Lauren Jagnow

5 Good-For-You Ricotta Recipes: Cheap & Healthy Foods

Ricotta RecipesRicotta has achieved the impossible. It manages to be both decadent (it is, after all, a main ingredient in both lasagna and cheesecake) and healthy and affordable, all at the same time. We can’t think of many other foods that can claim that trifecta.

 

Add to these qualities the fact that this Italian cheese is creamy, slightly sweet, and completely delicious, and you’ve got a food with check marks in all the right boxes.

 

When you’re trying to prepare a healthy meal on a budget, ingredients like this are ideal. Ricotta is loaded with calcium, protein, and selenium, and it’s low in sodium.

 

Depending on the variety of ricotta you choose —whole versus skim — you can also regulate the amount of fat you’re adding to each recipe.

 

We’ve got some delicious ricotta recipes to help you integrate this wonder cheese, everything from a chard and feta tart to a delicious ricotta dessert that’s not a cheesecake. After all, with ricotta, anything’s possible!

 

 

 

Marsala-Poached Figs over Ricotta

Ricotta Recipes

The syrupy sweetness of figs and Marsala is perfectly balanced by the delicate flavor of ricotta. Serve this dessert after a rich Italian dinner for an elegant finish.

 

 

Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos

Ricotta Recipes

Who needs meat when you can enjoy the rich flavor of Portobello mushrooms? Spinach, ricotta, and marinara sauce combine to create a tasty (and hearty) filling for the mushrooms.

 

 

Chard & Feta Tart

Ricotta Recipes

Perfect for a light dinner or lunch, this tart is healthy and delicious. Chard and ricotta pack a nutritional punch, as well as adding great flavor.

 

 

Squash, Black Bean & Goat Cheese Tamales

Ricotta Recipes

Tamales require a little extra work, but once you taste how good they are fresh, you’ll be glad you made the effort. The ricotta added to the masa in this recipe keeps it smooth, creamy, and just slightly sweet.

 

 

Carmelized Onion Lasagna

Ricotta Recipes

We love the wholly original flavors in this creative lasagna recipe. Sweet onions, tangy Gorgonzola, and earthy mushrooms combine with fresh herbs and spinach for a completely delicious and unusual main dish.

 

 

 

What’s good for you and good for your wallet?

Check out our list of the Top 10 Cheap & Healthy Foods!

 

 

 

 

 

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