Happy Fall Equinox!
Looks can be deceiving. This is not exactly my finest photography skills, but I had to run to teach a yoga class within thirty-minutes of removing the pie from the oven.
I had a hankering for something cheesy and hearty. Something au gratin sounded good. I picked up some late-summer zucchini and squash at the Queen Anne Farmer's Market and decided to concoct a cheesy, zucchini/squash pie.
The pie is simple to make and solidifies once the pie has been completely cooled. As you can see in the above image, the cheese sauce "bled" through the open segment, but if you want to serve the pie completely solid, let it cool and then reheat after cutting.
This recipe is extra quick if you use a pre made pie crust. If not, I recommend using your favorite recipe. If you don't have a recipe, a quick Google search will do the trick. I recommend using vegan butter instead of coconut oil to capture the buttery and savory flavor that compliments that nutritional yeast. Enjoy!
Vegan Zucchini Squash Au-Gratin Pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
1 premade dairy-free pie crust
2 large zucchini + squash
1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
1 cup nondairy milk (used almond)
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper + onion salt
splash of apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to the 350 degrees. Press the crust into a 9-inch pie pan and set aside. Thinly slice the zucchini and squash. Next, place all of the au gratin sauce ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.
Layer the slices in the pie crust in a circular pattern, alternating between zucchini and squash. When the pie is half full, pour some of the cheese sauce on top. Next, continue layering the vegetables until there is about a half to a one inch space from the top of the crust to the zucchini. Pour the remainder of the cheese sauce on top, filling any open holes.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com