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Raw Vegan Zucchini, Spinach, Tomato and Pesto Lasagna Recipe

Posted Aug 09 2011 12:14pm

Yesterday, we considered going bowling….

But decided to spend the afternoon in the kitchen instead!

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On the menu, Raw Vegan Zucchini, Spinach, Tomato and Pesto Lasagna.

When Jonathan first suggested the recipe I was skeptical because my previous attempts to make similar dishes were watery and bland.

This lasagna was simply amazing.

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It may actually be the best lasagna I’ve ever eaten.

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A seriously bold foodie statement, but it’s true.

This meal is a true labor of love as it required ~2 hours of hands on prep work

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But it was worth every minute.

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Next time you’re in need of some culinary therapy, spend an afternoon in the kitchen making this.

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Raw Vegan Zucchini, Spinach, Tomato, and Pesto Lasagna Recipe

Adapted from the now defunct Lavash.com by Jon Miller

Makes 12 servings

Nut Ricotta Cheese

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 1/2 cashews
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme
  • ~1/2 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup water as needed

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Process all of the ingredients together adding as little water as possible until a fluffy consistency is achieved.

raw vegan lasagna recipe, cashew ricotta cheese

 

Walnut Meat

  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 1 cup reconstituted or oil marinated sundried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. dark miso paste
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried sage
  • ~2 tbsp Bragg’s Amino Acids, Soy Sauce, or Nama Shoyu
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. honey, maple syrup of agave nectar
  • 1 to 3 tbsp. olive oil, depending on whether sun dried tomatoes were oil marinated

Process all of the ingredients, leaving the mixture slightly chunky.

 

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 soft dates
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 cups seeded and chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (depending on how salty your sun dried tomatoes are)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Process all of the ingredients until smooth.

raw vegan lasagna tomato sauce

 

Pesto Sauce

  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cups pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Process all ingredients, leaving the mixture slightly chunky.

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Spinach Layer

  • 6 cups fresh spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • ~1 1/2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Place all ingredients in a bowl and massage or stir vigorously until wilted.

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raw vegan lasagna recipe, wilted spinach

 

Zucchini Noodles

  • 5 medium zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tsbp. olive oil

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Place the sliced zucchini in a large bowl and drizzle the olive oil overtop. Stir to coat evenly.

 

Lasagna Assembly: You will need to large or three medium casserole dishes

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  1. Place a single layer of zucchini noodles on the bottom of each dish.
  2. Spread half of the walnut meat on top of the zucchini.
  3. Spread half of the cashew ricotta cheese on top of the walnut meat.
  4. Spread half of the tomato sauce on top of the cashew ricotta cheese.
  5. Spread half of the pesto sauce on top of the tomato sauce.
  6. Evenly distribute half of the spinach on top of the pesto sauce.
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6.
  8. Finish by place another layer of zucchini noodles on top of each lasagna.

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Serve immediately or refrigerate until meal time. Enjoy!

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Raw Vegan Zucchini, Tomato, Spinach, and Pesto Lasagna Recipe Printable PDF

I would love to hear from you…

What are your favorite raw recipes?

P.S. I’m sorry to be slow at responding to comments and emails, our internet is out. Thank goodness for free Wifi at Starbucks!

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