Vegan Lasagna with Homemade Ricotta

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Awwwww yeahhhh….comfort food is always welcome in the middle of winter! Especially a big tray of lasagna. After I found some gluten free lasagna noodles at the store I HAD to make some!! And I bought some Daiya cheese to try on top. I was definitely impressed with it, as my first try of vegan cheese was….well. Horrifying, I must say. This was such an improvement that I definitely have faith restored!

There was also the question of the ricotta. Most of the recipes I found online included just crumbled tofu which…well I suppose the texture would be accurate, but I was wanting close to the real thing. So, I made it as I would regular homemade ricotta, I just subbed the whole cow’s milk for one box of shelf stable soymilk. Which, interestingly enough, my daughter demanded a drink of. This is strange only because I had been trying to get her to have a taste for months now, and she avoided it like the plague. Make a big deal of needing to use it all for cheese, and then of course she has to have some…

I digress.

If you’d like to know how to do it, it’s simple enough. I got a big saucepan, put in the whole box of milk plus about a 1/4 tsp of salt and a dash of basil. I let it warm up over medium heat, mostly stirring the entire time. You want it just about ready to boil, but not -boiling…You can use a thermometer if you want to be more precise, and let it get to about 180-190 degrees I do believe. Then take it off the heat, slowly stir in either 3 tbsps of lemon juice or white vinegar. It’ll curdle pretty quickly. After about 5 minutes or so, pour it into a colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl (if you want to use the whey) or pour into a cheesecloth, and tie it to your faucet (if you don’t care about the whey). The longer you let it set, the thicker it will become. I’d like to play around with the flavors on this, see if I can make some yummy spreadable cheeses this way!

It made enough for a small pan of lasagna, maybe a cup or so. So definitely double up if you are wanting more. And I would probably have done this earlier in the day/day before, not when I was getting ready to make the lasagna….haha. Oh well, last minute ideas! πŸ™‚

I had a meat eater try some, and even he liked the lasagna….the biggest problem he had with it was my precook noodles didn’t soften up all over, which I’d remedy by thinning out my sauce next time…So I say SUCCESS!

Delicious face scrub <3

So I came up with a lil facial cleanser/scrub for my poor dried out skin. Living in Wyoming is brutal to your skin so I’m always on the lookout for a good non-drying cleanser.

Most don’t work for squat or are just enablers for patches of dry skin on my cheeks.

I didn’t do any measuring with this, just kind of winged it πŸ™‚

I used a lil travel lotion container with a squeeze spout.

Ingredients:

Olive Oil

Gylcerin

Ground Oatmeal (I used baby food-easier than trying to grind it fine myself!)

Green Tea

Vit E oil

Honey

I filled my container about half way full of olive oil, added about 1 tsp of honey, 1/4 tsp glycerin, maybed 1/2 tsp of oatmeal, a green tea bag, and a few drops of vit e oil. Shake well! It is a tad messy, but let it sit on your face for a few while you’re in the shower and believe you me it’s pretty killer. And smells delicious! ❀

Green Tea Hand Soap Recipe

Well I ran out of hand soap for the bathroom today so I decided to make my own rather than go buy more! πŸ™‚ I’m calling it my Green Tea Hand Soap as I’m being rather uncreative with names. heh. Anyways here is my recipe for it:

2 tbsp grated soap (I used Dove, Ivory and other simple soaps would work well too)

1 c distilled water

Grated Orange zest

2 Green Tea Bags

1/2 tsp glycerin (found this in the first aid aisle)

1/8 tsp vit e (approximation here..use what you feel is appropriate)

1/2 tsp olive oil (cuz my hands are dry here in wyoming)

I also added some rosewater concentrate, mostly for scent. Feel free to add any essential oils you feel like!

To start, melt your grated soap in a double boiler (or if you’re without one like me, I used a glass bowl in a pot). I add a splash of distilled water to help it reach a more liquid-y consistency.

Meanwhile, boil your cup of distilled water with the zest in it. Once it reaches boiling, take it off the heat and toss in your tea bags and let it all steep for about 10 minutes. Strain the zest from the water with cheesecloth or since I’m outta cheesecloth, I used a coffee filter. πŸ˜€

Add your soap to the “tea water” and your glycerin, olive oil, vit e and any other oils you wish to toss in. Pour into your soap dispenser (funnel is handy here) and voila! Yummy smelling soap! It will have a runny consistency but it gets foamy and frothy quite well when in use. Β The dove scent is a tidbit overpowering in mine but that’s ok because I like the smell πŸ™‚

I’ll repost if I find remake a different way and it turns out better!