Recipe: Spinach Mushroom Lasagna

I love lasagna. It’s up there on my list of comfort foods. I had actually planned on making this last week, but kept putting it off — lasagna’s not the quickest meal to throw together. It doesn’t exactly fit in with my detox plan for this week, but I still feel like it’s a healthy, hearty meal.

I don’t have exact measurements for this recipe because, well, I didn’t really measure out everything. I just added and tasted it as I went. So, if you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments. It does make enough for two full layers in a 9-in x 13-in casserole dish.

For this particular lasagna, I followed Veganomicon‘s recipe for Cashew Ricotta, which is absolutely amazing if you haven’t tried it. As far as the sauce, I sauteed half a yellow onion, three cloves of garlic and one finely diced carrot. To that, I added a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes, along with dried basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. (I tend to like my lasagna on the dry side, so you may want to add an additional can of tomatoes if you prefer a saucier lasagna.)

To cut down on pots and pans, I used the same pot that I used for the lasagna noodles to cook down a large package of frozen, chopped spinach and 8 ounces of sliced button mushrooms. Finally, I layered it all in baking dish, topped it with extra sauce and a sprinkle of basil and nutritional yeast, and baked it for 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

A spring mix salad, crusty bread and olives rounded out the meal.

Enjoy!

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New Cookbook: Appetite for Reduction

I don’t know about you, but I ate way too much food over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was all delicious, but I’m feeling the need to detox a bit when it comes to my diet. Over the weekend, I picked up Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s newest book, Appetite for Reduction, at my local bookstore. I’m really excited about it because it doesn’t feel at all like a diet book. It contains “nutritionally balanced” recipes that don’t contain any fake anything, and, from what I’ve read so far, look very easy to make. My eyes quickly went to the Chickpea Picatta and Caulipots, the Goddess Nicoise salad, Ceci-Roasted Red Pepper Soup, and the Spinach Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower Ricotta and Spinach, which I think I’m going to make for my family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

I’m planning on making the picatta this weekend, which brings me to another subject: this here blog. Since leaving the freelance world and going back to a 9 to 5, my food blogging, as you can see, has fallen by the wayside. I’ve been cooking, but by the time I get home, it’s dark outside, which means that I don’t have any natural light to take pictures. And with me not being a decent photographer, I don’t really know how to make up for the bad lighting. So, until I chalk up the money for photography lessons, I’m going to do my food blogging on the weekend when I’m home during the day to take pictures. Through the week, I intend on writing vegan food-related posts (like this one) that don’t involve cooking and taking pictures.

At least that’s my plan.