National Day of Lasagna – July 29

Today is the National Day of Lasagna.  Lasagna is one of my favorite foods; I was looking forward to creating a delicious dairy-free lasagna.  I hope you enjoy it too.  This will make a 9″ x 13″ pan.

 

12 ounces beef links, sliced

1 large onion, shopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, slightly drained

8 ounces tomato sauce

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

approximately 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

6 no boil lasagna noodles

1 egg, beaten

“Ricotta” – see recipe below

1 package Daiya cheddar*

1 package Daiya mozzarella*

 

 

Make Ricotta & set aside in refrigerator (can be made up to 24 hours before).

Blend Daiya cheeses in blender until finely ground; cover & set aside in refrigerator.

Cook sausage & remove from skillet & set aside, leave oil in pan.

Add onion & minced garlic to skillet/sausage oil & cook until translucent, add to sausage.

In a large saucepan combine diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, parsley & black pepper; heat through & add in sausage/onion mixture & heat through again.

Create filling by combining beaten egg with “Ricotta”.

Layer in baking pan as follows:

1 cup sauce (spread around bottom of pan)

noodles

filling

Daiya cheese

Repeat until baking dish is filled

 

Cover/tent baking dish with foil, bake in a 375°F for 30-35 minutes.  Stand 10 minutes before serving.

 

 

Non-Dairy “Ricotta”

 

10 ounces firm tofu

6 ounces soft tofu

teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

salt & pepper to taste

 

Wrap firm tofu in a clean towel; place between 2 cutting boards & place a heave object on top (eg:  28 ounce can). Rest 20 minutes.

Cut open soft tofu top, turn upside down in bowl & allow to drain while firm tofu is resting.

Unwrap firm tofu & pat dry; crumble in bowl & add remaining ingredients.

 

If you wish a creamier consistency, use a smaller amount of the firm tofu & add a small amount of the soft tofu.

 

 

 

To prepare a day ahead:

Prepare to filling the dish & covering it.  Chill in refrigerator.  When ready to cook, bake at 375°F for 40 minutes.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Comfort Food: Pot Roast

This is one of the ultimate comfort foods – pot roast and vegetables with gravy.  This is reminisce of “Sunday Dinners” that our grandmothers & mothers made each week.  It is made easier & summer friendly by using the crock pot!

 

3 to 3.5 pound chuck roast

1 pound potatoes, in large chunks (or use whole small ones)

1 medium onion, quartered

3 ribs celery, each halved

1 pound carrots (chopped or use baby carrots)

salt

pepper

3 to 5 cloves garlic, crushed

3 bay leaves

1 medium to large Serrano chili, washed, ends cut off & thirds

water

 

 

In a crock pot, place veggies, Serrano chili in bottom.  Salt and pepper meat well on both sides & place on top of veggies.  Cover with water & add bay leaves.  Cook on high 1 hour; flip meat, stir veggies slightly & cook on high another 3 hours or until meat is cooked through.

 

 

Enjoy!

Couscous Herbed Salad

This is a hit salad with my family and regularly requested. I hope you enjoy it too.

 

1 c dry couscous
1 c boiling water (or chicken stock)
2 c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
3-4 medium tomatoes, diced
½ c fresh parsley, minced
.3 oz container of dried dill (2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped)
½ to 1 tbsp minced oregano
½ to 1 tbsp minced basil
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
6 tbsp lemon juice
6 tbsp olive oil
Salt/Pepper to taste

In a large casserole dish, combine the couscous and water then cover and allow it to stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool until just warm. Mix in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

 

 

Notes:  I don’t actually measure the dill or lemon juice; I combine all the veggies & couscous & then add the basil & oregano and oil; then I add the dill, lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste.

The chicken broth/stock gives a great flavor; for a vegan/vegetarian, use the water or vegetable broth/stock.

 

Enjoy!

National Day of Sloppy Joes – March 18th

Sloppy Joes – also a comfort food.  So delicious & homemade is the best.  I like the rolls toasted in a pan before I serve with the meat sauce.  So yummy!!

 

 

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

8 ounces tomato sauce or homemade ketchup

2 tablespoons water

1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

dash hot sauce

6 Potato Buns, split & toasted

 

Cook ground beef, onion & pepper; drain off fat.  Stir in tomato sauce, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder & hot sauce.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat & simmer, uncovered about 5 minutes.  Serve on toasted rolls.

Enjoy!

 

*for a vegetarian/vegan option – use vegetarian crumbles

Comfort Food: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Comfort food at it’s best.  This is a go to recipe for me – I originally created it a couple of years ago in an attempt to re-create my favorite frozen entrée, but without all the extra & unnecessary ingredients.  Originally, I wasn’t pleased with the gravy, so this post gave me a great excuse to go back & re-create it.  I succeeded.  My family tried it & there was almost nothing left when we were done!

 

Salisbury Steak

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup low-sodium beef broth/stock

3/4 cup bread crumbs (I use Trader Joe’s brand bread crumbs – no dairy)

1/4 heaping teaspoon garlic powder (be generous, if you like garlic)

dash pepper

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon Homemade Gravy Mix (Beef)

1 tablespoon dried onions

generous pinch powdered mustard

approximately 1 pound ground beef

 

Mushroom Gravy

3 tablespoons flour

2-4 tablespoons Earth Balance (or your choice of butter substitute)

8 ounces chopped mushrooms

1/2 small onion, diced

1 cup cold water

1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules

5 tablespoons Homemade Gravy Mix (Beef)

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

salt & pepper to taste (definitely taste before adding salt!!)

 

 

Directions

In a large bowl, combine egg, 1/3 cup low sodium beef broth, bread crumbs, garlic powder, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon Homemade Gravy Mix, minced dried onion and mustard; whisk until thoroughly combined.  Add ground beef & combine, making sure bowl contents are well-distributed throughout beef (best way is to use your hands).  Shape into 6 large patties or 12 smaller patties, cover & set aside.

 

Add beef bouillon to boiling water & set aside; to a large skillet, add about 1 tablespoon Earth Balance or your choice of butter substitute & add in chopped mushrooms & onion; cook until vegetables are tender; scrape to sides of pan. Add beef patties to a second skilled over medium-high heat & cook 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.

Add remaining Earth Balance & flour, cook until browned in center of pan; slowly add cold water, bouillon and remaining brown gravy mix (2 tbsp); whisk until combined & stir in mushrooms & onions.  Bring to a boil & stir constantly until thickened.  If too thick, add a small amount of beef broth.  Transfer cooked patties to gravy pan & heat through; serve hot.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Comfort Food: Beef Stroganoff

It could be argued that this is the king of comfort food; creamy, beef, mushrooms, noodles, flavorful… So many descriptions of this dish.  A favorite of the middle of my three brothers, here is my non-dairy version of Beef Stroganoff.

 

1 1/2 pounds beef steak, 1/2 inch thick slices

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

3 cups cooked egg noodles

1/4 cup Earth Balance or non-dairy “butter” of choice

large onion, thin sliced

3 cloves garlic, fine minced

1/2 cup plus 1 1/3 cup low-sodium beef broth

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cup sour cream

 

Combine 1/2 cup of beef broth and pepper; marinate beef in a bowl for 10 minutes.  Remove beef from marinade & pat dry.

Heat oil in skillet & brown beef; cook 5-7 minutes & remove to plate.  Drain grease from skillet; melt a couple of tablespoons Earth Balance; stir in onion and garlic; cook until onion is soft & translucent.  Transfer to plate with beef.

Melt 2 tablespoons Earth Balance in skillet & add in sliced mushrooms.  Cook until tender, about 10 minutes; transfer to a bowl & set aside.

Melt 1/4 cup Earth Balance in skillet; whisk in flour & cook until there is no more flour taste, about 4 minutes.  Slowly whisk in beef stock; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to medium-low; add in Worcestershire sauce & seasonings.  Taste & if needed, add salt.  Add beef & onion; cover & simmer 1 hour.  Taste again & if needed add additional salt/seasonings.

Stir in mushrooms & sour cream about 5 minutes before serving.

 

Enjoy!

 

Do you enjoy beef stroganoff?  What is your favorite comfort food?

 

 

National Day of Peanut Butter (Jan. 27) [Peanut Butter Pie]

January 27 is National Day of Peanut Butter. For this National Day, I’m sharing this recipe, which is one of my mom’s creations.  My cousin wanted a peanut butter pie & this is the recipe my mom made. This is an excellent recipe to use the homemade peanut butter cups!

 

8 ounces non-dairy cream cheese

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

9 ounces cocowhip*

10 peanut butter cups, quartered

chocolate crumb pie crust

Cocowhip

8 peanut butter cups or 4 cups, quartered

chocolate sauce

 

Combine cream cheese, peanut butter & powdered sugar.  Mix in 9 ounces cocowhip and chopped peanut butter cups.  Spread in pie shell & cover with cocowhip.  Pipe 8 stars around edge of pie & place a peanut butter cup on each star.  Drizzle with chocolate sauce in pattern of choice.  Refrigerate until time to serve.

Here’s the store locator for Cocowhip

 

*use fresh.  if frozen prior to use, the Cocowhip won’t work.

Enjoy!

 

What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter?  Comment & let me know.