Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lasagna (Grain Free, SCD, Vegan)

Here's my SCD, vegan lasagna!  This is a very basic recipe so you can add all sorts of fillers.  And if you like using lasagna pasta (such as brown rice) but can't do the dairy, this cashew "cheese" sauce works beautifully with the pasta.  

This lasagna is made with two simple fillers: summer squash and sauteed onions.  The "ricotta cheese" is cashews based, and you can make the sauce or use store bought.  In fact, I used store bought for this one, as the tomatoes at my Coop were terribly under-ripe and the other tomatoes were like $6 per pound. But please be advised, store bought tomato sauce is not generally SCD legal.  Please always read ingredients.  Homemade marinara is the best way to go if making SCD friendly!!   
Okay, so let's get going.    

Ingredients

Lasagna:
-Marinara sauce 
-Cashew "cheese" sauce 
-7 medium yellow summer squash, washed, ends cut and sliced (use a mandolin for precise cuts).
-1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
-Oil

How To:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1.  Add all the sliced squash to a bowl, add some oil (just a splash) and toss the squash in the oil.  Then line them up on a non-stick baking surface and bake for 15 minutes (or until tender)
2.  While the squash is in the oven, saute onions until brown and sweet.  Set aside.
3.  Make the cheese sauce.

I used an 11x7 glass baking dish for the 
lasagna

This dish needs to be ready for the oven 2 hours before you eat dinner.  It bakes for 45 minutes, and needs to cool for 30 - 45 minutes.  So allow enough time.  If you eat dinner at 6:00 pm (like we do) have this out of the oven and cooling at 5:15 pm. 

Cheese Sauce:
-3 cups cashews soaked for 6 -8 hours
-1 1/3 cup filtered water
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon garlic granuels
-1/2 teaspoon onion granuels 
-1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 

How To: 
1.  Combine the ingredients in blender (high speed or otherwise) and blend until thick.  You will need to use the tamper for this.

Here is the squash:


How to build the lasagna:

1: Add 1/4 cup sauce to the bottom of the dish
2: Add 3 tablespoons cheese sauce and mix
3.  Add 1 layer of squash 
4.  Add 1/2 of the onion mixture  
5.  Spread on some cheese sauce, as you can see
it's not super thick, but enough to cover the squash 
and onions
6.  Then add a few tablespoons of pasta sauce. 
Don't go too crazy with the sauce. It will make the final
 product too runny.  
7.  More squash 
8.  The rest of the onions 
9.  Cheese Sauce 
10.  Tomato Sauce 
11.  Final layer of squash 
12.  Final layer of cheese and tomato sauce.  
I sprinkled some dried basil on top
13: Bake uncovered in the oven for 45 minutes
Allow to cool on a rack for AT LEAST 45 minutes to an hour.  If you serve hot, it will be a little runny.  The cashew cheese will set up as it cools. You can certainly eat it hot, it will still taste super delicious, it will just have a different texture.  

This would be a great dish to make later in the afternoon.  (It can cool while you're taking the kids to soccer practice, ballet practice, etc) and dinner is ready when you get home. 

This slice was cooling for about 90 minutes. 

21 comments:

  1. Awesome recipe Amber..it looks like the real thing..wish we could buy Summer Squash over here, I don't really like zucchini in lasagne, this looks far more appetising!

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  2. oh my gosh Amber!! that looks SO incredible! I am totally craving lasagna now!! haha....i love that you used summer squash! healthy and grain free:) I bet your family just gobbled it up:) I know I would!! Have a great Monday!

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  3. You need to do cooking classes, Amber or at least a cookbook. I'd buy it! Thanks for another winner...

    Jen

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    1. Well you're to sweet Jen. I feel the SAME way about you!

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  4. What a perfect and healthy looking lasagna! Fabulous recipe, Amber! :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

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  5. Yay! I've been craving lasagna. I will have to try this.

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  6. This looks great! I've tried a few times to make a ricotta cheese from cashews but couldn't get it right. Now I don't have to try anymore! Thanks!

    Cassidy

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    1. Thanks Cassidy!!! I hope you like it. It's a nice base, and you can add anything to it if you like different flavors. Once I added a handful of basil (that was super good)! Please let me know what you think if you make the sauce.

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  7. I pretty sure my,kids wouldn't go for this....but I am all over it!, it looks so creamy and delicious!

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    1. Hi Tessa,

      Ha, yes Tessa. My son liked it, but my daughter didn't like the squash. But she doesn't like cooked squash (zucchini and the yellow variety). She'll eat it raw, go figure. I just asked my daughter about the lasagna. She said (and I quote), "I liked the creamy white stuff the best, it was delicious and cheesy tasting." For you, I would go with the pasta and skip the squash. If you ever try it, please let me know!

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  8. I've been wanting to make lasagna with squash instead of noodles. I really need to put this on my to-do list for this summe. Yours looks really good!

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    1. Thank you! I do hope it works out for you. The flavors are great.

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  9. I LOVE Cashew cheese and have always wanted to try this but didn't want to waste it if it didn't work cooked. So glad you did this and it worked. I'll be working on this as an alternative to my no bake lasagna. Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix.

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    1. Thanks Diane,

      It's a great alternative, I have to say. Cashews are so amazing that way. Your no bake lasagna sound delish.

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  10. What a fun (and way healthier) twist on a classic!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Mealtime Monday! Hope to see you again next week!

    Kaylee

    www.couponingncooking.com

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    1. Thanks Kaylee. Have a great weekend.

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  11. Oh Amber, this is amazing!!! I am printing this recipe right now and will put summer squash on the shopping list for the weekend. Can't wait to try it. I miss lasagna so much, and yours looks divine!

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  12. Thanks Heather. Please drop me a note and let me know if it works for you. Also, if you add any other interesting ingredients. :-)

    Hugs

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  13. The cashew cheese sauce sounds delightful. i'm sure I can think up of so many ways to use it! Maybe I'll have to make double so I have some to experiment with after making the lasagna.

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  14. I agree, the key with lasagne is to let it cool first, if not, it won't be set and will run everywhere! That goes even for lasagne with real cheese!

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  15. That looks totally delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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