I grew up eating cottage cheese whenever I was dieting. Truth be told, I wasn’t always a big fan. But, I knew that when it was time to shed some pounds, a breakfast of cottage cheese and fresh fruit was the way to go. Over the years, the kosher cottage cheese options in the States just exploded. You could get full fat, low-fat, no-fat cottage cheese; cottage cheese with fruit on the bottom, even whipped cottage cheese. Just visit the Friendship Dairies website and you’ll be amazed by the selection!
But, then I made Aliyah in 2006 and I had to find a new cottage cheese to love, and it was very challenging. I didn’t have much of a selection at the Tel Aviv supermarkets I used to frequent, and I was very disappointed in the Tnuva brand. The 3% was really tasteless, and the 5% didn’t do much more to please my palate. I ended up tossing more cottage cheese containers than I care to admit, and so after a while, I just gave up on cottage cheese and moved on.
My husband wasn’t a big cottage cheese eater and, when we got married, we just didn’t buy the product. Our eldest was born allergic to all dairy products, and for the first two years of her life, our house didn’t have a single dairy item in it. But then, thankfully, she outgrew the allergy and dairy was allowed into our lives once again! She went off to gan slurping down yogurt drinks and chewing on cheese sticks. She came home from gan licking her favorite ice cream pops. During the Spring, I discovered that she was eating a lot of cottage cheese at gan. And, not only that, but she loved it! Just when I was ready to start scouting out for the new cheese, the cottage cheese boycott broke out, and suddenly cottage cheese was on everyone’s minds.
I was so impressed with how Ofra Strauss, Chairperson of the Strauss Group, handled the crisis that I started looking for their cottage cheese. I am so glad that I did, because their 5% cottage cheese with calcium is the best on the market. The consistency is super creamy that is reminds me of goat cheese crumbles, and the taste is so good that I can’t believe it’s only 5%! It tastes like it’s full fat, which is a big plus. Each week, we go through anywhere between 3-4 containers.
My daughter takes it to school with sliced strawberries for Aruchat 10, I eat it for breakfast on whole wheat toast with orange slices, and when the baby gets old enough to eat dairy, I’m going to feed it to her by the spoonful!
And, for my husband who insists he wasn’t a cottage cheese lover, I make this delicious cottage cheese omelette and he almost licks the plate clean!
Cottage cheese omelette
Yield: Serves 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
Total Time: 10-15 minutes
Unlike the sophistication of a French blinz, this cottage cheese omelette is humble yet flavorful and packs a giant protein punch with extra calcium.
2 eggs, scrambled
2 Tbs Strauss 5% cottage cheese with calcium
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 handful of walnuts, crushed
2 strawberries, sliced
Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat gently. Add the scrambled eggs to the skillet and cook, flipping midway to cook both sides through. Remove from skillet and let cool.
In a separate bowl, mix cottage cheese, sugar and vanilla. Add to the center of the egg omelette and fold both sides over. Flip the omelette over so the "seam" side is down on the plate; the cottage cheese mixture should peak out of both sides.
Serve with crushed walnuts and strawberries.
This product review was not paid for by The Strauss Group, and the cottage cheese was purchased by me at our neighborhood SuperSol.
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