If you are looking for an easy, delicious way to up your protein first thing in the morning, look no further. My cottage cheese oatmeal (advisory: you won’t taste cottage cheese, just creaminess) has everything you need to refuel after a long run or power you through a long day ahead!
I rarely forget about food, but I do forget about foods. I’m prone to obsess over particular ingredients, using them with reckless abandon (until Kevin begins to revolt). Then I ditch my darling (the ingredient, not the husband) and move along to my next favorite thing.
So as I thumbed through some health magazines at the doctor’s office the other morning, I was reminded of one of my favorites: cottage cheese.
Hold on! Some of you may be ready to close this post immediately because you can’t stand the thought of eating cottage cheese. But hear me out: you don’t have to like eating it “as is.” Think of it as an ingredient instead. A high-protein, frugal, versatile ingredient, no less.
My mom used to incorporate cottage cheese into a number of baked goods and breakfast foods when my siblings and I were little. It was an easy way to get us to eat it without complaint (there is something about lumpy foods when you are little; or maybe one’s entire life!). Once added to recipes, cottage cheese adds richness and creaminess, but when heated, no lumps or bumps.
That’s exactly the case when you add it to good old-fashioned oatmeal.
Cottage cheese was, and is still, a relatively inexpensive way to sneak in a tremendous amount of protein to your day (1/2 cup of nonfat cottage cheese has 14 grams protein and only 80 calories).
Also, it it’s incredibly easy to make! Simply prepare your oatmeal as usual, remove from heat, and stir in the cottage cheese until blended and smooth. Add you favorite spices (umm…cinnamon and/or cardamom, please!) and top with your favorite milk, fruit, chocolate chips, you name it. Done!
So, on your marks, get set, and go make some high protein power oatmeal, friends!
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (use gluten-free ones, if needed)
- 1 cup water
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon (optional)
- pinch of fine sea salt
- ⅓ cup nonfat cottage cheese
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Suggested Topping Ideas:[/b]
- Milk (dairy or nondairy)
- Sweetener (e.g., stevia, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, brown sugar)
- Fruit (fresh or dried)
- Nuts or seeds
- Chocolate! (chips or chopped chocolate)
- [b]Stovetop: In a small saucepan, combine the oats, water, spices (if using) and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cottage cheese and vanilla (if using), stirring until cottage cheese is melted and blended into oats. Serve with toppings of choice.
- Microwave: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the oats, water, spices (if using) and salt. Microwave on HIGH for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes until oats appear creamy when stirred. Remove from microwave and stir in cottage cheese and vanilla (if using), stirring until cottage cheese is melted and blended into oats. Serve with toppings of choice.
- Combine water, oats and salt in medium microwaveable bowl. Stir before serving.