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Houston Lifestyles & Homes December 2009
Classic Makeover
Cottage cheese gets hip with today’s recipes
Classics never go out of style — whether presented simply or dressed up with trendy new touches. Cottage cheese has been a favorite for generations, but innovative serving ideas give new appeal to this trusty favorite.
Cool and refreshing cottage cheese is an easy “right now” quick meal or snack for on-the-go people. It’s naturally high in protein, low in fat and carbohydrates and is a favorite among active, nutrition-conscious adults, providing women with the calcium they need. And, parents can feel good about it as an easy, healthy snack for kids. The creamy satisfying flavor of cottage cheese is great paired with pineapple or apple wedges, or mixed with applesauce and a shake of cinnamon.
The introduction of cottage cheese from Daisy Brand, the nation’s best selling sour cream brand, is an exciting new addition to the dairy case. Fresh and wholesome, this new cottage cheese contains only natural ingredients with no preservatives or additives.
Versatile cottage cheese is perfect for a quick snack, healthy meal or satisfying dessert:
• Break into breakfast: Serve cottage cheese alongside fresh fruit, mixed with yogurt or topped with cereal. Its creamy consistency is perfect stirred into eggs, pancakes, omelets or quiche.
• Satisfy snack attacks: Enjoy cottage cheese with fresh fruit, raw veggies or crackers.
• Mute the munchies with a thin spread of peanut butter on crackers topped with creamy cottage cheese.
• Savor smart lunch choices: Combine cottage cheese with fresh vegetables or fruit for a healthful, satisfying lunch.
• Make mid-day hearty and delicious by mixing cottage cheese into flaked tuna.
• Feature family-pleasing dinners: Count on cottage cheese to round out a salad or as a side dish, or use as a central ingredient in quiches or pasta dishes such as lasagna and ravioli.
• Dig into sweet endings: Scene-stealing desserts with cottage cheese include cheesecake, blintzes, turnovers and more.
Apple-Cinnamon Pancake Stackers
Serves 2
 1  medium apple, Fuji or Gala, peeled, cored and cubed
 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
2  teaspoons Splenda® or other low calorie sweetener
 1  teaspoon vegetable oil
 2  teaspoons lite maple syrup
 1  cup (8 ounces) Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese
 6  3 1/2-inch whole wheat pancakes, frozen
 2  fresh mint sprigs
1. Combine apple, cinnamon and sweetener. In small pan, heat oil and
sauté apple mixture over medium heat 2 minutes. Add maple syrup and
cook additional minute.
2. Fold mixture into cottage cheese, being careful not to over mix.
3. Heat pancakes per package instructions.
4. To serve, place 1 hot pancake on plate and layer cottage cheese mixture between pancakes evenly, 3 pancakes per serving. Top with cottage cheese mixture, a drizzle of maple syrup and a fresh mint sprig.
Berry Breakfast Parfaits
Serves 4
 2  cups (16 ounces) Daisy Brand
  Cottage Cheese
 2  cups mixed fresh berries
  such as sliced strawberries,
  blueberries, and raspberries
 1  cup granola
 4  tablespoons sliced or chopped
 1  teaspoon vanilla*
3/4  teaspoon Splenda®*
Refrigerate fruit mixture 2 hours before assembling. In four serving dishes layer 1/4 cup of cottage cheese, 1/8 cup of granola, and 1/4 cup of mixed berries. Repeat layers in each glass. Top each parfait with 1 tablespoon of almonds.
*For a sweeter taste, try adding 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3/4 teaspoon of Splenda to fruit and stir.
Pita Pesto Pizza Snackers
Serves 2
 2  pieces pita bread
 2  tablespoons basil pesto
 1  cup (8 ounces) Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese
 1 1/2  teaspoons garlic bread seasoning (or garlic powder)
 2  tablespoons chopped Roma tomatoes
  Chopped fresh basil, to taste
 2  teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Toast pita bread until crispy and firm, about 1 minute in a toaster oven.
2. Spread pesto on each pita bread, lightly covering entire surface.
3. Combine cottage cheese with garlic bread seasoning and spread evenly over each pita.
4. Top with chopped tomato and fresh basil.
5. If desired, sprinkle each pita with Parmesan.
6. Slice each pita into 4 wedges and serve immediately.
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