Interstellar Lasagna Recipe

In addition to my stomach growling at the site of the image featuring Interstellar Lasagna Recipe I had to google ‘What in the world is interstellar”.  My search found :

Interstellar image by Melmak on Pixaby

Interstellar image by Melmak on Pixabay

In astronomy, the Interstellar medium is the matter that exists in the space between the star systems in a galaxy. This matter includes gas in ionic, atomic, and molecular form, as well as dust and cosmic rays. –  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Doctoral candidate in nutritional epidemiology, Micaela Cook Karlsen is the author of the new book A Plant-Based Life (published by AMACOM Books) that includes documentation of the astounding benefits of switching to a plant-based diet.  The recipe I’m going to share today comes from this publication and I am hoping to get an interview  with Micaela soon because the recipes is amazing!   It’s hard to ignore all the documentation that streams the news daily about how switching to a plant base diet can change your life.

“Going plant-based doesn’t mean you have to give up meat and chicken totally, but if you make fruits and vegetables the main part of the meal and use meat to support the menu, you’ll be well on your way to switching to a mare plant-based diet,” shares Micaela Cook Karlsen

Switching to a plant-based diet can boost your health, lower blood pressure as well as lowering the risk of heart disease. Creating a meal plan primarily of plant foods will fill your body with fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. This diet plan host many needed chemicals and nutrients that the average American diet doesn’t include.  Switching to a plant base diet is easy to do with friends  so you can share recipes and share support.  One of the recipes in Micaela’s new book is the Interstellar Lasagna which is shared below.

Interstellar Lasagna Recipe

Why is the recipe called “interstellar Lasagna” ?  The author shares that  she finished perfecting this recipe the week that NASA’s Kepler Mission found a new Earth-like planet, 452b, so it was named in the honor of the discovery.

Interstellar Lasagna Recipe

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Interstellar Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

  • Layer 1: 1 medium onion, 1 16-ounce package firm tofu (drained), 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 ½ teaspoons white miso , 1/3 cup nutritional yeast, 1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • Layer 2: 1 medium onion, 1 10-ounce package cremini mushrooms (stems trimmed), ½ cup frozen spinach, ¼ cup pine nuts, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, salt to taste
  • Additional components
  • 1 10-ounce box whole-grain lasagna noodles
  • 3 to 4 cups of your favorite tomato sauce (or try Chef AJ’s Quick Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara)
  • Toppings:
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Make layer 1: Place the onion in a food processor, and pulse until it is finely chopped. Add the tofu, garlic powder, miso, and nutritional yeast and blend until everything is evenly mixed. At this point the mixture will be like a dry puree—grainy and not too wet. Add the basil leaves and pulse until the basil is chopped into small bits and evenly distributed in the mixture. Transfer the contents of layer 1 to a medium bowl.
  3. Make layer 2: Place the onion in a food process and pulse until it is finely chopped. Add the mushrooms, spinach, pine nuts, Italian seasoning, and salt and blend until everything is evenly mixed.
  4. Assemble the lasagna: Divide your noodles into three equal piles, to correspond with the three noodle layers in the final dish. Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13–inch glass pan with ¾ cup tomato sauce and ½ cup water. Use a spoon to mix the two and evenly distribute the liquefied sauce. Place one layer of lasagna noodles on top of the sauce-water mixture. Cover the noodles with 1 to 1 ½ cups tomato sauce, using a spoon to evenly distribute it. Add the mixture for Layer 1 to the pan. Cover layer 1 with the second layer of noodles. Add the mixture for Layer 2 to the pan. Cover Layer 2 with the third/top layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups tomato sauce using a spoon to evenly distribute it.
  5. Add the toppings: Place tomato slices on top of the sauce evenly around the pan. Sprinkle each slice with a bit of salt for added flavor, if desired, then sprinkle the nutritional yeast evenly on top of the tomatoes.
  6. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes, then remove cover and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until the top surface has developed a skin. Serves 6-8.

Recipe and photo credit : Micaela Karlsen 

Interstellar (2014) The Movie

After Google searching “Insterstellar” this was one of the links that was shared.  I remember watching this video in early spring and believe I may have fallen asleep 1/2 way into the movie because I remember the corn fields and everything was getting dry in the movie but I don’t remember the trip to space.  This is not a reflexction on the movie because everyone knows I’m a plant geek and spring means I’m exhausted by the time I come indoors from gardening.   Below is the movie clip to the Movie by Director Christopher Nolan and stars  Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy and Matthew McConaughey.  I may just have to take a break from the heat tonight and watch this movie in it’s entirety.

This video was found at : Insterstellar on YouTube.com

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

Have you ever thought what the world would be like if we couldn’t grow plants?  There wouldn’t be a world for long….

I want to grow as much as I can just because I can.  How do you feel about growing plants?  Do you grow food with survival in mind?  I know that is like way too many deeply odd questions to ask on one post but I’d really like to hear your oppinion.  Let’s start a conversation about this… comment below!

Happy Growing Green,

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