Sheesh. Last week kicked my butt. I am here, now, to ketchup on last week's posts all in one.
Two for Tuesday: Long Beach Vegan Eatery
I skipped out on Dan Tuesday to check out the new Long Beach Vegan Eatery. I am so excited to have this option in Long Beach, which up until recently has had no strictly vegan restaraunts. (Now there are 3!) And after reading about their mission to have vegan "stick to your ribs" comfort food...well, if you know anything about me, well then you know that this is my kind of menu. I was there on the 2nd day of their soft opening. (I don't think they've had their official "Grand Opening" yet). I got the California Chick'n Sandwich and Sweet Potato Tots. Yes. Sweet. Potato. Tots.
|California Chick'n Sandwich and Sweet Potato Tots from Long Beach Vegan Eatery|
Worknight Wednesday: Red "Meat" Lasagna
This one goes all the way back to 500 Vegan Recipes. But it is a classic. And definitely makes enough to have leftovers for the rest of the week.
|Red "Meat" Lasagna|
For the Lasagna:
12 uncooked lasagna noodles1 recipe Meaty Marinara (BELOW)
1 recipe Tofu Ricotta (BELOW)
2 tablespoons (15 g) nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons (14 g) ground cashews or ground walnuts
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5).A quick note before assembling the lasagna: be sure to keep some sauce and ricotta to apply at the very top of the lasagna. You will have 4 layers of pasta in all, so divide each ingredient accordingly.
In a square 8-inch (20-cm) or 9-inch (23-cm) baking dish, start with a thin layer of sauce, add three noodles in a single layer, add another layer of meat sauce, then a layer of tofu ricotta another layer of noodles.
Repeat until you get to four layers of noodles.
Top with a final light layer of sauce and ricotta and then sprinkle with nutritional yeast and cashews or walnuts.
Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is beginning to brown and your noodles are nice and tender.
Let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving, so that the portions don't fall apart when cut.
For the Meaty Marinara:
28 ounces (784 g) canned diced tomatoes with the juice, no salt added
8 ounces (227 g) tomato sauce
6 ounces (170 g) tomato paste
1 tablespoon (2 g) dried basil, or 3 tablespoons (9 g) fresh, chopped
1 tablespoon (13 g) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon (22 g) molasses
2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves (or one head) garlic, minced
1 cup (160 g) finely diced white or yellow onion
1 1/4 cups (120 g) TVP granules (textured vegetable protein)
Place tomatoes, sauce, tomato paste, basil, sugar, and molasses in a large stock pot. Bring to a simmer on medium-low heat.Meanwhile, in a skillet place the olive oil, garlic and onions and sauté until garlic is fragrant and onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and onions to the pot. Cover and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes. Uncover and simmer for ten more minutes. Stir in TVP, cover and let sit for ten minutes.
For the Tofu Ricotta:
14 ounces (397 g) extra firm tofu, drained & pressed
1/4 cup (35 g) raw cashews, finely ground
1/4 cup (30 g) nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons (6 g) finely chopped fresh basil, or 1 tablespoon (2 g) dried
Salt and pepper to taste
After you have drained and pressed your tofu very well, crumble it into a bowl until it resembles ricotta.Add in all the other ingredients and mix together with your hands.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Should keep at least a week.
Thoughtful Thursdays: Green is the New Red by Will Potter
|Green is the New Red by Will Potter|
Freedom Fridays: Pizza and Beer
Going out to dinner with my dad can often present a problem. One would think that if 2 of your daughter's are vegan you might be a little bit more open minded when it comes to trying new things. Yeah, well, no. Not my dad. So we often end up in uninspried chain restaraunts or a pizza joint. Pizza is pretty easy for me. No cheese. done. So that's what we did on Friday. Spent a couple of hours with my dad, his wife, Laura, and Dan. Noshing on cheeseless pizza, and sipping on beer.
Wonderful Weekends: A Very Lazy Saturday Spent on the Couch watching Lifetime Movies, and Avoiding any of my Real Responsibilities
Well, that pretty much sums up my weekend. Today I head out to work. It is my last day in Venice. So it will be a bittersweet day. I will miss my Venice peeps, but I will not miss that drive!