That's Nuts! It Can't Be Plant Based! The "Meaty" Lasagna! (Vegan/Gluten Free/Low Carb) πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†

The best thing is, you can make this recipe an easy, quick dinner on a week night!

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Okay, I know what you're thinking. This recipe looks like it could take a long time to make and you know, that could be true buttt... it doesn't have to be!

Meal Prep:

In this recipe I give you the ingredients to make a super herby sauce in the slow cooker. You can do this ahead of time and save it in the fridge or freezer for one of those nights where you just need a quick dinner! You can also do that for the "meat".

Pro tip: instead of slicing and dicing, just pulse the sauce ingredients and throw them into the slow cooker, walk away and wait for it to slowly turn into deliciousness!

Peeling and steaming the eggplant is really fast and easy so you can do that in a giffy! (You don't even have to peel it if you don't want to but sometimes the skin is a bit tough!)

Opening an avocado and slicing it -- what? 2 minutes tops?

Skip the coconut cream if you're really rushing-- no one will know (or replace with vegan sour cream and add after it comes out!)

There you go, this meal just became fast and easy for you if you were wanting something delicious that won't take long, this is now your new friend!

But for the rest of you-- here's the full recipe!

What You Need:

For the "filling"

  • 3 eggplants (peeled and sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 avocado (optional)

For the spicy "meat"
Use 1 cup of walnuts and 1 cup of sunflower seeds if you want more "meat"

  • Β½ cup walnuts (soaked overnight)
  • Β½ cup sunflower seeds (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tbs Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (omit if you don't like spice!)
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

For the sauce

  • 4 tomatoes (diced)
  • Β½ yellow onion (diced)
  • Β½ yellow bell pepper (cubed)
  • Β½ red bell pepper (cubed)
  • 2 pieces of basil (finely chopped)
  • 2 twigs of rosemary (remove the stems)
  • 2 cups spinach (chopped)
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4-6 garlic cloves (minced)

For the cream on top

  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

    What To Do:

  • Put all of the sauce ingredients either in a saucepan with some coconut oil or in a slow cooker on low if you have lots of time.
    (I put my sauce in the slow cooker for most of the day to get it to be extremely flavorful!)
  • Preheat the oven to 350'C
  • Peel the eggplant and slice it into thin lengths
    (start from one end with the knife (longways) and continue to the other to make a long "noodle")
  • Place the eggplant slices in a steaming basket over hot water for about 3 minutes so the "noodles" tenderize a little bit and set aside for now.
  • In a food processor, pulse your "meat" ingredients together until you get a gritty texture you can sprinkle all over.
  • Cut the avocado in slices and set them aside.
  • Throw all of the cream ingredients in a blender until smooth then set aside.
  • Prep a baking tray with some coconut oil or wax paper and start making the lasagna layers.
  • Lie one line of eggplant slices on the bottom of the tray.
  • Top the eggplant with avocado slices. sauce, "meat", spinach and then start again with another row of eggplant.

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  • Repeat this process until you have no more eggplant left.
    Pour any remaining sauce onto the top.
  • Smooth over the cream evenly on the top and sprinkle with the "meat"
  • Bake for about 15 minutes
    (Remember the eggplant already got a head start, the sauce has already married together and avos don't need to be cooked at all!)

    Isn't it weird to cook avocados?

I usually eat them raw or all mixed up in one thing or another but playing with grilling them and baking with them and making them into chocolate pies has been super fun. The avocado is so nutritious and so versatile, why not?

This is a low carb recipe so that's why these ingredients have been selected but feel free to add vegan cheeze onto it if that's going to make you smile!


Cece 😘
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Comments 20

It sounds astoundingly delish, sign me up!

05.02.2020 20:36

Too bad Steem hasn't invented sharable food yet!

08.02.2020 04:10

Looks yummy!πŸ‘

I am really impressed with how impeccable the processes are. The way you explained it made it look easy ti prepare. Next time invite me to your house to watch as you do itπŸ€’

Believe me, you can make a good cook. Consider starting up your own restaurant or eatries.

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05.02.2020 20:41

Hi @maxwellmarcusart! Thank you so much, that's so kind of you to say! It really is easy especially when you get the hang of it. I've debated doing videos for a long time but my skills lie in food creation not really film and photography haha -- maybe one day in the future!

I've been asked many times to start my own restaurant but after growing up in them and seeing how they work first hand, I much prefer the freedom of not having a box to be stuck inside of ;) This way is more fun! Thanks for enjoying this meal with me!

05.02.2020 20:48

HOW GOOD does this look! So easy. Some get really intimidated by elaborate looking meal such as this, but that is the trick, isn't it? To create something that looks really complicated, but is actually easy. I love the idea of a nut blend and easy to substitute to almonds as walnuts would kill the hubby.

Im really into coconut yoghurt at the mo.. mixed with noosh and salt, it would be great baked atop this!

05.02.2020 22:08

That's exactly it! Learning little tips and tricks along the way make it easier and easier over time too so that helps ;)

Ohhh we don't want you killing the hubby! I actually usually use almond in my lasagnas when I'm making them with cheeze but I'm creating low carb, yeast/mould-free diet recipes right now so no nooch or yeast or else this would have been loaded with my cheeze and mushrooms!

I've been making my own cocoyo lately from coconuts and it's so delicious and can be used in so many ways! Definitely give it a go, the key part is making sure the eggplants are kind of cooked before you go further or else they just stay tough or take forever to cook! <3

06.02.2020 07:35

Amazingly delicious looking treat for cruelty-free foodies - so yummy

06.02.2020 00:25

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06.02.2020 10:27

Thank you so much for the feature @tabea! I hope more people will be able to see eating healthy can be delicious! ;)

07.02.2020 07:33

Hi. This dish looks like it has a lot of ingredients. Eggplant. not one of my favorites, but I like the others. Anything low calorie is good for me. I'd like to try it and substitute other ingredients. Thanks for sharing @heart-to-heart.

07.02.2020 03:34

A lot of people say they don't like eggplant (I used to be one of them) but what I've found is that it's all in how it is prepared. In this case, you can't even taste it at all. It's just a carrier for the rest of the stuff :)

07.02.2020 07:36

Looks sooooo gooood, will definitely try it out one of these days!


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08.02.2020 03:16

Thank you @fenngen! I think you'll love it! Could be easier too if you wanted to just buy pre-made sauces but I like to make everything from scratch so I can keep an eye on the ingredients ;) Thanks for calling TRDO, I had never heard of it prior to this post but I appreciate the support! :) Have a great weekend!

08.02.2020 04:09

I like making everything from scratch as well, though I want deny the pre-made stuff and their mysterious chemical additives add some kick to food sometimes! Have a great weekend as well ;)

08.02.2020 06:40

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Hey....I love your vegan post. It looked yummy.
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