Vegan Lasagna

Vegan Lasagna

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Cheryl

First off I should begin by telling you that I am not a vegan. I am not even a vegetarian. We’re talking full on carnivore over here. So when I was first given this assignment I thought I should beg off and let someone else tackle this subject. But then again I am always up for a challenge. I have several vegan friends and have made more than a few vegan dishes in my life. Plus, I respect the vegan choice.

Within days of being given this assignment three people shared their Vegan Lasagna recipes, along with offers to make them and take pictures. So here I am writing for the challenge and the learning and teaching experience it provides.

Veganism and vegetarianism are different in many ways. Simply put, the vegan follows a more strict diet by choosing only plant-based foods, whereas a vegetarian might be a consumer of some animal-based products. I will attempt to define a vegan for you all—hoping that while it may not be a complete encyclopedic definition, it will at least be a street level accurate one.

Donald and Dorothy Watson coined the term “vegan” in 1944 when they, among others, co-founded the “Vegan Society”. A registered charity, “The Vegan Society” continues to this day to, “advance veganism in a positive and significant way”.

A Harris Interactive telephone survey conducted in 2011 concluded that approximately 5% of the U.S. adult population is vegetarian, and only about half of that 5% are vegans. To celebrate this minuscule population, World Vegan Day is celebrated every year on November 1.

There are different levels of veganism. A dietary vegan chooses to refrain from eating animal products, not just meat, but also all animal derived products such as eggs and milk. An ethical vegan not only abstains from eating animal products but also from the use of animal products in any way, such as leather or wool clothing, animal derived vitamin supplements (like fish oil) & bee products (like beeswax), to name a few. An ethical vegan would also reject the use of products that use animals for testing.

Often a person would choose to be a vegan for health choices, to avoid chronic disease like cancer, heart disease or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Sometimes the choice is made for them as their own bodies have issues with certain products. This creates problems such as allergies or inflammation. Other times a person may choose to avoid eating animal products because they don’t like the taste. But I think most often the choice is a highly personal and ethical one. As one friend of mine put it, “I would never eat or use anything that is derived from something that has a face.”

All of us eat vegan dishes with most meals and find them quite tasty. Who doesn’t love a baked potato? Or a carrot? Especially when it is fresh from the ground. A vegan simply chooses not to eat all the things that surround these great garden side dishes.

I have never met a vegan whose life isn’t full of strong and educated conviction. Whether their diet is dictated by choice or need, the vegan is a very aware consumer and I have high regard and much respect for the person that lives this lifestyle.

If you are interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle I would suggest the following websites to get you started:
www.vegansociety.com
www.vegan.org
www.vrg.org

Now for some awesome Vegan Lasagna Recipes!

WandasGlutenFreeVeganLasagna

Wanda's Gluten Free Vegan Lasagna
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Total time: 
Serves: 9
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Shredded Daiya Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) Package Rice Lasagna Noodles, uncooked
  • ½ Cup Soy or Rice Milk
  • 2 (12 ounce) Vegan Sour Cream
  • 2 (8 ounce) Vegan Cream Cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) Package Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed
  • 8 Ounces Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Cup chopped Zucchini
  • 1 Cup chopped Yellow Squash
  • ½ Cup Vegan Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Coat a 9x13 inch lasagna pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large sauce pan heat milk, sour cream and cream cheese. Add in spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots.
  4. Mix and heat until milk and cheeses are well blended.
  5. Place a thin layer of sauce mix on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Place one layer uncooked noodles.
  7. Layer the sauce, sprinkle ½ cup of daiya mozzarella cheese.
  8. Repeat 2 more times.
  9. On the 4th and final layer, put noddles on and top with remaining daiya cheese. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray side down.
  10. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven, uncover, and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
  12. Place the uncovered dish back into the oven for 15 more minutes.
  13. Let cool 15 minutes or until ready to serve.

 
Cara's Grandma's Vegan Lasagna
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Zucchini Mixture
  • 4 Cups thin sliced Zucchini
  • 1 Cup chopped Onion
  • ¼-1/2 Cup Vegan Butter, such as Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • Spices
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Parsley
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Basil
  • ¼ tsp. Oregano
  • Other Ingredients
  • 3 tsp. EnerG Egg Replacer
  • 4 Tbsp. Water
  • 8 oz. Vegan Shredded Cheese, such as Daiya Mozzarella Styles Shreds
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients from the Zucchini Mixture Ingredients section together (Zucchini, Onion & Vegan Butter.)
  2. Cook Zucchini Mixture over medium heat on the stove for 10 minutes.
  3. Next, add the Spices Ingredients together and stir them to be sure they blend well.
  4. Mix the Spices into the Zucchini Mixture.
  5. Then, combine the EnerG Egg Replacer, cheese and water together.
  6. Add the EnerG Egg Replacer, Cheese and water mixture to the Zucchini Mixture that now has the Spices included.
  7. Pour mix into a 12x8 Baking Pan.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  9. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

 

And for some other truly tasty Vegan Recipes you can check out these links below:
www.ohsheglows.com
www.vegweb.com

Cheryl
Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager
Clearwater, MN

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Freshen Up with Essential Oils from Coborn's

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Rhonda

Spring is finally here and that’s a great time to try essential oils.  You’ve likely heard of essential oils, know someone who uses them or use them yourself.  And everyone has an opinion on what’s the best brand or the best way to use them.  I just want to share some of my favorite, easy ways to use essential oils and maybe include some education along the way!

What are Essential Oils?

So what is an essential oil, anyway?  They are highly concentrated, aromatic essences of plants.  They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs.  Essential oils are 100% pure plant oils and are very different from synthetic fragrance oils.

Different plants have different amounts of oils.  It takes 50 pounds of eucalyptus to make one pound of essential oil.  But it takes over 2000 pounds of rose to make the same amount!  That is why different oils have different costs.

Different oils also have very different properties.  They can be relaxing, energizing, nourishing or balancing.

Essential oils are very concentrated.  Please take time to learn about their properties and actions before you use them.  Use reputable information.  Oils are great fun, but very powerful.

Essential Oil Uses and RecipesMorning Jumpstart Recipe using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.com

Morning Jumpstart

Now, onto the fun!  There are endless ways to use oils throughout the day.  I jumpstart my morning by sprinkling a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint in the shower, away from where I stand.  The hot water activates the smell and the smell wakes me up!  Quick and easy.

Facial Mist Recipe using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comFacial Mist

Next stop is my poor, winter weary face.  Earlier in the season, I was so dry and dull and nothing was helping.  I found a simple recipe for a facial mist.  It’s just 4 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin and 24 drops of the oils best suited to your skin type.  I used lavender, geranium and sandalwood that is blended with jojoba.  I put it all in a small spray bottle, shook it and spritzed it.  I use it before my moisturizer and another light spritz to set my makeup.  After a couple weeks, a salesperson in a store actually complimented me on my lovely skin.  That wouldn’t have happened a few weeks earlier!  And it was a much less expensive solution than those miracle creams.  And likely safer.

Local, Quality Skin Care from Purple Prairie. Available at Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comRemember that your skin is the body’s largest organ.  Whatever you apply topically absorbs into your bloodstream.  It’s the reason medicine can be applied via a topical patch.  So slathering ourselves with chemicals that you wouldn’t ingest just doesn’t make good sense to me, personally.  There are so many great options. If you don’t want to make your own products, there are many high quality, safe skin care items that use essential oils, like our great local friends at Purple Prairie. (I had to get my local angle in here!)

How to Diffuse Oils for better sleep - www.cobornsblog.comDiffusing Oils

Another favorite way to use oils is with a diffuser.  There are many styles to choose from, we have three at home that are electric.  You simply fill them with water and oil.  They can be like mini humidifiers, adding moisture and great scents to your house.  My teenage son was waking up with a dry throat this winter, so we put one in his room.  Adding lavender or neroli oils give the added benefit of better sleep. Plus diffusers are a much better choice than spraying chemical air fresheners in your house.  Do you really want to breathe that in?

DIY Cleaning Supplies using Essential Oils from Coborn's - www.cobornsblog.comDIY Cleaning Products

Speaking of spraying chemicals in your house, another great way to use oils is in DIY cleaning products.  You can find great recipes online.  I get email newsletters from Aura Cacia and it just recently included tons of great ideas.  One favorite is to put 18-27 drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball and vacuum it up!  It’ll stay in the bag and freshen while you work.

Spring is a great time to fill your house with the fresh smell of lemon, orange and grapefruit.  In the winter, I prefer the earthy smells of pine, vetiver, and sandalwood.  But when they weather warms up, I am ready for sunny citrus smells.  It’s all about what you like!

I hope you were able to find my blog helpful. Visit your local Coborn’s and fun Aura Cacia oils and Purple Prairie skin care in the Natural Foods Department.

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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