What comes to mind when you think of lasagne? My mind immediately thinks, “meaty and cheesy.” Back in the day, that thought made me excited and happy but when I first changed my diet the same thought made me sad and frustrated. I thought I would never be able to enjoy that perfectly layered combination again. Then I realized I was being mellow-dramatic and not thinking outside the box. I quickly slapped myself silly and decided to take action and attempt to make a vegan lasagne.
As the first week of November comes to a close, I along with so many of you (in the U.S.) are beginning to ponder what dishes you will make for your Thanksgiving festivities this year. If this is your first vegan Thanksgiving you are probably excited and/or freaking out searching day and night for the perfect recipes. Well you have come to the right place because I will be posting Thanksgiving favorites all month!
Born and raised in South Florida, Cuban food tastes like home to me. It’s funny because whether you are Hispanic, American, Asian, European, etc., if you are a South Florida local you know every Cuban dish in the book! Cuban cuisine was another very difficult thing for me to even think about giving up to go vegan. Luckily, most of the traditional sides are vegan or can easily be made vegan. With this specific meal it is actually extremely easy to include the pan-fried chicken because products like Gardien’s Chick’n Scallopini are a damn blessing!
Growing up I was fortunate enough to always have a home-cooked meal every night. My mom learned the basics from her grandmother and my sister and I have learned from her. One of those basic, traditional Colombian meals that I absolutely love is the Sudado de Pollo, or Chicken Stew. Every sudado is different because different families create their own versions. My family’s recipe includes: chicken, yuca, corn on the cob, white rice, and patacones, or fried green banana plantains. Of course I’ve had to make a few changes here and there to the original recipe to make it vegan, but if I may say so myself, it turned out pretty damn good!