Raw Lasagna

This is from Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley. It is a bit of work and oh so worth it!! Slice the zucchini as thin as possible for the best results. If you have leftovers it makes a great lunch!

“Cheese” sauce:

  • 1 c raw cashews, soaked for 1 hour, drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 c almond milk
  • Salt and pepper

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse till smooth. Pour into a container and chill in fridge.

Tomato Sauce:

  • 1/3 c sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbps basil leaves

Combine in a food processor and pulse till almost smooth.

Pesto:

  • Handful of basil
  • Handful of parsley
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 c pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Combine in a food processor, pulse until smooth and chill till ready to use.

For lasagna:

  • 4 small zucchini, sliced thin as possible lengthwise
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced thin
  • Basil leaves

On a plate layer zucchini sliced, basil leaves, tomato slices, spread on pesto, spoon on tomato sauce and spread “cheese” sauce, repeat.

Serve 4.

Taco Pizza

This recipe comes from Eating Well with a few minor tweaks. I found that 1/2 c a water was not adequate to bring the dough together so I added another 1/2 c. I also added a few more ingredients to the vegetarian delight!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 c masa harina
  • ½ c sliced scallions
  • ½ – 1 c water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 can black beans, heated and mashed
  • 1 c shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 c shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c slivered red onion
  • ½ c pico de gallo or fresh salsa
  • 1/4 c crema
  • Sliced olives

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat eggs in a medium bowl.

Mix in masa, scallions, water, chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet into a 9-by-11-inch oval. Bake the crust until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Spread beans on the crust and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Top the pizza with romaine, avocado, onion, pico de gallo, olives and cilantro. Drizzle with crema.

Serves 4.

Grilled Romanesco Salad

This salad is so good I love the combo of hot and cool and soft and crunchy.

  • 3 c parsley sprigs
  • 1 c basil sprigs

• 1/3 c plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin • 3 cups loosely packed parsley sprigs

  • 1 cup loosely packed basil sprigs

• 1/3 olive oil

  • Salt  andPepper
  • 2 c 1 1/2-inch Romanesco florets
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, leaves torn
  • 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium, firm-ripe Hass avocado, diced

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Tie the parsley and basil together with kitchen string to make a bouquet. Drizzle with
1 tbsp of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl, toss the Romanesco with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the Romanesco over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender and charred in spots, 8 to 10 minutes; return to the bowl.

Grill the herb bouquet, turning often, until charred in spots, about 2 minutes. Transfer the bouquet to a work surface, discard the string and stems and chop the charred leaves.

In a large bowl, combine the chopped herbs with the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice. Whisk in 1/3 c of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the Romanesco, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado to the bowl and toss to coat; serve.

Serves 6.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

This salad is oh so good – who needs meat when you can have all this!

  • 1 cauliflower, broken into florets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3/4 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 3/4 c parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 c mint
  • 1/4 tsp sumac
  • 1/4 tsp Aleppo
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Toasted sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 425. Toss cauliflower with olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast for 35 – 40 minutes until brown and tender.

In a blender combine 2 tbsp chickpeas, lemon juice, orange juice, tahini, rice vinegar, honey, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 c parsley, 1/4 c mint, garlic, sumac, and Aleppo, purée till smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in 1/4 c olive oil and 1/4 c water until smooth.

Toss the remains chickpeas with olive oil and roast 20 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

In a large bowl, toss spinach, mint, parsley, cauliflower and a couple tbsp of dressing to coat. Divide among plate, top with Chickpeas, avocado and sesame seeds.

Serves 4.

Salmon Bowl

This is a yummy and healthy all in one dinner. It is a bit of work but well worth it.

  • 2 c brown rice, cooked
  • 12 oz spinach, lightly streamed
  • 2 avocados, halved and sliced thin
  • Pickled ginger
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Furikake

Poached Salmon

  • 1 onion, halved
  • 1 carrot, chopped into 4 pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 bunch of parley, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Arbol Chile
  • 2 lemons halved
  • 1 lb skin on salmon

Combine all ingredients except lemon and salmon in a large pot with 6 cups of water, bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes.

Lay salmon in skin side down, add lemons and cook simmering for 8 – 12 minutes. Remove from skillet, allow to cool remove skin.

Miso Dressing

  • 1/4 c sweet miso paste
  • 1/4 c rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Whisk to combine.

To assemble bowls. Divide rice, spinach and avocado among plates, drizzle with miso. Top with salmon and sprinkle with sesame and furikake.

Serves 4.

Roasted Broccoli & Avocado Bowl

This healthy vegan bowl is wonderful – the avocado pairs perfectly with the crispy broccoli.

  • 2 lb Broccoli
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 c cooked brown rice
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 avocados, halved
  • Ponzu sauce
  • Furikake
  • 1 lemon quartered

Cut Broccoli into tree like segments, toss with olive oil and season with salt. Roast at 500 for 10 – 12 minutes, turning to evening cool.

Toss rice with ginger and scallions, divide among bowls, too with broccoli, avocado, ponzu, furikake and lemon wedge.

Serves 4.