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Creamy Spaghetti Squash Ricotta

Need a low-carb, gluten-free noodle dish that's rich and creamy? This spaghetti squash and ricotta recipe is thick and filling, but surprisingly low in calories. Because spaghetti squash is relatively mild in flavor and soaks up whatever you pair with it, this recipe really plays up the oregano, garlic, and parsley. (Want more spaghetti squash ideas? Ta-da! 14 Healthy Ways to Cook Spaghetti Squash)

Get the recipe: Creamy Spaghetti Squash Ricotta

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No-Butter Ricotta Cake With Orange Blossom

This cake uses ricotta instead of butter for an ingredient twist you'll wish you'd been using all along. In fact, the spreadable cheese is used in both the cake itself and in the frosting, for a double dose of awesome. Sprinkle the finished product with crushed almonds for some added protein, healthy fats, and crunch. (Check out these other healthy baking recipes that use fan-favorite cocoa powder.)

Get the recipe: No-Butter Ricotta Cake with Orange Blossom

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Ricotta Zucchini "Meatballs"

If you're looking for old-school Italian comfort food, minus the heavy-stomach feeling, these vegetarian zucchini ricotta "meatballs" have you covered. Clocking in at a little less than 300 calories per serving and low in sodium (thanks to part-skim ricotta and low-sodium panko breadcrumbs), it's an easy and healthy weeknight meal. Serve over whole-wheat pasta for some bonus fiber. (Into the idea of eating less meat without complete restricting yourself? Discover more flexitarian recipes that will make your mouth water.)

Get the recipe: Ricotta Zucchini "Meatballs"

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Kiwi Ricotta Toast

In a fun twist on classic ricotta toast, this recipe uses chopped walnuts for a burst of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, dark chocolate chunks, and kiwi slices for vitamin C.

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Blackberry Ricotta Pizza with Basil

Swap your usual mozzarella for ricotta, which goes really well with berries and basil—the perfect balance of sweet and tart. 

Get the recipe: Blackberry Ricotta Pizza with Basil

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