Thursday, February 25, 2016

Finally, A Ravioli That's Vegan And Dairy-Free
Made by Kite Hill

Kite Hill hits the jackpot with dairy-free, vegan ravioli.

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Over the past few years there has been great progress in vegan cheese products. Miyoko's collection of artisan vegan cheeses are amazing. I serve them every time I entertain. And I absolutely love Go Veggie's Parmesan Style Topping on my pasta. But we are just beginning to see companies use their yummy vegan cheeses in products, like ravioli. You might find a high-calorie, sugar-ladened cheese cake, but not a lot of delicious and relatively healthy products that you feel good about serving for dinner. 

Happily, Kite Hill has come out with several ravioli products using her almond-based ricotta. Last night we enjoyed Mushroom and Ricotta ravioli with a simple tomato sauce that I canned from last summer's tomatoes. It was absolutely wonderful! I am allergic to dairy and haven't been able to eat ravioli in years so I can't tell you how excited I was to see this product on the shelves at my local Whole Foods market. She also makes a spinach and ricotta ravioli which I will be on the lookout for next. 

The filling contains a combination of portobello and shiitake mushrooms whipped together with almond milk ricotta and marsala wine. The pasta is made from durham wheat (sorry guys, it's not gluten free.) But for those of you who are avoiding soy and dairy, you will find no better ravioli. 

Each 1-cup serving is 230 calories (there are 2.5 servings in container) so if you and a guest knock off the whole container (which is about the right amount to eat), you'll be eating about 288 calories. Not bad with a simple tomato sauce topping. Each serving also contains 6 grams of total fat, no saturated fat or cholesterol, 7 grams of protein, 34 grams of carbs, 2 grams of dietary fiber and 490 mg per serving. 

I can't wait to try the spinach and ricotta!

Kite Hill products are available at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. Here's a store locator.



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Dr. Joanne L. Mumola Williams said...

The ricotta filling is made from almond milk, salt, enzymes, tartaric acid, and cultures. Depending on which one you get, they are filled with mushrooms and ricotta or spinach and ricotta. The dough is wheat-based so it's not gluten free.