share with us and I know food suitable with cottage cheese. Rated up!

Prasetio

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 11, 2012:

You go, Ardie! Try those tomatoes and crackers. They're the best. And, if you like green olives, yummy! hope you and your dad like some of these combinations!

Sondra from Neverland on February 10, 2012:

Oooh mmm VicLynn :) I love these ideas! I always mixed fruit with my cottage cheese (something I picked up from my diabetic dad - its his fave dish). I never thought to add tomatoes or crackers. I'll try it and pass the ideas to my dad too. Great information!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

My cottage cheese never goes to waste, and it's just me eating it. That's how much I love it! Of course I don't buy it very often, because I eat it too fast. I love cooked cabbage. Maybe have to try your recipe! Sounds great. Yeah, let me know what they think if you have a chance. Thanks for the comments!

Isabella Mukanda from Fort Myers on February 09, 2012:

Interesting. Guess what, my dinner this evening was that red/purple cabbage (cooked) and mixed with boiled eggs and cottage cheese, I truly enjoyed it. I could taste every recipe you suggest here just by reading it. Thanks for the ideas, I normally always have a lot of cottage cheese in my fridge and sometimes it goes to waste because the rest of my family do not really like it. I will serve it differently and let you know what they think. Thanks.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Try them, randomcreative!See what you think! Thanks!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 09, 2012:

I love cottage cheese with fruit and will have to give some of these other suggestions a try. Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Interesting, Hawkesdream. Pineapple and onion??? I'll have to try it out of curiosity!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Way to go, Deborah! I knew the green olives with cottage cheese would be a hit. It was for me! Glad you liked it! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Thanks, teaches! Give it a try. And thanks for the votes!

Hawkesdream from Cornwall on February 09, 2012:

I must say I like cottage cheese with pineapple and grated onion. It gives a terrific sweet and sour taste.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 09, 2012:

Victoria, just back to say I am enjoying cottage cheese with olives as I type this! After reading your hub, I went to the grocery store to get cottage cheese (I had to go anyway) so I could try this for lunch. I think I've found a new favorite way to eat cottage cheese! Thanks.

Dianna Mendez on February 09, 2012:

I just picked up a container of cottage cheese for my hubby. He loves it plain with saltines but I will serve it with a twist such as tomato and pepper. I never thought of chocolate as an option; but since I am a chocoholic, I will give it a try. Voted up and useful.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Yeah, Deborah, I don't care much for fruit with cottage cheese, either. Fresh chives sound good! Yes, try the green olives. Delightful, I think!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

RighterOne--You're welcome. Sometimes I forget about my passion for cottage cheese, until I buy some. Then I usually devour it within a day or two! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Yep, Turtlewoman, cottage cheese works in lasagna, although I prefer ricotta. I love cottage cheese plain or with the salty mixtures I've suggested. I guess I'm just not into fruit that much, so I ended up trying all these other combinations. See what you think!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on February 09, 2012:

Chocolate chips make for interesting flavors. It may not be for everybody, but I like to try different things! Especially since I'm a chocolate lover, too!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 09, 2012:

I've never really liked cottage cheese with fruit. I usually eat it with fresh chives mixed in. But cottage cheese and olives? Now that I have to try!

RighterOne from Chicago, Illinois - USA on February 08, 2012:

Yum. I will definitely be trying some of these. Thanks for rekindling my forgotten passion for cottage cheese! =)'

Kim Lam from California on February 08, 2012:

I love cottage cheese. Although I prefer mixing it with fruit, these are some good ideas to try someday. Last Thanksgiving I tried baking lasagna using cottage cheese. Different--but it worked!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 08, 2012:

I do eat cottage cheese with fruit and with tomatoes, but I haven't tried your other suggestions. They all sound very interesting - especially the suggestion to add chocolate chips to cottage cheese. I'll be trying the chocolate chip idea very soon, because I love chocolate!