Avocado Spring Salad (by Oligrape)
2 cups spinach
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup mixed salad greens
1/2 cup purslane
1 tomato, finely diced
1/4 onion, finely diced
1 small garlic clove, finely diced
1 large avocado, seeded and peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice from 1 lime
10 to 12 almonds, crushed
1) Begin by preparing the spinach in a salad bowl, and then add in the shredded carrots, mix greens and purslane. Mix all of these ingredients well in the salad bowl, and set aside.
2) In a bowl mix the diced tomato, onion, and garlic with a large avocado. With a spoon or a small cup smash the ingredients into a nice purée. Add olive oil and lime juice and mix well with a fork or spoon.
3) Pour the finished purée over the previously prepared green salad, and finally add the crushed almonds. Mix and enjoy with fruit and water.
The Avocado Spring Salad is light, healthy and can be enjoyed for lunch.
Scrumptious Tofu Veggie Lasagna (by admin)
1 pkg spinach/whole wheat lasagna noodle
1 pkg frozen spinach
1 jar pasta sauce
2 pkg Mori Nu extra firm tofu
2 cups dehydrated textured soy protein
1/2 red pepper
5 cloves garlic
portabella mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, black olives, onion
broccoli — add whatever else you like
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Thaw spinach and squeeze out excess water, set aside. Cook lasagna noodles according to boxs directions, drain and set aside.
Roast red pepper and jalapeno (place in oven on 325 for about 15 minutes, rotate every few minutes), once charred place in air tight container for 20 minutes, peel skin off and discard, and set peppers aside. With a little olive oil, stir fry all your cut up veggies (EXCEPT for the roasted peppers!!) and one minced garlic clove. Cook onions first, on med-hi, and add the rest once onions are transparent.
Hydrate your textured soy protein and add to the veggies, keep pan on low. I hydrated my textured soy protein with some tomato juice reserves that I had from some canned stew tomatoes. If you use plain water to hydrate the textured soy protein, add some spices to the water (oregano, cayenne pepper, etc.)
In the blender combine tofu, red pepper, jalapeno (minus the seeds if you don’t like spicy food), remaining cloves of raw garlic, a squirt of lemon juice, and oregano into the blender. Blend until mixture is smooth. Scoop out mixture into a bowl and stir in the spinach.
Pour some tomato sauce on bottom of pan (9×11), cover with lasagna noodles (making sure to overlap the noodles) coat with sauce, spread on 1/2 of your tofu mixture, and then 1/2 of the veggie and textured soy protein mixture, top with more lasagna noodles, sauce, remaining tofu mixture, and finally the remaining veggies. Two layers of noodles works perfectly! Cover with foil, and place the oven on 325 for about 20-25 minutes.