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June 7, 2011

Eggplant Casserawl

Revisiting: This light and tasty dish is my lazy version of raw lasagna and worth revisiting for those of you that may have missed it. No marinara sauce required, and I added a quick version of macadamia nut cheese. This was served with  spiralized zucchini and marinated broccoli (can use mushrooms). Feel free to add additional toppings and seasonings to your liking.

Eggplant Casserawl
3 roma tomatoes (2 thinly sliced, 1 chopped)
5 - 6 fresh basil leaves
1eggplant, sliced very thinly lengthwise, using vegetable peeler or mandoline (marinated in a bit of oil and vinegar to soften)
1 cup Quick Nut Cheese*
1 tsp dried basil
marinated mushroom slices
red onions, thinly sliced
red pepper, thinly sliced
yellow pepper, thinly sliced
black and green olives chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 medium zucchini, spiralized (optional)

Quick Nut Cheese
1 cup macadamia nuts (or cashews), soaked for 1-2 hours
1 Tbsp pine nuts
 Water to cover
 Fresh basil
 2 tsp lemon juice
 dash sea salt

In blender mix nuts and just enough water to cover.

Frequently scrape sides of blender with spatula and continue to blend
until smooth.

Add fresh basil and continue to blend.

Add water as necessary.  If you don't have a high speed blender, you may need to add more water to mix. If too thin, filter mixture through a piece of cheese cloth or  a nut milk bag or add more nuts to thicken.

Arrange Casserawl

Layer bottom of a small casserole dish with 2 tomatoes thinly sliced

Sprinkle with fresh basil and dash of cayenne

Add a layer of eggplant slices and salt lightly

Generously top eggplant with nut cheese and sprinkle with dried basil

Add another layer of sliced eggplant

Top with red onions, red and yellow peppers, green and black olives, marinated mushrooms, and any other toppings you like.

Season with salt, pepper, and oregano,  and basil to taste.

Place casserole dish on mesh dehydrator sheet at 115 degrees for 1 hour.

Continue to dehydrate at 105 degrees for 3 hours.

Suggestions: Serve with spiralized zucchini and marinated broccoli florets.


Healthy. Happy. Well. said...

Oh my goodness, how awesome is this? I love this recipe, thank you for posting. I was staring dumbly at the eggplant in the grocery store just the other day. It looked good but I couldn't think of anything creative to do with it.

Rawfully Tempting said...

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Angelique said...

I think I'll try this! Though I'm wondering if I should cut the eggplant into squares first. I'm envisioning my eggplant strips sliding up and out when I try to serve a square of this. Did that happen or did it soften up enough to cut through it with a spatula or knife, to serve?

Rawfully Tempting said...

The slices are so thin and they soften in dehydrator...but i did have to use a good, sharp knife..cutting it in squares may be a great idea!!! Take pics!!!

bitt said...

looks really good!

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