This is bound to be a very controversial recipe to be shared on this website.
Not too long ago, I shared a picture on our Facebook page of a delicious salad I was enjoying and it sparked a lot of attention. This is the result of the fact that I topped the salad with some homemade ricotta cheese. For the most part, feedback from our followers was quite positive, but it seemed to cause an upset for some. This is due to the fact that cheeses are considered one of those grey area options on the diet, as are most other forms of dairy. There are several arguments as to why one should avoid dairy, but I won’t go into too much detail about this now, as it’s a topic we’ve covered thoroughly in the article on the place of dairy on a Paleo diet as well as the article on Paleo 2.0. I also already shared a recipe for some delicious homemade yogurt, which can be a good way to include more healthy probiotics in your diet.
The important thing to remember when considering consuming dairy is your current health status, your personal tolerance to dairy and the choice of dairy itself. It’s in no way bad to include dairy in your diet, but it’s best to do so when you’re in the right position for it. The best choices are the dairy sources coming from organic and grass-fed animals and goat or sheep’s milk is also generally better tolerated. Finally, fermented dairy is also often a better idea because of the probiotic it provides and because of the fact that it contains a lot less lactose.
Perhaps the best thing about this recipe is that it is far from being complicated and it doesn’t take long to prepare. This certainly took me by surprise, as I was always under the impression that making cheese was quite timely and required exceptional attention to detail. In truth, I only had to dump everything into a pot, let it boil, cool and then strain the whey from the cheese. Aside from that, it’s just a matter of time. It’s good to remember though that this is a very fresh ricotta cheese without any fermentation or aging period so the taste is very mild compared to other, more tangy, cheeses.
The only thing that you’ll want to pay close attention to is how much lemon juice you include. It can be difficult to gauge, as some lemons can be more fresh and/or concentrated than others, so the results will be different. Essentially, you’ll want to add enough lemon juice so that all the dairy curdles on the surface of the pot. This may not make total sense as you read this, but upon making the recipe you’ll get it.
If you’re including cheese in your diet for the first time it can be quite exciting, as it can really add taste to a dish. As I already mentioned, it’s great on salads, but there are several other ways to enjoy it. You can sprinkle it a top of your eggs in the morning, or have it with fresh berries and peaches. It’s also great to include in any kind of smoothie. Here I sprinkled it on a simple salad of mixed organic greens, avocado and walnuts. I topped it all off with a simple olive oil and lemon juice vinaigrette.
P.S. Be sure to check out the Paleo Recipe Book. It’s a cookbook I’ve created to help you cook the best food for your health. It contains over 370 Paleo recipes and covers absolutely everything you’ll ever need.