Vegan Sweet Potato Lasagna

LasagnaServes up-to 12 people (or 6 if you have really big slices)

First – make the “Sweet Potato Noodles”:

Take 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, and cut lengthwise very thin (1/2 cm thick). Then, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and boil the slices for 2 minutes. Remove and place on parchment paper and allow to dry.

Second – make the sauce:

I personally love Angela Lindon’s Thick & Chunky Tomato Sauce from Oh She Glows (double the recipe). Or, simply use your own favourite recipe or a canned version.

Third – The Lasagna:

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato Noodles
  • Thick & Chunky Tomato Sauce (double the recipe)
  • 2 blocks of Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 TBS Soy Sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped sliced
  • 1 pckg Spinach
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dired parsley
  • 1.5 bags Daiya (or other cheese alternative)
  • Oil for cooking

Prep:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 370F
  2. Boil spinach for 2 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry and chop.
  3. Sautée onion in oil until translucent. Add mushrooms and spices and stir over medium heat until mushrooms are soft. Then turn off the heat, and mix in spinach.
  4. In a large bowl, crumble tofu and mix with soy sauce.
  5. Start Layering:
  • Sauce (small amount in the bottom to prevent sticking)
  • Sweet Potato (doesn’t have to be perfect)
  • 1/2 tofu mixture
  • 1/2 Daiya bag worth of cheese
  • Sweet Potato
  • Sauce
  • Mushroom/onion/spinach mixture
  • Daiya
  • Sweet Potato
  • Sauce
  • 1/2 Tofu mixture
  • Sauce
  • Sweet Potato
  • Daiya

Bake, uncovered, for 50 minutes at 370F. Then, broil the top for 3-4 minutes.

It’s seriously AMAZING!

 

 

Advertisements

The break-up that changed my life

Writers block – it’s been at least 9 straight months. It’s killing me. So, I asked wordpress to provide some inspiration – and this is what they asked me: “What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?”

I immediately thought: ‘traveling through Europe”. But after a bit more thought, I realized that trip was actually the result of a previous experience.

A break-up.

I know, it sounds so cliché.

Before you read on, I should preface this by saying that this break-up isn’t really any different from a break-up many of us have experienced. It wasn’t overly dramatic; it wasn’t a result of cheating; and, looking back, it was probably the most civilized break-up I have ever experienced.

But it was a break-up that happened during a very tumultuous time of my life – my young-twenties.

I’m sure many people can relate to the pains of being a young twenty-something, trying to figure out “life”. We’re fresh out of school, excited to get that amazing job we’ve been dreaming about and that amazing boyfriend/girlfriend that is going to make it all come together. Honestly, I naively thought that getting the perfect boyfriend was my way to figuring the rest out: if I get the awesome guy, the rest will all fall into place.

Silly girl.

Not to inflate his ego too much, but he was awesome. GB was the perfect gentleman from the first moment I met him. Funny enough, it would be 8 months from our first meeting that we would actually begin dating. I remember our first date, he took me to get cupcakes, and then we watched a movie – nothing amazing – but after that first cupcake, I knew I was in trouble. To make a long –and sickeningly adorable — story short – I changed my plans to move back to Toronto to stay in Edmonton so I could see where it could go. It was the first time I had ever cared about someone else so much – and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world because all my friends agreed – he was a really great guy.

Well, as most young-love stories end – we broke up. Well, he broke up with me. And I was angry. No, I was devastated. No, I was confused.

I was also lost. I had put so much of my time and energy into our relationship, that I lost sight of my own goals. So when he left – I had nothing to focus my energy on.

When he first met me, I told him how I wanted to be a journalist. I told him I wanted to write for an environmental magazine. I was so passionate – I wanted to change the world.

Sadly, I lost sight of that goal. I had settled to being his girlfriend – happy to work at a restaurant and come home to him every night. Happy to save my money so we could go on a trip together. Happy to imagine a life in a province far away from my family. Happy to be content with whatever life he could provide for us.

So when GB broke up with me, I spiralled out of control. There is no need to go into too much details – but the person I became is not someone I liked very much.

But, they always say it takes rock-bottom for a person to realize that they need to make a change.

Well, I hit rock-bottom. I was spending all of my time either drinking or nursing a hang-over. I stopped writing. I stopped caring.

Then, one drunken night, it was like someone slapped me across the face and said “WAKE-UP!” – I went online, booked my one-way flight to Dublin, and made a promise to myself that in 6 months I was going to be in Europe, and I was going to do something with my life beyond waitressing. I began my blog Tay In Europe. 

                                                                                                                   

It’s been two years since GB broke my heart – and I couldn’t be more thankful. If he hadn’t broken up with me – if we would have stayed together – I would be living a life for someone else, instead of for myself.

So, thank-you GB. Thank-you for helping me realize that I need to put myself first.

Sweet Sriracha Seeds

Sweet Sriracha Seeds (Roasted Spaghetti Squash Seeds) Adapted from Oh She Glows and Honest Cooking Ingredients: 1-2 Servings 1/2 cup Seeds (pumpkin, butternut, or spaghetti squash work) 1 tsp  & 1 tsp rock salt 2-3 TBSP Sriracha Sauce 1 TBSP … Continue reading

Write it down

Living life is an adventure in itself, and through humour, pictures and general ranting, I’ll share this adventure with you. I’m home. Have you ever taken a moment to reflect? Reflect on how you got to where you are right now. Sometimes … Continue reading

Music & Inspiration

Songza http://songza.com/listen/new-artists-to-watch-songza/ I enjoy the “New Artists to Watch” playlist I also really like the “Blogged 50” playlist Coffitivity  http://coffitivity.com/ Combine this background sound with Songza and make yourself a coffee and eat a muffin…you’ll feel like your in an … Continue reading