Jun 092014

Superb Veggie Lasagna in the Raw

This is a vegetarian raw delight that will leave you feeling full but light!  It looks intimidating to make but break it down and it is worth the effort! Can be prepared over several days if needed. This recipe was concocted  from various raw recipe books

raw lasagna

The Cheese:

  • 2 cups raw almonds (or any other raw nut), soak for 1 hour or more
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt (or any salt besides table salt)
  • Up to 6 tbsp water

Combine all ingredients except the water and pulse a few times in your food processor.  Add water until the texture becomes fluffy like ricotta cheese.

*Tanya’s tip – this can be prepared beforehand and frozen until needed

The Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 cups sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for at least two hours ) unless you buy them packed in oil)
  • 1 medium tomato, quartered
  • ½ a small onion quartered
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Extra-virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt (or any salt besides table salt)
  • Slice of hot pepper (as much as you would like for how spicy you like your food or none at all)

Drain sun-dried tomatoes and place all Tomato Sauce ingredients in your Vita-Mix or food processor and blend until smooth.

*Tanya’s tip – this can be prepared beforehand and frozen until needed.  The sun-dried tomatoes can also be frozen.

 The Pesto

  • 2 cups packed spinach or basil leaves (or experiment with other greens if you would like)
  • ½ cup pistachios or almonds or pine nuts
  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt (or any salt besides table salt)
  • ½ tsp ground pepper, freshly ground

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined.  Can be chunky or smooth – your preference!

*Tanya’s tip – this can be prepared beforehand and frozen until needed.

 The Filler

  • 1 to 3 Zucchinis depending on how many portions you are making, sliced paper-thin. Best to use a mandolin
  • 2 tbsp EVOO mixed with fresh herbs such as oregano, thyme, basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Chopped fresh basil

Let the zucchini slices marinate for about 20 minutes.

Take 1 zucchini and use your vegetable spiral (if desired) and make zucchini noodles.  Mix them with some pesto and let sit.

Putting it all together:

Place 3 pieces of thinly sliced zucchini in a triangle formation on a plate.  Top with cheese, then tomato sauce, then pesto and then a slice of tomato.  Repeat starting with the thinly sliced zucchini again, cheese, tomato sauce, pesto and tomato slice.  Top with zucchini noodles and chopped basil.  Make as many portions as needed.  Refrigerate if not serving right away but eat within the hour after putting it all together.

All of the sauces can be frozen for months so be sure to make extra for when zucchini season rolls around and you want a quick fix of raw lasagna!

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Why Eat Raw?

Food that is heated to temperatures greater than 108 ○F, lose their enzymes in the process.  Enzyme depleted food can be very hard to digest and unfortunately gives very little energy to the body. Continued consumption of cooked and processed foods leaves our bodies drained of energy and vitality.

Live enzymes are essential to digestion. Enzymes are needed to break down the food we eat into a usable form for the body. Eating live raw foods leaves us feeling energetic and vibrant!

Raw foods are better quality; therefore you eat less to satisfy your nutritional needs. The heat of cooking depletes vitamins, damages proteins and fats, and destroys enzymes which benefit digestion. As your percentage of raw foods increases you feel satisfied and have more energy on smaller meals because raw food has the best balance of water, nutrients, and fiber to meet your body’s needs.  This in turn will lower the amount of money you spend on food, vitamins, pots and pans, appliances, doctor bills, drugs, and health insurance.

Eating a diet of raw foods can reverse or stop the advance of many chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Remember, cooking creates free radicals, which are the major cause of cancer. When you lower the number of free radicals your cells are bombarded with, you lower your risk of cancer.

A raw food diet can protect you from acute diseases such as colds, flu, measles, etc. Raw foods maintain a healthy body and a healthy body will not become diseased.