Raw Vegan Spinach Manicotti

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I love raw Italian Food!  There are ways to mimic spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, pizza, you name it—all using veggies, nuts and seeds.  This manicotti is an impressive gluten-free and vegan dish that is a great way to introduce newbies to raw food.  This makes quite a bit, so share the raw food love with family & friends!

Ingredients

For the Noodles:
4 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Spinach & Sunflower Cheese Filling:
2 cups of sunflower seeds (from above)
½ cup water
½ cup lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
8 cups spinach
½ cup parsley
1½ tablespoons Italian Seasoning

For the Herby Tomato Sauce:
3 cups of sundried tomatoes, measured after soaking (from above)
1 cup water
1 medium tomato, chopped
¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
2 teaspoons rosemary
2 teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon fennel seed
½-1 teaspoon salt, only if your sun-dried tomatoes are unsalted
2 tablespoons hemp seed, for garnish, if desired

Instructions

Advanced Prep

  1. Soak 2 cups of sunflower seeds in pure water for 4-6 hours.  Drain and rinse.
  2. In a separate bowl, soak 2 cups of sundried tomatoes in pure water for 4 hours or longer.  Drain

For the Noodles

  1. Cut off both ends of each zucchini.  Using a mandoline, slice the zucchini the long way so that you have long, wide noodles.  If a mandoline is not available, use a knife, cutting as thinly as possible.
  2. Place in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss very gently.

For the Spinach & Sunflower Cheese Filling

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine sunflower seeds, water, lemon, garlic and salt.
  2. Blend well until smooth.  Scrape into a large bowl.
  3. In a food processor, process the spinach and parsley in batches until chopped but not puréed.  Alternately, chop finely by hand.  Pour into the bowl with the sunflower cheese.
  4. Add Italian seasoning and mix well.

For the Herby Tomato Sauce

  1. To assemble, arrange 4 zucchini noodles horizontally on a cutting board, slightly overlapping one over the next by about ½”.
  2. Place ¼ cup of the spinach & sunflower cheese filling in the center and spread so that it covers the front to the back and about 1” in width.
  3. Roll the zucchini from left to right to create a filled manicotti.
  4. Place two manicotti on a plate and top with ¼ cup of tomato sauce.
  5. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of hemp seeds and/or Italian seasoning.
About Natalia KW

My passion is facilitating profound transformations through a unique blend of shamanic energy medicine and pure healing foods. Working at the levels of both the physical and energetic, my purpose is to guide you towards thriving health and unwavering happiness. The foundation of my culinary work is conscious nourishment—inspiring you to cultivate awareness of the foods that truly serve your well-being. With this essential awareness, you can make your highest foods choices. I advocate a pure, organic, plant based diet, high in living foods. A pure diet cleanses us in body, mind & spirit. It is these foods that bring us to new levels of vitality and radiance while activating our intuition and spiritual connection. My published works include three cookbooks: Pure Pleasures, Cupcake Heaven & Raw Food Juice Bar, filled with satisfying and sustainable living food recipes. I am trained in Luminous Healing & Energy Medicine through the Light Body School of The Four Winds Society. Combining these timeless teachings with my dietary experience, I am honored to bring a uniquely holistic approach to my work. I find the fusion of shamanism with pure food nutrition exceptionally powerful knowing that complete healing requires that we tend to each level of our being–the physical, emotional and spiritual. Though I am a wanderer at heart, I am currently living & loving in Santa Cruz, CA where I enjoy exploring the forests & coast, practicing yoga, sitting in ceremony & indulging in lots of luscious food.

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