Grilled Eggplant Sandwich

Grilled Eggplant SandwichThis Grilled Eggplant Sandwich recipe is both filling and delicious. It’s good on its own, or pairs well with a side salad or a bowl of tomato soup.

If you have a panini press, this recipe would also make a great panini. But we don’t have one so we made a regular grilled eggplant sandwich, instead.

This recipe packs 11 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein that’ll fill you up and keep you satisfied until dinner. Eggplant is a great source of fiber but very low calorie so it’s a good part of your diet if weight loss is your goal.

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Vegan Gluten Free Lasagna (Overnight)

Vegan Gluten Free Lasagna PinSimply amazing, guilt-free vegan gluten free lasagna. This lasagna tastes like the real thing without any meat or cheese. The only difference is you won’t have the typical post-lasagna gut bomb. You’ll want to trick your non-vegan friends with this one.

This is the easy way to make lasagna. By assembling everything in a baking dish and placing it in the refrigerator overnight, you don’t have to boil the lasagna noodles. And that saves a lot of time and hassle.

To make it even easier, use two 26 oz jars of marinara sauce instead of making the sauce from scratch. That saves a TON of time! Sometimes, I let the sauce cook down too much and we run short so I make up the difference with a jar of marinara sauce. It’s also good to heat up some marinara on the stove to ladle over the top of the lasagna when you serve it (as shown in the pictures).

We used rice noodles in this recipe to make it gluten free, but you can use whole-wheat lasagna noodles if you like. It works the same either way.

We also used Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles as the ground beef substitute. It adds some good flavor and texture without saturated fat. However, it does contain oil, so you can skip it or try using cooked and mashed brown lentils instead. If you skip the cheese and the Beefy Crumbles, this is an oil-free recipe.

We made another version of this recipe called our Easy Vegan Lasagna using lentils and tofu ricotta. It tastes just as good but it’s a lot cheaper (tofu is much less expensive than 2 cups of cashews) and completely oil-free.

Prepare the Vegan Cashew Cream 2 to 4 hours before you’re ready to assemble the lasagna. You’ll use this to make the Cashew Ricotta Cheese.

This vegan gluten free lasagna recipe was inspired by an old family friend, Helen Breitenstein, who passed away back in 1993. She was a tiny Irish woman with a huge personality. She made this lasagna the typical way with conventional meat and cheese, but I’ve veganized it for your ethical eating pleasure. I’ve included her “hints” below the recipe.

Vegan Gluten Free Lasagna

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Vegan Alfredo Pasta

Vegan Alfredo Pasta PinThis Vegan Alfredo Pasta has a nice white, creamy alfredo sauce made with cashew cream. With 295 calories and 11 grams of protein per serving, it’s delicious and creamy without any cholesterol. Both your tastebuds and arteries will thank you.

Eat this with some colorful veggies like an Easy Garden Salad or Italian Tomatoes and Mushrooms to balance out the “whiteness” of the sauce and pasta.

We used whole-wheat spaghetti, but this Vegan Alfredo Pasta Sauce would go great with fettuccine or spiral pasta, too. We mixed the sauce and pasta together, but you can serve the sauce over the pasta if you don’t feel like mixing it.

Remember to prepare your Vegan Cashew Cream ahead of time. It takes a couple of hours to soak the cashews.

Vegan Alfredo Pasta

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Italian Tomato Mushroom Sauté w/ Fresh Green Beans

Italian Tomato Mushroom Sauté PinThis oil-free Italian Tomato Mushroom Sauté w/ Green Beans is a fast and easy side dish that pairs well with Italian dishes like our Vegan Alfredo Pasta. You can whip it up in a few minutes while your pasta is cooking and it’ll add a lot of extra color and flavor to your meal.

We needed something to go with our Alfredo Pasta so Amelia threw this together one Saturday afternoon with spare parts from the pantry. She’s amazingly talented at making use of spare veggies, and this dish is a delicious example of her creativity.

When Amelia made this recipe the first time, she sautéed it in olive oil, but that was before we thought of oil as a processed food. Now that we know oil is a refined fat like sugar is a refined carb, we no longer cook with it. Instead, we typically sauté in veggie broth or water, and sometimes wine. The key is to cover the pot to trap the moisture, which is commonly referred to as steam frying. It works great and adds additional flavor without the calories and endothelial damaging oil.

This side dish wouldn’t as be good warmed up so we recommend only cooking what you’ll eat with your meal.

Italian Tomato Mushroom Sauté

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Vegan Pizza

Vegan PizzaThere’s nothing like a delicious Vegan Pizza on Friday night to kick off your weekend!

We made the pizza sauce from scratch, but you can always buy ready-made pizza sauce to save time. Of course, then you’ll get all the added sugar that comes with it (and everything else they throw in). When you make your own sauce, you’ll know what every ingredient is, and it only takes a few extra minutes to prepare.

This recipe makes enough for 2 to 3 vegan pizzas depending on how much sauce you like on your pizza. You can cut the ingredients in half by reducing the serving size to 8 slices, or you’ll have leftover sauce.

You can get really creative with vegan pizza toppings. You really can’t go wrong. Some other toppings to consider: tempeh bacon, beefy crumbles, peppers, olives, roasted garlic, sliced tomatoes, etc.

The serving size is based on the traditional pie shaped pizza slice, but Amelia, being from Chicago, likes to cut them into squares. You’ll get about 16 pieces when you do it Chicago-style.

You can make your own pizza crust, too, but that takes a lot of extra time. We chose to buy a pre-made whole wheat crust from Whole Foods. You can buy whatever type you like, but it may change the nutritional facts.

Skip the vegan cheese to make it oil free. Use a gluten free crust to make the recipe gluten free.

Enjoy this with a delicious side salad for a little extra leafy green roughage.

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Vegan Spaghetti Sauce on Spaghetti Squash

Vegan Spaghetti SauceI used to be a jarred spaghetti sauce guy. I doctored it up to taste better, but it took less time than making my own. However, once I realized how much added sugar is in a regular jar of spaghetti sauce, I decided it was time to make it from scratch. After lots of trial and error, here’s my delicious Vegan Spaghetti Sauce.

We prefer spaghetti squash since it’s much healthier and lower calorie than regular pasta, and it tastes really good. Just be sure to cook it long enough or it’ll be crunchy. It should be al dente but not crunchy.

You can also substitute Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti for real pasta. This looks and tastes like pasta, but it only has 10 calories and 3 grams of carbs per serving. It’s also gluten free and has been eaten for centuries in Asian countries. You can usually find it in the vegan cold foods section near the tofu. It’s in a plastic bag filled with water and noodles.

Enjoy your Vegan Spaghetti Sauce on Spaghetti Squash with a delicious side salad for some extra leafy green roughage.

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