Foodie: Raw Lasagna

“Lasagna? Raw? Like the cheesy, meaty Italian goodness that my grandma makes?! There’s no way I can eat that…raw! You crazy.”

And I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t eat the most delicious meal, ever, uncooked either. Fortunately, that’s not what I mean when I say “raw.” I’m talking about the Raw Food Diet- or lifestyle! If you haven’t been acquainted, this diet/lifestyle includes only fresh veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and water. Anything and everything that is cooked over 300 degrees or processed is out of the question. Very earthy.

I challenged myself to do it for two weeks. Arguably the hardest thing I have done in a while! This cow raising, pizza roll loving girl had a rough time sans meat. The nuts do provide some amount of protein but I am used to getting a totally different type of protein between chicken and farm raised Angus beef. Changing one’s diet is a tough thing to do, so for those readers who eat raw on a daily basis you have my standing ovation! {Confession: after the two weeks was over I craved hot dogs and bacon so much I made a meal out of it…not my finest hour}

In preparation for these two weeks I didย tons of research (such a science nerd). But I wanted to be prepared. I found Fully Raw Kristina on YouTube. This girl has got some spunk! She made it seem soooo easy, fun and beautiful to eat raw. Her enthusiasm made it much easier to embark on this adventure. One of Kristina’s popular recipes is her Fully Raw Lasagna. My friend, Allie, and I decided to try it out! Without further adieu, Fully Raw Lasagna Recipe (with minor modifications)!

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**What you’ll need (Abbie and Allie edition): Zucchini, Spinach, Cilantro, Green Onion, Garlic Clove, Cherry Tomatoes, Pine Nuts and Celery. We used a slicer, a couple Ninja blenders (college budget doesn’t allow for food processors or vitamixes) and a strainer. Of course, don’t forget the dish!

1. Slice Zucchini length wise and lay down two layers worth. You want the bottom of your lasagna to hold up everything you put on top. And as Kristina mentions in her video, there is no wrong way to make this dish! Layer how you like ๐Ÿ™‚

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2. Make the Epic Raw Marinara. Watch her video for the recipe! Blend and strain.

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3.ย Make the “cheese sauce.” Pine nuts, garlic and zucchini. Start layering!

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4. Make the green mixture: spinach, cilantro, parsley. Do a little dance while you wait on all these things to blend.

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5. Layer, layer, layer! Mix it up, zucchini strips, cheese/marinara, zucchini, leaves, marinara, zucchini…etc. Let your heart guide you. Once you’re done it looks a little something like this:

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Serve it up!

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I’ll be honest…ours probably wasn’t as good as it could be. A lot of short cuts happened. It was 10 p.m. and we were starving! Don’t judge.

We popped it in the oven as a little experiment…don’t do that.

BUT!! If you’re looking for a Raw Recipe this is perfect! It does take some time to make. Don’t go into it expecting the lasagna you normally eat, it does taste totally different!

If you try it out- leave a comment below and let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

LYSB

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Best Cheese Dip, EVER!

Hey hey hey! It’s been a crazy couple days, like usual. Sometimes when I’m at work people tell me I should be a doctor. After all the epi-pens administered and glass cuts tended to I start to believe them. Then I run into a wall…sideways…I mean… I was just walking like a normal person down the ramp and the wall jumped right out and hit me! I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

First I’d like to apologize to my roommate for eating all of her Trolli worms…I love you! Now that my trespasses are off my chest, I can tell you about the most heavenly, divine, fantastic, delicious cheese dip to ever grace this planet. I thank whom ever invented such a great tasting treat. And now I want all of my chefy and not so chefy readers out there to go make it!

Feta Dip

Recipe:

1 14-oz can artichoke hearts
5-oz feta cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2-oz jar pimentos
2 tsp minced garlic

Mix these ingredients in a bowl. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until brown. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.

As you can see I started to dig intoย then remembered to take a picture ;P

Sounds simple enough, right?! The only things I had to buy were the cheeses, pimentos and artichoke hearts (all purchased from Walmart for <$10). I actually bought olives stuffed with pimentos because they were out of just pimentos you should be able to find a small jar for less than a buck. I love mincing my own garlic, makes me feel like a chef! But you can obviously buy a jar of minced garlic if you prefer. If you mince your own I find 1 clove = ~1tsp.

One of my favorite cooks from work made this for pre-meal one afternoon and luckily he was willing to share the recipe for you guys! ๐Ÿ˜€ย Thanks, Tamir!!

If you guys make this let me know how it goes. I think it will make a great appetizer for a super bowl party ๐Ÿ˜‰ Speaking of, any good Super Bowl plans? Who are you rooting for? Or are you just excited for the crazy commercials and half-time entertainment?

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