Sunday, April 12, 2009

"Cooking" With Amber...

One of my favorite cold snacks. Very easy to make, and no cooking required.

Edit: We just call this 'Cottage Cheese Salad'

1. Ingredients: 1 large bowl, 1 mixing spoon, 3 tubs of cottage cheese (24 oz.), 1 tub of Cool Whip, 2 cans of fruit (mixed or otherwise), 1 box of jello mix (flavor up to you, but I recommend a fruit flavor of some kind - *not* pudding mix. Jello - the jiggly clear stuff.). Now, I use all fat free, lite, etc. but, depending on your dietary requirements, that may not be necessary for you. It's the basics, cottage cheese, cool whip, jello flavor, fruit. Also, for those who don't consume pork products, I believe that there are some jello substitutes that are acceptable, but I don't know exactly what they are.

2. First, take the mixing spoon and carve out a scoop of the cool whip. How big a scoop is up to you, I tend to make it just a little bit bigger than the spoon bowl itself. Less, the result is a little less sweet, more, and it's more sweet. Keep in mind you'll be adding fruit, so that adds sweetness to the dish.

3. Dump all three tubs of cottage cheese into the bowl, and add the packet of jello flavoring, in powder form. Mix well. You want the color to be as even as possible, which means that the flavor you chose will be throughout the dish.

4. Drain the cans of fruit. Again, the particulars are to taste, but I tend to use mixed fruit and mandarin oranges. My mother only uses mixed fruit. Dump the cans in one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each can, to spread the fruit out as evenly as possible.

5. End result:

You can either serve immediately, or put back in the fridge to chill before serving. The food *will* have to be refrigerated. Also, *cover* in the fridge, or it dries out.

Now, it is also possible to add fresh fruit - grapes, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, etc. The only difference is, those really do need to be added *just* before serving, since they tend to go brown or mushy in the fridge once cut up.

Like I said, quick and easy. It's got kind of a messy look, I admit, but it tastes wonderful. A nice cool snack, and healthy too. And if you've got kids, they can help with every last step of it.


  1. Hey Amber, I stalked you from Pixies'I'm going to have to say, we're saying the same thing, just in slightly different' would be correct=)

    You cook...without an oven....I'm subscribing to you =).

  2. Wait, you never said what we were making lol

  3. Never mind the name - :0D what's 'jello'?

  4. Hi Tiffany,


    I also cook with an oven, on occasion. :)

  5. Perplxin,

    *slaps self on forehead* You're right. I guess it's because I just really assumed that everyone had something similar that they made.

    We just call it Cottage Cheese Salad. I'll go add that in somewhere...

  6. Ahavah,

    Jello is...*jello*. :-)

    Uh...clear, colored, flavored gelatin mix. Jello is actually a brand name. You take the powder, boil water, mix, pour it in a mould, or a bowl, you can add fruit later, stuff it in the fridge, it sets, and then you have jiggly goodness!

    There's a box of it in the first picture, over to the right, on top of the canned fruit.

    I'm not sure if the Jello brand is in other countries, but I'm sure there must be an equivalent.

  7. This looks so fantastic Amber! You should also try a Watergate salad where you omit the cottage cheese and add 1 pistachio jello, a tub of whip cream, half a bag of marshmallows, and crushed pineapple. So good.

    I really like your idea! Lots of love and hope you had a nice Easter!

  8. hummm... never heard of the stuff.... squinting at the box picture - I think it is some sort of 'gelatine'...

    We have something called 'jelly' here - but its def. not the same as 'gelatine'.

    But on the bright side - yes veggie/vegan gelatine is available from the supermarket....

    I think... will have a look next time I go shopping.. :0D

  9. Lisa,

    It is very good. And thanks for the Watergate salad. I'll have to try that one out.

    Though, why's it called 'Watergate'?

  10. Ahavah,

    Yes, it's a form of gelatin. Jello is just the brand name everyone calls it over here. It's very popular. :)

    Definately not jelly. Which is, to me, a jam like substance. Ah, the translation from American to English. :)

  11. Oh, I have had something similar before. It IS good. My friend calls it "idiot salad" because she says it's so easy any idiot could make it. Nice. :-)

    I use 1 carton of cottage cheese, 1 tub cool whip, crushed pineapple and usually green jello.

  12. Susanne,

    'idiot salad' is also a good name. It's true, any idiot could make it. I just proved it. :)

    Yours sounds good too. Hmm. More things to try...


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