Vegan Ricotta – “simple recipes collection “
Vegan ricotta magic. It really is. I have to admit that of course, it is not 100% the same as normal dairy ricotta from Italy when you eat it as a dip or pure, but in a pasta dish like lasagna or stuffed cannelloni: you barely find out the difference.
I just stumbled across this recipe & I instantly had to try it out. We added some more olive oil for taste & it definitely changed the taste, because we were using some good Italian oil that we were saving for special occasions. You can say that it tastes like spiced up ricotta for sure – even pure.
I also saw a lot of “tofu free” options with almonds or cashews- but for us as students it’s often a little expensive to use those holy nuts too excessively.
For all of you that are skeptical of tofu or the scaring “Men get boobs myths”
Here are some facts about soy:
“soy contains estrogen” :
Soya does contain phytoestrogens (plant hormones – not human hormones). Phytoestrogens in the human body are relatively weak and can actually bring benefits, such as a lowered risk of cancer, by ‘blocking’ actual estrogen.
And phytoestrogens are found in many other foods as well, such as: apples, oats, sesame seeds, flaxseed, lentils, rice, carrots, mint, ginseng, beer, and pomegranates. Even if you completely avoid eating soy, you’re very likely still consuming phytoestrogens – but that’s not a problem.
“soy destroys our rainforest and its GMO”
Yes. both are true. BUT this is mainly true for soy that is used for animal feed!!! Most of the soy which is planted in areas which used to be rainforests are meant to be eaten by animals – not humans. So the likelihood that your meat or dairy is infused my soy that is Genetically modified. Acompanied by contributing to decrease our rainforest is higher than by consuming tofu.
For all you Europeans: *no sponsoring* there is this brand called Taifun which has, in our opinion, the best tofu products on the market. Taifun only uses soy that has been planted in Europe. For those who do not know: GMO is forbidden on European Ground. The brand even supports school gardens and recovered areas to plant soy on their ground. This encourages schools to teach their kids about gardening.
My mum participated at one of their projects, as she is a primary school teacher & she achieved great results.
How you do it:
- Put everything into the blender and blend until you get a half crumbly, half creamy texture.
- Be careful when you add the lemon zest. Do not grind the white skin into the ricotta – it might get bitter.
- Place it in a bowl and let it sit in the fridge. This helps to develop a stronger tste of olive oil and the lemon infusion