Sunday, August 11, 2013

Spinach Lasagna

Tonight was lasagna night—mmmmmmm!  Here is my version:

1 box hard tofu, drained
 2 cups mashed potatoes (I used instant flakes with just water and salt)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried basil
Mix it all together as smoothly as possible.

4 cups of your favorite marinara sauce.

1 box of oven-ready lasagna noodles(the ones that you don't have to boil first)
2 cups of chopped frozen spinach or 3 cups of fresh baby spinach leaves.

Put 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of the lasagna dish.  Then put one layer of noodles, 4 of them.  Put half of the filling, another 4 noodles, and another cup of sauce.  Put 2 cups of spinach on, then the other half of the filling, a cup of sauce, the last noodles and the last cup of sauce.  Cover with foil and bake in a 375 oven for 40 minutes.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Anasazi Beans & Brown Jasmine Rice; Oatmeal Balls

The top picture is dinner tonight:  beans and rice.

2 cups Anasazi Beans
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 heaping Tablespoon chopped garlic
5 cups water
4 vegetable bouillon cubes
2 bay leaves
2 Tablespoons Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Put it all into a pressure cooker and cook for about 45 minutes.  Serve over brown jasmine rice.

The second picture is Oatmeal Balls that I made for my teenagers to eat with their friends tomorrow.

1.5 cups quick oats
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla
scant 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter, after pouring off the oil
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, finely chopped walnuts, and raw sunflower seeds

Mix all together in a bowl, then take a small handful, squeeze into a ball, and put on a plate.

This made 12.

As you can see from the two recipes above, it does not take a lot of money to eat a healthy, vegan, plant-based diet.  The dark cocoa powder could be any cocoa powder, agave nectar could be replaced with maple syrup or honey, Anasazi beans could be any of your favorite dry beans, Himalayan pink salt can be table salt.  It does not have to cost a lot of money or involve hard-to-get ingredients.

Try it!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Red Potato Salad

I am on a mailing list for weekly recipes from PCRM.  Today a recipe for Red Potato Salad came in my email.  This is a picture of it.  
Here is the link: