Recipe Cottage Cheese Loaf
A nutritious main course that can be served with cranberry sauce, apple sauce or plain, and the leftovers can be served in sandwiches. This is a popular dish for lacto-ovo vegetarians to replace meatloaf, but can be enjoyed by meat lovers, too!
COTTAGE CHEESE LOAF
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced (may substitute dried garlic or garlic powder*)
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup walnuts, ground
1 24 oz. carton cottage cheese (Fat Free, 1%, 2% or 4%, depending on your preference)
1 heaping Tablespoon, dried, rubbed sage (the soft, velvety kind)
1 teaspoon sweet basil
Pinch of thyme
6 1/2 cups dry rice cereal (I used to use “Special K” before they added High Fructose Corn Syrup. Look for a natural brand of rice flakes.)
Instructions for Recipe Cottage Cheese Loaf
(1) Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. Remove from heat and add seasonings and cottage cheese.
(2) In large bowl beat eggs and add walnuts to eggs. Add onion-garlic-cheese mixture and mix well. Add rice cereal and stir until cereal is moistened.
Put in two greased loaf pans or a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until browned and set.
(3) Slice or cut in squares and serve with fresh cranberry sauce or unsweetened applesauce. May also be served cold as a sandwich filling. (If you used loaf pans, allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.)
Notes for Recipe Cottage Cheese Loaf
-Seasonings may be adjusted to taste.
-A head or bulb of garlic usually contains about 10 cloves. 1 clove = 1 teaspoon chopped garlic = 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder = 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes = 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic = 1/2 teaspoon garlic juice
Basil is a green, aromatic herb widely used in its sweet form for flavoring foods, It appears to have originated in India, and is frequently used to flavor tomato-based dishes. Basil is the main flavor in pesto sauce and may aid in digestion. It is easy to grow in a kitchen herb garden and may be protective against some pests in your garden. Basil is a very good source of Vitamin C, A and K as well as, many minerals.
Sage is a grayish-green, “velvety” aromatic herb, which is available in fresh or dried (whole, rubbed, powdered) form. It has anti-inflammatory properties and may enhance memory. It is native to the Mediterranean region and comes in many varieties including pineapple sage, which has a strong pineapple scent.
Walnuts are a large, brown nut with a rough shell and lobed “meat” loaded with heart-healthy fats. Walnuts help to lower cholesterol, are a good source of fiber, Vitamin E, protein and minerals and a good source of Omega-3 fats. They may be found in English and Black varieties.
In addition to forming the basis for this recipe, you can sprinkle walnuts on salads or add to cereals. They are great as a snack and may be eaten (sparingly) before a meal to help control appetite.