I only discovered cottage cheese in my 30’s when a lasagna recipe that I wanted to cook mentioned using it. It was so delicious that I started substituting parmesan and mozarella cheese in between the layers of the pasta for cottage cheese. It’s definitely a better alternative to higher fat cheese. I would like to share with you this amazing Lasagna Roll-Ups recipe that is so easy to prepare and delectable that your family will want it every week! I actually baked it for a family gathering on New Year’s Day this year instead of the traditional turkey dinner. Just add garlic bread and a caesar salad!
- 10 lasagna noodles
- 1 lb (450 g) of lean ground beef
- 4 cloves garlic, cut in very small pieces
- 1 can of diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 can/jar of pasta sauce (at least 645 ml)
- 1/2 cup of Parmesan grated cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp. of parsley
- 3 cups of Mozarella shredded cheese (I prefer the Kraft Italiano shredded cheese)
- 1 Gay Lea Nordica Cottage Cheese (500 g)
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cook lasagna noodles as directed on the package, drain, set aside.
- Cook brown meat with garlic in a large frying pan and drain fat. Stir in pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan shredded cheese, and set aside.
- In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, eggs, parsley and 2 cups of the shredded cheese.
- Spread half the meat sauce onto the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch rectangular baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
- On each noodle, spread 2-3 Tbsp. of the cheese mixture and roll up. Place rolled up pasta seam-sides down on top of the sauce in baking dish.
- Top with remaining sauce, Parmesan, and shredded cheese.
- Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until hot enough.
- You can cover the dish with aluminium foil, so the cheese won't turn brown and crispy, and take it off the last 10-15 minutes.
There are many healthy reasons for eating cottage cheese (based on Gay Lea Nordica 1% Cottage Cheese):
- It’s high in protein: 15 g per 1/2 cup
- It’s low in fat: 1.5 g per 1/2 cup
- It’s low in calories: 100 per 1/2 cup
- It’s high in calcium and vitamin D: 15% of your daily value per 1/2 cup for each
Cottage cheese can be used for a dip by blending it as a puree and adding spices for flavouring. My favourite spice for a dip with cottage cheese is the Victorian Epicure Herb and Garlic Dip Mix. Salsa mixed with puree cottage cheese are yummy with tortilla chips. You can substitute it for sour cream and ricotta cheese.
Cottage Cheese is also amazing in a quick and healthy breakfast recipe. It will keep you going for a busy morning!
- 1/2 cup low-fat organic cottage cheese
- 1/3-1/2 cup of your favourite fresh fruits
- Add fruits to the cottage cheese in a bowl and eat!
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