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Meatless Monday with a Vegan Valentine’s Dinner

Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for a Valentine’s Day edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

Just because you want to make a vegan meal, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious and romantic. For dinner we’ll be serving a great vegan spinach and mushroom lasagna that comes by way of the Food Network Kitchens. For dessert we’re making vegan red velvet brownies, which come from Betsy DiJulio via One Green Planet, an amazing resource for all things good for the planet (like being vegan).

Vegan Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasingvegan spinach and mushroom lasagna
  • 3 cloves garlic, 2 thinly sliced and 1 whole
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • One 12.3-ounce package firm tofu, strained
  • One 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • One 8-ounce package vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 to 13 no-boil vegan lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella-flavored vegan cheese

Click here to read the full directions from Food Network Kitchens

Vegan Red Velvet Brownies Ingredients

“Cream Cheese” Layer (my quick sweetened cashew cream)

  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • *1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar (plus additional for sprinkling if making layered brownies)vegan red velvet brownies
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Brownie Layer

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (I use white whole wheat)
  • 1 cup natural sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) natural red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider or white distilled vinegar

Click here to read the full directions from One Green Planet

This vegan spinach and mushroom lasagna recipe will yield 6 portions and will take less than 2 hours to make and the vegan red velvet brownies recipe will yield 9-16 pieces depending on how you cut them.

To complete this Valentine’s Day dinner, serve with crusty garlic bread, a lightly dressed vinaigrette salad and the perfect playlist.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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