Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Vegetarian
To me, lasagne of any kind has always been an ultimate comfort food so I was delighted that my creation of a very healthy version was actually very tasty, rich and more-ish indeed! Please don’t be put off the long list of ingredients or instructions…all of the components can be made in advance and it makes a very large serving, so you can feed a crowd, have plenty leftover or freeze some for later convenience. Even meat loving lasagne fans have deemed this a delicious and decadent (tasting) success!
Vegan Ricotta Ingredients:
2 cups raw blanched almonds, soaked in water overnight
1 cup water
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 ½ tsp garlic powder
½ TBSP Himalayan salt
800g of eggplant
225ml of vegetable oil
2.5cm cube of peeled fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
6 large garlic cloves
50 mls of water
1 teaspoon of whole fennel seeds
½ teaspoon of whole cumin seeds
400g of canned tomatoes
1 onion, diced
1 teaspoon of rice syrup, coconut sugar or 1 drop of stevia
1 tablespoon of coriander seeds, freshly ground
¼ teaspoon of turmeric
1/3 teaspoon of cayenne
1 teaspoon of sea salt
50g of raisins
700g of kale & spinach (leaves, not ribs)
25-40g of coconut oil
400ml of coconut cream
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
3 tablespoons of rice or corn flour, mixed with some of the coconut milk to form a roux
375g dried gluten-free lasagne sheets
Nutrition Bite: Nutritional Yeast (Savoury Yeast Flakes) – Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It’s a great source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins. Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, creamy or ‘cheesy’ flavour, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes.
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