I have a client who requires a low sodium diet, which has stretched my cooking ability. I do have to say, though, that while cooking without salt requires extra care, it's fascinating how much flavor can be created with spices.
I try to brainstorm different foods that will taste nostalgic while sticking within that parameters of low-carb, meat-free, and low sodium. I originally thought of a zucchini "lasagna", but I have to be careful with packaged foods. I did some quick research on homemade ricotta cheese and found that it's super easy to make and that the result can be decadent.
There are several food blogs I swear by, and smitten kitchen is one of them. Back in 2011, Deb made ricotta cheese. As she discusses, the method she uses is not technically the traditional way (traditionally, ricotta is made from the by-product of cheese making, whey). So, if you're interested in making a ricotta-like product and happen to have whole milk, heavy cream, and a fresh lemon on hand - you're in luck! The recipe (click here for her recipe) calls for salt, but I simply omitted it.
Four cups of milk and cream produce about one and a half cups of ricotta, so there is a bit of waste - unless you keep and use the whey (I've got mine in a container in the fridge, still deciding what to use it for).
|this is halfway through the draining process|
This was the finished product for my client: grilled eggplant and zucchini stacks with a roasted tomato slice, fresh mozzarella, and a smear of homemade ricotta. This was labor-intensive, but decadent (especially considering this is meat and gluten-free).
I still have a bit of ricotta left - it is creamy, rich and indulgent, while still remaining light. If you have some extra time and the desire - go for it!