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Cherries with Ricotta and Toasted Almonds

Cherries with Ricotta and Toasted Almonds

This is a very easy dessert with a ready-made ricotta cheese. Provided here is a single serving recipe which will take around 10 minutes to prepare. The main ingredient here is the Ricotta cheese which is available in the market. Ricotta cheese can be incorporated into the diet to improve one’s overall health. Ricotta differs from traditional cheese in that it is derived of milk whey and not aged or ripened. Instead, whey undergoes a heating and draining process that transforms curds into cheese. Ricotta is low fat, low sodium and rich in vitamins and minerals. Substantial amounts of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin B12 are provided in each serving of ricotta, according to the Canadian Dairy Commission website. Ricotta is a tasty and nutritional dairy product that provides excellent health benefits when used in low-fat meals.Traditionally, ricotta was made by reheating whey left over from the cheese-making process; these days it can still be made from whey or whey fortified with milk or cream (to increase the yield), or by extracting curds from whole milk, which is the norm in commercial dairies.

The author Janet Fletcher’s friend Rosetta Costantino led us to an easy method that produces the sweet, earthy flavor of old-world ricotta by combining whole milk with rennet, which consists of enzymes that act as a coagulant. We tried coagulating ricotta with lemon juice, vinegar, and buttermilk but ended up with neutral-tasting, large, crumbly curds. Rennet produces moister, tastier curds, as it leaves more proteins intact and does not inhibit the milk’s flavor compounds as an acid would. The temperature to which the milk is heated is also important. Bringing the temperature up to 200° sweetens the milk and readies its proteins for coagulation. It also causes the curds to retain more whey, for a creamier, smoother cheese. So with the ricotta at hand, here are the other stuff you need.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup frozen pitted cherries
  • 2 tablespoons part-skim ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon toasted slivered almonds

PREPARATION

  1. Heat cherries in the microwave on High until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Top the cherries with ricotta and almonds.

And that will be it basically.. Per serving of this dessert contains 150 calories; 6 grams fat (2 g saturated , 3 g monounsaturated); 10 milligrams cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 3 g fiber; 39 mg sodium; 329 mg potassium. Considering the cherries and almonds, you also gain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you plan to make it healthier, you can opt to use non-fat ricotta in place of the reduced-fat ricotta which can give you 133 calories with 0 grams of saturated fat.

Innovate. You can do a lot of things with ricotta cheese. As for dessert, you can choose other ingredients aside from cherries and toasted almonds. You can also try different fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and other fruits which are also healthy. Just try to imagine the taste, and you’ll soon figure out which fits. You can also replace or add other nuts. You can also try adding flaxseeds to increase the amount of fiber and antioxidants that the dessert can give you. Eat healthy and live healthy!

 

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