Delicious and nutritious is real. Still a skeptic? Read on…
With most eating decisions, whether you’re at your favorite restaurant or the grocery store, you’re forced to choose between eating something tasty and eating something healthy. For those aiming to be happy and healthy, this isn’t always an easy battle to fight.
Temptation and peer pressure somehow sway you to choose that side of fries instead of the side salad, or the “death by chocolate” cake over the fruit sorbet. I get it, believe me. There is a solution: create meals with quality products that will satisfy the craving.
A few months back, I had brunch at Prune in New York City. Their food is phenomenal, but it’s hard to know how much white sugar, butter, or cream is added when someone else is making the meal for you. This is my spin on making a healthy ricotta from scratch, and garnishing it. If you’re short on time, picking up ricotta cheese from the grocery store is a quick alternative.
1 quart whole milk (the less pasteurized, the better)
1 pint heavy cream
1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
3 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 pint raspberries, washed
1 pint fresh figs, washed
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Serve alongside a blackberry jam or other delicious jam of choice
In a metal bowl, mix the milk, cream, and salt.
Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a full boil. Stir occasionally.
Once the mixture boils, turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Wait a few minutes to allow the mixture to curdle. (It’s interesting to watch the curds and whey separate, so pull up a seat.)
When ready, pour the mixture through a small-netted strainer, lined with cheesecloth. Allow to drain for approximately 25 minutes.
Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days, then continue with Step 6.
Prepare fruit for delicious topping by cutting fig into smaller pieces and mixing into bowl with raspberries.
Top homemade ricotta with fresh fruit and a handful of toasted pine nuts, and drizzle with your favorite honey. Add blackberry jam to taste.
Living a healthy lifestyle in a world of delicious food is difficult, but not impossible. Next time you’re reaching for the chocolate-filled croissant, think about creating a meal that not only satisfies that sweet tooth, but your appetite, too.
This sweet treat is wonderful for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. You’ll be surprised by how quick and easy it is to make something this delicious. Bon appetite!
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