Muscle building plans need the right amount of protein in the diet. The standard bodybuilder ‘chicken with everything’ can get tedious after a while.

Here’s a simple protein-rich recipe based on an ingredient that you may not have considered. Cottage cheese may have the image of a sixties diet food, but it is actually an excellent source of protein.

Combine it with chickpeas (even more protein) and a couple of your five a day vegetables and it forms a healthy, quick and tasty meal.

This dish is best eaten just after preparing. Feel free to add any extra vegetables, either fry them with the onion or boil them with the broccoli.

Standard cottage cheese is 4% fat, with only half of that being saturated fat. It is made from milk curds and as an animal product, provides a good dose of essential vitamin B12. As well as this recipe, use it instead of mayonnaise or butter on sandwiches and in salads.


1 large head broccoli

1/2 tub (200 grams) plain cottage cheese

1 400g tin chickpeas, drained

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp cooking oil

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chilli flakes

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  1. Boil the kettle, and then start the broccoli cooking. Add a little salt and cover the pan.
  2. Mix the cumin and fresh parsley into the cottage cheese.
  3. In a frying pan, heat the oil. Throw in the chili flakes and stir-fry for 1 minutes. Then add the onion and fry until soft. Add the drained chickpeas and keep stirring to heat them through.
  4. When the broccoli is cooked to your liking, drain it.
  5. Then simply combine the broccoli, onion mix and cottage cheese and stir well. Serve on a warm plate and enjoy.

The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Debra G.
14 March 2018

Debra G.

joing a chorus of 'who knew?' I do indeed remember my mum eating cottage cheese when she was on a diet. This sounds rather tasty and I'm glad to read that it doesn't have to be the low-fat stuff.

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