Vegan Recipe Lasagne

Ingredients:

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp. of sundried tomato paste

2 courgettes

1 punnet of mushrooms

1 onion

1/4 chilli

1 tspn. of black pepper

Salt to taste

9 sheets of pasta

Dairy free white sauce

3 cloves of garlic

Dairy free cheese

  Method:

Chop up the courgettes and mushrooms and add the chilli, garlic and the onion to a food processor. Fry the courgettes, mushrooms, chilli, garlic and onion along with the chopped tomatoes and sundried tomato paste for 10 minutes. Put the sheets of pasta into boiling water for 10 minutes. Rinse the sheets in cold water.

Begin to layer your lasagne:

  • Bottom layer – Pasta sheets
  • 2nd layer – Vegetable mixture
  • 3rd layer – Pasta sheets
  • 4th layer – Vegetable layer
  • 5th layer – White sauce
  • 6th layer – Dairy-free cheese

-The Vegan Lily

6 Vegan Cream Replacements

Like I mentioned in ‘8 Simple Egg Replacements’, pretty much all animal products can easily be replaced with a cruelty-free, vegan alternative. This includes cream. Below are six vegan cream substitutes that can be used in custards, mousses, soups, ice-cream etc.

1) Cashew Cream
Boil 1 cup of cashew for about 5 minutes until they become soft. Place the cashews in 2 cups of water. Blend them on a low setting and gradually increase the speed until they are blended thoroughly.

2) Coconut Cream
Coconut has a creamy texture and sweet flavour and it can be bought in most supermarkets. This is a great substitute for whipped cream, pies and mousses. It is also much healthier than dairy cream.

3) Avocado
Avocados are ideal as a cream substitute in baking, creamy sauces and smoothies because of it’s creamy high-fat content. They’re cheap and can be found in any supermarket.

4) Bananas
Blended frozen bananas with a small amount of any alternative milk creates a very healthy ice-cream. It’s extremely cheap and easy to prepare and takes minutes to make!

5) Beans
Pureed beans work well in creamy soups, especially cannellini beans. Their mild taste won’t overpower other flavours in the dish.

6) Silken Tofu
Similar to the cannellini beans, tofu’s mild taste will not overpower flavours in the dish. It’s ideal for custards, frozen desserts and many savoury dishes. It’s soft and creamy, meaning it can be easily put through a blender.

-The Vegan Lily

8 Simple Egg Replacements

Pretty much all non-vegan foods have plant-based replacements. The least obvious replacements are ”egg replacements”. Here is a list of the most convenient vegan egg replacements along with recommended substitute measurements:

1) Tofu

Tofu is suitable for egg replacements in recipes that contain a lot of eggs, such as custards and quiches. To replace one egg in a recipe, purée 1/4 cup soft tofu. Although it tofu may not fluff up like eggs, it does have a texture that is perfect for ”eggy” meals.

2) Banana

One banana should substitute one egg in sweet dishes or baked deserts. The banana will add flavour, sweetness and moisture to the dish.

3) Flax Seed

3 tablespoons of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of flax seeds should replace one egg. Finely ground flax seed is best used in whole-grain baked goods and pancakes because of it’s nutty flavour. It also makes a great binder. Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and fibre.

4) Baking Soda and Vinegar

1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar should replace one egg. This is ideal for fluffy baked goods.

5) Chia Seed
Similar to flax seeds, chia seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They will also create an excellent binding agent for baked goods.  To replace one large egg, finely friend 1 tablespoon of chia seeds in a spice grinder.  Place in a small bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of water.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes before using in a recipe.  The mixture will thicken to a gel-like consistency.  Just before incorporating into a recipe, stir in a food pinch of baking powder.

6) Vegan Yoghurts
Alternative yoghurts include soy, rice, coconut flavour etc.  1/4 cup of yoghurt should substitute one egg. It will also add flavour and moisture to the dish. Yoghurts work best with breads, muffins and cakes.

7) Applesauce
1/4 cup of applesauce should replace one egg. Similar to the yoghurt replacement, applesauce works great with muffins, pancakes and breads. You may need to add baking powder or baking soda as a rising agent if needed.

8) Chickpea Flour
A more unusual substitute is chickpea flour. this is available in health food shops. It’s also known as besan, chana flour, gram flour, cici flour and garbanzo bean flour. 1/4 cup of chickpea flour and 1/4 cup of an alternative milk should replace one egg.

With many people being allergic to eggs or trying veganism, egg replacements are becoming more popular. Given the numerous health risks related to eating eggs, egg substitutes make eliminating eggs from your diet even easier. To read more about the health benefits of removing animal products from your diet, visit TheVeganLily’s ”Health Page” or www.nutritionfacts.org.

-The Vegan Lily

Blazing Salads, Dublin. Vegan/Vegetarian Wholefood Deli – Review

Yesterday, we went to a vegan/vegetarian wholefood deli in Dublin – Blazing Salads. It was quite small with no indoor seating but I still really enjoyed their food and the employees were all very friendly and polite.

I was amazed by the selection of vegan foods. I think it’s fair to say that most of their food was vegan. I wasn’t used to having such a  huge variety of cooked and prepared vegan foods.

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My favourite buy was the vegan pizza – A pastry with vegan cheese, tomatoes, onions and what I thought were slices of sweet potato. Beautiful.

In the end, we ended up buying two medium sized salads, a slice of pizza, a slice of cheesecake, two slices of ginger brownies and a date crumble. It amounted to just over twenty euro (which I think was good value for the quality of food).

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I only know of a handful of restaurants, cafés etc. in Ireland that sell mostly vegan foods. I’d love to see more places similar to blazing salads appear throughout Ireland over the next few years.  I definitely recommend any vegans, vegetarians or even meat eaters to try Blazing Salads, 42 Drury’s Street, Dublin, Ireland.

I’ve left a link to their website below where you can find ‘Today’s Menu’, their blog and even some of their recipes.

http://www.blazingsalads.com/

-The Vegan Lily

Vegan Dog Lives to 27 Years Of Age

The picture below shows Bramble, a blue merle collie, who lived to 27 years of age (189 human years). What’s even more incredible is the fact that Bramble ate a vegan diet consisting mainly of rice, lentils and vegetables.

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To this date, she is the oldest dog to live that I could find. According to her owner, who was also vegan, Bramble ate a vegan meal once a day and exercised a lot. Bramble has inspired me to continue feeding my dog a healthy vegan diet.

I have linked an article below about Bramble and her owner if you would like to find out more.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/vegetarian-dog-lives-to-189-years.html

-The Vegan Lily