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.
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
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.
4. Thinly slice zucchini 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 🙂
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!
Would you try vegan ricotta? To weird? Or freaking delicious? LMK.
Bali has amazing, endless cafes and vegan eateries full of delicious food. If you are looking to eat well while on vacation, Bali has you covered. The places below are some of my favorite ones that I ate at during my trip and therefore can speak directly to! I listed my recommended orders but they all have extensive menus with TONS of options. If you’re looking for more options, I highly suggest Lonely Planet or searching your favorite travel blogs. At the bottom I also listed a few additional places I wanted to try but ran out of time for 😭
Shady Shack – This vegetarian food cafe looks out over rice fields and has a menu full of delicious bowls, tacos, and smoothies. Our group tossed back a round of the Immunity shots (#wild) and ordered tempeh bowls and the burger!
Order the: tempeh bowl, a spritzer drink, and a juice shot.
Crate Cafe – This open air cafe is an right off the main road in Canggu and full of amazing breakfast options. Their servings are big, so come hungry!
Order the: chia bowls, açaí bowls, or mega stacked toasts!
Earth Cafe (also in Ubud) – This was one of my favorites places; I went twice in two days and wanted to try everything on their menu. Both locations also have a small health food and goods shop!
Order the: raw burger and one of their juices!
Kynd Community – This place was made for instagram with palm tree walls, a cute swing, and gorgeous food. I love that they stress the message of “being kynd” through eating a plant based diet and being mindful how our actions impact the planet.
Order the: açaí bowl with writing on it, whole coconut, brekkie salad.
Coffee Cartel – This was one of my favorite lattes from my entire trip in Bali – the creamiest almond milk and incredible latte art made with their Ripple machine.
Order the: latte with the “ripple” if you want yours with your name on it!
Ku De Ta – This restaurant and bar overlooks the ocean. You can hang out at the pool or on one of their daybeds loungers while you enjoy your food and drink!
Order: anything. I got a green juice but they have a great array of cocktails. Come for an amazing view of the beach at sunset!
Batik – I went here for dinner one night and absolutely loved the place. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and has lots of outdoor seating. I recommend outdoors for dinner because the heat of the day is gone and you get prime people watching seats.
Order the: One of their curries 🤤 I got a green curry here that was amazing!
Revive – this cute hipster cafe recently opened just on the outskirts of Ubud. With cozy velvet seats or tables to sit at, it is the perfect place to post up and do some work or enjoy coffee with a friend.
Order the: amazing, frothy golden lattes and vegan chocolate covered coconut balls!
Nu Hype – I stumbled upon this place on my way to Alchemy and had to try it. This is a classic Instagram friendly cafe. Come for a picture in the swing chair, try one of their smoothies!
Alchemy – A must go place for every plant based foodie.
Order the: the entire menu. Make sure to check out their dessert cooler filled with raw balls and amazing vegan desserts.
Sage – This space is beautiful and has one of the best plant based menus. It is a bit outside the center of Ubud but worth the trip!
Order the: cauliflower fritters (slightly spicy but SO good), the nourish bowl, or the jackfruit tacos. Also anything and everything with the tempeh; it has a bit of spice to it that I loved. Make sure to get some of their chocolate chip cookies on your way out – amazing!
Seeds of Life – This restaurant makes raw foods fun and delicious! If you’ve never tried raw foods, this is the place to go. They have everything from raw lasagna, to pesto burgers, to desserts.
Order the: try a tonic if you’re looking for a health indulgence. I got one of their bowls and loved it!
Mudra – everything here looked AMAZING. This was one of my favorites places. Mudra’s food is sourced locally and based on ayurveda. I got the veggie wrap as I wasn’t too hungry.
Order the: smoothie for breakfast or poke bowl for lunch (the party sitting next to me got these and RAVED about them).
La Pachamama – If you are craving mexican-style food in Ubud, try La Pachamama. Great place for dinner with a group of friends.
Order the: buffalo cauliflower for some comfort food away from home. Or try a margarita and tacos for a Mexican kick.
Kafe – cute cafe with lots of breakfast options at the center of Ubud.
Order the: almond milk lattes with a tasty pastry on the side!
Elephant (views) – I got the green brekky here and to be completely honest wasn’t thrilled with it. It was tasty, but nothing special. The views here are worth a stop. Enjoy your meal looking out over the Campuhan Ridge.
Clear Cafe – This place is well known for their decorated stairs, Clear Cafe also has great vegan, vegetarian and raw options.
Order the summer rolls and a fresh juice for a light meal!
These brownies came about as I had some VERY overripe bananas in my fridge that needed a purpose ASAP or they were getting tossed. A quick google search brought me to Gimme Delicious‘s blog. This recipe is almost too good to be true. It is SO simply and quick to make but SO tasty.
The brownies come out super fudge like. If you’re looking for fluffy cake brownie, this isn’t the recipe for you. If however, you want some dense and delicious fudge goodness, I have you covered. I added an extra peanut butter drizzle on top of mine (because there is no such thing as too much PB) but you could also add nuts, chocolate chunks, or any additions of your choice!
Made with only four ingredients, these brownies are not only incredibly simple to make, but also a really healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. These brownies are vegan, gluten free, paleo and has no added sugar. Basically meaning that they are totally acceptable to eat any time of day. I highly suggest having one with your morning coffee 😉
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease your baking dish or skillet well. I used coconut oil to grease my cast iron pan and has no issues with sticky brownies 🙂
Mash your bananas up well in a large mixing bowl, then mix in the peanut butter. Stir till well-combined.
Add in protein and cocoa powder; stir well.
Pour batter into greased pan. Bake for 15-20 min.
I baked my brownies for 17 min and they turned out just right however I suggest checking them a bit earlier, everyone’s oven is different! They will still be soft and fudgy but the toothpick should come out clean!
These make a great healthy dessert or a delicious morning treat!
I always love seeing your photos, if you make these, tag me!
After a few weekends of eating more indulgent foods than I normally do, I am trying to make a real effort to cut added sugar where I can. When sugar creeps into my diet I feel more sluggish, have trouble sleeping, breakout more, and overall don’t feel my best.
In the spirit of springtime and because carrot cake is by far my favorite cake, I made these carrot cake energy bites. These bites are vegan, gluten free, and have no added sugar. Plus they are super simple to make and require no baking! Win win. I worked off of Happy Healthy Mama’s recipe and made a few tweaks.
¾ cup raw walnuts
¼ cup raw pecans
5-6 pitted dates
½ cup raisins (golden are my preference if you can find them!)
1.5 – 2 cups carrots
1 cup rolled oats (GF)
¼ cup coconut flour
½ tsp cinnamon (heaping)
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon salt
+ unsweetened shredded coconut to top
Blend walnuts, pecans, raisins and dates together.
Add in carrots and blend.
Stir spices, oats, and flour together. Add to mixture and blend until combined.
Roll into balls. Top with shredded coconut.
Freeze for 5-10 minutes to harden slightly, then store in fridge.
Eat + enjoy!
These bites are not only tasty but also loaded with nutrients: Carrots are high in beta-carotene, Vitamin A, C, K and B8. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants. They have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, improve brain health, and boost moods. Pecans contain potassium, calcium and magnesium. Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, reduces the risk of heart disease, and is anti-inflammatory. Like cinnamon, ginger is anti-inflammatory and also helps with digestion. Dates are a great source of fiber and contain calcium, iron, and magnesium.
As I do not have a food processor, I used my Ninja blender and did the nuts and dates separately at first before combining all together. Depending on the strength of your blender / food processor, blending in batches may work best.
As written, the recipe has no added sugar and is definitely more on the savory side. For more of a “cake like” taste, add sweetener of your choice (honey, raw sugar, maple syrup, etc.).
It’s been a bit since I wrote one of these and I always find it fun to read what other people are eating, what workouts they’re doing, what they’re reading, etc. When I re-read that it mostly just sounds like I’m a nosy person.
In case you’re nosy too, here’s what I’ve been crushing on lately:
Breakfast smoothies: I get it, mornings are busy and it’s much easier to run out the door than it is to make breakfast. Study after study shows the benefits of eating breakfast, whether you’re trying to focus better at work or lose weight.
Personally, when I’m hungry I tend towards hanger. And even if I manage to keep that under control, having a full belly makes me 100x more productive, whether I’m at work or running errands on the weekend. That said, my mornings are busy and making a full breakfast spread isn’t in the cards. Lately I’ve been hooked on protein smoothies. I keep it real simple:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop Xology protein
1 tbs. flax seed
Handful frozen banana, strawberries, etc. (whatever is in the freezer)
The smoothies are sweet from the fruit (quieting my morning sugar cravings), the flax provides a good dose of fiber to keep everything moving along, and the Xology gives me a protein boost to start the day – keeping me full till lunch.
I love Xology’s vegan protein because it is soy, sugar, gluten, and dairy FREE but is still unbelievably creamy. The smoothies turn out almost in a melted ice cream texture – none of that chalky texture that protein powders (especially vegan ones tbh) tend to have. I’m a vanilla girl through and through so I’ve stuck with their vanilla chai but they also have an Arabica Mocha that sounds like it’d be delicious with a scoop of PB blended in too. Just a suggestion 😉
Use my code: “Julia30” for 30% off your order! They’ve got a whole line of whey proteins as well if you aren’t dairy free.
Air Wander: I love traveling and have prioritized it as something I want to save for / spend on with my extra cash. If you’re like me and want to see as many new places in the world as possible, Air Wander is for you. Basically when you’re booking a flight somewhere, it helps you book stopovers in other cities on the way there or way back. It’ll auto populate with suggested cities and show you if you’re saving money (score!) or how much more your ticket will be with the stopover. Stopovers can be for multiple days, giving you enough time to quickly explore a new city.
Full disclosure, I haven’t actually booked a trip through them, just endlessly perused their website and planned approximately 10 different trips around the world I want to take. This isn’t sponsored. I just think the site is cool and fun if you’re into maximizing your trip, seeing more of the world, and saving some money!
Spring collections: It never stops being summer in San Diego but I like to keep with the seasonal vibes and Alo Yoga’s spring collection has me feeling all Easter-y and spring flower bloom feels. Especially crushing on this open back laced top from Alo yoga. I’m also very into the expanded sweatpants offerings. Because if you can never have too many yoga pants, you can REALLY never have too many sweatpants. AMIRIGHT?
This brush is LIFE CHANGING. I promise this is not an exaggeration. My mom told me about it and I lol’d a bit thinking, there is no way it’s that different than my regular brush. Is it ever! I have a mass of wild curly hair and this brush runs through it like BUTTER. If you’ve got curly hair or are tangle prone – this is a must.
Easy at home bath remedies, everything from insomnia, to detox, to sunburn.
One of my resolutions for 2018 is to remove excess sugar from my diet. Sugar is added into so many packaged foods – sauces, dressing, cereals, and 98% of the PB I find in stores. I don’t buy much packaged food, but make sure the PB I buy is only peanuts and salt (no added sugar or palm oil!!) and I have made the switch to unsweetened almond milk for coffee and smoothies. Although I’ve removed a lot of the added sugars from my diet, I still have a major post dinner sweet tooth to keep in check.
I saw these coconut fat balls on Lee From America’s instagram and knew I needed them in my life. Full of fat and protein, but low in sugar, these are the perfect post dinner snack. I would also highly recommend them in the morning with coffee, after a workout, or really whenever hunger strikes.
I closely followed Lee’s recipe, but made a few adjustments, here’s what went into the blender:
1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut butter (if you have not tried this before, you are MISSING out!)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup cashews (I did salted)
1/2 cup almond slices
2 tsp cinnamon
3 medjool dates (pitted)
1/3 cup almond milk, plus a few extra splashes to keep things moving