A Simple, Quick & Healthy Dish: Pasta-less Raw Veggie Lasagna

What is this? Healthy lasagna? Who wants that? Lasagna is supposed to be carb & cheese filled gooey goodness...
I used to agree.
But ever since I'm trying to stay on the more (health) conscious path, I've been trying several different recipes that are just much healthier for us.

If you love veggies, and want to whip something up in no time, without the oven cooking times of a normal lasagna, then this is for you!

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The ingredients are quite simple. And you can add to it whatever you like.
I make a 'plant based cheese' and use pesto in this recipe.
You can easily make the pesto, or use store bought one. This is what I did but I prefer to make my own.

The Ingredients & Recipes

For the lasagna:

1-2 Good sized cucumbers
5 Tomatoes
1-2 Bell Peppers (Paprika)
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 Courgette (Zucchini) if you like
And pretty much any kind of raw veggies you like

My recipe in the pictures didn't have courgette because my kids don't like it too much. I'd add it though if it was up to me.

Wash the veggies and cut the onions, garlic, and bell peppers.
I make thin slices of the cucumber and/or courgette.

For the plant-based 'cheese'

  • Around 250-300 grams of nuts. This can be any nut. I like to use walnuts, or cashew. For this recipe I used peanuts, and they didn't disappoint!
  • Oregano, either dried or fresh.
  • Basil, dried or fresh.
  • Olive oil or coconut oil, about 2 spoons full.
  • a tiny amount of water
  • salt and pepper if you like
  • I love using nutritional yeast flakes in this because it replaces salt, and gives it a bit of a cheesy taste.

First I throw the dry nuts into my blender, or you can use a food processor if you have one. You won't need much time to turn the nuts into something that looks like flour, or you can leave it a bit chunkier, if you like some texture.
I then mix in the herbs, water, and oil.
Mix this until you have a smooth, but not too thin consistency.
It should be spreadable like cream cheese.

For the pesto

  • Basil, preferably fresh
  • Fresh garlic cloves (1-2)
  • pine nuts, or sunflower seeds
  • Nutritional yeast (if you like)
  • olive oil
    Blend all of this together et VOILA!
    You can make more than enough and save this in the fridge.
    In a glass jar, you can keep this for about a week.

The Preparation

In an oven dish, you first layer tomato slices at the bottom, or the bell pepper.
I've done the cucumber on the bottom before but since it takes a while to layer, it usually makes for a bit of a wet lasagna, since the cucumber will lose quite a bit of liquid that will gather in the dish.

It's a bit of a trial and error kind of thing. But either way, it will taste good!

Layer the dish like this: bell pepper, tomato, courgette, pesto, cucumber, nut cheese, onion, garlic, tomato. Or however you see fit.

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This is what my end result looked like!
The great thing is that there's no need for a salad, because the lasagna is also the salad hahaha.
But here we added some sliced red cabbage, which gives it a nice slightly spicy twist.
If you think you'll be hungry after this, you'd be wrong. The nut cheese adds enough filling for energy eating this as a light lunch or even for dinner. With or without bread.
And if you end your meal with my raw chocolate energy bombs for dessert, you'll be a happy camper!

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That's like a vegetable casserole... .

I can't believe you would disrespect lasagna in such horrible ways. This has nothing of what makes lasagna good.

Heretic!!! This is heresy!!!

May whichever creator that you subscribe to leaving in smiteth you repetitively on the bottom. And for a very very very very very long time.

I wonder if this turns into fruit soup... Lol

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Hahahahaha. LOL. I knew someone would bring up the disrespect towards the original Lasagna.
Trust me, I like that one too hahaha.
Fruit soup...now you're giving me ideas 😆

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Cerveche!!! Extra bugs!!! Please!!!

And lasagna lives matter...

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And lasagna lives matter...

Oh...so they matter, until you dig into them hahaha.
But you're right (walks away in shame).

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Thank you for your amazing post and your great sense of humor.

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Thank you for the laughs :)

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You are very welcome and just make sure you anoint your vegetarian dishes. Helps to keep ganjafarmer away...

Even a blessing of bacon will keep me in the German Shepherd happy.

Carry on and go enjoy your fruit soup. Just make sure to add a little bit of meat to the diet so you get essential amino acids for brain function.

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Just make sure to add a little bit of meat to the diet so you get essential amino acids for brain function.

You out of all people should know that since we've been lied to about so many things, that this could also be a lie...But yeah, there are other ways to get amino acids than from meat. I am not here to judge anyone for their choices, and I've been a big meat eater myself. Just these days I chose not to anymore because of the way it's obtained and reared.
I am 100% behind the idea of killing the animals in the wild, which is needed for a herd of deer to survive for instance. And I will be behind the farmer who raises their cows in a humane manner, and kills them the same, with respect and dignity. However, very often, we don't have the choice to get our meats from people like that, so I choose not to participate in the mass murder of innocent sentient beings who suffered their whole lives before being slaughtered, and all the bad hormones that come with that (and are in the meat...wonder why the majority of people are so fearful in their lives...).

But OK, we were having fun, no serious talk hehe. I appreciate you. That's all I really should have said :)

Oh, and I can anoint my fruit soup with ganja...but not sure if it would keep you away hehe.

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That looks really good, @misslasvegas. That would be an awesome summertime meal.

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Thank you! Yes, it is pretty nice and refreshing, and easy to whip up, without needing any cooking. So perfect for hot days.

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I like the plant based cheese recipe, I think I have all the ingredients for that including the nutritional yeast. I bought a big pot of nutritional yeast and have it sitting on my counter. It's great when I remember to use it, very tasty!

I'd already bookmarked the chocolate recipe for the weekend 😍

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Haha, sounds like you have something lovely and chocolatey to look forward to!
I made another dish full yesterday. The last one lasted 3 days, which is pretty good for 6 people I think. So it doesn't have to be expensive to make & keep for a while.
Buying chocolate from the store will be less healthy and more expensive probably.

I love the nutritional yeast! I use it in all kinds of things.
Thanks for stopping by, and let me know how you got on with everything!

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Amazing. Thank you! To me, the eye-opener is the plant-based 'cheese' that I didn't know you could make yourself. I've been a vegetarian for many years but just keep buying normal cheese because plant-based ones are twice as expensive. I must try this recipe! Thank you for sharing 🙌😋

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Yeah, the store bought vegan cheeses are quite expensive, and most of the time not even that great. Unless you find a artisan who makes it, they're usually like plastic.
I love these 'nut cheeses' because you can do a lot with them. You could use it as a spread on toast, or like this in a salad or something. I've made it with avocado added before, and that makes for a nice spread too. Add a little more olive oil and lime or lemon juice, and it becomes a great dressing. You can add pesto, sun dried tomatoes, or herbs, or whatever. It's really very versatile. And then there are a few different types of nuts & seeds to use.

Plant based doesn't have to be boring at all!

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I think I have to try it ... but I won't call it lasagna. Lol.

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Ohh my, I just did a search for images using the words "fruit soup", as soon as I finish writing this I'm going out to do some shopping, Fruit Soup it is today, thank you @ganjafarmer

Not sure about the name "lasagna" 😁 but that's a perfect refreshing meal for this hot canicular days we are experiencing. Enjoy!

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Looks like a good variation on lasagne! I do like a good veggie lasagne!

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Sounds like a delicious vegetable bake dish. I will try this combination as I often make vegan cheese and pestos. Will let you know.

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