Friday, July 8, 2011

Easy Quinoa Lasagna with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This yummy lasagna is made with long flat zucchini slices used in the place of  noodles, quinoa that has been simmered in a sauce, fresh parsley, fresh basil and a yummy pumpkin seed pesto.  You and your family will love this delicious meal packed with flavor! Add a green salad and some crusty Artisan bread for the perfect meal.
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Easy Quinoa Lasagna with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Serves 6

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds shelled
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons no-salt vegetable broth
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1 recipe for pumpkin pesto
4 large zucchini, cut in long flat strips (you will have around 20 slices)
2 cups no-salt vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 yellow onion finely minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 25 oz. jar pasta sauce (your favorite)
1/4 cup shredded non-dairy mozzarella style cheese

1.) To make pesto sauce combine the pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast and garlic in a small processor or blender. Grind well.  Add basil, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil and  broth.  Blend until you have a nice smooth paste.

2.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Slice zucchini into long flat strips and place on paper towel.  Lightly salt and cover with another paper towel.  Let zucchini sit to release moisture.

3.) Bring vegetable broth, quinoa, tomato sauce, onion, and oregano to a boil in small saucepan.  Cover and reduce to simmer for 25 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in basil and parsley. 

4.) Spoon 1/3 cup pasta sauce on bottom of  a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Remove zucchini from paper towels and wipe off salt.   Lay 7 zucchini slices across top of pasta sauce in baking dish.  Spoon half of the quinoa over zucchini.  Repeat with another 7 zucchini slices , remaining quinoa, and another 1/3 cup pasta sauce.  Top with remaining 6 zucchini slices.  Mix remaining  1/3 cup pasta sauce with the pumpkin seed pesto and add to top of zucchini slices.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup non-dairy cheese (if desired)

5.)  Place in oven uncovered on cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.  Edges will be bubbly.  Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
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7 comments:

  1. Oh, wow. This sounds like something I have to make SOON. I love pumpkin seeds and have really been loving pesto and my basil plant lately. Also I am not a huge fan of noodles but zucchini, I will definitely do. Awesome, thanks for the recipe.

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  2. Foodfued-thank you!! I promise you won't be disappointed if you make this dish. Please let me know how it turns out. It is a great summer meal:)

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  3. this looks delicious! thanks so much for the recipe!

    and would you mind telling me what nutritional yeast is?

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  4. Beautiful recipe! This looks delicious!

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  5. Hi Laura- Nutritional Yeast Definition: Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you're vegan, it's a good idea to add some to your food regularly. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don't get brewer's yeast by mistake, as its quite similar in appearance. I have added a link to the recipe ingredients so you can see what it looks like and where to buy it. You will love nutritional yeast. I add it to soups, put it on my kale chips that I dehydrate. I buy mine in the bulk section of Whole Foods, or order on iherb.com. Thank you for your comments:)

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