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Tomato Napoleon with Raw Basil “Cheese”

Food inspires me. Working with the ingredients, smelling them, tasting them, trying to guess what will go with what. I am amazed at how you can have an idea, start throwing some things together and with in a matter of minutes, transform the familiar into something completely new yet wonderful. It is a transition from the unknown to the known. Plus we get to eat it!




As I started writing this post, I was struck by the similarity that life has with creating food. We are in a time of huge transition. The whole planet is finally waking up, looking around and saying, Man…we have really created a mess here.

The amazing thing is that with this recognition things start to happen. People are becoming more aware of how they live. We are no longer taking everything for granted and living with a mentality of excess. Living Green is becoming main stream. We are aware of the benefits of local foods and sustainable farming. We are becoming aware of our carbon footprint. We are even becoming aware of what we eat and how it is affecting our health.

We are taking the ingredients and combining them in a whole new way. A less complex, but more meaningful way. Respect is being developed and attention is being paid. The new meal is being made and while it is simple, the flavor is divine.

This little tomato Napoleon is quite simple but delicious. A quick and easy basil cashew “cheese” is combined with the layers of tomato and zucchini. It is a great end of summer treat.

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  1. Victoria wrote on July 7, 2012

    Made this late last night, (my cashews were already soaked) the taste was so delish, light and refreshing.

  2. Susanne wrote on April 5, 2012

    When you say soak the cashews for 6 hours, is that in water or something else?

    • Susan wrote on April 8, 2012

      Filtered water. Cheers!

  3. Nadu wrote on February 21, 2012

    I cant get enough of this amazing flavors in my mouth. The only changes if I may share with you is I added fresh organic dill instead of basil to the cheese mix as well as added 1 fresh red chili cuz I like mine spicy. Thank you for your amazing recipe.

  4. Sarah wrote on August 26, 2011

    My cheese didnt turn out 🙁 It was all crumbly and doesnt look creamy like urs. I added some water and oil to make it more creamy but it didnt turn out at all 🙁 ANy tips???

    • Susan wrote on August 26, 2011

      Did you soak your cashews until they were soft?

  5. Lise Richard wrote on June 16, 2011

    I was also wondering about the amount of nuts I see in raw recipes.
    Im currently transitioning into a raw diet from vegan/vegetarian and I am finding it difficult both time and finance wise.
    How does the number of nuts effect heart/blood health ( I know it is healthy fat – but it is still fat and seems like a lot of it because 1 – 4c of cashews almonds or something else are used for everything!)

    Is there a substitue? Could I use a seed instead? or just something else. I find after I eat large amount of cashews I start getting a lot of mucous production in my ENT area (why?? I have no clue)

    thanks for you help.
    Your blog has become my number one visited site!

    • Susan wrote on June 16, 2011

      If you are concerned about the use of nuts, I would suggest finding recipes that don’t have nuts. We use nuts in raw food to replace dairy, flour, etc. Also, recipes like this are considered gourmet. You need to balance things out.

  6. Sheila Bocchine, Photographer wrote on November 21, 2010

    Oh my gosh! Total deliciousness! I only made the cheese because I wanted to try a cashew cheese, but I’ll definitely make the whole ensemble one day. I blogged about this recipe on my website!

  7. Carol G. wrote on November 28, 2009

    Super creative display. Yummy looking. Trying to cut back on the wonderful nuts and it’s not super easy.

  8. Janet wrote on October 1, 2009

    Made this w/the help of hubby for dinner tonight. Told him to slice tomatoes—we ended up with Leaning Towers of Tomato Napoleans! Hilarious but oh so tasty along with your Mango Broccoli Avocado salad—whatta meal!


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