Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna with smoked tofu and mushrooms - The Lotus and the Artichoke vegan cookbook

One of the most embarrassing moments in my life involved a giant baked vegan lasagne and the evil oven of a Jersey Shore rental apartment.

I was seventeen, living in Ocean City, New Jersey with about 5 (sometimes 10+) friends in a one-bedroom apartment a block from the beach and the boardwalk. It was the summer before my first year of college. I’d invited a girl I’d just met and was eager to impress, and I’d prepared this mega lasagna — enough to serve the roomful of people hanging out, too.

As I was pulling out the oven tray to remove the finished, steaming-hot lasagna, the tray popped out of the slots, forming the perfect slope aiming my giant lasagna right at the floor. I watched in horror as it slid — in slow-motion and way too hot to grab — tumbled off the metal tray, flipped over and landed top down. On the carpet. In front of everyone.

Did we eat it anyway? Heck, yeah. It was like a lasagna upside-down cake. I had to trash of the top layer, but managed to save the rest. Once I got over my initial embarrassment, we all laughed. And if my memory is correct, the lasagna was pretty tasty and we all liked it.

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Cashew Mushroom Risotto

Cashew Mushroom Risotto : Italian - The Lotus and the Artichoke vegan cookbook

Risotto is an amazing dish. What a great risotto recipe demands in time and attention, it rewards with super satisfying flavor. If you’ve been looking for a vegan risotto recipe that will really impress you and any guests – vegan, vegetarian, fishatarian, flexitarian, fleshatarian — you found it!

The cashews and splash of soy milk lend a wonderful creamy, nutty flavor. The spice and herb mix promise a fantastic array of taste with every bite. I strongly recommend using fresh herbs for the best flavor.

Be aware that risotto needs to be stirred almost constantly while cooking. Also, the amount of liquid needed and the time to cook will vary depending on the cooking temperature and rice. Always add more liquid gradually, cook it down patiently, take your time.

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