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Zucchini Rolls with Vegan Ricotta Cheese

30 min

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This recipe proves that zucchini can be a fun alternative to noodles! These little roll-ups are not only cute, but nutritious and delicious as well!

Servings

Total

30 min

Prep

15 min

Cook

15 min

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Ingredients

Vegan cashew ricotta

  • ½ cup (65 g)
    raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours or overnight & drained
  • 1
    clove garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ Tbsp (7 mL)
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
  • ½ tsp
    olive oil
  • ¼ tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 pinch
    salt
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper

Zucchini rolls

  • 1
    zucchini
  • 2 cups (60 g)
    fresh spinach
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
  • 3
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    canned tomato paste
  • 2 tsp (6 g)
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    Italian spice mix
  • ½ tsp
    curry powder
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper
  • ½ cup (28 g)
    croutons, crushed into crumbs

Optional garnish

  • fresh basil
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Directions

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  1. To make the ricotta, place the cashews, garlic, milk, vinegar, nutritional yeast, olive oil, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small food processor. Blend until creamy, scraping down sides as needed.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini into long strips.
  3. Add the spinach to a large pan on medium-high heat, stirring for 1 - 2 minutes. When wilted, set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  5. To a medium bowl add the tomato sauce, garlic, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, oregano, Italian spice, curry powder, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  6. Layer about ½ of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 6 inch (23 cm x 15 cm) baking dish.
  7. On a plate or other flat surface, place 1 strip of zucchini and then spread a thin layer of ricotta along the length. Place some wilted spinach on top of that before rolling it into a spiral. Place the rolls in the baking dish, and repeat until your dish is full or until you run out of zucchini strips.
  8. Top the rolls with the remaining tomato sauce.
  9. Sprinkle the crushed croutons over the tomato-topped rolls.
  10. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12 - 15 minutes, or until the crumbs are golden brown and the tomato sauce is bubbling. Remove from the oven and enjoy while warm!

Storage

  • Store the rolls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • The ricotta alone can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition info

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