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Foodie Friday! Broccoli Alfredo Lasagna!

Deliciousness on a plate!


This recipe for Broccoli Alfredo Lasagna was created by my own brother, The Meaty Vegan.  Eric has a doubly challenging task in that he, his wife and their toddler son are not only vegan but gluten-free as well.  

Dr. D. and I had this a couple of weekends ago and it was very good! There are a couple of things I feel I need to point out.  You will need nine (9!) cloves of garlic for this recipe; five for the filling and four for the Alfredo sauce.  Do not skimp!  All that garlic makes this dish taste amazing!  Also, the recipe calls for two boxes of lasagna noodles but I found one to be sufficient.  

Eric created this recipe for a contest for Follow Your Heart vegan cheese but you can substitute any kind of vegan cheese you prefer (I love Daiya!).

This will be a dish you make for company and bring to potlucks to prove how fantastic vegan food is!  Check out the recipe on the Meaty Vegan blog here. Tell my brother I sent you.

Where have you been all my Violife?!

Some of you may remember my act of derring-do when I smuggled Violife cheese into the U.S. from the U.K.  I fought off scary bomb-sniffing beagles and perjured myself on my customs form just to be able to bring back the delicious goodness of this vegan cheese not yet available in the U.S.

Violife is a vegan cheese made of coconut oil and produced in Greece.  It’s getting a lot of attention for its flavor, texture and meltability; all the things vegans miss about calves’ milk cheeses.

Upon my return to the U.S., I generously and selflessly shared my meager allotment with my brother, the Meaty Vegan who blogged about it and got noticed by Violife, the makers of this amazing cheese.

They set him up with samples and he took care of me too.  I was thrilled to find a little cooler arrive at my office from Greece and inside were samples of many of their cheeses:  cheddar, original, smoked, mozzarella, herb, hot pepper and tomato and basil.  I also received some cream cheese to try.

The first thing I did was take the mozzarella to Aiello’s, my favorite restaurant where one of the owners asked the chef to make me an onion pizza using it.  This was the result:


It melted beautifully and even the chef was amazed that it stood up to the high heat of the pizza oven!

I heard through the Violife grapevine that the Tomato and Basil flavor was especially good in a grilled cheese sandwich.  Having been a fan of grilled cheese and tomato during my vegetarian days, I thought I’d try it.  It was amazing!


Not the greatest picture but you can see the cheese oozing over the edge of the bread.  I may have happened to have made it on rye bread with caraway seeds.  That’s just how I roll.

One of my favorite breakfasts is a tofu scramble.  It usually looks like this:

Kinda sad, dontcha think?


But on a whim, I added a slice of the Smoked flavor which made it look like this:

That’s better! 


Not especially creative but it was so delicious! The smokey flavor is reminiscent of bacon and I have now started adding it to my scramble toward the end of the cooking time so it incorporates itself into every amazing bite.

For mornings when I’m scrambling for time and don’t have time to scramble tofu, a bagel with their creamy cream cheese is just the ticket!


I wish I had the time to experiment a little more with their cheeses but it’s nice to know I can use them for my quick go-to meals when I’m in a hurry.  Keep an eye out for Violife to make its U.S. debut!  It’s sure to be a hit!

Blog of the Week: Meaty Vegan

My brother.  Isn’t he cute?

First, a confession:  Meaty Vegan is my brother’s blog.  That is the confession, now for two warnings.

#1:  Eric is very strong in his vegan views after making the lifestyle change over 18 months ago with his wife. 

#2: You will laugh your @$$ off at some of his posts.  My brother has a wicked (and sometimes twisted) sense of humor.

Eric used to dream of gravy and ate more chicken wings than anyone I knew.  That was until he and his wife decided to try a vegan lifestyle…just for 30 days.  Those 30 days have turned into close to two years of both of them being committed to this lifestyle.  On top of that, they both follow a gluten free diet.  I consider that whenever I start to think staying vegan is hard. Eric is in the best health of his life and has lost a ton of weight  Hats off to you and Jen, little brother!


Check him out!  He’s lettin’ his freak flag fly!  Go (Meaty) Vegan!