Unbelievably Delicious and Guilt-Free in Under 15 Minutes
Guess what’s been stealing the show at my lunch table lately? It’s the Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl – a game-changer that takes less than 15 minutes to whip up and has me doing a happy dance every time I indulge. Picture this: a burst of flavors, a protein-packed punch boasting 32g per serving, and a symphony of flavors that are as quick as it is satisfying.
This isn’t just any pizza bowl; it’s a creation that brings together the creamy goodness of low-fat cottage cheese, the bold kick of garlic lovers pasta sauce, and the cheesy perfection of fat-free mozzarella.
Diced red onions and jalapeños join the party, adding a lively zing, while crispy lavash chips step in for that extra crunch factor. And the best part? It’s quick, protein-rich, and undeniably delicious.
Macros Per Serving
228 Calories | 23g Carbs | 4g Fat | 32g Protein
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you love quick and easy Lunch recipes for those busy days, then you need to try this dish. Here are some top reasons you should make this Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl.
- Quick & Easy: This Pizza Bowl is a game-changer for busy days. In under 15 minutes, you’ll have a satisfying, restaurant-quality lunch ready to go.
- Protein Powerhouse: Clocking in at a whopping 32g of protein per serving, this pizza bowl is a protein-packed delight. It’s not just a tasty lunch; it’s a fueling powerhouse for your day.
- Low-Calorie Wonder: At just 228 calories per serving, you can indulge without the guilt. It’s a light and flavorful option for those mindful of their calorie intake.
- Cheese-Lover’s Dream: Cottage Cheese is all the rage right now so if you’re a lover, then this recipe is for you! The combination of low-fat cottage cheese and fat-free mozzarella delivers that classic cheesy goodness without compromising on health. It’s a dream come true for cheese enthusiasts.
- Crispy Lavash Magic: The lavash flatbread, transformed into crispy chips, adds the perfect crunch to every bite. It’s the ideal vessel for scooping up the cheesy, veggie-loaded goodness.
- Versatile Meal Option: Whether it’s a quick solo lunch, a snack for a gathering, or a creative dinner idea, the Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl fits the bill. It’s versatile enough to be enjoyed in various settings.
Key Ingredients for this Pizza Bowl
To create this delectable Protein-Packed Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl, let’s take a closer look at the key ingredients:
- Low Fat Cottage Cheese: This isn’t your average pizza base. The low-fat cottage cheese brings a creamy texture, a rich source of protein, and a tangy flavor that perfectly complements the other ingredients. It’s the secret weapon for a guilt-free and satisfying pizza experience.
- Garlic Lovers Pasta Sauce: Elevate your pizza bowl with the bold and aromatic flavors of this garlic lovers pasta sauce. It adds a savory kick and a touch of Italian-inspired goodness that transforms the ordinary into extraordinary. But feel free to use any favorite Pasta Sauce!
- Fat-Free Mozzarella: Because a pizza bowl without cheese is like a day without sunshine! The fat-free mozzarella melts into gooey perfection, providing that classic pizza stretch without compromising on the health front.
- Red Onion & Jalapeño: These vibrant veggies bring the freshness and a hint of spiciness to the party. Diced red onions add a sweet crunch, while jalapeños kick up the heat, creating a dynamic flavor profile that keeps each bite exciting.
- Lavash Flatbread: Lavash flatbread delivers the perfect balance of crispiness and makes the perfect dipping vessel.
For those who may have specific preferences, here are some substitution ideas:
- Lavash Flatbread: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different lavash varieties or even swap it out for your favorite flatbread. Whole wheat, spinach, or gluten-free options can add a unique twist to your pizza bowl adventure.
- Cheese: While the fat-free mozzarella is a star in this recipe, feel free to explore other cheese varieties. Try a sharp cheddar for a bold flavor or a creamy goat cheese for a luxurious touch.
- Veggies: Personalize your pizza bowl by experimenting with different veggies. Bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, or spinach can add bursts of color and nutrition.
- Pasta Sauce: If garlic lovers pasta sauce isn’t your jam, venture into the world of pasta sauces. Sun-dried tomato, basil pesto, or spicy arrabbiata can provide diverse flavor profiles for your pizza bowl.
- Protein Boost: Amp up the protein content by adding grilled chicken, turkey, or even plant-based protein alternatives. Customize your pizza bowl to meet your dietary preferences and nutritional goals.
Feel free to mix, match, and create your own version of the Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl masterpiece!
**If there is a sub I haven’t mentioned above, it’s because I have not tested it and can’t speak for how well it would work for this recipe.
Equipment and Tools
You won’t need a kitchen marathon for this one. Here’s what you’ll be working with:
- Small Bowl: The canvas for mixing the cottage cheese, pasta sauce, and cheese.
- Microwave: Your trusty sidekick for a quick warm-up.
- Cutting Board and Knife: For dicing those vibrant red onions and jalapeños.
- Measuring Scale: I prefer to use a scale to weigh out all the larger ingredients for a more precise measurement.
- Air Fryer: The secret weapon for turning lavash into crispy chips.
With these tools and equipment at your disposal, you’re well-prepared to create a delicious and visually appealing Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl.
How to Make Your Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl
Prepare to be amazed at the simplicity of crafting this culinary delight.
Gather Your Ingredients
Before you embark on this flavorful journey, ensure you have all your ingredients at the ready. From the creamy cottage cheese to the spicy jalapeños, having everything within arm’s reach will make the process quick and easy.
Prepare the Cottage Cheese Mixture
In a small bowl, combine 110g of Low Fat Cottage Cheese (I prefer Good Culture) with 70g of Garlic Lovers Pasta Sauce (Central Market). Mix in 2/3 of your Fat-Free Mozzarella (42g, H‑E‑B).
This forms the luscious, gooey base of your pizza bowl. Pop the bowl into the microwave for 30-45 seconds until the cheese is melty and the flavors are melded together in a savory symphony.
Add the Veggies
Stir in your diced Red Onion and Jalapeño. These vibrant veggies bring not only a pop of color but also a zesty kick to your pizza bowl. Don’t be shy – mix them in thoroughly to ensure every bite is loaded with flavor.
Layer and Microwave Again
Now, it’s time to layer your pizza bowl masterpiece. Top your mixture with the remaining veggies and cheese. Sprinkle Crushed Red Pepper to your spice preference.
Pop it back into the microwave for at least a minute or until the cheese on top is irresistibly melted.
Transform Lavash into Chips
While your pizza bowl is enjoying its final microwaving party, let’s prepare the crispy accompaniment. Cut your 1/2 Lavash Flatbread into triangles. These will be your delightful chips.
Give them a light spray with Olive Oil, and here’s where the magic happens – air fry them at 400°F for 1-2 minutes. But watch them closely; they can go from golden crispy to burnt in the blink of an eye!
Dip and Enjoy!
Your Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl and Lavash Chips are ready to shine! Grab a lavash chip, dip it into the pizza bowl, and let the flavors dance on your taste buds. The contrast of the creamy cheese mixture, the crispy lavash chips, and the explosion of flavors from the veggies will make each bite a delight.
Whether you decide to savor this creation solo or share it with friends and family, one thing is for sure – your taste buds are in for a treat. Capture the moment, share it on social media, and let the world know about your newfound masterpiece!
Tips and Tricks
Here are some valuable tips and tricks to make your preparation for this Pizza Bowl even more enjoyable and successful.
- Choose Quality Ingredients: Opt for high-quality cottage cheese, pasta sauce, and mozzarella. Quality ingredients make a significant difference in the overall taste and texture of your pizza bowl.
- Experiment with Cheese Varieties: While the recipe calls for fat-free mozzarella, feel free to experiment with different cheese varieties. A blend of cheeses or a sharp cheddar can add layers of flavor.
- Customize Your Veggie Mix: Personalize your pizza bowl by trying different vegetable combinations. Bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, or even spinach can add variety and color to your dish.
- Mindful Microwave Use: Keep a close eye on your pizza bowl while microwaving to avoid overcooking. Microwave times may vary, so adjust accordingly to achieve the perfect gooey texture without drying out.
- Air Fryer Vigilance: When air frying the lavash chips, watch them closely. They can go from golden to crispy in a short time. A minute or two can make a significant difference, so be attentive to prevent burning
- Serve with a Side Salad: Enhance the meal by serving your Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl with a side salad. It adds freshness and complements the savory flavors of the pizza bowl.
- Double the Batch for Gatherings: Hosting a small get-together? Double or triple the batch to cater to a larger crowd. It’s a quick and easy dish that can be a star at any gathering.
- Meal Prep Friendly: Prepare components in advance for a quick assembly during busy days. Store the cottage cheese mixture and chopped veggies separately, and assemble when ready to enjoy.
Here are some storage instructions to ensure your Protein-Packed Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl remains fresh and safe to eat for future enjoyment.
- Refrigeration: Store any leftover Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl in an airtight container or tightly sealed with plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator promptly, preferably within two hours of preparation.
- Separate Components: If possible, store the cottage cheese mixture separately from the lavash chips to maintain their individual textures. This ensures that the lavash chips remain crispy when you’re ready to enjoy them.
- Avoid Freezing: Due to the dairy content and the nature of the dish, freezing is not recommended. Freezing may alter the texture of the cottage cheese and the lavash chips.
- Mindful Handling: When storing and reheating, handle the lavash chips with care to prevent breakage. Consider keeping them separate until ready to enjoy.
By following these storage instructions, you can maximize the shelf life and flavor of your Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl leftovers, ensuring that each bite remains as delightful as the first. Enjoy your protein-packed pizza bowl whenever hunger strikes!
More Lunch/Dinner Recipes
If you loved this dish, then you are sure to LOVE these recipes as well! Or if something about this recipe doesn’t excite you, I’m sure one of these will.
- High-Protein Teriyaki Wild Rice Power Bowl
- Spicy Sesame Vegan Beef Veggie Stir Fry
- Veggie Quinoa Fried Rice
- Sticky Orange Cashew Tofu + Coconut Rice
Can I use a different type of cheese?
Absolutely! Feel free to swap the mozzarella for your preferred cheese variety to suit your taste.
Can I skip the air fryer for the lavash chips?
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can achieve a similar effect by toasting the lavash triangles in a preheated oven for a few minutes.
Cottage cheese on pizza? Really?
Trust me on this one! The cottage cheese brings a creamy texture that perfectly complements the other elements, creating a unique and delicious pizza experience.
There you have it, pizza aficionados! A Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl that’s not only a breeze to make but also a delightful dance of flavors in every bite. Dive into this guilt-free pleasure and make your lunchtime a celebration of quick, tasty, and protein-packed goodness!
Cottage Cheese Pizza Bowl
- 110 g Low Fat Cottage Cheese (Good Culture)
- 70 g Garlic Lovers Pasta Sauce (Central Market)
- 42 g Fat Free Mozzarella (H‑E‑B)
- Red Onion & Jalapeño (diced)
- ½ Lavash Flatbread (Atorias)
- Olive Oil Spray
- Crushed Red Pepper
- In a small bowl, mix together your cottage cheese, pasta sauce, and 2/3 of your cheese. Microwave for 30-45 seconds.
- Then mix in your veggies. Top with a few more remaining veggies and then remaining cheese. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Microwave for at least a minute or until cheese is melted.
- For your lavash chips, cut your half sheet into triangles. Spray lightly with olive oil and air fry at 400° for 1-2 mins. Watch it VERY carefully as it can burn quickly!
- Dip into your pizza bowl and enjoy!
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe.
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