Cottage Cheese Sandwiches

Cottage Cheese Sandwiches

If you have had cottage cheese sandwiches at any point in your life, you already know what a low calorie delight these sandwiches can be. If not, you are in for a pleasant surprise. The combination of cottage cheese and orange marmalade on grilled bread is really quite good! When I make these, I enjoy using sourdough bread, but feel free to use any favorite sandwich bread.

This is, of course, assuming you like cottage cheese. If you don’t, this sandwich probably isn’t for you.

The original recipe for cottage cheese sandwiches was actually called, “Cottage Cheeselade Sandwiches“.  This recipe that I have dates back to the 1930s. I found it in my Grandma’s recipe collection and the memories of these tasty delights came flooding back. Best of all, it’s quite a low fat sandwich and a meatless one to boot1

Below the cottage cheese sandwiches recipe is a screen shot from the pamphlet the recipe was in. The pamphlet is called, “New ways to serve creamed cottage cheese“. Based on one of the picture ads inside, I believe it was put out by a company called Bowman Dairy Company.

Cottage Cheese Sandwiches Recipe

Spread bread, sliced for sandwiches, with seasoned creamed cottage cheese. Over this spread a layer of orange marmalade and cover with another slice of buttered bread. Press the slices firmly together and toast sandwiches immediately before serving. Cut into any desired shape and serve.

Cottage Cheese Sandwiches

What is Creamed Cottage Cheese?

Creamed cottage is cottage cheese that has had cream added. This is the kind your normally find. This is different from dry curd cottage cheese. Dry curd cottage cheese has no cream added and is dry and crumbly. As you’ve seen, the above recipe calls for seasoned cottage cheese. If you cannot find any or just don’t have it on hand, following is a very good recipe for seasoning your own cottage cheese. This recipe is quite tasty when used for the cottage cheese sandwiches.

Homemade Seasoned Cottage Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

Crackers with Seasoned Cottage Cheese
Crackers with Seasoned Cottage Cheese

1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon Accent seasoning
1 (16 ounce) carton small curd cottage cheese
3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon fresh chives
Buttermilk

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a glass serving bowl. Stir well to combine.
  2. Adjust seasonings if needed. Add buttermilk as needed. Stir to desired consistency.
  3. Cover and keep chilled.

In addition to the sandwich, serve with vegetable sticks, bagels, crackers, tortilla chips etc.

The Original Recipe: Cottage Cheeselade Sandwiches

Original Cottage Cheeselade Sandwiches Recipe
Cottage Cheeselade Sandwiches Recipe

 

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Garcinia Fruit for Weight Loss

Garcinia Fruit: A Powerful Diet Supplement

Garcinia Fruit contains the active ingredient hydroxyciteic acid (HCA), which promotes weight loss, according to results of a placebo controlled study. The HCA in HCAFit Garcinia Cambogia inhibits an enzyme called citrate lyase that makes fat from carbohydrates.  In addition, it helps increase serotonin. Serotonin is known as the ‘feel good‘ neurotransmitter in the brain. It improves mood and the desire to over-indulge in food on a bad day.

The placebo controlled study combined guggul extract with Garcinia cambogia extract and tyrosine. Over six weeks, twenty overweight persons experienced a significant decrease in body fat mass and average body weight. The subjects lost body fat, but not lean mass. Fatigue went down, and there were no adverse effects.

Since the study, garcinia has been growing in popularity and the verdict looks pretty good.

What is Garcinia Fruit?

Garcinia Fruit
Garcinia Fruit
  • It looks like a pumpkin.
  • It is found in South-East Asia.
  • It is high in hydroxycitric acid.
  • It helps increase serotonin levels.
  • It suppresses the appetite.
  • It is said to be one of the most powerful diet supplements discovered.

Serotonin acts a natural appetite suppressant. That tub of ice cream, those french fries, that pile of mashed potatoes with gravy…they seem so right when your serotonin is low. That is because people with low serotonin levels tend to overeat.

A product called HCA Fit is a great way to get the benefits of this exotic fruit. It’s all natural – it’s not a “diet pill” at all. And it’s non-addictive.

Many who use it say that taking it doesn’t feel like dieting at all!

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Lemon Roasted Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon Roasted Chicken

Get a whole chicken ready for the slow cooker! Add salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, a bit of butter, water and lemon juice. Set your cooker and wait for a great hot meal of Lemon Roasted Chicken.

Lemon Roasted Chicken Recipe

Lemon Roasted Chicken IngredientsLemon Roasted Chicken
1 whole chicken
1 dash salt
1 dash pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. Wash chicken, pat dry, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 oregano and garlic inside cavity.
  3. Melt butter in large frying pan. Brown chicken on all sides. Transfer to crock pot.
  4. Sprinkle with oregano and garlic. Add water to fry pan, stir to loosen brown bits. Pour into crock pot. Cover. Cook on low
    8 hours.  Add lemon juice in the last hour of cooking.
  5. Transfer chicken to cutting board. Skim fat. Pour juice into sauce bowl. Carve bird.
  6. Serve with some juice spooned over chicken.

Did you know?

The American Heart Association recommends removing the skin from chicken, turkey and other poultry before cooking, except when roasting. When roasting, the skin should be removed before the meat is eaten.  See more at: Chicken Skin.

So you don’t want to remove the skin until you remove your Lemon Roast Chicken from the slow cooker. A thin membrane between the skin and the flesh of chicken holds moisture in the meat while it cooks, yet it keeps fat out. The result is juicy chicken with less fat.

Fast Food Fact: Almost one-third of the nation’s meat consumption is chicken.

Good For You Tips

  • Simply Organic Oregano – Extra fancy, organic Mediterranean oregano with a high oil content for potent flavor. Certified Organic. Kosher.
  • When buying your chicken, make sure there is a shield shaped grade mark carrying the designation U.S. Grade A, U.S. Grade B or U.S. Grade C. U.S. Grade A chickens are sold as fresh in supermarkets. U.S. Grade B and C are used for frozen dinners and canned products since they are more blemished.
  • To help clean poultry (and raw meats), rinse them with lemon before preparing and cooking.
  • A 3 pound chicken will yield about 2-1/2 to 3 cups of cut-up chicken.

High Protein Bean Cake

High Protein Bean Cake

A delicious high protein cake made with the use of healthful chickpeas! Plenty of delicious flavor comes from pumpkin and maple syrup. No one has to know there are healthful beans hidden in the batter!

You can sprinkle cinnamon on top of the frosting for an extra dash of sweet spice. If you want to get fancy, mandarin oranges and walnut halves make a beautiful garnish.

Chickpeas
Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a good source of folate and protein. Folate is a water soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. Chickpeas are also very high in dietary fiber. They are a source of carbohydrates for people with insulin sensitivity or diabetes. They are low in fat, and most of the fat content is polyunsaturated.

High Protein Bean Cake Recipe

High Protein Bean Cake Ingredients:

Slice of High Protein Bean Cake
Slice of High Protein Bean Cake

1 19-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) rinsed
4 eggs or 1-cup egg substitute
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1 cup Stevia sugar substitute or 1 cup regular sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 /2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
6 ounces whipped cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained (optional)
1/ 4 cup walnut halves (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or food processor, combine chickpeas and eggs until smooth. Add pumpkin, sugar or sugar substitute, syrup, baking powder and spice; process again until smooth.
  2. Spray a 9-inch round or square cake pan with oil. Fill with batter.
  3. Bake until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 60 minutes. Cool cake on a wire rack.
  4. Be sure the cake is completely cool before removing it from the pan, because it is very soft.
  5. Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Spread over top and sides of cake.
  6. Sprinkle frosting with cinnamon, if desired. For a more elegant presentation, garnish with the mandarin oranges and walnut halves just before serving.

This recipe makes eight servings of High Protein Bean Cake.

Note: You can use 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans in place of the canned if you like.

Nutrition information per slice of High Protein Bean Cake:

Calories: 340
Protein: 8g
Fat: 13g (6g saturated)
Carbohydrate: 49g
Cholesterol (with real eggs): 127g
Fiber: 3g
Sodium: 212mg

Vegan Pesto Recipe

Vegan Pesto Recipe

Originally, pesto was tons of herbs flavored with a bit of cheese, unlike today’s basil-flavored cheese stuff.  So here is an easy to make vegan pesto recipe. Instead of the Parmesan cheese you may use brewer’s yeast, or soy/rice Parmesan, or a mixture of both.

Vegan Pesto Recipe Ingredients

100 percent vegan pesto recipe
1 bunch fresh basil (a nice full handful)
3/4 cup pine nuts
5 whole cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
Several fresh grinds of black pepper, or 1/2 tsp already ground
2 ounces tofu
1/4 cup yeast or soy parm
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except oil in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until semi-smooth.
  3. With processor running, add oil in a continuous stream.
  4. Toss with pasta, serve on toasted bread with tomatoes, etc.

Vegan Pesto Recipe NotesMan Taking Quiz

  • All of these amounts are approximate. Adjust them to your own taste.
  • This sauce freezes well.
  • Walnuts or almonds can be used in place of the pine nuts.
  • If you like a lot of garlic, add as much as you want, but the more garlic you add the longer you should let it sit before eating.
  • Pesto keeps very well and is delicious the next day.
  • Never heat pesto sauce – the basil will turn black and taste bitter.

Recommended Vegan Cookbook

Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics – “If you think a healthy vegan diet means giving up pasta in creamy sauce, cheesy pizza, and luscious tiramisu, think again!” This cookbook comes highly recommended by vegans and non-vegans!

Merry Berry Cheese Bars Recipe

Merry Berry Cheese Bars Recipe

Get into the spirit of Christmas with this Merry Berry Cheese Bars Recipe. Cranberries make them festive and tasty yet low in fat with nutrients to boot.

Merry Berry Cheese Bars Recipe Ingredients:

Red cranberries Merry Berry Cheese Bars Recipe
Cranberries

2 cups unsifted flour
1-1/2 cups oats
3/4 cup plus 1-tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 8-ounce package light cream cheese, softened
1 14-ounce can of fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice from concentrate
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 16-ounce can of whole berry cranberry sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.  In a large mixer bowl, combine flour, oats, 3/4 cup sugar and margarine; mix until crumbly.
  2. Reserving 1-1/2 cup crumb mixture, press remainder firmly on bottom of greased 13-by-9-inch baking pan.  Bake 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth; stir in lemon concentrate.
  4. Spread evenly over prepared crust.
  5. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1-tablespoon sugar and cornstarch; stir in cranberry sauce.  Spoon evenly over cheese layer.  Top with reserved crumb mixture.
  6. Bake 40 minutes or until golden.  Cool. Chill.  Store covered in refrigerator.

Did you know?

Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C. They are low in calories (25 calories per one-half cup), high in fiber and contain no fat. Cranberries are low in sodium, high in potassium, and can be used in many forms of cooking! They can be used in everything from relishes to desserts. Enjoy them liberally!

Cranberries also contain powerful antibiotic and antiviral substances to help the body cleanse harmful bacteria and viruses from the urinary tract.

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Celebrate the Season with Cinnamon

Celebrate the Season with Cinnamon Spice

Help celebrate the season with cinnamon, warming to the senses and marking the festivities with its familiar aroma. One of the oldest spices known to us, it has been coveted as a medicine, flavoring, embalming agent, and preservative. So common to households today, it was once quite rare, much sought after, and almost worth its weight in gold.

Celebrate the Season with Cinnamon
Celebrate the Season with Cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from the brown inner bark of several trees from the genus, Cinnamomum, in the laurel family. Ceylon, or “true cinnamon“, and Cassia (also called Chinese and Saigon) are the most common. They are available as dried tubular sticks or ground powder. The oils in the bark contain cinnamaldehyde, among other substances that give this sweet spice its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Just two teaspoons provide 44 percent Daily Value for manganese, which helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Seasoning high-carbohydrate foods with cinnamon significantly reduces the rise in blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Though it is premature to deem cinnamon a treatment for type 2 diabetes, it has shown promise.

Ceylon and Chinese Cinnamon Spice

Ceylon and Chinese are very similar, but the harder-to-find Ceylon is a bit sweeter and more refined. Look for Ceylon in spice stores or online. The spice’s pungent, sweet scent is the best freshness indicator, so when possible, smell it before buying. Cinnamon sticks store up to a year in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark place, twice as long as the stronger flavored ground variety.

A lovely enhancement to both sweet and savory foods and beverages, cinnamon is easily simmered in tea, cider and milk, sprinkled into dough and batter for breads and baked goods, and mixed into beans and curries for a unique ethnic twist.

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

8 cups apple juice or cider Apple Cider in a glass
4 cinnamon sticks (or 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon)
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon zest

Heat apple juice or cider in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and zest; simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain and serve hot. Garnish with sticks and a dash of nutmeg, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 124 calories, 0 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 2 grams fiber, 30 grams carbs, 11 milligrams sodium.

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Enjoy Your Favorite Desserts Guilt Free

How to Enjoy Your Favorite Desserts Guilt Free

Enjoy your favorite desserts guilt free with the following tips. Whether your favorite dessert is a creamy cheesecake, frosting-filled layer cakes, or old-fashioned apple pie, use the tips below to help you enjoy it in guilt-free fashion.

Favorite Desserts Layer Cake Topped with Berries
Layer Cake Topped with Berries
  • Check out portion sizes. Before you dig in, read the food package label for suggested serving size. If you cut a double-sized slice of cake for yourself, you’re doing double the damage in terms of calories and fat.
  • Try a smaller serving. Granted, many of these portions aren’t gigantic to begin with. But most can be pared down a bit to save some additional calories and fat.
  • Take your time. Indulgences like these deserve your time and attention. Don’t gulp your piece of cake or pie in a rush. Enjoy it slowly, savoring each bite. It will last longer, plus you’ll be able to fully taste and appreciate each morsel.
  • Make room for dessert. Try to fit in an extra walk or exercise class a few times a week. On down days, when there are no holiday parties on the agenda, follow your best healthy eating routines. This combination can help you fit in a few desserts over the course of the holiday season without weight gain.

Supermarket Suggestions to Help You Enjoy Your Favorite Desserts Guilt Free

  • Cake. One-eighth of Trader Joe’s Opera Cake is 160 calories whereas one-eight of Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip Iced Cake is 330 calories.
  • Cheesecake. Trader Joe’s New York Deli Style Baked cheesecake – one-seventh of the cake – is 400 calories! Consider buying Sara Lee’s Original Cream Cheesecake instead. The strawberry contains 310 calories per one-fourth of the cake. The original version contains 320 calories per one-fourth cake. Learn more about Trader Joes Foods.
  • Pie. Edward’s Banana Cream Pie contains 480 whopping calories per one-sixth of the pie. Take Edward’s Boston Cream Pie instead, and have one-tenth of the pie for only 210 calories.

Our Top 3 Picks: Weight Watcher’s Single Serving Desserts

  1. Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones Chocolate Eclair: 140 calories, 4g fat.
  2. Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones Double Fudge Cake: 170 calories, 4g fat.
  3. Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones Peanut Butter Cup Sundae: 170 calories, 5g fat.
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Ajowan Spice in Your Cooking

Ways to Use Ajowan Spice in Your Cooking

We recently created  a post about Ajowan  – ( Ajowan Spice – Tasty Healing Powers ). I’ve had some  requests regarding ways to use Ajowan spice in your cooking, so let’s do it!

Ajowan Spice in Your Cooking

With its strong thyme and anise-like flavor, a little ajowan spice in your cooking can go a long way.
Ajowan spice must always be cooked. The raw seeds have a numbing effect. Cooking will remove the numbing effect. The longer ajowan spice cooks, the mellower it becomes. To enhance the flavor, first fry it in a little oil until it deepens in color.

The small ajowan seeds are chewable, so you needn’t grind them. Ajowan lovers generally prefer the crunch that whole seeds add to a dish. But if you’d rather grind the seeds, dry roast them first. The seeds are tender and easily broken with the fingers, so you can get a fine powder using a mortar and pestle.

Ajowan spice is best known for the flavor it imparts to breads, biscuits, and desserts.

Ajowan spice also blends nicely in chutneys, relishes, and pickles.

Here are a few suggestions for experimenting with ajowan spice in your cooking:Ahowan spice seeds

  • Add it to meat and fish curries, lentil stews, and potato casseroles. Remember that the flavor will mellow with cooking, so feel free to add more than pinch in these dishes.
  • Dry roast ajowan seeds and add them to trail mix or spiced nut blends.
  • Add a pinch to homemade bread and pastry doughs. It gives piquancy to the pastry crust of a chicken potpie
    or other meat pies.
  • Sprinkle seeds on top of steamed or stir-fried vegetables.
  • Blend roasted seeds into a compound butter for sauteing vegetables.
  • Fry in oil and combine with garlic, ginger, and turmeric to make a stir-fry

Buy Ajowan

Ajowan is inexpensive but somewhat hard to find locally. Indian markets and possibly some specialty spice shops may carry the product. Online, Amazon is your best bet – we recommend Ajwain Seeds.

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Fruit Servings Equal to 100 Calories

What Fruit Servings Equal 100 Calories?

The following list of fruits are servings of each listed fruit that equal 100 calories. Stick to these portion sizes with your fruits and soon you won’t need the list anymore – you’ll know by heart!

100 Calorie Fruit Servings

  • 1 medium large apple
  • 1 small banana
  • 1-1/3 cups blackberries
  • 120 blueberries
  • 1/2 medium cantaloupe
  • 7/8 cup cherries
  • 5 roasted chestnuts
  • 50 grapes
  • 1/4 of 5-1/2-inch honeydew melon
  • 1 small papaya
  • 2 medium peaches
  • 1 medium pear
  • 100 raspberries
  • 26 strawberries
Fruit Servings Equal to 100 Calories
Fruit Servings Equal to 100 Calories

Fruit Tips

  • Grapes should be plump and firmly attached to a green stem. Good color for type of grape, not faded. Grapes do not ripen off the vine, so be certain that they are ripe when you purchase or pick them. Buy small quantities. When refrigerated, grapes will last five to seven days.
  • To ripen fruit, place it in a brown paper bag in a dark place for a few days.
  • Pro-chefs swear this is true so here goes! If you slice a banana with a sterling silver knife they will not darken as fast.
  • To peel thick-skinned fruits, cut a small amount of peel from top and bottom, set fruit on a cutting board, cut off the peel in strips from top to bottom.
  • Get only the best fruits. If you purchased your fruit in a box, or can see the box in the store, check the box it came in to be sure there is a government stamp on it saying, “U.S. Grade No.1” or that they have a USDA stamp.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables in cold water to remove any chemicals. Never soak or store them in water. Vitamins B and C are easily lost. Dry all fruits and vegetables after washing.

Did You Know?

Fruit juices have lost fiber from the fruit. It is better to eat the whole fruit because it contains the added fiber that helps you feel full.

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