June 9, 2009

Diana's Cottage Casserole

We have established on multiple occasions that one of my favorite dinners is a simple baked sweet potato with roasted vegetables, along with some kind of protein like cottage cheese or perhaps salmon. This evening I found myself headed in that direction yet again, but I decided to resist in favor of having something to blog about. And resist I did! Not only that, but I found it within me to actually create an all-new dish using more or less the same foods that I would have eaten had I gone with option A. Way to shake it up, eh?

And the result, she was GOOD. She shall be called...

Cottage Casserole

  • 1 small/medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 200g cauliflower florets (maybe 1.5 cups)
  • 100g chopped spinach (maybe 2/3-3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese, preferably no-salt
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs/oregano
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs, whole wheat if possible
  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Microwave-steam the sweet potato chunks in a bowl, sprinkled with water (about 5-7 minutes, until fork-mashable).
  3. Meanwhile, steam cauliflower on the stovetop (or microwave once the sweet potato is done) until fork-mashable.
  4. While the vegetables steam, mix cottage cheese, egg whites, 2 tbsp parmesan and seasonings in a small bowl.
  5. Prepare a small casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Mash the sweet potatoes until decently smooth and spread into the bottom of the casserole. Do the same to the cauliflower and spread on top of the sweet potatoes as the second layer.
  7. Distribute the spinach over the sweet potatoes and cauliflower as the third layer.
  8. Pour the cottage cheese mixture over everything evenly, filling in any bald spots with the back of a spoon.
  9. Top with bread crumbs and remaining parmesan.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes, until set.
Makes 2 servings.

I cut the casserole in half diagonally for food porn purposes and did my best to serve the wedge onto my plate in tact. Hopefully you have a good sense of the pretty layers!

I named it Cottage Casserole because it contains a comforting (yet vegetarian), earthy mix of ingredients that I might picture a farmer tucking into after a long day of milkin' the cows and workin' the fields. Or the dell. Whatever that is. Oh, and it contains cottage cheese - that was a reason too.

Oh that's satisfying.

But not exactly raw. Fairly clean and junk-free, but not raw.

Fair enough; mini Radventure:

I tried the mango-flavored Kombucha at snacktime today, and it literally overflowed with mango puree! Very tasty, but I could only drink half before feeling too full with carbonation to continue.

So glad I have a second serving of Cottage Casserole left over! I am eating well this week for sure!


Jenny said...

cottage cheese is definitely one of my favorite snacks and it sounds to die for in this casserole =)!

K from ksgoodeats said...

That cottage casserole sounds WAY good - I love my cottage cheese ;) Thanks for the recipe!

Mom said...

You can fix this for me anytime...

Anonymous said...

sing hallelujah! I can hear the angels harking in my brain. ALL of my fav ingredients in one casserole! I LOVE this! bookmarking~

Dori said...

After my initial Kombucha experience, I have fallen in L-O-V-E. But the Mango flavor, I did not like! Too sweet for me.

Pics aren't showing again here but your casserole sounds like something I would LOVE. I will check back later in hopes this weird picture issue I am having resolves itself!

Missy said...

Your casserole sounds amazing!! Good to know that I shouldn't try the mango Kombucha! I am hooked on every other flavor I've tried!!

ttfn300 said...

For some reason I always forget about cottage cheese, yogurt always gets top snack billing. This casserole sounds right up my alley, i can't wait to give it a try :)

Erica said...

Fabulous combo! I wish Josh liked cottage cheese- I'd be makin this up tomorrow!

Giz said...

Think I could make this with broccoli instead of cauliflower? If so, I already have everything and wouldn't need to go shopping...

Diana said...

Giz - TOTALLY. It'll be just as good. Go for it. :)