Foodie Friday: Raw Vegan Lasagna with Seed Cheese

Foodie Friday: Raw Vegan Lasagna with Seed Cheese

I was so inspired by the Rejuvenate & Lighten Up yoga/meditation/raw food retreat in Costa Rica. Chef Jeff created an abundance of healthy raw vegan food that fuelled our week!

Viktor Kulvinskas taught us how to make seed cheese using a fermentation technique with sauerkraut starter. Jeff created a beautiful raw lasagna with the ‘cheese’. I snapped many photos and took voracious notes. Yesterday I created my own version. The results passed the taste test of my foodie friend Allison and was much appreciated by my family.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE COSTA RICA RETREAT

Raw vegan lasagna recipe.

Create the sauce by blending sundried tomatoes, diced tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper.

Raw vegan lasagna recipe.

Zucchini is thinly sliced with a potato peeler.

Raw vegan lasagna recipe.

Chopped spinach and basil add flavour and green power.

Raw vegan lasagna recipe.

RAW VEGAN LASAGNA WITH HOMEMADE SEED CHEESE
1-2 zucchinis cut in wide strips with a potato peeler
Chopped spinach
Chopped fresh basil
Homemade sunflower seed cheese* and/or cauliflower cottage cheese**

Sauce:
Blend until smooth:
1/2 cup Sundried tomatoes in oil
2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes
1-2 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

To assemble the lasagna layer:
zucchini, seed cheese, sauce, zucchini, spinach & basil, sauce, zucchini, sauce
Refrigerate a few hours & serve.

*Seed Cheese: Blend 1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds with 1 Tablespoon sauerkraut and water to cover in the Magic Bullet or food processor. Let sit 12-20 hours in a warm place until fermented. Drain in a nut milk or paint strainer bag. Discard liquid.

MAKE YOUR OWN SEED CHEESE

**Cauliflower Cottage Cheese: Pulse florets from about 1/2 head cauliflower with one clove of garlic and a drizzle of Braggs soy seasoning or tamari in the food processor until crumbly. Let sit 15-30 minutes. Place in cheese cloth or a nut milk strainer bag and squeeze out excess liquid. Discard liquid.

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Start by StARTing TIP: Consider adding raw food into your diet. I started with baby steps, by eating hearty salads every day for lunch. Smoothies with added greens are terrific. I have frequented local raw food restaurants (Crudessence in Montreal is the best) and follow many vegan foodie accounts on Instagram for inspiration. I am not 100% vegan and my husband is a carnivore, but I do my best to fuel my days with as much plant power as possible!

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