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Spinach “Ricotta” and Cashew Lasagna

Spinach “Ricotta” and Cashew Lasagna

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This is a delicious traditional lasagna recipe that I inherited from my grandmother Maria da Graca. Of course it wasn’t vegan originally but I “veganized” it and added cashew because it goes very well with tofu and spinach. You don’t need to tell your guests it’s dairy free and I am sure they won’t know the difference!

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Yield:
6 servings
Ingredients
  • One 12.3-ounce package firm organic tofu, strained
  • One 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • One 8-ounce package vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 to 13 no-boil vegan lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella-flavored vegan cheese3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
  • 3 cloves garlic, 2 thinly sliced and 1 whole
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound cashew
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with oil.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes and stir for about 45 seconds. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt, bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce is reduced and most of the water is evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, add the tofu, spinach, cashew, vegan cream cheese, basil, nutritional yeast, whole clove garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and nutmeg to a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Spread a few tablespoons of the tomato sauce on the bottom of the prepared baking dish and top with 4 noodles (This is fine if they overlap slightly; divide the noodle into pieces to fill in any gaps if you need to).

Add half of the tofu mixture and spread out evenly. Top with a third of the sauce. Repeat with another 4 noodles, the remaining spinach mixture and half the remaining sauce.

Finish the lasagna with the remaining 4 noodles and sauce. Bake until the lasagna is hot, about 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with the shredded vegan cheese and bake until the lasagna is very hot and the cheese is slightly melted, about 15 minutes more. Let cool for a few minutes, cut into 6 pieces and garnish with basil leaves

Kelp Noodle Coleslaw and Ginger Salad

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I’m obsessed with Kelp noodles lately so I’ve been creating some variations of this super food ingredient. This one worked out really well and I’m sharing it with you!

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Kelp Noodle Coleslaw and Ginger Salad

Ingredients

1 package kelp noodles
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon of miso
2 tbsp agave
1.5 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp. ginger, minced or grated
2 cups shredded coleslaw mix

 

Cooking Directions

  • If you would like to soften the kelp noodles, bring a pot of water to a boil and boil for 4-8 minutes until they reach your desired consistency. Run under cold water.
  • Whisk together the rice vinegar, agave, sesame oil, miso, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.
  • Toss the noodles, coleslaw mix, cilantro, and sesame seeds with the dressing.
  • Let it cool for 30 min before serving.

Enjoy! 

 

 

Matthew Kenney & Alfred Portale Host Vegan Dinner at Food and Wine SOBE

Matthew Kenney & Alfred Portale Host Vegan Dinner at Food and Wine SOBE

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I was in the Food and Wine SOBE in Miami last week, and it was really excited about this wonderful dinner at the venue The Space Miami, hosted by the chef Matthew Kenney from M.A.K.E in Los Angeles, Chef Alfred Portale, author of the vegetarian recipe journal Greenmarket to Gotham and Alex Guarnaschelli, Chef of Butter and The Darby in NYC.


The dinner was a blend of innovative technique with seasonal, local produce, and vibrant culinary art. Matthew’s beautiful dishes are crafted with fresh and raw ingredients.
The venue The Space Miami will be the next location of The White Lotus, a living foods restaurant, featuring cutting edge, plant-based cuisine by Matthew and his partner Karla Dascal, who plan to open the place in September of 2014.


It will surelly be my next culinary stop in Miami!


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The dining room

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Karla Dascal our partner in Miami and Chef Mathew Kenney

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Juliana Sobral MK Operations Coordinator and Chef Matthew Kenney

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Scott Wingeard Director of Culinary Operations for MK Cuisine Plating

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Kimchi Dumplings

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Scott Winegard helping Alfred Portale plate his course


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