Are you looking for some healthy, dairy free alternatives for your kitchen? Our homemade Cashew Ricotta Cheese is a great plant-based option, as it’s completely vegan and full of nutritious ingredients. There are so many ways to use this recipe–get creative and add it in pastas, use it as a sandwich spread, serve it at parties with some whole wheat crackers, or simply enjoy a mid-afternoon snack with crunchy vegetables. However you choose to eat this “cheese” is up to you, but we know that once you ingest it, your taste buds will be hooked! Try adding this into our Butternut Squash Vegetable Lasagna for a plant-centric meal that everyone is sure to love.
Nutrient Booster: Cashews
Cashews are the star of the show in this recipe, as they are rich in nutrients such as protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc, and provide 220 calories in a 1/4 cup serving. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, but contain primarily unsaturated fatty acids, 75% of which is oleic acid (the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil), which promotes good cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease (1). So go ahead and enjoy the earthy flavor of cashews with this creamy, delicious dip–it’s one recipe that will keep you coming back for more!
Cashew Ricotta Cheese
- 2 cups cashews, soaked overnight or boiled for 20 minutes
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 5 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3-4 cloves garlic
In a medium saucepan, boil cashews in water for 20 minutes until soft. Rinse them with cold water or soak them overnight.
In a food processor, add water, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic, and process until smooth. Set aside.
Serve cold with vegetables or crackers.
Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to one week.
Add parsley, dill, and herbs (such as marjoram, chives, thyme or basil), if desired.
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Calories: 85 calories, Fat: 7 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 4 grams, Sugar: 1 gram, Sodium: 20 milligrams, Fiber: 1 gram, Protein: 3 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
(1) The Nutritional Health Facts of Cashews. Odi Cashew. http://www.odicashew.com/pdf/nutritional_health_facts_of_cashew.pdf - See more at: http://new.triadtowellness.com/cashew-pesto-dip/#sthash.RlZNcC2Y.dpuf