zucchini ravioli

Zucchini Ravioli

we had a massive storm here in MD over the weekend
mayhap you saw the headline in your fb feed
or you’re local and you were hunkered down in your abode
like we were in the city,
the lightning and thunder really close.
at one point,
i turned to dw to ask him if he even
knew where the flashlights were.
like the lazy asses that we are
we decided that our phones can suffice
as torches.
meanwhile, with Stranger Things on tv
the kitchen was slowly flooding.
the deluge of water falling from the sky
could not be contained by the fancy gutters
we bought when we fixed the roof last year.
just kidding.
it wasn’t slowly flooding,
it was fucking gushing,
from the back door and onto my new tile floors.
and so, with winona ryder crying in the background
dw & i spent our saturday night
catching water and wringing out towels.
we’re such party animals.

prior to the storm
we picked up our csa and
it’s full on zucchini season,
this week’s recipe really makes good use of this summer veg.
for more inspiration,
hit up maria’s space.

zuch ravioli gif

zucchini ravioli
inspired and adapted from delish
makes about 12-13 raviolis,

*note: i made a full on dairy version with mozz & ricotta cheese for a friend returning from vacation, and i made a completely vegan version for us. click the link for the cheese.
*note**: i doctored up a jar of marinara sauce: sauteed onions + diced garlic scape, chunky over-ripe csa tomatoes and a few TBL of tomato paste.

3-4 zucchinis, sliced thin, with a knife, peeler (which is what i used) or mandolin
1 package of firm tofu, pressed of excess water
2-3 garlic scapes, rough chopped
healthy/generous bunch of parsley
salt&pepper to taste
1 cup of shredded vegan mozzarella, i used daiya
marinara sauce, jarred or doctored or homemade
shredded basil, to garnish

preheat oven to 350F.

slice the zucchinis as described. any nubby bits leftover can be added to the filling, or used for baking, or added to soup.

to make the filling: in a food processor add the pressed tofu. pulse it a few times to break it down. add the garlic scapes and parsley, pulse to incorporate. add in salt & pepper to taste and pulse a few times more. you’re aiming for a well combined ricotta-like mixture.

assemble the raviolis: lay two zucchini slices one way and another two across it, you’re aiming for a lower case T. spoon/scoop about 1.5-2 TBL worth of the tofu mixture in the middle (i used an ice cream scoop). fold the legs over, alternating, until a package is made. continue with the rest of the slices and remaining filling.

in a casserole dish, have a thin layer of marinara sauce. lay out the raviolis, seam side down. spoon sauce over and around the raviolis. they don’t need to be covered, but the amount is entirely up to you. finish with the shredded cheese.

depending on the size of the casserole dish you used, bake for 30-35 minutes (for the smaller batch, i baked for 20 min). the zucchinis came out just at done which dw loved, but i would’ve liked it to go a smidge longer.

garnish with shredded basil.


zuch ravioli casserole

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stuffed cabbage casserole (gf + df)

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

i’m sitting here
watching pbs
watching dw paint our living room wall
watching the chocolate banana bread cool
spring is being a tease
but we’re moving on like
it’s not messing with us
i watched a few youtube videos
on how to re-pot plants
then i went crazy
re-potted 3 plants:
2 cyclamens and a jade
planted 2 pots
of some blue flowers
and sweet basil.
we’ll know in a few weeks
if i have a knack for these things.
in the meanwhile,
i made a warming casserole
to counter the winter-like weather outside.

thanks to Mastro Co for sponsoring this post. large casserole can be found here.

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

stuffed cabbage casserole (gf + df)

1 head of savoy cabbage (any cabbage will do, though i think red would be quite messy as the color would bleed), leaves peeled and cleaned. shoot for 15 leaves
1 lb ground pork
1/2 lb sausage, we used spicy italian
olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
salt & pepper
1 jar of dice tomatoes (our local grocery store has them now!) (1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes would be fine)
2 TBL tomato paste
1/4 brown sugar
3 tsp sherry wine vinegar
1/2 cup of day old, cooked rice
1/4 cup nut milk, i used oat

preheat oven to 350.

on the stove top, bring a pot of water to boil. if you have a steamer, this step will be easier. steam the cabbage leaves for anywhere from 5-10 minutes, until pliable. if you don’t have a steamer, blanch the leaves, a couple at a time done in batches. you’re looking for translucent leaves that are pliable.

in a pan, heat up some olive oil. saute the onions and garlic. add in the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. season with salt & pepper, be generous. transfer half the mixture into a big mixing bowl. set aside.

in the pan with the remaining onion mixture, add in the diced tomato, tomato paste, brown sugar, and sherry wine vinegar. season with salt & pepper. warm through, turn off heat and set aside.

in a food processor throw in the rice and nut milk. pulse until a combined. add in the reserved onion mixture, ground pork and sausage, salt & pepper and PULSE to combine. you don’t want the mixture to turn to mush, but all the ingredients need to be thoroughly mixed together.

using one leaf at time, with the hard ribs removed, roll about 2-3 TBL of the meat mixture. here’s a very amateur video of how to roll something. arrnage the rolls seam-side down in a heat proof casserole dish. pour tomato sauce over the rolls, cover with foil and bake for about 40-45 minutes. remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes.

serve with side of braised radishes.


Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

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black bean lasagna

Blackbean Lasagna

right now
the chill seeps
past the usual barriers,
finding passage through
cracks & crevices
every year
i wonder aloud
why we don’t live
in the tropics
or at the very least,
winter in Australia

it’s a daunting task
to shake slumber off
when burrowing beneath the
corduroy comforter
is far more appealing
it’s also tempting to
fall into the soup rut
what’s not to like?
they’re warming,
usually quick & nutritious
but truthfully:

what to do?
sleep like the bears
surfacing when the world is green anew?
flying south is out
december has already made her presence
what with the frost
the shiver inducing gusts of wind
the rain,
the bloody freezing rain,
it feels like i’m going to be cold forever

so i made this lasagna
because we’re going to incorporate more beans in our diet
because i can’t be bothered to cook every night
because it was easy
because it kept me in the kitchen,
warmed by the stove, oven and crock pot
and it fed us all week,
either for dinner or lunch
and damn if it didn’t warm us through

today’s post is a loose nod towards write alm‘s december promt-a-day.

Blackbean Lasagna

black bean lasagna
adapted from trisha yearwood

*note: i was in 7th grade when trisha yearwood’s song She’s In Love With The Boy came out and dang if i didn’t sing that song all summer long. prior to cutting cable i saw this recipe on her show and it intrigued me. my proportions, seasonings and techniques are different from hers, so use her recipe if you want exact measurements.

1 jar of tomato sauce, i used our csa jarred tomatoes
8oz can of whole tomatoes squished/cut up
3 generous tablespoons of homemade tomato paste
1/2 large onion, chopped
a few garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, skinned and diced
1 cup of dried black beans, soaked over night, then cooked on low in the crockpot for 5 hours
olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
1 package lasagna noodles, cooked according to package instructions
tofu ricotta, recipe below

Tofu Ricotta
1 container of firm organic tofu, excess water squeezed out
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of raw cashews, eyeball it, i didn’t measure it
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup nutritional yeast, eyeball it, i didn’t measure it
healthy sprinkle of italian seasoning
salt/pepper to taste

in a food processor, whizz all the ingredients together. the mixture won’t be silky smooth, but it won’t be chunky either. set aside, in fridge until ready to assemble the dish.

in a large pot, boil up some water. cook the lasagna noodles according to package instructions.

in a large sauce pan or skillet, heat up some olive oil, saute the onions, garlic and carrots. season with salt/pepper. allow the mixture to brown up a bit, it’s at your discretion. add in the tomato sauce and paste. again, season with salt/pepper. add in the prepared black beans, allow to simmer on low while you complete the noodle boiling.

preheat oven to 350F.

to assemble, in a casserole dish, spoon out some of the tomato sauce first. layer noodles, then add the tofu ricotta, spreading it as best as you can, top with tomato sauce. repeat until all the noodles are done, making sure the final top layer is the tomato sauce.

bake in oven for about 45 minutes – an hour, if the top gets too browned/dry, put foil wrap on it.
allow to sit for 15 minutes before digging in.
will keep, covered, in fridge for a week.

Blackbean Lasagna