Cashew Ricotta Veggie Toasts

I've got a 15 minute meal here that is healthy, delicious and can serve your belly for breakfast, lunch & dinner.. who's in? I'm talking about a cashew ricotta atop some toast + sautéed veggies = endless meals. Let's go!

What you need:

1 Medium-Large Onion, well chopped

1 Small Package Cremini mushrooms, or mushroom of choice

1 Yellow Pepper (Could sub any veggies that speak to you, but I like what happens with this trio listed here)

For the Ricotta:

2 C Raw Cashews *or macadamia nuts, **See notes below for Soaking

1/4 C Water + more to achieve consistency

2 Garlic Cloves

1/2 Lemon, juiced

1/2 Tsp Salt

Slices of bread - or bagel, vegan croissant (they exist), pita, tortilla etc

Optional drizzle: balsamic, lemon

Optional herbs: basil, chives, rosemary

What you do:

Over a medium flame with some oil or water, start to sautee the onions first (8-10 minutes), mushrooms next (6-8 minutes) and pepper last. In the time while the veggies are sautéing, make the ricotta cheese by mixing all ingredients in a blender. 

Add up to another 1/4 C water to achieve desired texture. 

Assemble your toasts with a nice thick layer of ricotta, followed by the veggie mixture. Add optional toppings - drizzles and herbs and your meals are complete! 

I like to keep the ricotta and veggies stored in the fridge for quick breakfasts and easy lunch sandwiches on the go. The options are endless. And please don’t even think about making this ricotta without Italian plans - lasagna, pizza, mama mia.

* I actually prefer to use macadamia nuts in this recipe as the flavor profile is similar but the color is far whiter and there are many health benefits in that macadamia nut. I chose to abstain from using it in this recipe because cashews are usually more accessible & macadamia nuts are more expensive than cashews. But both work great - take your pick!

** On Soaking your Nuts: if using a High-Powered Blender such as a Vitamix, you can pop these guys in raw, for any other blender please soak the nuts overnight, or for at least 4 hours in hot water - in a pinch, you can boil them for 10-15 minutes - this is very important so they will break down properly and achieve the creamy texture needed here