Vegan Spanakopita Rolls with Parsley Mustard Cream Sauce

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So I have another recipe for you…

Spanakopita (spinach/cheese pie) has always been a favorite in my family. The flaky filo dough and creamy interior was always a crowd pleaser. I picked up a bunch of  large monster spinach leaves at the farmer’s market and was inspired to make this dish. The original spanakopita recipe is loaded with animal fat and the philo dough is highly refined. Whenever I “healthify” a recipe, which normally means reducing the fat content, I try and add more flavor in the form of spices or fresh herbs. While ordinary spanakopita recipes are quite basic and usually only call for one herb, I chose to include both dill and parsley, mixed with the spinach and cashew cream. Instead of the philo dough, I used a spelt tortilla. These spanakopita rolls are easy to prepare and could be served as finger food cut into smaller pieces with a tooth pick. Because there is no flaky dough in this recipe I chose to include a cream sauce which helps moisten the crispy, baked tortilla.

Spanakopita Rolls:

1 lb spinach

1/4 c pine nuts

1/2 c chopped fresh dill

1/2 c chopped green onion

1/4 c chopped parsley

1 clove garlic chopped

juice of 1/2  lemon

6 oz. firm tofu squeezed, crumbled

3 T blended cashews

pinch of ground nutmeg

2 tortillas (spelt, brown rice, ezekiel)

Sauce:

1/3 c soaked cashews

3 T chopped fresh parsley

1 T yellow mustard

Juice of one orange

Juice of 1/2 lemon

enough water to blend  (cup)

Directions:

Cook the spinach and crumbled tofu until the spinach is wilted, add the rest of the ingredients including herbs and mix thoroughly. Lay the tortillas flat and spread the spinach mixture between the two tortillas. Roll them up and slice them in half. With two tooth picks, pierce the rolls so they stay closed. Bake rolls on cookie sheet at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until crispy.

For the sauce:

Blend the soaked cashews with the water, orange juice and lemon juice and reserve three tablespoons for the spinach mixture. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

 

3 Comments

  1. This recipe sounds great! I am LOVING that sauce!

  2. Oh!! This is delicious and very well presented!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. mmmm! I would have been into that!

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