Phew.. Just a few more days to 2013! and hopefully a more predictable schedule 🙂 Till then I am trying to post up some quick recipes I made this month.
Here’s an easy Lasagna that I threw together in 30 minutes and then waited for the 40 minutes bake time. I layered some Chunky vegetable Bolognese sauce, white garlic sauce, some leftover Zucchini, and then some large tomato slices sprinkled with herbed bread crumbs. I did not use any store bought or home made cheese, though some added mozzarella would add another delicious dimension to it.
This recipe can be easily made Oil free. For a glutenfree version, use gf lasagna sheets and gf breadcrumbs or just cheese topping.
For a nut free white sauce, use silken tofu.
For more Lasagna, pastas and entrees see the collection here.
Sorry, I had just one slice for the pictures in this post:), since we ate all of it. Most of the measurements again are approximate. This month is that kind of month:)
For step by step pictures, see this Smoky Chipotle Mushroom Havarti Lasagna here.
Lasagna Bolognese Recipe
Allergy Information: Dairy, egg, soy, corn, yeast free. Can be made gluten-free and nut-free
Makes 1 8.5 by 6.5 inch casserole dish. Serves 2. Make a larger portion of sauces for more layers.
Quick Bolognese sauce:
In a large pan, add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and heat on medium.
Add 1/3 cup chopped onion and 2 bay leaves, and saute till transparent. 4-5 minutes.(for Oil-free, dry roast the onion or saute in a few teaspoons of vegetable broth)
Add 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper and chili flakes to taste and saute for a minute.
Meanwhile, in a blender, add 2 medium chopped tomatoes, 1 stalk of celery chopped(1/3 cup), 1/4 cup chopped carrots, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/4 cup water and blend until smooth.
Add the puree to the onions and mix well.
(Add a 2-3 Tablespoons of red wine if you wish. I did not add any)
Add herbs(I used 1 tablespoon of fresh Thyme and 2 teaspoons of dried basil), salt to taste(about 1/2 teaspoon).
Add crumbled Tempeh, or chopped Mushrooms, or cooked Lentils/Quinoa to make the sauce chunky/hearty.
Cook on medium for 7-8 minutes until slightly thick.
(The water content from the sauce will get absorbed in the noodles during baking, so this quick version works just fine)
Taste and adjust salt and herbs.
Quick White Garlic sauce:
In a blender, add 2 Tablespoons ground raw cashew, 1 Tablespoon wheat flour or other flour of choice, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes, 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 cup non dairy milk(I used coconut milk), 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon sugar or maple syrup.
Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust if needed.
Add a Tablespoon of Extra virgin olive oil for a creamier sauce.
If using this as pasta sauce, add pasta and bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
Layer Bolognese sauce,
Then layer some no boil Lasagna noodles
Pour some white sauce on the noodles and spread. The sauce will be thin, but will thicken during baking.
Spread some zucchini slices (or other veggies or mushrooms or spinach)
Layer some Lasagna noodles.
Layer the remaining Bolognese sauce.
(add more layers of sauce, veggies, noodles if needed)
Pour the white sauce on the top noodle layer,
Top the sauce with Tomato slices.
Top with bread crumbs mixed with salt, herbs and evoo or just herbs. I used 1/4 cup bread crumbs mixed in with basil, parsley, salt and extra virgin olive oil.
(you can add some shredded Mozzarella or vegan Parmesan)
Cover the baking dish tightly with foil.
Bake in preheated 380 degrees F for 40 minutes.
Take the Lasagna out, remove foil and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Slice and eat.
Tastes best the next day.
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Animal Aid Unlimited, based in Rajasthan, India, is another organization in India which helps all animals and works tirelessly towards trying to awaken compassion in fellow humans. Animal Aid was started by Erica and Jim who moved from Seattle and decided to do something about the condition of animals in India.
Among some other rescues which are not necessarily vegan but are doing an amazing job
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Beagle Freedom Project
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Old Dog Haven
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