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Sweet Potato Fajita Cottage Cheese Bowls (Vegetarian + Gluten-Free)

Creamy cottage cheese gets a fancy makeover with the addition of a spicy sweet potato fajita mixture, chunky salsa, and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro.

Sweet Potato Fajita Cottage Cheese Bowls {Vegetarian + Gluten-Free}

This is the type of dish that will get you excited for lunch. You’ll be sitting at your desk counting down the minutes until you can run to the refrigerator and unpack your lunchbox.

Sweet Potato Fajita Cottage Cheese Bowls {Vegetarian + Gluten-Free}

This vegetarian recipe uses sweet potatoes as its base to create a hearty lunch that will keep you full until dinner. The addition of homemade fajita seasoning and a few tablespoons of diced jalapeño peppers gives the dish a burst of bold flavor and a touch of heat.

Oh, did I mention these sweet potato fajita cottage cheese bowls are gluten-free? It’s not something I planned. It just so happens that all of the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten-free, so everybody wins!

I used Friendship Dairies Cottage Cheese to create a creamy, protein-packed base for this recipe. One serving of their cottage cheese contains 15 grams of protein–that’s enough to fill you up and keep you full until your next meal. It’s known as the original superfood for a good reason!

Sweet Potato Fajita Cottage Cheese Bowls {Vegetarian +Gluten-Free}

I love experimenting with cottage cheese in the kitchen. It pretty much takes on any flavor you choose to give it, including this Mexican-inspired version and this Roasted Tomato Basil Cottage Cheese Bowl recipe. I love that the creaminess of the cottage cheese balances the heat of the fajita mixture. As we all know, fajitas wouldn’t be the same without cheese, which is why adding the fajita mixture to a bed of cottage cheese makes it that much more irresistible.

Sweet Potato Fajita Cottage Cheese Bowls {Vegetarian + Gluten-Free}

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Sweet Potato Fajita Cottage Cheese Bowls

Creamy cottage cheese gets a fancy makeover with the addition of a spicy sweet potato fajita mixture, chunky salsa, and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro.

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons fajita seasoning
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 3 cups cottage cheese
  • 4 tablespoons salsa
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the sweet potato to the pan and give it a stir to coat with oil. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. 
  2. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan. Stir in the onion, red and green bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, and fajita seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Add 3/4 cup of cottage cheese to a bowl and top with a heaping 1/2 cup of the sweet potato mixutre. Drizzle the salsa over the top and add a sprinkle of chopped cilantro. Serve immediately or cover the bowl and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  1. The bowls are just as delicious served cold. Prepare the bowls and store in individual airtight container for an easy, grab-and-go lunch option. 
  2. If you prefer your sweet potato mixture warm, store the sweet potato mixture in a separate container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Before perparing the bowls, reheat the potato mixture before assembling the bowl. 
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13 Responses to “Sweet Potato Fajita Cottage Cheese Bowls (Vegetarian + Gluten-Free)”

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — September 22, 2015 at 8:54 am

    These look like my perfect healthy bowls of goodness! I am borderline obsessed with sweet potatoes these days and I can’t wait to make this!


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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Love these flavors! Such a great idea for a healthy lunch!


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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — September 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love lunches like that. The ones that are so good that you’r literally wanting the morning to be over just so that you can eat lunch! Got to make this for one day this week! 


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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — September 22, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I am so LOVING all of the creative cottage cheese recipes I’ve seen lately, made with Friendship Dairies. Lunches you can look forward to are a thing of beauty. 


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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I love topping my cottage cheese with savory foods. When I was a kid my favorite way was chopped fresh tomatoes with a few cracks of fresh pepper. I love the idea of making a delicious meal out of the whole dish. This is so much yum!


  6. #
    Julia — September 23, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Ah heck yes! Flavorful veggies on top of creamy cottage cheese?! I’m a sucker for this bowl!


  7. #
    Carla — September 24, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I love these kinds of dishes where you are looking forward to what you packed for lunch! Great way to eat cottage cheese.


  8. #
    Laura Dembowski — September 26, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I used to love cottage cheese as a kid. I definitely need to give it another try in this adult way.


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    Kim Beaulieu — September 26, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Oh my gosh Jennie, I just love this recipe. A nice, healthy recipe for lunch or dinner. Perfection. 



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