Hannah’s cheesy nooch lasagna – recipe

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Wednesdays are usually style days, so here’s a shot of me cooking this recipe in my Miakoda New York slouch pants! Their company is vegan, cruelty free, and eco friendly, and they have some amazing designs to pick from.

Soooo I was experimenting with leftovers and stuff I had lying around in my kitchen today, and came up with this yummy, savory lasagna recipe!

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My humble kitchen – from left to right – lasagna strips, tempeh filling, and lentil filling! 🙂

This is not like a regular lasagna, but at least it isn’t raw lasagna, which can confuse and annoy. (Raw lasagna is delicious but you have to know what you’re getting into.)

Anyway, without further ado, here is my yummy nooch-tastic lasagna recipe!

Hannah’s cheesy nooch lasagna

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(Feeds 4-5 if you each eat a giant piece. Figure it out.)

Ingredients:

Lentil nooch filling

2 cups red lentils
3 cups water
1 tsp Vega Omega Oil Blend
1 tablespoon pink himalayan salt
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup Trader Joe’s veggie stock

Tempeh FIlling

1 block tempeh (any plain kind/brand will do)
1/2 diced yellow onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp pink himalayan salt
1 tsp garlic salt

Lasagna/pasta strips

9 pasta strips (I used whole wheat strips from Trader Joes)
4 cups water
1 pinch pink himalayan salt
1 tsp olive oil

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil 3 cups of water in a pot, add a little Vega omega oil blend and a pinch of salt, and cook up 2 cups red lentils (takes about 20 minutes or less on high; make sure they are good and soft!) Drain in a colander and let set for one minute, then transfer to a mixing bowl and mash them up.

Step 2 – Add 1 cup nutritional yeast (nootch) to the mashed lentils, mix well.

Step 3 – Add 1 tablespoon pink himalayan salt, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 cup quinoa flour, and 1 cup Trader Joes veggie stock to lentil mixture. Mix well.

Step 4 – Set mixture aside.

Step 5 – crumble up a package of tempeh into pieces (I use the one from trader joes) in your hands and set aside

Step 6 – dice 1/2 a yellow onion, mince 2 cloves of garlic, and set aside

Step 7 – heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet, add 1 tsp pink himalayan salt, 1 tsp garlic salt, the onion, and garlic, and cook on medium heat just enough so that the onion starts to brown

Step 8 – add the tempeh to the skillet and cook on medium until the tempeh starts to brown; careful not to burn it!

Step 9 – turn on tempeh to low heat to keep warm and boil a large pot of water (about 4 cups)

Step 10 – once the water is boiling, add 1 tsp olive oil, a pinch of salt, and your pasta strips (I used 9 whole grain strips) and cook on medium boil for 10 minutes

Step 11 – drain pasta in colander and let sit for 1 minute (or until you can handle it safely without burning your hands)

Step 12 – assemble your lasagna in a pan! I used a little metal pan and layered it with a bottom layer of 3 pasta strips, then the lentil mixture, and the tempeh mixture on top of that. I put in two layers and then covered the top with more pasta strips.

Step 13 – Cover the pan with tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes.

Step 14 – Let lasagna sit for about 6 minutes.

Steph 15 – consume.

Sakura abound!

It’s springtime in Vegas!

 
I had no idea that sakura bloomed around my apartment. 

I relocated to Vegas from Los Angeles this past November so I hadn’t yet experienced a spring season here.

Imagine my surprise to find that cherry blossoms had bloomed this morning all around my apartment complex!

Nature is truly wonderful. 

Enjoy!

   
   

My top 5 Valentine’s presents – hint hint

What do you get a Plantbased Jetsetter for good old V-Day?

Here’s my top 5 list of cruelty-free, vegan gifts that I (or any other lady) would be delighted to receive.

1. Lingerie from Cantiq LA – this is my lovely friend Chelsea Hughes‘s line of sexy, cruelty free, locally made lingerie, and it is SO PRETTY. I own two sets, myself, and plan on snagging more in the future.

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Image via Cantiq LA

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2. Love GoodlyBox subscription! This box is full of vegan, cruelty-free goodies that continue to surprise me, both in quality and quantity!

As for the Feb/March box, the total value is $86 and each box supports “Cure Cervical Cancer”. There’s still time to snag one!

PS: I had the chance to try out one of the box’s newest additions: LVX Nail polish, pictured below! The color they are sending out with the box is a perfect, timeless red, and cruelty-free/vegan, of course.

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Image via Love Goodly
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Image via Love Goodly


3. Gunas –
Glitter Bunny clutch! Remember this? I got one for my birthday and I am obsessed.

The crystals sparkle when you walk and it looks like you’re carrying liquid flame.

Seriously.

Spend the money for this clutch or make someone buy it for you because you are going to look amazing when you hold one.

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Image via Gunas

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4. VegaI’m pretty much obsessed with all Vega products (sans the bars) and I especially have a thing for their Mocha flavors. I drink a scoop of their Vega One nutritional shake (a ton of superfoods, protein, and vitamins included in this baby!) almost every morning, and I use their entire sport line as well. More on that to come. 🙂

I would be delighted to receive a tub of plant based Mocha protein for V-Day, as I’m sure any girl who shops for plant based products would agree!

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Image via myvega.com

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5. Rose City – Last but not least…who could forget the chocolate?

Rose City features vegan chocolates to die for. I could eat an entire case of their vegan almond bark and not feel bad. I mean it.

For years, Vegan chocolate lovers have had to search long and hard to find good vegan chocolates and vegan candy. We wanted to change that. We wanted Vegans to be able to enjoy exquisite chocolates made from quality vegan ingredients. Vegans should not have to compromise quality for compassion. Thus, we have assembled a fabulous selection of Vegan chocolates – some imported from Belgium and some made by us. Each chocolate and candy selection uses strictly vegan ingredients, and each is absolutely delicious! Any chocolate connoisseur can surely find something special here.

YOU DON’T SAY. I have spent so much time poring over their website, debating which chocolates to eat. The struggle is real.

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Both images via Rose City

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And there you have it! Go forth and know that you are purchasing your vegan friend a wonderful, pretty, or delicious thing for Valentine’s Day.

Show your love by showering them with gifts.

Punch a hole in the sky!

I believe in you.

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*Some affiliate links are included in this post; as usual, I make a tiny bit of commission if you buy through these links, and they are products I own or use personally and believe in. 🙂

A plantbased birthday!

It was my 30th birthday this Monday and I decided to go all out, drive to Los Angeles, and have an actual birthday weekend!

Many plantbased shenanigans ensued.

Friday night I joined my LA girl cult at Pour Vous, a lovely little French-themed speakeasy that features delicious champagne, vegan crepes (if you ask for them), and aerial performers.

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Here I am sipping champagne at Pour Vous in a floral jumpsuit I snagged on a whim. Jumpsuits don’t usually fit me because I am so tall, but this one miraculously did! It’s a birthday miracle!

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My lovely friend Annaliese is the driving force behind a lot of the LA-based events I attend, and arranged for the yummy bday champagne. Hooray!

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Saturday I gathered a group of lovely ladies (and one guy) and headed over to the ever-delicious Sun Cafe in Studio City. I had been craving their vegan mac n’ cheese for weeks, and as usual, it did not disappoint. I even added the tempeh bacon option because it’s my birthday, damn it, and I wanted to be in a food coma.

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They serve it in a cast iron pan. Look at it. I want another one right now. It was so good.

As usual, my friends knew me well and brought me champagne, SouthWest gift cards, and general bday cheer. I waddled home sated and happy.

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Sunday was family bday and the Superbowl; I spent the morning preparing food with my mom, wherein I made my famous vegan deviled tomatoes (recipe here)!

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Mmmm.

I don’t really care about the actual Superbowl, but it was nice to hang out with my family and some of my best friends; my lovely bff Victoria brought me a bouquet filled with money folded into origami shapes, which was the best thing ever.

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And my Dad got me some junmai daiginjo sake, which is my favorite type of sake (the rice is very finely polished and it tastes like rainbows.)

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On my actual birthday (Monday), I drove home to Vegas and went out to dinner at Lakeside, one of the many restaurants at the Wynn that offer delicious gourmet vegan options.

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Eggplant dish of the gods – this melted in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Truffle arancini – Also melted in the mouth and I almost ordered another plate of them, but I knew that would fill me up too much.

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Vegan crab cakes – Mmmmm. I crushed this plate. The flavors used here are phenomenal and would satisfy even the most grumpy food critic.

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All in all, it was an amazing birthday!! Below are some more of the cruelty free, vegan presents I received from my thoughtful friends.

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The limited edition Glitter Bunny clutch from Gunas (from my bff bizarro-sai) – I’m obsessed. This is such a lovely little clutch and I am going to be extra careful with it. No drunken nights out for you, little clutch!

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My brother and sister in law sent me these vegan cookbooks! Oh She Glows is one of my favorite blogs of all time, and Miyoko Schinner‘s cuisine is everything.

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Last but not least – my friend Charity got me a vegan set of bath bombs, lotion bars, and soaps from Lush!
BEST. BIRTHDAY. EVER.

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