Looking for ways to eat healthier? First you need to get to know Quark, one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
This unassuming cheese is actually a superfood, as it’s high in protein but low in sodium and fat. There’s no end to ways you can use it in your diet—it’s so versatile!
Use it to replace high-calorie, less nutritious products, and improve your eating habits.
If you’re into health, fitness, and nutritious foods, you’re probably always looking for healthy shortcuts to reach your weight loss goals and protein quota for the day, without sacrificing flavor.
Quark cheese outstrips cream cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese in just about every category. A quick look at its nutritional profile and you’ll be asking Quark where it’s been all your life. Including it in your diet is a no-brainer.
Ready for more good news?
Quark is ridiculously versatile, and can be easily incorporated into countless different dishes, from entrees, dips and soups to desserts and smoothies.
Don’t believe me? Still wondering how to use Quark?
Here are 51 ways to use it in your cooking!
Use it as a cheese spread on your favorite crackers, be it wheat, saltine, or club.
Use it as a dip for low-cal nachos or for other chips of your choosing. Stir in a drop of hot sauce for extra flavor!
Use it as a spread on your breakfast bagel and garnish with a few blueberries or raspberries.
Spread it on toast and sprinkle with bacon bits and diced tomatoes—the perfect pick-me-up brunch after a brisk walk or workout.
Make your own cream horns at home, but switch out regular cream cheese for Quark as the filling.
Spread it on your muffin with breakfast instead of using butter, which has a lot of calories.
When making fruit desserts, you can use Quark as a filling between the layers. Make this delicious, low-cal dish in a cake pan and store in the fridge to enjoy all week.
Skip the chocolate and make lemon or lime Quark mousse. It’s tangy, refreshing, and cool on a hot summer day.
Feel like pudding? Think Quark! Add vanilla or banana for extra flavor.
Mix it with raw eggs when you make an omelet. Then add your favorite fillers, like diced green peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Use Quark when making quiche.
Add it to your favorite creamy soups for a healthy boost. My personal favorites are cream of chicken and cream of mushroom. It reduces calories and adds protein.
Stir a spoonful of Quark into warm melted chocolate to make a heavenly chocolate sauce or topping.
Stir a tablespoon of Quark into a serving of yogurt and add your favorite cereal or granola for a nice crunchy breakfast bowl. No milk needed.
Use it in macaroni and cheese for a low-cal cheese alternative.
Use Quark in your next cheesecake and watch your friends go wild over this calorie-saving dessert.
Substitute Quark for ricotta cheese the next time you make homemade lasagna.
Use it to make low-cal, protein-rich fritters or donut holes.
Make your pancake, waffle, or crepe batter with quark next time around for a light and airy breakfast. Drizzle low-cal syrup or natural honey over them.
Stir it into your next stroganoff casserole, au gratin potatoes, or scalloped potatoes.
Top your baked potato with Quark. Add chives or bacon bits.
When making strawberries and cream, switch out the cream for Quark.
Stir it into your favorite potato cake recipe for added flavor and protein.
For refrigerator crumb bars, use Quark as the filling and top with something fun and crunchy.
Make cake frosting with Quark and vanilla extract. It’s especially delicious on carrot cake.
Use Quark as a substitute for cream cheese. This includes dishes like lasagna, desserts like cupcakes, and dairy-based healthy shakes.
Quark makes a great base for a breakfast smoothie. Be sure to add some fruit for extra vitamins.
Add it to pasta dishes like spaghetti alfredo, chicken or tuna noodle casserole, or creamy pasta salad.
When you stuff green peppers, hard-boiled eggs, or strawberries, why not try using quark as the base for the creamy filling?
Quark is great with seafood, so stir it into your salmon loaf or fish pot pie.
When making a broccoli and cheese casserole, or making a cheese sauce to pour over broccoli, use quark instead of cheddar or your usual melting cheese.
Spread between layers of sponge cake, top with blueberries or strawberries, and you have the perfect summer delight for a picnic or poolside party.
Serve a low-cal potato salad to family and friends by using Quark.
Hummus fan? Add a bit of Quark and make it even healthier.
Quark is the perfect cheese to use with carbonara. It’s light and low in calories. Now dieters everywhere can enjoy pasta meals, guilt-free.
Quark can be your go-to cheese for almost any sauce. Pair it with minced mushrooms to pour onto your lean steak or use it for a white spaghetti sauce.
Use it to make veggie dip for your next party. Sticks of carrots, celery and raw broccoli or mushrooms make for the perfect platter.
Substitute shredded cheddar for bits of quark in your favorite quesadillas, tacos, or burritos. The results will be lower calories and just as much (if not more) protein per serving.
When making a fresh summer gelatin salad with shredded carrots or cabbage, top it off with a dollop of Quark for extra flavor.
Spread between two graham crackers, add a smear of spreadable chocolate, and you have a really unique but flavorful afternoon snack.
Add Quark to sushi rice and chopped pecans to make delicious sushi rolls. Let your imagination go wild and come up with your own combinations.
Make a dipping sauce from Quark for your homemade crunchy eggrolls. Add your own flavors like wasabi for some heat or sweet and sour for a milder sensation.
Use it when making a fruit dip. If you like your dip a little sweet, add honey or agave syrup. Quark dip tastes great with strawberries, kiwi and cherries.
If you serve a cheeseball at parties or holidays, make it with Quark. For extra flavor and color, add minced green onion and roll the entire ball in bacon bits and chopped pecans.
Add Quark to your next ham and egg sandwich for breakfast. Use low-cal wheat bread and you have yourself a dish packed with protein and low in fat and carbs.
Since it’s a great stand-in for sour cream, use it to top tacos, Mexican salad or Spanish rice casserole.
Quark is a great ice cream base. Whip it up in a blender and then freeze it, and sprinkle with chopped nuts, wheat germ or bits of fruit.
For a light, fluffy dessert, layer Quark in a glass and alternate with fresh fruit like blackberries, raspberries, peaches or pineapple (or all of them!)
Do you love guacamole dip? Trade sour cream or cream cheese for Quark, and it’s instantly healthier.
Opt for single servings of Quark instead of yogurt. Add fruit or nuts for a power breakfast.
Spread Quark on a lettuce wedge and top with a few raisins. A healthy snack!
As you can see, there’s no limit to the ways you can incorporate Quark into your diet. And given the health benefits, there’s no reason not to start immediately!
Most importantly, experiment! That’s what makes cooking fun.
How do you use Quark? Tell us in the comments!