Zucchini “Lasagna” (that happens to be vegan)

The only similarity this dish had to lasagna is that the zucchini was sliced thin to resemble noodles and it was assembled in layers. I just didn’t know what else to call it.

Instead of a tomato based sauce I used a combination of salsa verde and green enchilada sauce.

lasagna


Instead of cheese I made a tasty sauce. I hesitate to call it cheesy because there are a multitude of recipes for similar sauces that make that claim, many of them are delicious, but I wouldn’t call them cheesy. The sauce I made today was delicious and I used it in place of cheese, but I wouldn’t call it an imitation of cheese. There simply isn’t anything that can compare to the goodness of real cheese (in my haughty opinion).

The following ingredients were blended to make a smooth sauce:

  • cashew nuts – soaked in hot water
  • carrot – shredded and cooked in microwave with a splash of water for 2 minutes
  • Castelvetrano green olives
  • sesame tahini
  • roasted Piquillo peppers
  • maca powder
  • nutritional yeast flakes
  • garlic paste
  • yellow prepared mustard
  • apple cider vinegar

lasagnalasagna

lasagna


The zucchinis were sliced using an adjustable truffle slicer. I salted the slices to draw out some of the moisture then wiped them dry with paper towels.

lasagna


Starting with a puddle of the combined salsa verde and green enchilada sauce I alternated layers of zucchini slices,  green enchilada sauce and cashew sauce. (It turned out that both sauces melded with each other into one).

lasagna

lasagna

lasagna

lasagna


I covered the baking dish with foil and baked it for 45 minutes or so at 450ºF with the convection fan on (time was running short). Before serving I topped it with corn chips and put it back in the oven uncovered to broil for a few minutes.

lasagna

lasagna


As you can see, when it comes to watching things under the broiler I have a very short attention span and am easily distracted.

This was a super delicious dish. We both went back for seconds. It didn’t serve up real pretty because the sauces were a little runny. The servings would have held together if I had included layers of crushed corn chips or, better still, strips of corn tortillas to soak up some of the moisture. I will definitely be making this again with those changes.

lasagnalasagna


 

 


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