Cheese is an excellent source of protein. Single Serve Baked Ricotta is the perfect consistency and protein source for a patient after weight loss surgery.
I heard a surgeon once give a patient a hard time because she was eating ricotta cheese. Patients often assume they can't eat any cheese after surgery. I guess this surgeon did too! I disagree.
Yes, cheese does contain varying amounts of fat and therefore calories, but cheese is a great source of protein. Better yet cheese is soft and often tolerated after bariatric surgery.
This baked ricotta recipe is under 150 calories. I don't think that bad at all!
Tips to make single-serve baked ricotta:
- Use ramekins and a measuring cup to portion out the ricotta cheese.
- Grease the ramekins with olive oil spray, not regular olive oil. You use less oil with the spray, which equals fewer calories.
- Use part-skim ricotta not whole milk to reduce fat and calories.
- Top the baked ricotta with a smooth marinara sauce not chunky if you are on the pureed stage.
- Many recipes call for extra cheese and olive oil on the top. I eliminated this to decrease fat and total calories. The marinara sauce in a lower fat/calorie choice.
Single Serve Baked Ricotta
- Olive Oil Spray
- 15- ounce Part-skim ricotta
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
- ⅛ teaspoon basil
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch of Salt and pepper
- Optional top with marinara sauce smooth, not chunky
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray 5 ramekins with olive oil and place on a baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Stir ricotta mixture to fully combine.
- Place ¼-1/2 cup of the ricotta mixture into the prepared ramekins.
- Top with 1 tablespoon of smooth marinara sauce.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Serve warm.