Vegan Almond Ricotta (Dairy-free) and My Cooking Adventure With Nancy Rose

Vegan Almond Ricotta | FoodieGoesHealthy.comRecently, I started eating primarily vegan lunches as a way to lower my cholesterol and to be heart-healthy. My vegan cooking repertoire is limited, so I was happy when my friend Nancy of Adventures with Nancy Rose offered to come over and cook with me. I’m fortunate to know so many wonderful, generous people in the food blogging community. I knew my day with Nancy was going to be fun because she has a kind heart and a wicked sense of humor. And I knew the food was going to be delicious because I enjoy the food that Nancy brings to the Food Bloggers Los Angeles meetings and to Camp Blogaway. The hard part was narrowing down what we were going to cook because Nancy knows so many recipes after being a vegetarian for 25 years. We focused on a lunch menu.

Our cooking date was off to a great start when Nancy walked in my house with homemade limoncello as a gift.

Nancy of Adventures With Nancy Rose Then, we gabbed, cooked, ate as we went along, and gabbed some more. Here’s the incredible lunch that we made, and everything was delicious. I am so excited to expand my healthy, vegan lunch options.

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Today I am sharing the recipe for Vegan Almond Ricotta because I love the creamy texture, and this recipe is full of flavor. Nancy got the recipe from Miyoko Schinner, who wrote the cookbook Artisan Vegan Cheese,which is the bible for vegan cheese-making. I can’t believe how quick and simple this recipe is to make once the nuts are soaked. The ricotta is everything you want a soft spread to be: fresh, creamy, and flavorful. This recipe is a dream come true for anyone like me who can’t digest dairy but loves soft cheese.

The fun part was finding ways to enjoy the ricotta. It can be used any way that ricotta and soft cheese are used. Nancy and I enjoyed spreading the ricotta on baguette slices and crackers. We actually liked the ricotta best right out of the blender, so no need to wait for it to chill.

Later, I used the ricotta to make Butternut Squash Lasagna and Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce. Heaven. Then Nancy had this idea to try this ricotta in a sweet noodle kugel. To do so, we’ll need to leave the basil and garlic out next time so that the ricotta can be used in a different direction. Nancy and I have another delicious project waiting.

Butternut Squash Lasagna With Vegan Ricotta

Butternut Squash Lasagna With Vegan Almond Ricotta

 

Vegan Almond Ricotta (Dairy-free)
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Recipe type: Vegan, parve
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Serves: Makes 4 cups
Adapted from Miyoko Schinner, author of Artisan Vegan Cheese
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups raw, whole almonds or blanched almonds (soaked overnight)
  • 5-1/4 cups filtered water, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • A few squeezes of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup fresh basil, sliced thinly
Instructions:
  1. Put almonds and 4 cups of water in a glass bowl and cover. Soak overnight for 8 to 12 hours. Drain and rinse almonds. If the almonds have their skins on, pinch each one firmly to slip off the skins, and discard the skins.
  2. In a high-powdered blender (like a Vitamix), place the almonds, garlic, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and 1 cup of water. Process on high, scraping down the sides as needed. Blend until the ricotta is creamy and fluffy, but still slightly grainy, like dairy ricotta. Add a little more water (about ¼ cup) if needed to achieve a texture that is almost smooth.
  3. Transfer ricotta to a bowl and stir in the basil. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Let me know in the comments section what ideas you have for enjoying this delicious vegan ricotta.

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6 Responses to Vegan Almond Ricotta (Dairy-free) and My Cooking Adventure With Nancy Rose

  1. Judy at Two Broads Abroad March 26, 2014 at 2:42 PM #

    I’m a die hard ricotta fan and this sounds absolutely yummy. I wonder if I could use it in the many Italian dishes that I make? Thanks for this.

    • Dana March 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM #

      Hi Judy- yes, if you need to make any of your dishes vegan (like for your niece), this almond “ricotta” will work in cold and hot dishes. The only thing I haven’t tried yet is baking with it. Let me know if you experiment with it. Dana

  2. Nancy Rose Eisman March 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM #

    I may not be very objective, but the almond “ricotta” really is delicious (and easy), and our day in the kitchen was a lot of fun. Ready for session 2 whenever you’re ready!

    • Dana March 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM #

      Yes, I definitely want to schedule session #2!

  3. tastingpage March 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM #

    I’ve been playing with almonds lately making milk and almond flour, so I’m excited to try this as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dana March 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM #

      Hi Kelly- I’ll ask you about making almond milk when I’m ready to try it. For this recipe pre-blanched almonds are a big time saver. Hope you like it.

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