You might never want to go back to regular lasagna after this plant-based version. The creamy tofu-cashew ricotta with lemon zest is the perfect foil to juicy eggplant cooked with a minimal amount of oil. You should probably make two trays and freeze one for later. Or at least make a double batch of the ricotta for a high-protein snack on crackers or carrots the next day.
If you’re avoiding cashews or soy, use cooked or canned and drained chickpeas or sunflower seeds and coconut amino or nectar in place of miso.
In large pot over medium heat, add olive oil. When hot, add shallots. Turn heat down to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 12 minutes. Add garlic and parsley, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add a splash of water, if needed, and simmer sauce, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Add drained tomatoes, sugar (if using), salt, and pepper; bring sauce to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for
30 minutes, stirring occasionally so the sauce doesnu2019t stick to the pot.
Meanwhile, drain and rinse soaked cashews, then drain again and transfer to food processor or high-powered blender along with tofu, lemon juice, lemon zest, miso paste, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth, adding a few tablespoons of water, if necessary, to blend. Taste and add more salt or lemon, if desired. Set aside.
In large bowl, sprinkle eggplant slices with salt, then transfer to large colander. Leave for 15 minutes to drain excess water.
Rinse and pat dry eggplant slices, then rub them with olive oil. Transfer to 2 baking sheets and broil one sheet at a time under high for about 5 minutes, or until softened. Reduce oven to 400 F (200 C).
In bottom of 11 x 7 x 2 in (28 x 18 cm x 5 cm) baking dish, pour one-third of marinara sauce. Top with one-third of basil leaves and a layer of broiled eggplant. Spread one-third of tofu-cashew ricotta on top, followed by one-third of chickpeas. Repeat 2 more times with remaining marinara sauce, basil, eggplant slices, tofu-cashew ricotta, and chickpeas.
Bake lasagna in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
While on your burger journey, visit Jamaica, where you’ll find the spicy jerk flavours native to this beautiful island. Maple syrup adds a unique, sticky sweetness, while fresh lime juice highlights the fresh, tangy flavours of the Caribbean. Try making your own jerk seasoning or purchase store-bought for an easy shortcut.