Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta

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The Vegan Eggplant Lasagna Challenge
I have made vegetarian lasagna countless times.  Yet, I’ve always added cheese to each layer.  Sometimes I reduce the amount of cheese I use by mixing ricotta cheese with eggplant puree together.  I’ll have to share my vegetarian lasagna some time, as it’s my son’s favorite.

 
What is Vegan Eggplant Lasagna?
Last week I seemed destined to make Vegan Eggplant Lasagna.  Well, eggplant lasagna is perhaps a misnomer because it had absolutely no pasta or noodles of any kind inside.  Yet, the te…

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Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions

Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions

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A Versatile Vegan Tomato Sauce
I usually try to feature here recipes for tasty healthy versions of otherwise ordinary dishes.  Or recipes for extraordinary dishes that will wow your family and guests.

Most people already know how to make an Italian-style tomato sauce to use on pasta.  However, here is a tasty healthy version of a tomato sauce that can be used in many of your favorite dishes.  Several friends have asked me to share this recipe for Vegan Tomato Sauce, as it is as yummy as it is nourishing.

I often use this Vegan Tomato Sauce in my vegetarian lasagna as…

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Dandelion Pesto

Dandelion Pesto

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Why make Dandelion Pesto?
Dandelion pesto has brightened up many springtime dishes in past years.  In Belgium, I sometimes gathered the leaves of this wildflower from my backyard lawn to add to salads, soups and other dishes.

 
Dandelion greens grow wild
Picking dandelion greens are an annual tradition that marks the arrival of spring.  Although you can find dandelions all year long, the peak of their growth is during springtime.  Most dandelion greens go unnoticed, except to gardeners who get annoyed by the stubborn growth of this weed as it spreads across their…

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Vegan Banana Oat Muffins

Vegan Banana Oat Muffins

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How to Turn Banana Muffins Vegan?
I have made banana muffins many times and many ways.  Often, the recipes included some kind of dairy products, such as butter, milk, buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream.

Several months ago I shared my recipe for Banana Muffin Bliss which included a single egg.  In my post I suggested how to make the muffins vegan by replacing the egg.

Yesterday I was in the mood for banana muffins and decided to make a vegan version.  Of course, it was easy and quick.  In less than an hour I had a dozen yummy Vegan Banana Oat Muffins.

Although the reci…

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Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam

Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam

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How My Groceries Inspired this Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam
 
Shopping Late at Night
Last night on my way home around 1 am, I passed a Food 4 Less, a huge discount supermarket.  It’s not my ordinary place to shop, but I figured it was an ideal time to check it out.

I love how many supermarkets in Los Angeles stay open 24/7 so shoppers can stop in whenever they want.  I often go late at night to beat the crowds and enjoy the easier parking situation.  After midnight workers restock shelves while shoppers roam leisurely around the store looking for goods.  Pe…

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Flavorful Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Flavorful Foods for Babies and Toddlers

What a Good Eater! Cookbook
It may be a few years since my kids were infants or toddlers, yet believe it or not I’m already starting to look ahead to being someday a grandfather.  No rush, but when it happens I want to be prepared.

So a couple weeks ago when Amy Godiwalla and Alessandra (Ali) Macaluso invited me to try out some recipes from their new book What a Good Eater!, I jumped at the opportunity. What a Good Eater! is a cookbook full of nutritious recipes for babies and toddlers.  Many of the recipes feature healthy herbs and spices which add flavor while broadening your baby’s pala…

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Fresh Red Beet Pasta

Fresh Red Beet Pasta

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Why Bother Making Fresh Red Beet Pasta?
Recently I developed a recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese, which was absolutely yummy.  Of course, I may be a bit biased.  So don’t rely on my word, try it yourself and see how delicious is this ravioli dish!

The red beets in the pasta make the dough a vibrant purple color, which will certainly make any plate look more attractive.  The red beets also add dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will help you and your family remain healthy.  Contrary to common belief, red beets are not high in sugar;…

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

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Why Not a Pumpkin Variation for a New Family Favorite?
During a stay in Kosice, Slovakia at the end of my Journey to Greece, I fell in love with a vegetarian red beet pirohy (pierogi) dish served with fresh spinach and goat cheese.  To discover more about my love story with this delicious wholesome dish, read my recipe for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese.

While I was testing out recipes for Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese with one of my Belgian sisters, she started harvesting pumpkins from her vegetable garden.

 

 

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Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

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What Inspired this Soul-Fulfilling Red Beet Ravioli Dish?
Towards the end of my Journey to Greece, I spent a few days in Kosice, Slovakia, near the Hungarian, Polish and Ukrainian borders.  I initially planned to spend one night in Kosice, yet immediately fell in love with its old town.  I ended up staying three nights so I could leisurely visit the town, hang out in its cafes and restaurants, and spy on the hordes of people strolling on the main street, Hlavná ulica.

Hlavná ulica is such a vibrant street with a park, musical fountains, and load…

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Exploring Romania More Deeply

Exploring Romania More Deeply

First Time in Romania
At the start of my Journey to Greece last June, I spent five days in Romania visiting mainly Timisoara, Sibiu and Brasov. Stopping in villages along my route or at vista points atop mountains to take photos of the magnificent scenery below became part of my daily routine while travelling by car.

The landscapes in the Transylvania region of Romania, in particular in and around the Carpathian Mountains, were absolutely breathtaking.  Of the three cities visited on my first trip, I loved Brasov most and would have liked to have stayed there longer.

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My Personal Greek Cuisine Teacher

My Personal Greek Cuisine Teacher

My Personal Greek Cuisine Teacher showed me how to make Tasty Authentic Greek Recipes
This past summer I travelled to Greece where I spent almost two months, more than half of which in Xanthi.  I chose Xanthi because a law school friend of mine lives there with his lovely wife, Thomais Pasvanti, and their two children.

My friend, Diamantis Totief, has bragged several times that his wife is the best cook.  He’s mentioned that she makes the absolutely most delicious Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes, Authentic Greek Pasticcio and meatballs.  He then invited me to come learn how to make thes…

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Road Through Bulgaria Back Towards Belgium

Road Through Bulgaria Back Towards Belgium

Saying Good-bye to Xanthi
Two weeks ago I left Xanthi, the main destination of my Journey to Greece, to head back up north to Belgium.  I was sad to be returning towards ordinary life instead of continuing to wander wherever the wind blew me, so to speak.  Ok, it would take quite a gale to blow me in one direction!  But you understand my point.

Even though I still had one month to travel from Xanthi to Brussels, the remorse was hard to shake off.  I immensely enjoyed visiting Xanthi, which I believe will always have a special place in my heart.  I am preparing a separate post on my time in…

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Papoutsakia – Greek Stuffed Eggplants

Papoutsakia – Greek Stuffed Eggplants

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How do you Make Papoutsakia?
The Greek dish called Papoutsakia can be translated from Greek as the Little Shoes or the Little Slippers.  As charming the name may be in Greek, Papoutsakia are eggplants stuffed with seasoned ground veal and tomatoes.  Sounds simple, right? Well, they are!

 

My friend, Thomais, has kindly provided me with this recipe for Papoutsakia.  As you may remember, she has also taught me how to make Authentic Greek Pasticcio and Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes.  Click on the names of those dishes to find the corresponding recipe.  I appreci…

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Eating Out in Xanthi – A Personal Guide

Eating Out in Xanthi – A Personal Guide

What are the Eating Out Habits in Xanthi?
Visiting friends in Xanthi
This summer I had the pleasure to visit Xanthi to spend time with friends and explore the local food culture.  As many of you know, Xanthi, located in Greece’s Thrace region, was the main destination of my three-month Journey to Greece, which is now about two-thirds completed.

During my stay in Xanthi, I had the pleasure of several delicious homemade meals prepared by my friend, Thomais. I also enjoyed eating out for lunch and dinner numerous times in restaurants, not including my various snacks between meals.

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Halkidiki My Lovely

Halkidiki My Lovely

Is Halkidiki Heaven on Earth?
Some may consider such a question sacrilege?  How can Heaven be on Earth?  Yet, almost every day I was in Halkidiki I experienced something spiritual.  This written by a person who does not think of himself as being particularly spiritual.

 
What or where is Halkidiki?
Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) is a peninsula in the Central Macedonia region of Greece. Halkidiki, south of Thessaloniki, is a popular destination in the summer for tourists mainly from Southeast Europe.  You can find out more useful information by clicking this link.

 

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