Cottage Cheese Is the Best No-Cook Breakfast

Photo: Claire Lower

I love to start my day with curds and whey; they’re filling, neutral enough to pair deliciously with a variety of plant parts, and (most importantly) speedy. A bowl of cottage cheese takes the same amount of time to prepare as a bowl of cereal, but will keep you fuller for much longer. (Also, if you top it with a vegetable, you get to feel virtuous.)

I have never understood cottage cheese hate—I suspect it’s related to mayonnaise hate—and I won’t apologize for being a diehard fan. It’s crazy versatile. My new favorite breakfast follows a simple template of cottage cheese fruit or veg seasoning. It’s adaptable to every whim and mood, even my most dire moods, which are always in the morning. Right now I’m on a cherry tomato bagel seasoning kick, but I’ve been known to get nutritional yeast involved. It’s also a great vehicle for last night’s roasted vegetables, or a fruit cocktail you forgot to pack in your kid’s lunch. Some other possible quick cottage cheese breakfasts include:

  • Leftover roasted carrots curry powder
  • Olives za’atar
  • Canned peaches cinnamon
  • Pickled apples fresh pepper
  • Pico de Gallo a squeeze of lime
  • Pineapple nutmeg
  • Strawberry jam lemon zest
  • Pistachios honey
  • Breakfast radishes flaky sea salt

As you can see, the spoonable dairy can be forever riffed on, and plays extremely well with both the sweet and savory. My only caution: Do not get the low- or no-fat kind, as those can taste mealy, dry, and are nowhere near as satisfying. After all, the goal is to start your day on a note of satisfaction.

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