Vegan Lasagna

I’ve peaked!

There is nowhere to go but down from here.

And I’ve accepted my fate.

I saw the Jonas Brothers in concert this weekend. With my best friends. At Red Rocks. I recognize the first part of this might be considered, by some, to be a nightmare. But when you are a millennial who grew up listening to their CDs on repeat and trying to relate your dull, suburban life to that of every single song, it’s truly a dream come true. I practically wore a graphic, fitted tee of Joe’s face under all my clothes to high school for crying out loud. I’ve been waiting for this for as long as I can remember. Most obviously, they did not disappoint. Despite being the oldest people there minus the moms who drove their adolescent daughters there, it was magic. Joe took his shirt off and kissed Sophie Turner and we all chanted Kevin’s name giving him the recognition that beautiful man FINALLY deserves. What more could I ask for?

My only regret is not splurging on better seats so their sweat would fling on me.

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 package of white or cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 12 oz. package of frozen spinach
  • 1 package of extra firm tofu
  • 1 cup of hummus, whatever flavor you’re digging
  • 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup basil + more for serving
  • 2 jars of marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cook noodles to al dente
  • Meanwhile, wrap tofu in a clean kitchen towel + place something heavy on top, let drain for 10 minutes
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add zucchini + mushrooms + bell pepper + S+P, cook 8-10 minutes
  • Add spinach + cook another 5 minutes, remove from heat
  • Crumble tofu into a bowl + add hummus + nutritional yeast + basil + Italian seasoning + garlic powder + crushed red pepper + S+P, mix well
  • Pour some marinara in the bottom of a baking dish + layer 3 of the noodles + ricotta mix + veggies + marinara
  • Repeat until all ingredients are used up
  • Cover with foil + bake for 30 minutes
  • Remove foil + bake another 5 if you want a little crispness on the edges
  • Serve warm with basil + more nutritional yeast
  • Take a slice to a friend along with a copy of your favorite Jonas Brothers CD and ask if you can rock out together

Adapted from here!

Vegan Buffalo Mac

Our fridge is on the fritz.

Yesterday it started making this horrendously loud humming noise. Try as I might to ignore it and tell myself everything is fine, Louisa & I both had headaches within a couple hours.

By the afternoon, it was beeping and giving me 90’s flashbacks to AOL dial up.

Naturally, I had visions of a pipe bursting and flooding the kitchen and destroying the hardwood and causing water damage and pooling so heavily in one spot that the floor caves in. So I convinced Garrett to empty the fridge and freezer and live out of coolers until we can get a repairman out here. It’s kind of like camping! Or what I imagine camping would be like if I were to ever try it.

It was all fun and games until I went to grab my daily smoothie fixings and what was supposed to be my frozen mango was soft and sad.

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of pasta
  • 1 1/2-2 cups of cubed butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup of raw cashews, soaked for a couple of hours + drained
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 7 tbsp. of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. of turmeric
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Arugula, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange butternut squash on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with olive oil + S+P
  • Roast 25-30 minutes, tossing once, until roasted
  • In a food processor, blend the cashews
  • Add butternut squash + almond milk + buffalo sauce + garlic + nutritional yeast + paprika + red pepper + dijon mustard + Italian seasoning + turmeric + S+P, blend until smooth
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, reserving a lil bit of pasta water
  • Drain pasta + add back to pot with sauce, adding the pasta water if necessary to thin it out + make it saucy
  • Serve warm with some arugula
  • The arugula is really just to make you feel like you are the picture of health despite you eating a vat of pasta rn

Cous Cous + Apple Salad

Today, I hit a new parenting milestone.

I took Louisa into a store.

Well, I’m not sure the dog groomer counts as a store, but it is an establishment, of sorts.

I’ve been putting this chore off because I couldn’t grasp how I was going to get Louisa & Topanga into the groomer in one swoop. The picture in my mind just seemed too chaotic for me to handle. But Topanga looked mangy & probably had critters living in her fur, so I had to buck up & do it. Well, it was just as chaotic as I imagined. Topanga was in rare form getting to go on a car ride for the first time in a while so she was just a nut job. Lou was basically a perfect angel, but despite having the lightest car seat you can buy, it’s somehow still the clumsiest thing I have ever tried to walk with. We get inside and it’s been so long since I’ve talked to store employees, I really didn’t know how to act. I think I just stood there until someone was like umm we can take the dog for you…. Then I was like oh yes umm ok do I pay now?!?! And they were like ma’am, you pay when you come get her. Then I still just kind of stood around for a few seconds too long. When I finally realized my job there was done, I started to walk away & then yelled back goodbye to Topanga???? It was obscene.

Lou wants a new mom.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cous cous, uncooked
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red honey crisp apple, chopped
  • 1 cup of arugula, packed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful of basil, chiffonaded
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Spread chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P, roast for 10 minutes
  • Add onion + some more S+P, bake for another 10-15 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, cook cous cous according to package directions
  • In a bowl, combine cous cous + chickpeas + onions +apple + arugula + basil + drizzle with lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • Just eat the whole thing in one sitting why don’t you