Vegan Lasagna (GF)

Vegan Lasagna (GF)

I made Minimalist Baker’s vegan lasagna this week (slightly modified) and wanted to share it all with you because it is SO easy and SO good. Her pictures are way prettier than mine (definitely not a food stylist here) but it was delicious all the same.

The whole thing takes only 20 minutes to put together, requires less than 10 ingredients, and only dirties a couple dishes. It really doesn’t get easier.

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Vegan, GF Lasagna

I followed her lasagna recipe but instead of using macadamia nuts for the ricotta filling, followed her tofu ricotta recipes from her eggplant roll ups. Other than that I made a few tweaks for personal taste preferences.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 medium zucchini
  • jar of your favorite marinara
  • 12 oz block extra firm tofu
  • heaping 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 3-4 tbsp EVOO
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegan parmesan cheese
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Sauce of choice: Dave’ Gourmet Spicy Heirloom Marinara (has a kick, but so good!)

Steps:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Using a cheesecloth or towel, squeeze any extra liquid out of tofu.

3. Add tofu, nutritional yeast, oregano, basil, lemon juice, EVOO, handful of vegan parmesan, and salt and pepper to blender. Blend until semi-pureed. You’re looking for a ricotta esque texture. Add more nutritional yeast or vegan parm to up the cheese flavor.

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Aim for ricotta esque texture for your tofu mixutre

4. Thinly slice zucchini lengthwise.

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Zucchini sliced lengthwise

5. Spoon sauce on bottom of 9 x 13 pan, enough to cover. Begin to layer zucchini on top to cover. Scoop spoonfuls of ricotta over the zucchini. I left mine in globs but you could spread evenly out if you wanted to 🙂

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Layer sauce, zucchini, and tofu ricotta

6. Continue to layer sauce, zucchini, and ricotta. Finish with a top layer of zucchini, thin layer of sauce, and sprinkle of vegan parm.

7. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 min. Turn over to broil and bake for 5 minutes (makes cheese golden and crispy).

8. EAT & ENJOY!

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Photo cred: Minimalist Baker. Clearly far more photogenic lasagna.

 

Would you try vegan ricotta? To weird? Or freaking delicious? LMK.

 

xo

Yoga Mat Review: my favorite mats & eco friendly finds

Yoga Mat Review: my favorite mats & eco friendly finds

Alright friends, it’s here: my favorite yoga mats to practice on! I got a resounding YES from you all that you wanted recommendations. There are a LOT of yoga mats on the market and I’ve gotten to try out a bunch. These are my personal preferences, broken down by the type of yoga & its eco friendliness:

Lululemon: This was the first “nice” mat I bought for myself and it was kinda a big deal for me. I had only used cheap $15 mats from target before so this was quite the upgrade. If I had to pick one, the Lulu mat is my favorite. It’s nice and thick so my knees and joints always feel cushioned throughout practice, has a great grip that holds even in the sweatiest classes. I’ve used this in hot yoga before without a towel, and been fine! Lululemon uses trademark Luvea rubber that is natural, sustainably sourced, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and is PVC free!

Price: $88

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Joi Yoga Mat

Joi Yoga: Joi Yoga mats are made of 100% sustainable rubber, are PVC free, and have a microfiber top layer that acts as a yoga towel – perfect for hot classes! I also like this mat for traveling because it’s lighter than some of the other mats. I brought this mat with me to Bali and it did wonderfully in the sticky heat (re: sweaty yoga). Bonus: these mats can be rinsed clean or thrown in the laundry machine.

Price: $65

Liforme: Easily recognizable with their AlignForMe system, the Liforme mats have markers on the mat to help yogis find correct alignment in the posture. These mats have great grip even during a sweaty class. They are PVC free, non-toxic, and biodegradable in 1.5 years in a landfill. I received this mat when hosting a challenge and became a fan of it right away. I love this mat for a power yoga class! I also love that their company really runs on the values of being eco-friendly and ethical. They also give back to various charities!

Price: $140

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Liforme Mat

Manduka: If I’m being fully honest (which I am, duh), I’m having a hard time with this one because I love my manduka Pro mat – it has been my favorite mat for at home practice, with good cushion and enough grip (but not too much – too much grip and I feel like I don’t have to engage my muscles as much), for my day to day yoga. The Pro mat is made to last a lifetime, meaning you won’t have to replace it (less production) and it won’t be dumped in a landfill for a long time. However, the mat is Oeko Tex certified emission free PVC – meaning it you won’t breath in PVC emissions, but it does contain PVC and won’t break down in a landfill. If I was getting a new mat, I would go with Manduka’s eKO Mat that is made from sustainably harvested tree rubber and is PVC free. While I do love the Pro, I prefer a mat that is PVC free and biodegradable.

Price: $88

Other Eco-friendly Mats:

These mats I haven’t tried, so I can’t speak directly to them, but they were recommended to me and I wanted to share with you all as they are great eco-friendly options!

Yellow Willow Yoga: These mats are made from 100% recycled materials, are PVC and latex free, and are biodegradable! Definitely a winner if you’re looking for an earth friendly mat. They also come in really pretty patterns J

Price: $98

Tiny Yoga Company: I shared these mats on my stories after the owner reached out to me to share her product. I so appreciate her hustle and love that she’s created a product that is eco friendly (100% natural rubber), biodegradable, vegan, and affordable! This mat has the lowest price point will still checking all the eco-friendly boxes!

Price: $55

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Tiny Yoga Company