Eggplant Tofu Lasagna

We all love lasagna but we definitely don’t all love how it makes us feel afterwards. Filled with dairy and gluten, it is a super heavy meal that is hard to justify eating every day. Thankfully, I’ve created a vegan and gluten friendly version! With four large servings that each pack 9 grams of protein for only 90 calories, you can safely eat the whole dish, no stomachaches required.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 large eggplant
12 oz firm silken tofu
2/3 cup marinara sauce
1 cup spinach
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
6 basil leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2/3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Slice eggplant into roughly 1/4- 1/2 inch slices. I sliced my eggplant into coin shapes but lengthwise would be preferred. Salt eggplant slices on both sides and arrange into a colander in the sink to remove excess water/bitterness for 15 minutes. Rinse salted eggplant slices well and dry thoroughly. Lay a baking sheet on top and place something heavy on top to soak up the excess moisture.

In a food processor combine final 8 ingredients until smooth consistency is achieved. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.

Oil an 8×8 baking dish and spread a thin layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish. Lay eggplant slices in an even layer on top of the sauce. Top eggplant slices with 1/3 of tofu cheese mixture followed by an even layer of 1/3 cup of spinach and then more marinara. Repeat this process two to three more times until all ingredients are used.

Place entire dish in oven for 20-25 minuts until eggplant is slightly browned and sauce bubbles.

Remove and let cool for at least 5 minutes.

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Cheezy Green Bean Crisps

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2016 filled with delicious food of course.
Let’s start this year of right with a super simple snack. I find that when I make my own snacks at home, they’re less processed than what I can buy in stores, I save money, and I get to make recipes exactly for what I crave. When I have healthy snacks on hand it makes it a lot easier to eat well and not tear open a bag of chips.
For this recipe I used a dehydrator but you could also try baking them in the oven though they may not achieve the same crispiness that you get from using a dehydrator. Feel free to change up all the spices to make it exactly to your liking!

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Ingredients:
16 oz green beans
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder

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Directions:
Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to evenly coat the green beans.
Place in your dehydrator for 8-12 hours until crispy and enjoy!

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Cheesy Green Bean Fries

How do you make a vegetable taste good? Turn it into a fry! How do you make ANYTHING taste good? Put cheese on it!
I used to work for a dairy company and in every mini fridge were blocks of delicious organic cheese- completely free. (Although after getting almost run over by a cow that summer I think I deserved all the free cheese in the world but I digress…) Anyways, it took some serious willpower to pass by each kitchenette and not snag a slice, but instead I began to think of the myriad of ways in which I could incorporate cheese into a balanced recipe.

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These crispy, cheesy green bean fries are delicious combination of crunch and salty cheesy bite. Great as a snack or side dish, they are perfect for both the picky eater and vegetable connoisseur. Serve as is or even dipped in some organic ketchup for an authentic fry experience.

Ingredients:
3-4 cups of fresh green beans
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese/nutritional yeast
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.
Cut ends of green beans.
Place trimmed green beans in a bowl and drizzle olive oil. Toss to coat green beans with the oil. Add all spices and cheese to the bowl and again toss to fully coat.

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Place green beans onto a baking pan/dish, making sure they do not overlap.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Next, broil for 2-3 minutes for especially crispy green bean fries.

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