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Surprising Food Discovery!

October 31, 2013

I made a surprising food discovery this morning. I’m not a big breakfast eater – except on the weekends – and to make things worse, I don’t often leave a lot of time during weekday mornings to eat breakfast. In the past, toast or a bagel, or a heaping* bowl of Count Chocula would suffice, but once I switched my diet around and reduced my carbohydrate intake a few months ago those options flew out the window faster than Post could change the name of Super Sugar Crisp cereal to Super Golden Crisp cereal.

I didn’t want to skip breakfast so I started eating egg whites. There’s not much in the food world that’s more boring than egg whites. Plus I didn’t like taking the time in the morning to cook them. I started cooking them the night before and I quickly discovered that there is one thing more boring than egg whites and that’s cold egg whites. Finally I discovered fat-free cottage cheese. On the plus side the stuff is low in calories, it has no fat, it’s filling and it’s got a ton of protein (one cup has 28 grams). On the negative side it’s got too much sodium and it’s got additives and it uses artificial coloring and I have a tendency toward being lactose intolerant. Well, there comes a time in a person’s life when he has to throw the dice and take a gamble. In other words, he has to “man up” so I started eating cottage cheese for breakfast (with the thought that I’ll just do it until I find something better and as convenient) and I’ve dealt with the stomach gurgles and (the sometimes more than) occasional toots (In all honesty, and in the interest of full disclosure, I’m really tempted to take that side effect out of the negative column and move it over to the positive column). I was happy until it dawned on me that fat-free cottage cheese is just about as bland as egg whites.

Simple solution: I started adding pepper to the stuff.

Not bad. For a while.

A couple of work weeks in and I’m juggling cold egg whites and fat-free cottage cheese and all I really want is to just want to sit down to a box of Count Chocula. Or Cap’n Crunch (stays crunchy, even in milk. I don’t drink milk but it stays sort of crunchy in water, too). I wanted something tasty and fast and rewarding; I was, sadly, becoming cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. And then this morning it happened.


I open up that big tub of cottage cheese and go for my pepper grinder and it’s the mother of all tragedies: I’m out of pepper. Feeling a little panicky I look in the cupboard for something to sprinkle onto those tasteless curds and I find a bottle of garlic pepper. Hmmm. Garlic. What could be bad? It’d be like garlic cheese bread without the bread, right? I sprinkle it on and it’s good. Seriously, it’s out of this world good. I’m talking Out. Of. This. World. Good.

So I’m back in the game. Sorry, Count. My apologies, Cap’n. See ‘ya later, Sugar Bear. It’s me and my garlic-pepper cottage cheese and we’re moving on.

Since you’ve been kind enough to read this far I thought it’d only be fair of me to share my recipe with you so here goes…

Fat-Free Cottage Cheese with Garlic Pepper

Step 1: One serving of fat-free cottage cheese. I like Old Home but you can substitute any brand you want.

Cottage Cheese

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 Step 2: Add garlic pepper to taste.  

Cottage Cheese with pepper and garlic

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 Step 3: Stir cottage cheese and seasoning to mix ingredients and then wait about two minutes while the spices blend into the cottage cheese. Eat & enjoy. 

*: Half a box

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth permalink
    October 31, 2013 1:06 pm

    Huh. I’m a little creeped by pepper, but garlic always makes me happy.


    • Michael Fishman permalink*
      November 1, 2013 5:52 am

      I used to not like pepper too, Beth, but then something changed and I really like it. I still don’t care for green peppers, or really any other kind of pepper, but the seasoning stuff is OK. So come over to our side, Beth, and embrace pepper. It won’t creep you out, I promise! Mwahahaha!


  2. October 31, 2013 1:12 pm

    I like cottage cheese, like pepper and LOVE garlic. Gotta try it, but not for breakfast maybe lunch, or a side for supper. My mom used to serve it in a small bowl with half a canned peach on it upside down. That’s pretty good too. Hmmm. Gonna have to get some cottage cheese. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and the new twist.


    • Michael Fishman permalink*
      November 1, 2013 5:53 am

      You’re welcome! It’s also good with diced pineapple in it. They sell it that way but I like using my own recipe where I combined diced pineapple with cottage cheese and stir.


  3. October 31, 2013 1:14 pm

    Morning. Not good. Garlic in the morning. Worse.


    • Michael Fishman permalink*
      November 1, 2013 5:54 am

      Yeah, I probably should have added that a quick mouthwash gargle is a good idea before leaving for work!


  4. October 31, 2013 2:39 pm

    LOL. I had to laugh that you gave us directions for putting garlic pepper on cottage cheese. LOL

    I really cannot do my eating like this. I have to eat what I want. I’ve found that by adding some sensible things in, other things harmonious fade out and so I have ended up eating healthy and being happy about it.

    Another Ultimate Blog Poster Gena Livings did a series this month all about it.

    I’m for being really happy with what I eat AND healthy.

    But, if this is what works for you, good luck.

    LOL Thanks again for the post. LOL




    • Michael Fishman permalink*
      November 1, 2013 5:57 am

      Hi Kathy! You’re welcome and thank you for reading and commenting! And thank you for the Ultimate Blog Challenge Facebook group!


  5. October 31, 2013 3:11 pm

    I share your breakfast pain. I can’t eat wheat, dairy or sugar, which makes traditional breakfasts challenging. I have eaten some very strange things for breakfast, so cottage cheese and garlic doesn’t sound that radical to me. I love avocados for breakfast cos they’re quick and easy and quite filling. You could try one with a dollop of cottage cheese in the middle and see if that floats your boat 😀


    • Michael Fishman permalink*
      November 1, 2013 6:02 am

      What an excellent suggestion! They also have a lot of good fat in them and a good amount of protein. I’ve added avocados to my grocery list for this weekend! Thank you!


  6. October 31, 2013 3:18 pm

    At least the recipe isn’t too complicated! Maybe you should do a cooking video. Show the cottage cheese, the pepper shaker, and voila breakfast. It’ll be a hit, I guarantee!


    • Michael Fishman permalink*
      November 1, 2013 6:18 am

      Uncomplicated recipes is my middle name. (Not literally, but you get the idea!) I like the idea of a cooking video and I just might give it a try one day.


  7. October 31, 2013 4:14 pm

    Ha! I like your style, and that’s my kind of food prep : )


    • Michael Fishman permalink*
      November 1, 2013 6:18 am

      Hi Debbie! Thanks for reading and for the comment 🙂


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