Italian Eggplant Casserole with Cashew-Tofu Ricotta

What can I say? I’m really enjoying “The Vegan Slow Cooker” and not having to deal with tons of dishes every night. This is the fourth recipe I’ve made from the book and it was a hit. Thinly sliced eggplant is layered with a marinara sauce and creamy cashew-tofu ricotta. More like a thick sauce than a casserole, I served mine over a bed of whole wheat rotini pasta and a side of spring mix salad with lemon juice.

The dish was easy enough to throw together, but I used store-bought marinara to make it even easier. Call me lazy. Simply throw the tofu, cashews and other ingredients into a food processor, slice the eggplant and layer with the marinara in your crockpot. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. That’s it.

I was worried that the eggplant would turn out bitter since the recipe doesn’t require you to salt and blot it with a towel, but it wasn’t bitter at all.

This dish is definitely a keeper.

Quick Bowtie Pasta With Peas

Hello everyone! Sorry the lack of posts. I’m not gonna lie: money’s been a little tight this past week, so we’ve been eating cheap and not very blog-worthy food. And really, this pasta dish isn’t the most interesting dish I’ve blogged about, but I wanted to show you what you can throw together on the fly with a well-stocked pantry.

Pasta is my go-to meal whenever I don’t have a lot of funds. I made a quick marinara sauce last night and had some left over. To the leftover marinara, I added some frozen peas, a little non-dairy cream cheese, nutritional yeast, and cooked bowtie pasta. The cream cheese took the sauce up a few notches from a basic tomato sauce to something a little richer. I served it with some baby arugula drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar (I ran out of olive oil!).