Monday, 10 March 2014

MARINATED ZUCCHINI & TOMATO LASAGNA with CASHEW HERB CHEESE


I get lost in my food. By that I mean almost every time I eat, I become so raptured in the flavours, colours and textures that I forgot where and who I am and when I am done my feeding frenzy (no self control)... I usually have questions such as, "What just happened!?", "How!?", "No!?", What!?", "Where am I!?", "What is this!?", "What that real!?", and so on and so forth. I love my food and I think my food loves me too. I cannot imagine NOT being stoked out of my mind every time I eat! I need to a) know that the food is good for me and b) know it's gonna taste amazing, otherwise it ain't goin' down. I see myself as being in a relationship with the food I choose to eat... since we ARE going to change each other forever, right down to the molecular level. 

Point being: the above mentioned reaction is exactly what happened when I bit into this recipe. I hope you react the same. Or else you can just think I'm a strange girl who spends all day kissing fruit and secretly wants to marry her blueberry bushes. 

Wait, can I do that? 


MARINATED ZUCCHINI & TOMATO LASAGNA with CASHEW HERB CHEESE

Lasagna:
1 zucchini
5 tomatoes
Olive oil, Himalayan salt, black pepper and coriander 
1 cup spinach leaves 

Cashew herb cheese:
1 cup cashews
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 cup water (more or less, as needed) 
Dash of turmeric, paprika and coriander 
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 garlic clove

To marinate the zucchini and tomatoes: slice the zuke into thin strips on a mandolin, and chop the tomatoes. Rub them in oil and spices and put in the dehydrator for 1-3 hours, or in the oven at the lowest temperature. 

To make the cheese: blend everything until smooth and very thick. 

To assemble: layer slices of tomato, zucchini and spinach with cheese. Sprinkle with cilantro and coriander. Chomp. 

24 comments:

  1. Bonjourno o' wondrous Veganese lady :)I haven't commented before to compliment or laud, I feel that this is the time: I adore your blog, admiration at its zenith, I frequently find myself drooling over the immenseness of the visually pleasing photography. I just needed to get it out there, in the wilderness of cyber-land :) I also have a question, I am British (specifically Welsh), residing in British land, and so 'The Cup' doth not exist. I was wondering approximately how many 'ml'(grams and millilitres are my measuring capacities) one cup is? An abundance of happy vibes gallivanting your way, Kayleigh x

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  2. Kayleigh.... there is a conversion chart at this link! :-)

    http://spiekermann.com/en/cooking-abroad/

    Hope this helps!!

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  3. Um, YUM. I've had lasagna like this before and it's funny to be able to say that lasagna can actually be healthful. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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  4. TOTALLY SPIFFY DUDE

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  5. Thanks for this- I am so going to try it :) Have made zucchini rollsin the dehydratoe before so I know how nice it is. And yes, I get lost in my food too- in fact I find it hard to eat unless I am!

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  6. Hippy mom, Hey you Emily, I so wanted to post on your trvl last night, just not feeling well. I am in finals to this is my last week perfect gpa, yah. Maybe all make a alive moss shower mat, now that I have time. Well I cannot have tomatoes no biggie all substitute them well...Thinking of you and your hippyiness, one love

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  7. Oh gosh I know you gave options for the oven, but oh this is making my wish my dehydrator didn't break down on me! Looks absolutely amazing!

    I totally get lost in food too. If I could cook and eat (and do yoga for good measure) always, I 100% would. There's a pleasure in preparing and enjoying food that just can't be matched in any other way!

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  8. @Anon - Thank you! It depends on the thing you're measuring but usually 236 ml.

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  9. Your book finally came in the mail and its BEAUTIFUL! I am so excited to make every recipe it all looks crazy delicious that even my non vegan mom was getting giddy! congrats on an awesome book, and I plan on making this lasagna tonight ;)

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  10. Wow I think I'll have to pull my dehydrator out again for this one!! Looks AMAZING!

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  11. Can't thank you enough for one of the best things I've ever eaten. Raw or otherwise.

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  12. Hi, if you don't have a dehydrator is there another way to prepare the tomatoes?

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  13. @Anonymous - you can put them in your oven at a low temperature :)

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  14. Thank you for sharing! This looks amazing. I can not wait to try.

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  15. How long do I cook on low heat in oven? Is low heat around 250 degrees? Thanks!! Looks amazing!!!

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  16. Hiya,

    not directly related (to the recipe at least) but i wonder whether you have any advice...
    As someone who also has really high standards when it comes tto food, and who wants every single meal to be exquisite, how do you cope when recipes go wrong but you don't have time to make an alternative and/or you can't bring yourself to throw away pricey ingredients? Do you ever feel sad eating average meals?

    I hope this isn't a weird question - I am dealing with an eating disorder so if this is a ridiculously disordered question which doesn't resonate with you at all please just ignore me

    h x

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  17. @Hannah - Raw food recipes are fool-proof that I never end up with one I am not happy with :) I'm like you; I need to be SUPER PUMPED about the food I am eating, otherwise I don't wanna eat it :)

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  18. Emily- How long shall I put food in the oven for, being it is on the lowest setting? I know you say the timing of the dehydrator, but not the oven! Mahalo for your yummy Awesome creations :)

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  19. Victoria BaylisApril 16, 2014 4:57 am

    Description of the recipes are very good. The best part is the Snapshots which makes user-friendly blog as well as informative too. Thank You for sharing such a wonderful information.

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  20. Sorry if I missed it but I can't see what temperature to set the dehydrator at. What should it be, please? I'm a dehydrator newbie! I can't wait to try this recipe out this week. Thank you.

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  21. @Lynne - 115 is fine :) I used my convection oven at 200 and it works just as well. xx

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  22. Thank you! I'm about to get started on this, right now....

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  23. I'm new to raw vegan cooking. Please bear with me. Are you starting with raw cashew or roasted?

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