Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

Vegan vs. Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna
Recently I prepared two eggplant lasagnas side by side.  A Vegan Eggplant Lasagna and a Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna, as I wanted to compare their tastes.

In both eggplant lasagnas I used my Vegan Tomato Sauce for All Occasions as well as a single large eggplant sliced thinly.  You can of course use your own tomato sauce if you prefer.  The only difference between the two lasagnas was the type of cheese used.

In order to avoid duplication, I recommend your reading my post on Vegan Eggplant Lasagna.  You will learn there more about the process of maki…

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Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna without Pasta

The Vegan Eggplant Lasagna Challenge
I have made vegetarian lasagne 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 of any kind inside.  Yet, the term lasagna seems to fit because three layers of thinly sliced eggplan…

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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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Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Pumpkin Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

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.

 

 

As I love pumpkin, espec…

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Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Red Beet Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese

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 on spending 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 loads of statues dividing the broad street in…

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Papoutsakia – Greek Stuffed Eggplants

Papoutsakia – Greek Stuffed Eggplants

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 appreciate so much her sh…

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Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes

Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes

What Makes this Recipe for Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes Genuine?
Months ago before I started planning my Journey to Greece, my friend, Diamantis, described how his wife, Thomais, made the absolute best Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes (in Greek known as Gemista).  In fact, his accolades of his wife’s wonderful cooking and his invitation for me to come learn at her side first gave me the idea about this trip.  Why not spend time in Greece learning local and family recipes from such a good cook?  I’d be able to enjoy some long-deserved vacation while gathering materials for my blog.  Ok, twis…

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Authentic Greek Pasticcio

Authentic Greek Pasticcio

What makes this Pasticcio Recipe Authentic?
Greek restaurants all over the world prepare Pasticcio.  Not surprisingly, families and taverns all over Greece also make it.  Most families follow a recipe passed on to them by a dear family member and then adjusted over time to satisfy personal taste.

 
What is Pasticcio?
Those unfamiliar with Pasticcio may wonder what is this romantic-sounding dish.  The easiest way to describe it would be as a Greek version of lasagna bolognese.   This is not entirely fair as a comparison.

In Greece Pasticcio is customarily prepared with a special l…

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Beef Stir Fry for a Quick Vibrant Meal

Beef Stir Fry for a Quick Vibrant Meal

What makes this Beef Stir Fry Quick and Vibrant?
This Beef Stir Fry is easy to make, is full of flavour and features so many beautiful colours and contrasts.

I have done my research and had my own experiences with stir frying. This is what I have learned. A stir fry is quick and easy to make IF you are organised and have everything chopped and ready to go.  Preparing the ingredients takes a bit of time but the moment you start cooking you won’t believe how quickly it’s ready to serve.

Cooking a stir fry is a great way to boost your confidence in the kitchen, especially when cooking with…

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Tasty and Healthy Sesame Noodles

Tasty and Healthy Sesame Noodles

What makes these Sesame Noodles my go-to dish for lunch?
Working at home has several benefits, including an easy commute to work and dressing sporty casual every day of the week.  My favorite benefit, however, remains being able to prepare tasty healthy lunches in less than 30 minutes.

Over the years I’ve tried many variations of salads, soups and pasta dishes.   They make wonderful one-course meals that fill me up enough to hold until dinner time, with only a few apples in between.   If I am in a super hurry, I’ll make a sandwich, omelette or quesadilla.

One of my go-to lunch dishes is…

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Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic

Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic

Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic Makes a Quick Yummy Meal
Not everyone enjoys the strong-licorice flavor of fresh fennel.  It can be a bit overwhelming if you eat a lot of it in one sitting.

Fennel offers many health benefits, making it worthwhile to find ways to include it in your diet.  Full of good intentions, I often buy fennel at the grocery store and farmers’ market, hoping to find a way during the coming days to use it.  Chopped fennel with some slices of orange and a vinaigrette dressing makes an easy salad.

However, when cooked fennel’s pronounced taste becomes more subdued a…

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Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

What makes Sunday family meals so simple yet so special?
After rushing around all week, Sunday rolls around and lets us slow down and enjoy our families and friends.  A meal together, a stroll in the park, or whatever else your family does to reconnect together.

While growing up in Los Angeles, Sunday brunch was my family’s main event.  We often enjoyed bagels, lox, and cream cheese along with whitefish, creamed herring and dill pickles. We had a period when my father made his famous scrambled eggs with everything in it (dried salami, onions, green peppers, and much more).  He would wake u…

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Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tomato Tarte Tatin

Tomato Tarte Tatin is Simply Elegant
You have probably heard of Apple Tarte Tatin (tarte tatin aux pommes), the French version of hot apple pie.  Slices of apple caramelized in a pan on the stove or in the oven before placing puff pastry dough on top and baking it further.  At time of serving the pan is turned over so the pastry is on the bottom and the hot caramelized fruit on top.

Although tarte tatin is often made with fruit, it can be just as delicious when made with vegetables in a savory version.  A few months ago I shared on this site my recipe for Belgian Endive Pie, another delici…

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Chicons au gratin

Chicons au gratin

What are chicons au gratin?
Chicons au gratin is a Belgian national dish consisting of braised Belgian endives  (aka chicons) wrapped in slices of baked ham and covered with a Mornay sauce and some grated cheese.  Steaming hot with a creamy cheesy sauce, chicons au gratin is comfort food par excellence.  The bitter Belgian endives mixed with the sweet baked ham also make a winning combination.  Chicons au gratin is probably my daughter’s all-time favorite dish.

 
How much time does it take to make chicons au gratin?
Chicons au gratin is wonderful for a friendly family-style meal.  T…

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Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings

Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings

What makes Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings a Fall Favorite?
A couple years ago when I started my Vegan Before 6:00 diet I was looking for new fun ways to prepare vegan main dishes.  Around that time I was practicing how to make homemade dim sum.  I kept trying new dim sum recipes so I’d get the techniques down.

As many of you know, I love pumpkin during the fall, especially in savory dishes.  So creating a new fall favorite with pumpkin put a smile on my face.  When a friend came over for lunch I prepared these Vegan Pumpkin Dumplings and instantly fell in love!

The filling is quick and simple …

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