Cottage Living

October 15, 2010

Best bowl of oats I’ve had in AGES!

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The secret: cottage cheese. It really fluffs up the texture, creams it up and makes the flavors pop.

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Also, you must use a perfectly ripe banana

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Plus I added some chopped figs. Just love the little seed crunch!

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Finally replenished my coconut + ground flax stock (I bought whole flax and ground it in my coffee grinder). I put the coconut on top and stirred the flax in at the end. I buy sweetened coconut. The unsweetened stuff is just gross.

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I think organic cottage cheese tastes SOOOO much better than regular. I usually buy Organic Valley low-fat but they didn’t have that at the store I went to so I got Horizon. It’s also delicious.

I had also been afraid to try this grass-fed milk, fearing it would have some strange taste to it. But I decided to pick some up on an emergency trip to restock milk on Wednesday and it’s quite good. Tastes pretty normal to me (they didn’t have skim at the store I visited so I had to get 2% – a treat! Mmm!)

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Put it all together and whaddya get – plus Hungry Bar crumbles and TJs Sunflower. AMAZING combo!

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One gorgeous morning!

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Friday Dance! Party smile

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1 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

Cottage cheese also adds lots of protein so I bet those oats will fill you up for a long time this morning!


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 15, 2010 at 8:23 am

Gorgeous pics this morning! Love that spoon too!

Have a great day :)


3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 15, 2010 at 8:25 am

It is gorgeous here too… but chilly! :)


4 maria @ Chasing the Now October 15, 2010 at 8:27 am

Happy Friday. It was a good one over here, and now I’m off to Saturday already! :)


5 Christine October 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

It’s funny how sometimes you just make a perfect bowl! I was driving to work this morning (1/2 hours after eating) and noticed how perfectly SATISFIED I felt. It was pretty awesome.

Friday dance! Haha 😛


6 Dorry October 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

It’s fun to drink my morning tea and eat my bowl of oats while reading about YOUR bowl of oats. :)


7 Nicole @ yuppie yogini October 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

2% is a treat. I’ve not seen that grass fed milk–I think it’s the name that makes you think it’s gonna taste weird. They should do something about that :) Love the Friday dance face!


8 sweetersalt October 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

Love sweetened coconut! So good with pumpkin. I agree, the unsweetened stuff isn’t worth my money or calories. Meh.



9 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 15, 2010 at 8:33 am

I am soooo glad its Friday :)

I don’t drink milk anymore, but when I did, I loved buying 2% once in a while. The taste is so much better than skim!


10 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

I haven’t had cottage cheese oats in so long– I forget how good they are! Yum!


11 andrea October 15, 2010 at 8:39 am

I have tried to embrace oatmeal but I just can’t. Reading these blogs makes me wish I loved oatmeal!!


12 Shelly October 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Try the overnight cold oats if you haven’t already. I’m not crazy about hot oatmeal but LOVE the cold overnight ones!


13 missy October 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

i agree! i cannot do the cooked oats, but overnight stell cut oats – the best!


14 missy October 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

oops *steel


15 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen October 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

I have been wanting to try cottage cheese in my oats, because I love both items SO much separately…do you just stir it in at the end?

Also…dried figs + oats = match made in heaven. :)


16 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) October 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

I really need to try sweetned coconut…oh, and figs. I’m just finishing my oats for breakfast too….breakfast is my favorite part of the day!


17 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

I love unsweetened coconut! The sweetened is too sweet for me.


18 Sarah October 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

I want your breakfast! Except I want fresh dates instead of figs, and I actually LIKE unsweetened coconut (the sweetened stuff is TOO sweet for me!).


19 claire October 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

Those figs look delicious…I really need to try the lighter variety!


20 Amy Pea October 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

I had figs in my oats this morning, too! I used Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oats and 5 Grain hot cereal (to equal a quarter cup) and used the whipped banana method. Also added unsweetened dark cocoa powder…worked well with the figs! Yummy!

Made Steel Cut oats in my slow-cooker last weekend and they were awesome! Just the oats, water, some almond milk, cinnamon and dates. The whole house smelled amazing.

Thanks, Kath for all you do. We appreciate you!


21 Kath October 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

Thank YOU for reading!


22 Melissa @ HerGreenLife October 15, 2010 at 8:54 am

Grass is what cows are SUPPOSED to eat :) Milk from 100% pastured (i.e., grass-fed) cows should theoretically be more nutritious (more omega-3’s, for one thing), than milk from the corn-fed factory farm cows.

Enjoy your gorgeous morning. We have a pretty great one here, too — off to “run” some errands by bike!


23 Kath October 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

I know :) That’s why I bought it!


24 Clare October 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I love labelling that gets people thinking. I’m vegan but even if I wasn’t I don’t think I would buy milk if it said “from corn-fed cows” on the label. By now we all know that cows are not really supposed to be eating corn. It’s pretty awful to think that most dairy milk comes from cows that NEVER get to eat grass.


25 Nicole October 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

Ohh love the addition of figs, must try this soon!


26 stacey-healthylife October 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

I should get some regular coconut. It does taste better and I only need a little.


27 Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit October 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Mmm! I happen to have a little tub of cottage cheese that I was wondering about incorporating into my oats this morning! Tomorrow!!!


28 Alicia October 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

I LOVE your “K” mug. We did you find it? I think it would be a great Christmas gift for friends…I know I’m already thinking of Christmas.

Also, I am glad I found someone who loves oats just as much as I do! Here’s to a delish breakfast :)


29 Kath October 15, 2010 at 10:53 am



30 Alicia October 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Awesome! Thank you :)


31 Amanda (Eating Up) October 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

I need to retry cottage cheese. I had a bad introduction to it years ago!


32 Laura I. October 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

I’m also one of those that prefer unsweetened coconut to sweetened–but I’m also not a pumpkin-lover and really like onions . . . . to each their own, eh?


33 Kath October 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

Say it ain’t so!


34 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

Happy FRIDAY! Your oats always look so good. I wish I liked oats. I also wished I could get back into eating cottage cheese, but it’s one of those foods I totally went overboard on during my “clean eating” stage. I used to buy big tubs at costco. GAG.

Oh I wanted to tell you I also tried those chocolate nibs from TJ’s you posted about. They are fab!


35 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

Cottage cheese is the ONE food I have never been able to enjoy at all.


36 Heather October 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

2% milk would do a number on my tummy. I have never tried cottage cheese in oats but I love ricotta.

I’m going to the store tonight so perhaps I will pick some up. Happy Friday!


37 R @ Learning As I Chop October 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

That is the only milk I buy. It tastes better and last longer than Horizon, Organic Valley etc


38 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

Yum, yum! That bowl looks perfectly satisfying in every way. 😀


39 Brianne October 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

You do know that skim is by far the worst kind of milk? Whole Raw Unhomgenized is ideal next would be whole unhomgenized pasteurized followed by whole homgenized. Organic is better than conventional obviously. Please stop buying skim!!


40 Kath October 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

One opinion… do you have a source on why whole is better? I’d say 1% or 2% is best.


41 Emily October 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I don’t have a source (other than what I learned working at a health food store for a year), but many of the vitamins in minerals in milk are stored in the milk-fat. Raw, unhomegenized milk has a lot of “good” bacteria for your body. However, you can get that same bacteria from yogurt or probiotics. And skim milk isn’t inherently evil. :) It all depends how you like to “spend” your fat serving for the day.


42 Kath October 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Other than vitamin A being fat-soluble, skim and whole milk are pretty comparable nutrient wise (meaning protein, calcium). The difference mostly is in the fat. I think whole milk is a bit toooo much, but 2% is a dream. I usually settle for 1% when I can find it. It’s my favorite flavor.


43 Natalia - a side of simple October 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

Friday dance ALL the way :)


44 Alyssa October 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

I must admit, you inspired me to try cottage cheese oats, and I don’t think I can ever go back! They are amazing!


45 Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

Hey – I have a mug like that too. Did you get it from Anthropologie? (Sp?) I think that’s where I got mine…

anyway, oatmeal looks amazing!


46 Allison K October 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

ooh! i’d like to find grass-fed milk around here!


47 ashley October 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

why on earth would you be afraid of grass-fed milk? cows are meant to eat grass not organic corn.


48 Kath October 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

Afraid of the taste – that’s all. Of course I eat grass-fed beef all the time.


49 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

I think flax makes a huge difference in oats! I think it just brings the whole thing together perfectly! Enjoy your day!


50 Angela October 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

I love adding cottage cheese to my oats. I usually add it after though to cool them down a bit. I’m not a huge coconut person but it looks delish in your breakfast!


51 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

I think the reason I never like sweet oats is bc you didn’t make them Kath ;D Will you make me breakfast ?? hehehehe!


52 Emily October 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

I hear you on the organic cottage cheese. It is SO much better than regular! I am obsessed with Nancy’s Organic Cottage Cheese. It’s amazing.


53 Food & Other Things October 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

Coconut on oatmeal sounds amazing…I too am doing a Friday dance!


54 Megan (Braise The Roof) October 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

TGIF!! Definitely a Friday worth doing a dance for- it was a long week!


55 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

I am currently having a great bowl of oats made with cinnamon applesauce. SO good. I love fall oats.


56 notyet100 October 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

oats with cottage cheese sound s so yum


57 loreejo October 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

i have to second the comment on the deliciousness of organic valley cottage cheese! i had decided i liked it b/c it’s so salty tasting and was afraid the sodium content was high until my grocery was out of it so i had to buy another brand and was able to compare. organic valley did NOT have higher sodium!!! i’m not sure what makes it so tasty-er? i’m glad to hear horizon is also good….i might try it in a pinch even tho i don’t like their milk.


58 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

delicious combo – i too am a big fan of cottage cheese. my hubby isn’t. more for me!!!


59 Elizabeth October 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

Stick with Organic Valley when you can. Horizon gets BAD marks for their dairy farming practices and they get fined all the time for violating the “organic” requirements (but they are huge and can afford to pay the fines.) Check out for independent ratings. Sorry, but I get a little upset when large corporations try to market themselves as something they are not.


60 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

Between You and Kailey posting about cottage cheese, I’m definitely going to add it to my shopping list! Your oats look delicious!


61 Krystina (Organically Me) October 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

Sounds good, but I disagree about the coconut. The sweetened is too sweet for me!


62 Marina October 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

i think i never had sweetend coconut actually!
love the look of your bowl!


63 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

coconut and cottage cheese are definitely two of my top oatmeal favs!
gorgeous bowl!
Cathy B. @ brightbakes


64 yummieecupcake October 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

i dont think i’ve had cottage cheese. i never knew what to do with it so thanks for sharing!


65 Felicity October 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

Unsweetened coconut is yum, not gross. And it’s great in homemade granola! : D


66 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I can’t seem to have oats without cottage cheese anymore! It’s perfect :)


67 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I love coconut on oatmeal! So good!


68 LauraLee October 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I’ve never had grass fed milk either (it’s not available where I live, so organic and local is what I buy) but would also be a little nervous the first time I try it. I guess I would think it would taste, um…..grassy? Like milk and wheat grass mixed, ha! I love the sweetened coconut too, made the bestest easiest macaroons with it last weekend (from the Splendid Table: How to Eat Supper cookbook) SO FREAKIN GOOD! By the way, made pumpkin oats for the first time last week, life changing! Ok, not really, but very yummy.
:) LauraLee


69 Dana @ my little celebration October 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

What a lovely oaty combination. Thanks for the morning inspiration.

It was your Tribute to Oatmeal that got me hooked on your blog like three years ago!


70 Gina October 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Are these overnight oats or did you prep them on the stove? :)


71 Kath October 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm



72 Jessie October 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Are you adding the cottage cheese while you whip the banana or do you add them at the end?


73 anne October 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Love the title of this post!! You’re hair cut looks very nice. Happy Friday!


74 Felicia October 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

love this!! same question as above: when do you add the cottage cheese? during the cooking process to get creamy, midway, towards the end…? looks delish! and i love anthropologie, i’m always eating my oats/having coffee from their bowls and mugs. i bought a set of 4 and it was totally worth the price :)


75 Kath October 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Cottage Cheese = Stirred in at end of cooking process! Just enough to get it warm.


76 Meagan October 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I am so happy to see you eating “real” milk – grass fed! I only drink raw milk. I encourage you to try some if you ever get the chance. It is different than “normal” milk, but it is the way that we are actually supposed to drink milk; straight from the cow, now pasteurized or homogenized which leaves the milk with no beneficial bacteria, protein, or vitamins and minerals! The carton is super cute too :)


77 Ella October 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Kath, did you by any chance see Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” episode yesterday about oats? Watching it made me think of your blog – for obvious reasons and also because I think I recall Matt mentioning some AB influence when he was doing the whole Brew and Bake thing. Anyway, the episode is hilarious and super interesting. There’s a part about cholesterol that had me dying and also wishing that my profs would have shown some scenes from Good Eats in my DPD coursework!! It’s perfect for food science, nutr biochem and other classes. You should check out the episode if you can!


78 Kath October 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I think I have seen that one!


79 Margaret October 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Grass fed cows ??
That is the only type of dairy farm there is, in Australia. The cows come into the dairy building to be milked by machine twice a day and are free in the pastures of grass all the other time.
They get a small amount of food to eat while they are being milked, so they come in by themselves when it is milking time.

You might be interested in finding out exactly how a cows stomachs work if you are concerned about them eating grass.


80 Kath October 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm


I know cows are supposed to eat grass!!

I 100% support grass-fed cows!!

That is why I BOUGHT the grass-fed cow’s milk when I saw it on the shelf.

My comment only meant I was expecting that it might taste funny (even if funny is normal). Thankfully it tasted good.


81 Hannah October 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I’ve never been able to stomach cottage cheese in sweet form, but you really do hype this up so much that I should probably try it! The kinds in Australia are so salty though…


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