How much do you love pasta and lasagna? Italian food is pretty delightful and I committed to creating the most delicious heirloom lasagna recipe that’s unlike any other raw lasagna i’ve tried thus far. So far, most of the raw lasagnas i’ve tried have been a tad bland and well… cold?! I know, it’s raw, but seriously, with the right combination of foods and herbs, raw food doesn’t have to leave you feeling drab. In fact, instead of a pasta hangover, you get to feel refreshed, alive and light!
Heirloom tomatoes were a beautiful choice for this recipe because they are full of juicy, bold flavours and also a nice size to hold the lasagna together. Heirloom tomatoes are special because they have been passed on through generations of the same seed. High in Vitamin C, they offer 40% of your daily vitamin C intake and 20% of your daily Vitamin A content. These beauties are only about 35 calories, with 1 gram of protein and about 7 grams of carbs, so over all they aren’t a superfood but they taste great and are a nice light veggie that your body will most likely assimilate easily along with the other nutrition in your meal.
The Macadamia Truffle Ricotta was sweet, salty, with the perfect texture. It’s not often that I catch Caleb licking cheese from the spoon, this recipe is bang on, you’ve gotta try it out for yourself! You’re guests will LOVE it. Over all, this entire lasagna meal got 5 stars from Caleb and our amazing host who’s having us at his place in San Francisco at the moment. He said “I would literally eat this every day” and Calebs feedback was “it tastes EXACTLY like lasagna”. Score!! Truly, I made this tonight because of our amazing fans of Young and Raw on Facebook. The fans voted for me to make lasagna and post the recipe, so here it is!
Macadamia Truffle Ricotta Cheese:
- 2 Cups Macadamia Nuts
- 2 lemons, juiced or squeezed (liquid only)
- 1 tsp Truffle Sea Salt (if you can’t find it, try truffle oil instead, it really blows up the flavour in a great way)
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1/3 cup water
Instructions: Put all ingredients in the Vitamix and blend on medium, constantly mixing with your Vitamix tool until the consistency is thick, creamy and very fluffy! If you need to add more water you can, but be mindful that the mixture thickens quite quickly and just a little too much water can have the cheese running … and we’d like it to stay for dinner haha.
Garlic Basil Pesto
- 2 Cups Soaked and Rinsed Pistachios
- 2 cups of Fresh and Rinsed Basil Leaves
- 1/4 cup Cold Pressed, Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or Sea Salt
- 1 small Clove of Garlic
Instructions: Put all ingredients into the Vitamix on low to medium and blend until you reach a thick, dark green pesto. This mixture was thick and delicious. If you’d like it a bit more runny you can add a bit more water, not recommended though.
Recipe here: Red Pepper Marinara
For the Lasagna Noodles
- 1 Zucchini
- 1/4 cup fresh thyme and oregano
- 1 lemon juiced or squeezed (liquid only)
Instructions: Thinly peel the zucchini with a peeling tool and place in the marinade. Set aside while you prepare all other ingredients.
Instructions for assembly!
Slice the Heirloom tomatoes into very thick slices, set the first layer in a dish or on a plate and with a serving tool or knife spread the cheese, then pesto, and marinara sauce, place one layer of the marinated zucchini and repeat until you have a double layered lasagna.
This is what it looks like half eaten, don’t you just love the way the colours and layers make it look like a real, authentic italian dish! I hope you try this one for yourself
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