Back to the food. Today is my one year vegan anniversary! (I only know it because it is also the day of my friend's birthday). What a year it has been. I think since becoming vegan, I have changed my entire outlook on life and have learned so much about the animal product industry. Some people thought my veganism was a phase, but I know I will stay vegan for life. I am working on putting together a small booklet of a few of my best recipes to hand out to people who have inquired about eating vegan. I will post the recipes some time soon. Here are two dishes that I am including:
I used the Tempeh Taco recipe from the Students Go Vegan cookbook as a base for this recipe. I wrapped up the tempeh in a tortilla with lettuce and tomato with salsa on the side.
Sesame Peanut Noodles
I changed the recipe around from the one in the original post. I also used whole wheat spaghetti.
Here is the lasagna recipe I promised. I am also going to use this in the booklet. (Midewest Vegan, this recipe has tofu in it but not the tofu ricotta kind. I don't like the tofu ricotta kind so I used a creamier sauce like kind that I really like.)
Lasagna With Spinach and Mushrooms
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
9 lasagna noodles (uncooked)
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
Sauté the onion in a saucepan until it becomes translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the remaining ingredients, and cook for 15-20 minutes. Sauté the mushrooms over medium heat and add them to the tomato sauce along
1/2 cup extra-firm silken tofu
1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons sesame tahini
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons corn starch
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until silky smooth. It should be soupy. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Spread half the tomato sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9x12 inch glass pan. Place a layer of noodles evenly over the sauce leaving a little space in between them. Put all the spinach on top of the noodles and spoon half of the filling evenly over that. Follow with another layer of noodles and then put the rest of the filling on top of the noodles. Top with a final layer of noodles and pull the sauce over this. (The order is sauce-noodles-spinach-filling-noodles-filling-noodles-sauce). Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 30 more minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through. Waiting 15 minutes before cutting the lasagna will help it hold it’s shape.
*I almost forgot, April 22nd is EARTH DAY! How is everyone celebrating?