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Lemon Garlic Herb Cashew Ricotta

cashew ricotta

cashew ricotta

If you love foods like lasagna and pizza, but would love to make them a bit healthier – while retaining all the flavor – you are going to love this vegan recipe! My Lemon Garlic Herb Cashew Ricotta is creamy and rich with accents of fresh lemon, black pepper and bright herbs – spicy garlic that sweetly mellows upon baking – in every bite. This dairy-free recipe is packed with healthy nutrients like healthy fats, fiber and cashew minerals like iron, copper and magnesium. Get my recipe and see a few of the yummy uses for this versatile nut-based ricotta spread…

pizza with cashew ricotta

pizza with cashew ricotta, vegan

Cashew Ricotta is delicious used in lasagna, scooped along side salads (raw or warmed), stuffing large pasta shells, spreading on pizza or even eaten as a dip – raw or baked! A few recipes:

Lasagna Verde on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Vegan Garden Veggie Lasagna on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Pesto and “Ricotta” Pizza on Healthy. Happy. Life.
variation: Cashew Chive Ricotta on Healthy. Happy. Life.

Lemon Garlic Ricotta with herbs
vegan, makes about 2 1/4 cups

1 1/2 cups soaked and drained raw cashews (soak in salted water overnight)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cloves of raw garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water (+ more as needed)
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
dash of pepper
dash of cayenne
1 tsp mixed dried Italian herbs – any variety will work (you could also use fresh chopped herbs!)
a few dashes of ground flax seeds (optional for added texture and healthy omega fatty acids)
small scoop of nutritional yeast (optional – adds bold cheezy flavor)

Directions:

1. Soak cashews in enough water to cover by at least one inch – plus a dash of salt. Soak for at least 4 hours, overnight is best for creamy smooth ricotta.
2. Drain cashews of soaking water – discard water. You will be using fresh water for the cashew blend.
3. Add all ingredients to a food processor or Vitamix. Blend until smooth. Add in additional water as needed for a smooth yet still thick blend. Like a thick, more textured hummus. Taste and add more spices/herbs/seasonings to taste. The spicy flavor of the raw garlic will mellow a bit upon cooking this ricotta.
4. Use in recipes shown above!

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