With the temperatures rising, we’re giving our ovens a much-needed rest and swapping baked and roasted dishes for simple, no-cook meals. We've partnered with Hood Cottage Cheese to dream up delicious ways to use their many flavors of creamy cottage cheeses—from refreshing Cucumber and Dill to sweet Strawberry—in summer-centric wraps.
Ah, summer, when the days are long and my patience in the kitchen is short. Big platters of grilled vegetables and juicy burgers, a huge pot of spicy-smoky chili, or a cold and crisp noodle salad may all be perfect for the warming weather, but the reality is, I don’t usually (read: never) have the time to pull together a meal that takes more than 15 minutes most days of the week—especially for lunch.
That’s why my go-to this time of year are wraps. The ultimate in no-cook foods, they’re the perfect thing to throw together on the fly. And since you’re not doing any toasting, you won’t have to worry about the bread going soggy; wraps are made to contain all your ingredients in a compact, tidy bundle while withstanding moisture. Bonus: They’re perfectly portable, meaning you can take them on the go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
For a meal that tides you over for the long-term, though, you’ll need protein in some form, which is why I always include cottage cheese in my wraps. This creamy staple can sub in for soft cheeses like ricotta in a savory setting, and it gives fresh fruit and nut butter a richness that’s irresistible in sweet, breakfast-y wraps. Here are a few of my favorite combos:
Grilled Chicken, Cherry Tomato & Cucumber Wrap
As soon as the mercury climbs above 70, I constantly crave bright, fresh flavors and crisp veggies. So my dream summer wrap goes something like this: hunks of grilled chicken with sliced cucumbers, chopped cherry tomatoes, and Hood Cottage Cheese with Cucumber and Dill. The cottage cheese is a slightly richer, more filling substitute for a yogurt- or mayo-based sauce, and the dill gives it some extra herby oomph.
If I’m feeling fancy, I’d probably sprinkle some chopped fresh oregano over top and drizzle it with good olive oil before rolling the whole thing up. (Pro tip: If you use leftover or rotisserie chicken here, it’ll come together even faster.)
Smoked Salmon Wrap
Because I’m the type of person who stocks up on those massive packages of smoked salmon at Costco, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate it into as many meals as possible. I’d definitely opt for a wrap filled with slices of smoked salmon, a fresh leaf or two of romaine lettuce, thinly sliced red onion, capers, and Hood Cottage Cheese with Chive. The blend of the savory smoked salmon, crisp onion, briny capers, and creamy cottage cheese makes this wrap almost like a deconstructed bagel with lox. But given everyone’s love for breakfast-at-dinner (or lunch), this is really an anytime option.
Nutty Strawberry & Banana Wrap
Wraps are also great for hikes, or other all-morning adventures. For a sweet, filling breakfast to kick things off, try assembling a wrap with nut butter, sliced bananas, Hood Cottage Cheese with Strawberry, and crushed walnuts. It’s a crunchy-sweet-creamy-salty combination that will power you through outdoor activities and morning Zoom meetings alike.
While a wrap might not be the most showstopping dish you can make this season, it’s simple and satisfying—and in summer, that’s exactly what I need.
Our friends at Hood Cottage Cheese have been making dairy products since 1846, so they know a thing or two about starting with quality ingredients and building something delicious. Their creamy, protein-packed cottage cheeses come in savory flavors like Chive and Cucumber and Dill, sweet flavors like Strawberry and Blueberry, and classic Country-Style. Wrap them up with a handful of ingredients for an easy, no-cook lunch—or grab a spoon and enjoy them solo for an A+ snack.