Vegan Keto Lasagna

Before you turn up your nose, I promise this is delicious, my whole family loves it (including my toddler). It’s even Gluten Free! The only strike for this recipe – in my books – is that it does take some prep time, so I recommend making it on a leisurely Sunday or the night before to ensure maximum enjoyment.

My husband, who loves to keep me on my toes, decided to try keto a few years ago, which wouldn’t be so much of an issue if not for the following reasons:

  • I’ve been actively trying to get our family consume less meat (and when we do I obtain it from humane sources)
  • My husband is allergic/intolerant to: dairy, beans, and egg yolks
  • At the beginning he also decided to add “Low FODMAP” to the list of restrictions (FML!)

I came across The Essential Vegan Cookbook on a friend’s bookshelf and asked to borrow it, I have amended this recipe from the book, which was called Veggie Lasagna Rolls. It required even more effort than I am willing to give, so like many recipes, I used it as a “guideline” to format this one below.

My husband is no longer on Keto, but I still make this because everyone loves it so much. I think it would make a great dinner with some salad and garlic bread if you were hosting a group with various allergies too!

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VEGAN KETO LASAGNA

Rating: 5 out of 5.
MetroVanMom | VEGAN KETO LASAGNA | Dairy Free, Gluten Free

INGREDIENTS

For the “cheese” layer

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups slivered almonds (or sub 2.5-3 cups ground almond flour)
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 lemon – zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 150g plain organic silken tofu (often in a two pack – freeze the other half)
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

For the remaining layers

  • 1 bag of Daiya cheese (sub regular if you’re vegan-ish)
  • 2 medium zuchinis
  • 2 medium eggplants (I prefer Chinese eggplant for it’s thin skin and similar size to zucchini, but either will do)
  • 880ml jar of Simply Natural Organic Tomato Basil sauce (or sub your favourite)

METHOD

  • At least an hour before (I do this during afternoon nap), cut zucchini and eggplant in thin strips (3-4cm) and lay out on a clean tea towel. Salt both sides and cover with another clean tea towel. This will remove excess moisture. *Note* I’m lazy and think I know better, so skipped this step the first time and while it still tastes fine, it makes it a sloppy mess, so I recommend it.
  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Combine all “cheese” ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender. Blend until smooth, it will have a slight chunky consistency, this is normal. Add a tsp of water to thin if needed, but this should be thick enough to spread. You can also do this ahead of time and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready.
  • In a 9×13 baking dish (I used a glass Pyrex) begin layering your lasagna starting with a layer of tomato sauce, followed by a veggie layer, then cheese, then sauce etc until you reach the top. There is no wrong way to do this!
  • Once layering is complete top with a full bag of Daiya cheese (or other substitute) and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until veggies are soft when pierced with a fork. I recommend checking at the 45-50 minute mark as all ovens run differently.
  • Remove from oven and let it rest and cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with salad and/or your favourite garlic bread. Dish out in large portions – it’s just veggies after all! You’ll find it’s not as heavy as its classic pal with pasta.
  • Enjoy!
MetroVanMom | VEGAN KETO LASAGNA | Dairy Free, Gluten Free

lemony basil chicken pasta

IMG_0655I’m not one to get mushy and make cards, but now that we have a daughter, I find myself making cards and doing a lot more handmade projects for presents. Valentine’s Day was no exception. Daddy got a homemade heart card using lots of tape as our little one loves tape. Apparently, tape can fix anything that’s broken.

After a nap and the rain settling down a bit in the afternoon, I whipped up this really great pasta dish for dinner. It was really fast too. I marinated the chicken breasts the night before, so all I had to do was boil the pasta and make the sauce. I also steamed some asparagus cause I’m crazy like that.

The original recipe calls for cream and half and half, but since I made cinnamon buns for breakfast, I thought we’d cool it slightly with the calories, so I made the sauce with about 1/3 cup of half and half and 0% plain greek yogourt. My husband said that this meal was a keeper and to keep it in the rotation. My daughter ate a lot of the chicken too. Wasn’t a fan of the lemony pasta, so she got plain pasta with butter on it, snooze! Continue reading “lemony basil chicken pasta”

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl
cuban chicken bowl

It’s been quite a long time since we were in Cuba, but from what I remember there wasn’t that much seasoning on the food. There were lots of beans and pork and plantains, and oh ya, mojitos. How I miss thee! So when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it looked really tasty and flavourful, so obviously, I made it.

I prepped the chicken the night before to marinate and chopped up and put into bowls most of the other things the morning of, so that I could get it all ready for dinner once my daughter and I got back from the park.

Recipe adapted from half baked harvest Just want to mention that I’ve made a lot of recipes from this site, and they are to die for. Continue reading “cuban chicken bowl”

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner(s)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! 2 Meals, 1 Bird! Roast Chicken in the crock pot, and Tuscan Chicken Stew at the experimentalhousewife.comWe know we’ve been a bit behind on the posts lately, blame it on the chaos around Christmas and the regular ebb and flow of life. But I haven’t forgotten you, I’ve been snapping pictures and logging them for just this moment when I could get back, so stay tuned for some frequent posts my friends!

This one is fresh though, just finished the final recipe yesterday and I must say I’m proud! I thought ‘What if I blogged two recipes around the evolution of one whole chicken?’ Now stay with me here… what I mean is, I bought a whole chicken, made a dinner with it, and from the remains, made another different dinner. Not revolutionary, I know, but quite fun.

One $9 whole chicken = more than 7 meals! Continue reading “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner(s)”

buttermilk chicken drumsticks

My husband loves to bbq, enough said! If there’s a way he can make a meal onto the grill, then he’s happy. Summer pretty much means at least one meal a week is bbq’d. Pretty soon this will be at least one crockpot meal a week.

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taco stuffed peppers

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It’s the last long weekend of the summer and after my husband and his friend attended the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game, I had a few friends, plus my husband and our friend Mike, over for mexican style stuffed peppers.

A great week night dinner as well as they are simple and delicious and can be easily adapted to fit what’s in your cupboards.

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Avocado Tzatziki

Sundays in the winter often call for roast dinners and cozy meals – but this summer has been busy and lazy, and most Sundays we feed ourselves by indulging in takeout. Greek is always a healthy option, so it’s usually that or sushi that makes the Sunday delivery order.avocado tzatziki

Unfortunate for him (but great for me since I get two helpings of tzatziki) the boyfriend can’t have dairy – so we make him this version with avocado: Continue reading “Avocado Tzatziki”

Olé, Steak Taco Night

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I was in LA a few months ago, and got on a huge mexican food  thing. One might say you can
actually eat too much mexican food, but my husband and I can prove you wrong.

To top the tacos off, they suggested homemade pickles which were delicious. I’ve never made
homemade pickles before, but they were super easy. I don’t think they are authentic or anything,
but now I’m thinking I could pickle just about anything.

For you cilantro haters, you could top with parsley, but I think that’s sacrilege.
Cilantro is great, so eat it NOW!

Find the recipe here, http://www.feastingathome.com/2013/05/grilled-steak-tacos-with-cilantro.html#.UYV0yCvF3T9

~ Charity

lettuce wraps

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This is the only way I make them! I know it’s not entirely healthy, but it’s worth it. My boyfriend loves them and they make the perfect “Friday night in” treat.

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