Posts tagged ‘Mozzarella’

September 9, 2011

Vegan Friday: Tuscan Veggie Bake with Tofu

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Sometimes craving a hearty meal isn’t detrimental to your diet. Take this Vegan Tuscan Veggie Bake, similar to lasagna, but sans noodles for a filling, healthy meal. Seasonal ingredients, eggplant and tomatoes, are the stars of this recipe, bringing welcome antioxidants and bright colors to your plate. Serving this to children is easy with just a sprinkle of vegan mozzarella cheese on top, Daiya being my favorite choice. A great way to get the whole family to eat their veggies, and like them! Tofu adds protein and additional nutrition to make this a well-balanced, one pot meal that can be made in under 45 minutes.

 

Vegan Tuscan Veggie Bake with Tofu

10 Minutes Prep Time

35 Minutes Baking Time

 

Serves 6

 

1 small eggplant

1 small firm tomato

1 medium zucchini

1 portabello mushroom cap

1 pkg soft tofu

1 tblsp dried oregano

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tblsp garlic powder

1 tblsp dried rosemary

3 cups marinara sauce

Optional: ½ cup vegan mozzarella shredded cheese for sprinkling on top

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the eggplant, tomato, zucchini and mushroom cap into long slices. I usually cut the zucchini and eggplant lengthwise to represent noodles. Drain the water from the tofu, pressing to release as much liquid as possible. Mix the tofu with oregano, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and dried rosemary. In a deep baking pan, layer one layer of vegetables, then one layer of tofu mixture, then a layer of marinara sauce until pan is full. Leave about a ¼ inch space on top for settling and the mozzarella cheese, if choosing to add it.

 

Bake for about 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender with a slight bite. Enjoy!

June 6, 2011

My Biggest Weakness- Italy Today

by jem614

by Jessica Michael

If you were to ask me today what my absolute favorite meal would be, I would have to say the Greek Salad Pizza at Italy Today in Miami Lakes.  It’s like Kryptonite to Superman, I seriously get weak in the knees when I think about this pizza.

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I’m sure it’s not the least caloric food in the world but just look at that healthy greek salad on top of the whole wheat crust, sprinkled with olive oil and crumbles of Mozzarella.  Is your mouth watering yet?  How about calamata olives and onions and diced tomatoes thrown in?  On top of that, if you go for the lunch special it’s only $7.50 including a drink (be aware that this is only for sit-in, if you order take out they charge you $10 for just the pizza, not including the drink). This pizza is so simple you could probably make it vegan at home with some sprouted grain tortillas (Ash’s suggestion) and vegan cheeze (especially since I’m TRYING to go dairy free).
The only negative of Italy Today is that the service is not always the friendliest, they don’t always greet you with a smile but the food is still worth it.  Our waitress today was actually really sweet, a couple of months ago it was a gentlemen that could have cared less we were in his section.  He obviously didn’t care about tips and I made sure mine wasn’t memorable (in a good way anyway).
This restaurant is right in the heart of Main Street in Miami Lakes, for a view of their menu go to http://southflorida.menupages.com/restaurants/italy-today/.
Overall, I should say they get 4 carrots because of the touch and go service but the pizza is so amazing, I’m basing it on the pizza alone.  5 Carrots!

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