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KETO LOW-CARB FRESH RICOTTA (HEART HEALTHY)

KETO FRESH RICOTTA

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Love this Keto Fresh Ricotta recipe!  It’s Keto Heart Healthy.

Years ago I taught fresh dairy cheese making classes.  Fresh ricotta made from our local milk was always one of the primary cheeses prepared for the class and enjoyed.  This fresh cheese has so many wonderful uses in recipes from savory to sweet.  This vegan version is just as delicious, although tastes different.  While classic ricotta is clumpy, this vegan version is creamy.  It’s one of my favorite cheeses to use in dinner recipes.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF THIS KETO FRESH RICOTTA?

The base of this Keto fresh ricotta is prepared with ground raw almonds (or raw cashews), which are nutrient-rich.  Let’s talk almonds. Almonds are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin E,  magnesium, and help to control blood sugar.   If you are following a Keto path, you may consider this fresh cheese over the dairy version, especially when it is an added ingredient within a dish (meaning not served on its own.). Vegan ricotta contains healthy monounsaturated fat and is low in sodium. Nutritional yeast, an ingredient in this vegan cheese, is also super healthy.

Here is the overall comparison between dairy ricotta and vegan ricotta:

If you look at this chart you can see the benefits of both styles of cheese. For once ounce dairy ricotta has fewer calories than the vegan ricotta. The vegan ricotta is higher in fat, but that fat is super healthy, monounsaturated due to the nuts. The vegan version has 1 net carb more, but also more fiber and zero cholesterol. When making the vegan cheese you can leave out the salt altogether to lower the sodium to zero. So, in some ways the vegan ricotta is a healthier ingredient to incorporate into certain dishes

The predominant taste sensations of Keto Fresh ricotta slight tanginess from the lemon and roundness and depth of flavour from nutritional yeast. The roundness and depth of flavour are the sensations derived from the 5th taste sensation called umami. Nutritional yeast is high in umami!

WHAT NON ALC WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO FRESH RICOTTA?

The slight tanginess of this Keto Fresh Ricotta cheese makes it a fabulous partner for crisp, dry, non alcoholic white wines. Think de-alcoholized Sauvignon Blanc. If you are incorporating the cheese into recipes, take the other tastes and flavors into consideration when choosing a cheese.  Ricotta is added more for its creamy texture than flavour.

Zero Alcohol Wine Tips: 

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB HEALTHY HEART RECIPES CAN YOU ENJOY?

KETO LOW-CARB TURKEY FRITTATA

KETO LOW-CARB TURKEY FRITTATA

Keto Low-Carb Turkey Frittata (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Cream Cheese (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Tilapia Parmesan (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Montreal Chicken Quarters (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers (Heart Healthy)

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

  • Food Processor or Blender: To blend the soaked nuts and other ingredients until smooth.
  • Bowl: To transfer the blended mixture for storage or immediate use.
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups: To measure ingredients accurately.
  • Storage Container (Optional): If storing the mixture in the refrigerator.

HOW DO YOU MAKE KETO FRESH RICOTTA?

Soak nuts (raw almonds or raw cashews for 24 hours.

 

Soak almonds (or cashews) in boiling water for 3 to 4 hours. Rinse.

 

Put together all the ingredients you’ll need.

 

Blend all ingredients together into a paste.

 

KETO FRESH RICOTTA

Transfer fresh ricotta to a bowl and refrigerate until needed. Will keep for 7 days.

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KETO FRESH RICOTTA

KETO FRESH RICOTTA


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  • Author: Shari MAC
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2.5 Cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Enjoy Keto fresh ricotta as a dip, in a salad, or as a treat. Be sure to pair this nut-based cheese with non-alcoholic wine. Yummy.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups slivered blanched almonds or raw cashews
  • 23 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Soak raw nuts for at least 24 hours or soak in boiling water for 2 hours.  Rinse.
  • Transfer nuts and all other ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  Add more water if needed. 
  • Transfer mixture to a bowl.  Use as needed or cover and refrigerate.

Notes

  • You can also make this cheese with raw cashews or macadamia nuts. Adjust nutritional yeast to your desired taste.
  • The nutritional value of this recipe is based on the Keto version and is approximate.  One serving (1 ounce) of this cheese has 3 net carbs.
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.) 
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB
  • Method: MIXING
  • Cuisine: APPETIZER, LUNCH, DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ounce
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 150
  • Fat: 12
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 53
  • Cholesterol: 0

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