Hey everyone! I’m happy to say my dinner party was a success! It was so nice to see my friend and her fiance and it was really fun to cook for everyone! I decided to do a decadent yet still a little healthy lasagna for dinner and a light, raw dessert that still tasted sweet and delicious!
I used gluten free brown rice lasagna noodles, tofutti better than ricotta, Daiya mozzarella, some marinara, spinach, broccoli and zucchini.
I actually thought it looked really pretty before I baked it so I took a few photos of it
I hate using foil pans but my bro and sister in law don’t have much in terms of cookware and I already had to transport so much so I just grabbed one down the block from the house.
Check out all of the green in there! It always looks more vibrant before it’s cooked, ha!
I served the lasagna with this beautiful salad. It had greens, strawberries, pecans and cucumber. We topped it with some balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!
My plate. The lasagna fell apart in the oven. It was fine though it still tasted good and everyone seemed to like it. I was impressed by the ricotta, it tasted pretty good! The veggies were really good, still a bit crisp which was nice. I’d say it was pretty successful! The salad was nice and fresh and was a good way to balance out the richness of the lasagna
For dessert I made a (Mostly) Raw Cherry Berry Crisp! I just took raw cherries and strawberries and topped it with a mostly raw crisp I made. I used oat flour making it mostly raw since I’m sure they steam the oats before grinding them but I wanted to keep the oat flavor you find in most crumbles. Otherwise, it is completely raw! It went over well!
Raw Cherry Berry Crisp
2 cups pitted sweet cherries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup oat flour
3/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup agave
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp liquid coconut butter
1. Combine ingredients for the crisp and mix until it is a crumbly dough. Put dough into dehydrator and dehydrate at 104 degrees until dry, about 20-24 hours.
2. Mix fruit together and evenly distribute between bowls (I had some fruit leftover which I had for breakfast!).
3. Top with dried crisp topping and enjoy!
We had a great time until Tyler, my brother’s dog, has a bit of a meltdown. He’s incredibly skittish and heard a firework and started trembling and panting and wouldn’t stop. I figured out he wanted to go upstairs and lay in the bed snuggled up with me and wouldn’t you know it, as soon as we called it a night and came upstairs he stopped panting and trembling. It makes me feel horrible that he’ll be home all day while I’m at work
This was the beginning before the meltdown when he was sitting in his carrier. He does this often when he misses his mommy and daddy. He’s ok now though, it was just sad to watch!
Other than the puppy meltdown, I’d say the night was a success! It was so nice to see my friends and catch up. Now it’s back to reality and I have to work a wedding in the blazing heat today. Hopefully the day goes quick!
Have a great Sunday everyone! Enjoy the rest of your weekend