Day 6 – The Most Amazing Raw Lasagna

29 Jan

I’m feeling great today. I woke up feeling refreshed after about an hour less sleep than I normally get. This is exceptionally rare for me. I like my sleep, and I typically like a lot of it.

I’m surprised I haven’t had any cooked food cravings. When I first went vegetarian, I had meat cravings semi-regularly for the first few months. Thankfully, the thought of it now makes me cringe. When I eat my regular diet of all vegetarian/mostly vegan meals, I sometimes crave bad-for-you food (french fries, bagels, ice cream…). But, since eating all raw, I’m not experiencing any of that. It’s a freeing feeling to be without such tiresome desires and to have my independence from artificial fare.

Although, after eating this Raw Lasagna today, I will definitely be craving more of it in the near future!

I’m not experiencing much hunger in between meals either. Jason still is, although he typically eats every other hour. He is describing the current feeling as “unsatisfied” when he normally feels “peckish.” He’s increased his water intake, and I’m making him meals with a bit more protein and fat to see if that helps.

raw lasagna with zucchini noodles

This raw lasagna is amazing. Make it so you can have guilt-free cravings later.

Raw Lasagna
makes 2 servings

Lasagna Noodles
1 medium zucchini
2-3 plum tomatoes (for layering)

Tomato Sauce
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (soaked 1 hour if not in oil)
1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 clove garlic
1/4-1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4-1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4-1/2 tsp dried parsley

Cashew Cheese
3/4 cup raw cashews (soaked 5-6 hours)
1/2 clove garlic
1 tsp lemon juice

Minced Walnut Sausage (optional)
1/2 cup raw walnuts (soaked 5-6 hours)
2 Tbsp nama shoyu (raw, unpasteurized soy sauce)
1/4-1/2 tsp dried sage
1/4-1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4-1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/4-1/2 tsp dried fennel
1/4-1/2 tsp dried rosemary
salt and pepper to taste

  • Cut both ends off zucchini. Slice into thin long strips using a sharp knife or potato peeler. Set aside.
  • Slice tomatoes and set aside.
  • Blend all sauce ingredients in food processor until pureed. Set aside.
  • Process cheese ingredients in food processor until broken down. Cheese will not be completely smooth. Set aside.
  • (Optional) Pulse sausage ingredients in food processor until just combined. Don’t over process; keep a course crumb texture.
  • Assemble raw lasagna on individual plates. Begin with two zucchini slices side by side. Top with a layer of sauce, then a layer of cheese, and 2-3 slices of tomato. Repeat twice: zucchini-sauce-cheese-tomatoes, zucchini-sauce-cheese-tomatoes.
  • (Optional) Sprinkle minced sausage on top.

5 Responses to “Day 6 – The Most Amazing Raw Lasagna”

  1. Sue January 30, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    I love this Lauren! I am going to start trying these recipes!

    • Raw Lau January 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      Thanks Sue! Please do and let me know how they go for you.

  2. Meghan February 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Now I am a fabulous home cook and a total carnivore. My Bbqs are legendary and my invites to dinner are coveted. I won’t deny there have been times when I have been quite dismissive of my friend Lauren’s quest to eat raw or even her vegetarianism.

    That being put right out there, Lauren made me the Raw Lasagne pictured on this page the other night for dinner and in all honesty, it was awesome. It was fresh, tasty, filling and looked beautiful. My eleven year old daughter, who is notoriously fussy due to the fact that she only likes certain foods, loved it too. There were lovely textures and flavours and you actually felt like you were eating something good for your body.

    That day, I had taken my best mate and his daughter out for lunch and we had eaten a lot of meat and drunk a lot of alcohol. I woke up the next day feeling relatively OK for a night on the turps. I attribute this to Lauren’s beautiful meal and the extra water Lauren encouraged me to drink.

    As a cook and a person who is interested in what I put in my own and my daughter’s mouth, I definitely going to make and eat some more of Lauren’s repertoire!

  3. Helene July 21, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    This lasagna is awesome! I made it for 6 raw vegan people and all of them were astonished by the taste of this wonderful meal.

    I made just a little change in the recipe. I add some layers of zucchinis and tomatoes (6 layers instead of 3). My zucchinis were sliced thinner ( the thinner you can do with a mandolin). I used the same amount of tomatoes sauce and others sauces to cover my layers. But, I made one layer with tomatoes sauce, and the other layer with cashew cheese, tomatoes sauce, cashew cheese,etc. So, I never used them both together on the same layer.

    I put the lasagna in the dehydrator for 4 to 5 hours at 110, because I like that more hot.

    I did that because I found it too rich for 2 people. I made it bigger, so we were 7 to eat the same lasagna.

    • Raw Lau July 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      So glad everyone liked it! This is by far my favorite raw recipe. I like your idea of alternating layers of tomato sauce and cashew cheese. Assembly would be much easier that way! :)

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