Vegan Tofu Kale Lasagna! Guest Post from One Happy Table!

 

I have been a long time admirer and fan of the vegan food blog, One Happy Table.  Love the name and everything that it stands for.  I got to know Lauren and her lovely blog over the summer when she was participating in a daily summer blogging group and posting awesome VEGAN recipes everyday in the summer! I seriously found myself going to her blog each day to see what she would come up with next and loved everything!

 

Most of you who read my blog know that we have been cutting down on the meat a lot and I’ve been trying to focus more  (when I can, and when my husband doesn’t go into a meatless craze) on vegetarian dishes. I’m not saying we’re vegetarians or are going all-veggie 100% but I have to say, that I am really loving mushrooms, tofu, zucchini and I find myself roasting broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and kale at least once or twice a week now for my daughters.

 

Well, I am super excited to share this awesome, delicious, healthy post and recipe with you from One Happy Table Please get to know Lauren and her vegan food blog and I hope you find some inspiration and deliciousness from her wonderful, vegan recipes!

 

(Since I am *officially* away for the holidays and visiting my parents in Texas (and am not in my own kitchen), I will be hosting another guest post this week.)

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

Vegan Tofu Kale Lasagna

 

I was so honored when our very own Hip Foodie Mom, Alice Choi, invited me to guest post on her lovely blog. Personally, I can get lost in Alice’s delectable blog and as her loyal readers, I’m sure the same goes for you. Her photos are out of this world and the variety of cuisines represented in her recipes ensure there is something for everyone.

 

Alice and I have become blogger pals over the past several months, sharing ideas and inspiration for healthy, delicious eating. And as mothers of young children, we both have a passion for sharing recipes that work for busy parents looking to feed their families right. And that was Alice’s challenge for me: come up with a healthful, kid-friendly recipe that busy parents can make for their families in approximately 30 minutes or less.

 

As a vegan blogger, I am always looking for ways to make eating vegan simple and scrumptious. Lasagna is a classic, comforting dish perfect for the cold winter months. I remember coming home after school as a kid and smelling the sweet aroma of bubbling tomato sauce wafting from the kitchen, then going in to see my Mom laying out those long, wide noodles atop moist paper towels. Oh, the memory makes my mouth water. I’ll tell you, my Mom made a mean lasagna! But as an adult, I steered clear of making lasagna for my family for the most part. It just seemed like a pain to deal with all those layers and seriously, who keeps ricotta cheese in their fridge at all times, not to mention all the other cheeses some like to mix together with their ricotta? I was all about cooking with what I had in the house and was unwilling to load the kids into the van just to get that one extra item to make the dish complete.

 

When I became a vegan, I figured I’d have to cast lasagna into the vegan netherworld of off-limit foods. Well, folks, I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case. If there’s one thing I  ALWAYS have in my fridge — because I’m vegan AND Chinese : ) — it’s tofu!  Medium-firm tofu looks and feels a lot like ricotta cheese and because ricotta doesn’t have a strong flavor to it, many don’t even realize they’re eating tofu instead! Throw in some vitamin-rich chopped kale and you have yourself a vegan lasagna that’s just as comforting as the ones you remember from your childhood, but with a lot less fat and cholesterol. And this recipe is kid-tested. My six-year-old, four-year-old and two-year-old all went back for second helpings.

 

Vegan Tofu Kale Lasagna! Guest Post from One Happy Table!
 
Note: if you plan to use no-boil lasagna noodles, then preheat your oven to 400, plan to bake the lasagna for 40-50 minutes instead, and do not place any kale on the top layer as it will burn.
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Recipe type: Meal/Pasta/Vegan
Ingredients
  • one box of lasagna noodles, prepared per package instructions
  • one jar of your favorite tomato sauce (for a vegan option, just make sure the sauce doesn’t have any cheese in it)
  • about 2 cups of kale
  • two cartons of medium-firm tofu
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • (optional) ½ cup of Daiya vegan cheese or other non-dairy cheese alternative
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Next, dry your tofu. Open the cartons and pour out the water. Place the blocks of tofu onto a large pan or plate lined with paper towels. Once the towels are saturated, replace them with others until the tofu is no longer fully saturating the towels.
  3. While you’re completing this process, prepare your lasagna noodles.
  4. Rinse your kale, being sure to open all the leaves as some tend to fold themselves over. Pat it dry with a towel. Place the kale on a chopping board and remove and discard the leafless stems. With a large knife, coarsely chop the kale and set aside.
  5. Return to your blocks of drained tofu and using your hands, crumble them coarsely into a large bowl so that they resemble the consistency of ricotta cheese. Drain the crumbled tofu once more if it looks like it needs it. Use a colander for this. Next, toss the crumbled tofu with the garlic powder and salt and mix well.
  6. Once your noodles, tofu and kale are ready, begin the layering process in your 9 x 13-inch pan or similar dish. If you have older kids, they may want to join in on the fun! Layer in this order: noodles, sauce, tofu, kale, noodles, sauce, tofu, kale, etc., until the pan is filled, leaving about ¼ cup of the kale for garnishing the top layer.
  7. Sprinkle the top layer with some vegan cheese (optional) and the remainder of the kale. Place into your preheated oven, uncovered, for about 15-20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the kale on the top layer is crispy. One of the great things about a vegan lasagna is that you don’t have to worry about ingredients being cooked through for safety reasons!
  8. Serve this dish right out of the oven and watch your kiddos eat kale and tofu before your eyes, perhaps without even knowing it! : )

 

Happy eating!
xoxo,
Lauren of One Happy Table

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses to "Vegan Tofu Kale Lasagna! Guest Post from One Happy Table!"

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  1. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    December 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Happy holidays, Alice! Thank you so much for introducing me to One Happy Table. I’m determined to incorporate more meatless meals into my diet so this post came at just the right time. I’ve already visited Lauren’s awesome blog and started a list of recipes I want to try. I love this veggie version of lasagna (one of my favourite comfort foods). Great guest post!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      December 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you, Nancy! Yes, I LOVE Lauren’s blog! :) so happy to have partnered with her on this guest post! :)

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  2. Brandi @ TheHealthyFlavor.com

    December 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Yay a vegan post!! :) Thanks Alice! That’s awesome that you love zucchini too, that is my all time favorite veggie,…I have tons of recipes using zucchini on my blog. I’m a little obsessed with it!! So glad to hear you are incorporating more meatless meals. :)

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    • hipfoodiemom

      December 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you, Brandi! I’d love to partner with YOU on a vegan sweet treat or dessert? Your recipes are fabulous too!!! :)

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  3. Ally

    December 19, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Yay for vegan lasagne! :)
    Lauren, it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your yummy, kid-tested recipe.

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  4. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health

    December 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I am so glad that you introduced her your blog today. Loved her blog and this recipe looks so delicious. I have been looking for healthy recipes for lasagna and i may have found it :)

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    • hipfoodiemom

      December 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Oh good!!! Yes, I LOVE Lauren’s blog! :) I’m so happy to have partnered with her on this guest post! :) Please let us know if you do try the lasagna!

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  5. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    December 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Lauren, this looks great! (And Alice, great idea to have Lauren guest-post : )

    Lasagna was my very favorite food as a kid, but now it’s one that I barely ever think about or eat… who knows why… You had me at kale though– kale in lasagna sounds awesome! I would love to try out this recipe soon. Yum!

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    • hipfoodiemom

      December 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Yes, I LOVE Lauren’s blog! :) I’m so happy to have partnered with her on this guest post! :) Please let us know if you do try this recipe! Take care, Allison! Happy holidays!

      Reply
  6. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    December 20, 2012 at 3:23 am

    This looks so delicious, especially when you add hidden gem like kale in it.

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  7. Lauren

    December 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone! And thanks especially to Alice for inviting me to guest post! Such fun. : )

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  8. Juniper

    January 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it! All of Lauren’s recipes are so tasty [and I am not just saying this because I am her biased sister-in-law!] As a non-vegetarian family we have learned so much from Lauren’s posts and have enjoyed incorporating more meatless dishes each week! I am also excited to now know about this Hip Foodie Mom Blog. Thank you both for being so inspirational!

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