I'm trying to think of new meal ideas for NH.
He wants to make some modifications in his diet, and has presented me with a challenge: high-protein, low in fat, and big on flavors.
These were inspired by a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, 101 Cookbooks. This site always has beautiful pictures and interesting ideas. The batter is similar with a few adjustments for ingredients that I had/didn't have; check out the original recipe for the changes.
We prefer mini-muffins so I modified the original recipe to use this pan. It makes a little more than twice as many muffins.
They smell amazing while baking, a deliciously complex cheesy smell. :-)
For the ground almonds, I used my almond meal from Trader Joe's. This is a great product.
Cottage Cheese Muffins
1 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, plus extra for topping
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 cup basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray, just enough so the muffins won't stick.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; stir to incorporate. The batter will form a chunky rather than smooth consistency, similar to this.
Fill each part of the baking pan about 3/4 full. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of parmesan cheese.
Bake 25-30 minutes until golden. Transfer to a cooling rack.
As you can see from the pictures, I used liners. It appears that the muffins will stick a little too much to the paper, so my next batch will use no liners and a bit of cooking spray (changes noted in my recipe).
That being said, they taste amazing and NH consumed 3 minis this morning.