Healthy Vegetable-Tofu Lasagna Recipe

To celebrate National Lasagna Day, we’re cooking up a Vegetable-Tofu Lasagna recipe that’s satisfying and shockingly healthy!

Lasagne Recipe

Lasagna is one of those rare comfort foods that can soothe the soul after the most stressful days, and we’re always looking for an excuse to indulge in this savory dish. So when we found out that today was National Lasagna Day, we decided it was the perfect time to dig up a new recipe in celebration of the occasion.

Of course, we’re always on the prowl for healthier versions of our favorite foods, so when we came across a lightened up (but equally satisfying) Vegetable-Tofu Lasagna recipe in the Moosewood Restaurant Favorites cookbook, we knew we had to share!

This recipe substitutes whipped tofu for ricotta cheese (you would never know!) so it’s perfect if you’re sensitive to dairy or lactose intolerant. Sautéed mushrooms give the same meaty texture of a traditional sauce, but this vegan recipe boasts far fewer calories. And that means that this National Lasagna Day you can go back for seconds without a shred of guilt!

Vegetable-Tofu Lasagna from Moosewood Restaurant Favorites
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • Tomato-Basil Sauce or 5 to 6 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or red wine (optional)
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • One 14 to 16 ounce block of firm tofu
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2/4 pound lasagna noodles

Instructions

1. If you’re making Tomato-Basil Sauce, do that first, and go on with the recipe as it simmers.

2. In a large saucepan or skillet on medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté for a couple of minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the sherry or wine, if using, cover, and cook until the mushrooms are tender and juicy, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

3. Finely chop the spinach and set aside. Crumble the tofu into a food processor. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, oregano, fennel, black pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Whirl until the tofu mix is smooth and creamy, using a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides. Add the basil and process briefly to mix.

4. Preheat oven to 300F. Oil a 13x9x2 inch baking pan.

5. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce over the bottom of the pan. Top with a layer off lasagna noodles; we usually break some noodles and use them to fill in the empty spaces in the noodle layer. Spread on half of the tofu filling, and then half of the mushrooms and chopped raw spinach. Spread another 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce over the vegetables. Top with noodles, the remaining tofu mix, and the rest of the mushrooms and spinach. Add a final layer of lasagna and top it with 2 to 3 cups of tomato sauce.

6. Cover the pan with aluminum foil; dome the foil so that it doesn’t touch the sauce. Bake until the noodles feel tender when a knife is inserted, about 1 hour.

If you liked this vegetarian and vegan recipe than you will LOVE Moosewood Restaurant Favorites! Click here to get your copy of this super-healthy cookbook!

All Photos Courtesy of Moosewood Restaurant.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Healthy Summer Cocktails from Skinnygirl

Sip away the rest of the summer with tasty cocktails that won’t derail your diet.

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Though the temptation to sit back and relax with a cold drink during the summertime runs higher than any other time of the year, alcoholic drinks can be majorly sneaky when it comes to our diets. Sometimes we forget to register our drinks with our calorie count, or just don’t keep track of exactly how many we’re consuming. Regardless of how it happens, drinking is one of the easiest ways to sabotage your healthy diet.

That’s not to say that you don’t deserve to unwind with a fruity beverage once in a while! Our friends at Skinnygirl have created the perfect solution— cocktails that use low calorie alcohol so that you don’t destroy your health goals. We already know how to eat healthy at a BBQ—now we’ve got some perfect drink options to complete your next summer soiree!

Skinnygirl Sunrise 

Skinnygirl Sunrise

 

Ingredients

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka

Splash of orange juice

Splash of light cranberry juice

Splash of sparkling water

Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Preparation

Mix ingredients in a glass with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Very Berry Lemonade

Very Berry Lemonade

Ingredients

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl Meyer Lemon Vodka

2 parts sugar-free strawberry lemonade

Muddled blueberries, raspberries and strawberries

Crushed ice

Splash of sparkling water

Blackberry or lemon wedge for garnish

Preparation

Mix vodka, muddled blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in a glass. Top off with a splash of sparkling water and add ice. Garnish with a blackberry or lemon wedge.

Sun-Kissed Spritzer

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Ingredients

2 parts Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka

1 1/2 parts lime soda water

Squirt of fresh lime

Squirt of fresh lemon

Squirt of fresh grapefruit

Slice of lemon for garnish

Preparation

Mix all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!

Skinnygirl Sparkling Margarita

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The original Skinnygirl Margarita, slightly repurposed for those who have a taste for bubbly. Keep the bottle chilled and serve over ice for a refreshing, low cal summer cocktail–it’s that simple!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

3 Healthiest + Prettiest Popsicles Recipes

Vegan, gluten-free popsicle recipes make for frozen treats with a healthy spin and they’re pretty enough to serve to guests!

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Now that we’re almost into August, temps are really starting to soar! There’s nothing more refreshing than a fruity popsicle on a sticky summer day, especially if you have some healthy ice pops to indulge in so you can go back for seconds.

We consulted some of our favorite healthy food bloggers to discover some fresh frozen recipes that incorporate vitamin-rich ingredients and a lot less of the processed stuff. Whether you’re looking for a more nutritious spin on a classic flavor or in the mood to shake it up with unconventional ingredients, we’ve got an ice pop recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Mango Green Tea Pops
Recipe by Dana for Minimalist Baker

These vegan and gluten free Mango Green Tea pops pack a SERIOUSLY healthy punch because they’re made with matcha – which is green tea leaves ground into edible powder. Because the matcha is essentially undiluted green tea, your body can absorb 10 times more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than its liquid counterpart. Mixed with fresh mango, these creamy popsicles are the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day. Get the recipe at minimalistbaker.com.

Photo Credit: Two Peas and Their Pod

Photo Credit: Two Peas and Their Pod

Strawberry Popsicles
Recipe by Maria and Josh for Two Peas and Their Pod

Strawberry popsicles are an all-time classic and a foolproof flavor for the kids. We like to stick to the theory that the fewer ingredients the better (and healthier) which makes this recipe even better. Easy prep and just a three ingredient recipe means you can keep your freezer stocked with these vegan and gluten-free ice pops even after summer ends! Get the recipe at twopeasandtheirpod.com.

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Fruit Popsicles with Coconut Milk
Recipe by Emily for This Rawsome Vegan Life

These may be the prettiest popsicles we’ve ever seen – and they will definitely impress your guests! While these gorgeous pops may look lavish and laborious, they are actually so easy to make. Thanks to ingredients like coconut milk, fresh fruit and revitalizing herbs, your skin will be glowing after you indulge in this vegan treat. Get the recipe at thisrawsomeveganlife.com

Which healthy popsicle recipe are you dying to try? Let us know what your favorite flavor is in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

5 Best Summer Wines

There’s nothing like coming home to unwind with a glass of wine after a long day. Here are our five favorite picks to enjoy in the summer. 

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By now we’re sure you’ve heard about the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation, which makes pouring a glass after a long, hard day completely justifiable. But–did you know that, like fresh produce, wine is affected by the changing of seasons?

If this is news to you, don’t panic just yet because we already discovered the best red and white wines that are just right for summer! Our Summer Wine Guide has a little something to tickle everyone’s taste buds, and these beautiful bottles also make for great gifts. So whether you’re going to a BBQ or relaxing at the beach, make sure you have these wines on hand all summer long!

 

Vivanco BlancoRioja Vivanco 

This colorless beverage is fruity and floral. Best served cold, this wine is just refreshing enough to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon or evening. Rioja recommends serving the Vivanco with fish, making it an ideal wine to pair with a light, seasonal meal!

Health benefit: Women’s Health reports that wine “improves the body’s response to insulin, which regulates blood sugar.”

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St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc

This Napa Valley-created Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and invigorating.  Pale yellow in color, this sweet white wine is rich in fruity flavors like lychee and lemon zest. A fan favorite here at Spa Week HQ, St. Supery’s Sauvignon is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day!

Health benefit: According to Food and Wine, moderate drinkers have a 50% less chance of suffering from a stroke.

Vina Bujanda TintoRioja Vina Bujanda

Although red wine is not typically associated with the summer, this pick from Rioja proves that stereotype wrong. Even though this wine is laden with the taste of dark fruits like cherries and plums, it has a less intense flavor than other red wines. It has a smooth finish and you’ll love drinking it with your dinner, year-round!

Health benefit: Reservatrol, found in red wine, boosts memory, according to Prevention.com.

10417613_700539250003563_3787796623626684992_nVanilla Puddin

This Gabrielle Union-endorsed spirits brand just launched earlier this year and is already making a splash in the marketplace. Perfect for summer, this delicious Chardonnay has notes of pear, light French oak and a taste of vanilla.  Bonus: This tasty beverage is served in a stand-out bottle that you will want to keep on your shelf long after the contents have been emptied!

Health benefit: It is believed that drinking wine lowers the risk of various cancers.

 

BANFI_bottle(1)Rosa Regale

If you love dessert wine, Rosa Regale will quickly become a staple in your wine cabinet. This sweet, sparkling red wine, fills a unique gap in the wine market. Made in Italy, bottles of Rosa Regale are best enjoyed when they are fresh, unlike most wines which need to age first.

Health benefit: Red wine lowers your risk of heart disease!

What is your favorite wine to drink during the summertime? Tell us in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

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3 Vegan Ice Cream Recipes in 3 Flavors

We’re celebrating Ice Cream Day this Sunday with healthy recipes in delicious flavors that are vegan, gluten-free and definitely diet-friendly!

As far as we’re concerned, ice cream is definitely something to scream about – especially when you can enjoy your favorite frozen treat guilt-free! We’re celebrating Ice Cream Day this Sunday a little bit early (hey, TGIF!) with these mouth-watering ice cream recipes that are totally easy and shockingly healthy.

We’ll be trying all three of these refreshing ice cream recipes this weekend for the special occasion, after all celebrations are in order!

Photo Credit: Foodie Fiasco

Photo Credit: Foodie Fiasco

The World’s Healthiest Vanilla Ice Cream
Recipe by Kelly for Foodie Fiasco

This classic vanilla ice cream recipe is anything but traditional – it’s vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, low fat AND low calorie! In fact, it’s so healthy that you could even eat it for breakfast (we won’t tell!). For a tasty and colorful twist, top with your favorite fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries. Get the recipe at foodiefiasco.com.

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Vegan Brownie Chocolate Ice Cream
Recipe by John for Minimalist Baker

If you’re a choc-aholic than you are going to LOVE this rich and creamy recipe that has vegan brownie bites mixed in. It’s vegan and gluten-free, and ingredients like organic coconut milk pack a healthy punch. Now this is a dessert that tastes amazing without derailing your diet! Get the recipe at minimalistbaker.com.

Vegan Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream
Recipe by Maria and Josh for Two Peas and Their Pod

Let’s call it as we see it – this ice cream is the definition of decadence. And while it looks absolutely divine it’s completely diet-friendly! The best part about this mouth-watering recipe is that it only uses 4 ingredients and it’s gorgeous enough to serve to guests. Get the recipe at twopeasandtheirpod.com.

Which recipe will you be trying to celebrate Ice Cream Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.