Saturday, June 23, 2007

Cottage Cheese: simple summertime fare

Cottage cheese with pineappleCottage cheese is not appealing to everyone. However, during the summer, one of the simplest kid's lunches can be a hot dog on a bun served with fruited cottage cheese.

There is minimum prep time in the kitchen and there is minimum clean-up afterwards. Of course growing up in farm country and having eaten grandmother's fresh creamy cottage cheese might have something to do with my personal bias.

However, we had also one or two children who thought plain white cottage cheese wasn't helped much by just balancing a few pieces of pineapple on top. So there is an optional but not as low effort alternative. If it has an official name it wasn't shared with us, so it was known in our house simply as "The Pink Stuff." It does not photograph well but it disappears like magic.

The Pink Stuff

1 large carton of small curd lowfat cottage cheese
1 12oz. carton of frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 3oz. box of orange gelatin powder (do not make gelatin!)
1 4-6oz. can of Mandarin Orange segments, drain well.

Put the cottage cheese in a large mixing bowl and stir in the gelatin powder thoroughly.
Fold in the thawed whipped topping until well blended. Do not beat this or the volume will be lost.
Then carefully stir in the drained orange segments.

Allow to set covered in the refrigerator for 3 hours to overnight (good luck) so the flavor evens out and it "sets up".

1 comment:

s.j.simon said...

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