As I'm continuing on my health journey, I find that the more I raw food I eat the better I feel. But I certainly don't mind the occasional cooked meal. That's where this recipe came from. It was a special occasion, and I wanted to make a healthier version of one of my husband's favorite dishes – manicotti. (By the way, he said it tastes better than the original – win!)

The assembly takes some time, but it's worth it. To make this dish easier, you could always layer the filling and sauce on top of the noodles.


*Adjust ingredient amounts to taste.
  • 1 box of large brown rice shells
  • 1 recipe of Never Fail Red Sauce
  • 1 zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c. pine nuts or cashews
  • small handful of green onions
  • small handful of sunflower sprouts
  • 1 small clove fresh garlic or 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • juice from half a lemon
  • pinch of basil or Italian herb blend
  • pinch of smoked paprika
  1. Boil noodles according to package directions.
  2. Make Never Fail Red Sauce.
  3. Put the rest of the ingredients into a blender, and blend till about the consistency of ricotta cheese.
  4. Run the noodles under cold water to avoid burning yourself and to keep them from sticking to each other.
  5. Fill each noodle with a small spoonful of the herb "cheese" mixture, and top with red sauce. Garnish with sunflower sprouts and enjoy!
– Hummingbird

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