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COTTAGE CHEESE BOWL

COTTAGE CHEESE BOWL

Sometimes I share recipes that aren’t necessarily “recipes” but are simply random bowl meals I create from ingredients in my kitchen. These bowl meals have allowed me to discover so many wonderful flavour combinations. I hope they can inspire you. My favourite is this Cottage Cheese Crab Bowl. It’s fresh and light for the early summer heat, yet full enough to be a complete meal.

WHAT’S IN THIS BOWL?

Inspired by the California roll, which includes crab (or sometimes imitation crab), cucumber and avocado, this cottage cheese crab bowl is made with cottage cheese. I saw imitation crab everywhere I went, and Aldi and I eventually began to crave it, so I bought a pack and grabbed a cucumber. I then tossed them on top of the cottage cheese in my refrigerator. I added a bit of Everything Bagel Seasoning and a drizzle of Sriracha to make it even more fun. Although it isn’t fancy, it tastes amazing!

P.S. P.S.

What is EVERYTHING BAGEL SEASONING?

The food market has taken to the streets lately with everything bagel seasoning. It is the mixture of ingredients you would find on top of an “everything” bagel. Although I don’t know who first marketed this seasoning mix, I did see it at Trader Joe’s. This seasoning blend has become so popular that many other grocery stores, such as Kroger and Aldi, now sell it.

WHAT IS AN IMITATION CRAB?

Some people might be apprehensive about imitation crab, which I completely understand. Imitation crab is a fish shaped and flavoured to look more like a crab. Although it isn’t the healthiest choice of protein, it’s much more affordable than real crab. I don’t eat imitation crab every year, so it’s not something I will be avoiding. I believe in eating healthy and encourage everyone to eat the foods they like. Healthline has a great article explaining exactly what imitation crab looks like and how it compares with real crab.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE…

A “bowl meal” allows you to experiment with ingredients, add whatever you have and go with the flow. Can you substitute imitation crab? You can substitute the imitation crab. You could use a soft-boiled egg, canned tuna, real crab, sauteed salmon, or cooked salmon. You can substitute the Everything Bagel Seasoning. You can substitute the Everything Bagel Seasoning with plain sesame seeds or flakey sea salt. Is cottage cheese possible to substitute? You can substitute cottage cheese with a rice bed or fresh greens. Although I cannot guarantee that you will like these substitutes, it is important to try them and find out for yourself. 🙂

COTTAGE CHEESE BOWL

This Cottage Cheese Crab Bowl makes a light and delicious summer lunch. You can also use it for meal prep, so bring a few to work!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese ($0.27)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber ($0.32)
  • 1/3 cup imitation crab ($0.58)
  • 1/4 tsp all-bagel seasoning ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp sriracha ($0.02)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine the cottage cheese, chopped cucumber, crab meat, and salt in a bowl. Add everything bagel seasoning, chopped cucumber, and crab meat to a bowl. Finish with a drizzle of Sriracha.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until you are ready to eat.

NUTRITION

Serving Size: 1 Bowl Calories: 149.2 Kilocalories: 15.4 G Protein: 15.7g Fat: 2.8 g Sodium : 7110.4 mg Fiber : 0.8 g

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