Sweet and Spicy Breakfast Cheese

          This is one of those odd little recipes that I created to fulfill a specific nutritional need, but that then turned out to be a delicious treat as well.  Here was my thinking.  I wanted to concoct a breakfast dish that I could consume quickly before leaving for work, or, alternately, could take with me in a container and eat at my desk.  First priority: protein (so important in the morning).  Eggs always come to mind.  To me they are the perfect food.  But I can’t eat them every day, to the exclusion of everything else (or can I?).  Yogurt occurred to me second.  Plain yogurt is a wonderful thing.  I eat it for breakfast often, and incorporate it into other meals, too.  But as much as I love it, I was seeking a little variety.  Then cottage cheese came to mind.  Kind of boring, really (unless used in Olive and Cheese Tapa, that is).  Functional, but bland.  Not the most exciting prospect.

          How to make cottage cheese more interesting, while boosting the nutritional value?  Nuts, of course.  I add them to so many things.  They contain all sorts of vitamins and minerals, as well as wonderfully good oils.  And dried fruit.  More vitamins, along with a touch of sweetness.  But sweetness needs tempering, which could be offset by green onion, adding a slight sharpness along with a verdant freshness.  But the concoction still required something else, another contrasting element.  Heat?  A little heat is always good.  In went a sprinkling of Aleppo pepper flakes, and voila, the dish was done.  Nearly done, that is.  One more element.  In the refrigerator I found a lone lemon.  Its citrus-y zest tied all of the other flavors together.

          The final result?  A delicious breakfast.  Sweet, spicy, sour, and tangy.  Smooth, creamy, crunchy, and chewy.  A lovely little treat to begin the day.  Begun with that bland cottage cheese.

Sweet and Spicy Breakfast Cheese

24 oz cottage cheese (not non-fat)

1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped if needed

1/2 cup nuts, chopped or sliced

2 green onions, thinly sliced crosswise

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (preferably Aleppo)

1/2 tsp lemon zest (optional)

          Mix all of the ingredients together.  Chill.  (I don’t add salt, but you can if you wish.)

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8 Responses to “Sweet and Spicy Breakfast Cheese”

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  1. I made this and it came out delish! I used dried onion flakes instead of green onions and canned peaches cut up instead of dried and chopped almonds but not pepper flakes.

  2. Made this yesterday. Thanks for the delish vegetarian recipe! It was easy to make, tastes great. Even the husband likes it!

  3. Not sure why, but this seems very European to me. Thinking I’ll give it a try.

  4. I love something cool and creamy for breakfast. Sometimes when I’m really happy I eat ice cream, but this is probably better for me!

  5. This is what I love about your site. You have great recipes but most of them are for real people like me. We dont have oodles of time to make meals, we need good food that we can make quickly and that tastes good and is good for us too. I know I should eat breakfast, but not cereal or a breakfast bar everyone says. This is going to be perfect in the morning!!!!

  6. I never eat breakfast, except coffee, but everyone always tells me I should. And now everyone tells me that I should have protein for breakfast. Maybe I’ll give in to all of the pressure!! This looks like a good place to start.

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