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Vegan Manicotti with Italian Sausage Field Roast

Mmm…Manicotti!
Meat-free. Dairy-free. Egg-free. It’s definitely not taste-free! ūüôā

This is my second veganized version of the manicotti that I grew up eating. Eric said this is the best manicotti I’ve ever made! This goes together pretty quickly. The cashews don’t need to soak for very long and the tofu can drain while you’re mincing veggies.

(My first veganized manicotti recipe can be found here.)

INGREDIENTS TO PREP

1 box manicotti noodles, uncooked

1/2 of a 15.5 ounce twin pack (or 1/2 of a standard block) extra firm or firm tofu, drained, then mashed with a fork or potato masher

1 T avocado oil (or oil of your choice)
1/4 C onion, minced
1/3 C carrot, minced
large clove garlic, minced

1 T dried parsley
1/2 T Italian seasoning blend
1 t dried basil
1/4 t garlic powder

1/2 C raw cashews, soaked in 1/2 C water for at least an hour
2 T nutritional yeast
generous dashes of salt and pepper

2 links Field Roast Italian Sausages, chopped
1 t balsamic vinegar

6 slices Chao original cheese (diced) OR
1 C Daiya mozzarella style shreds (or comparable brand)

1 jar (24 oz) vegan spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 C diced tomatoes, pureed with 1/2 C water (**See note)

**NOTE: If you prefer, use part of a second jar of spaghetti sauce OR use tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes/water. I used the diced tomatoes because that’s what I had in the house, and I realized that I should have bought 2 jars of spaghetti sauce. The idea is to have enough sauce to fully cover the noodles during baking. You won’t need 2 full jars of sauce, but 1 jar won’t be enough. HISTORY: Back in the 1980’s, when my mom used to make manicotti, the spaghetti sauce jars were a lot bigger. I think they used to be 32 ounces. Over time, the price stayed the same, while the jars got smaller and smaller. The food companies think people don’t notice, but some of us do!!

Vegan manicotti ingredients

ASSEMBLY:

1. Open box of noodles and set aside.

2. Set aside your glass 9″ x 13″ baking pan and a piece of aluminum foil.

3. Place your drained, mashed tofu in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

4. In a saute pan on medium heat, sizzle the oil, onions, carrots, and garlic. Remove it from the heat and stir in the parsley, Italian seasoning blend, basil, and garlic powder. Add all of it to the mixing bowl. Stir.

5. In a Vitamix blender, whiz up the cashews, soaking water, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Pour into the mixing bowl. Stir.

Mashed tofu with veggies/herbs and cashew sauce

6. In a small bowl, drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the chopped Field Roast Italian sausages, and stir. Add them to the mixing bowl.

Chopped Field Roast with balsamic vinegar mixed in

7. Add the Daiya shreds or chopped Chao cheese slices to the mixing bowl. Stir.

All ingredients for stuffing into the noodles

8. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

9. Pour enough spaghetti sauce into the bottom of the glass baking pan to coat the bottom. Stuff the noodles with the yummy mixture and line the noodles up in the pan. (I didn’t end up using the last 2 noodles.)

10. Pour the rest of the spaghetti sauce and the pureed tomatoes/water into the bowl that had the stuffing mixture. Stir.

Spaghetti sauce and pureed tomatoes/water

11. Pour the sauce blend over the noodles and then make sure each stuffed noodle is fully surrounded by sauce.

Vegan manicotti, before baking

12. Bake at 400 degrees, covered with foil, for 45 minutes.

13. Remove foil, turn off the oven, and leave in the oven for another 10 minutes. If desired, during this time, sprinkle extra vegan cheese shreds on top.

14. Remove from oven and let sit for another 10 minutes before serving.

Vegan manicotti, after baking

ENJOY!

Almost 17.5 months old - January 31, 2016

Almost 17.5 months old – January 31, 2016

EIGHTEENTH MONTH
JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 21 (2016)

HEALTH

  • 1st barf (1/22)
  • the barf was a one time “thing” & he seemed fine otherwise (Eric & I were quite sick & barfy the 1-2 days before Todd barfed)
  • he got a cold: ¬†sneezing, coughing, runny nose & fever (2/2, lasted about a week)
  • he got another¬†cold: ¬†very goopy eyes, copious runny nose, cough & fever (2/17, lasted about a week)
  • (he must be getting colds from the ski area child care)
An apple a day - February 3, 2016

An apple a day! – Real Tequila (Anacortes) – February 3, 2016

BODY

  • his legs are noticeably straighter this month (i.e. he’s losing the infant bow-leggedness)
  • he discovered his belly button & looked down at it & touched it (2/17)
  • a new freckle (his second one) was spotted on his low back (2/20)
Watching his squirrel friend - February 19, 2016

Watching his squirrel friend – February 19, 2016

TEETHING

  • bottom left lateral incisor poked through (2/15)
  • that’s his 9th tooth
Selfie smile - February 2, 2016

Selfie smile – February 2, 2016

COMMUNICATION

  • repeated “Hi Todd”
  • laughing “ha ha”
  • he put my hand over the sippy cup lid so I would open it (2/8)
  • he wanted me to keep going in circles because it made him laugh (2/9)
  • he “asks” for help putting his fuzzy slippers on
  • this month, in general, he didn’t feel the need to use his familiar words (i.e car) as much, preferring to give a grunt (that we understand) instead
  • he understands more & more, and he follows a sequence of verbal directions (i.e. bring mama her shoes..now get the other one..give me a kiss)
  • he continues to practice making his own “words” by combining different sounds
  • he said “bir” for bird after he saw one & also did the hand sign for bird
  • he says “geh k” to refer to skis
  • lots of hugs and kisses were given

MOTOR CONTROL

  • he tries to turn the lid of his sippy cups instead of just setting the lid over the cap
  • he very carefully set his teething tablets & his sippy cup on the night stand (1/23)
  • he gets on the balance board himself, stands up, balances there & steps off
On the balance board before bed - February 4, 2016

On the balance board before bed – February 4, 2016

STARING AT CERTAIN PAGES OF BOOKS

  • Go, Dog. Go!– ¬†the page with the dogs on bikes & skates and the page with dogs on scooters & skis
  • Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him!– ¬†the page with the boy on a skateboard
  • he loves looking at the skate boarders in Eric’s Concrete Wave magazine
Page from Go, Dog. Go! book - January 27, 2016

Page from Go, Dog. Go! book – January 27, 2016

GO BY CAR

  • laughing in the car on the way to grocery shop
  • walking around at parks: ¬†Harborview (Everett) & Forest Park (Everett) (1/24)
  • outing to Anacortes including a visit to my former workplace & then out for lunch (2/3)
  • dining out: ¬†Casa Tequila (1/24), Real Tequila (2/3), Aye Carumba (2/5)
  • 1st long car ride when he didn’t nap in the car (2/7)
Harborview Park - January 24, 2016

Harborview Park – January 24, 2016

Playing with a new friend - January 24, 2016

Playing with a new friend – January 24, 2016

Harborview Park - January 24, 2016

Harborview Park – January 24, 2016

OUTDOOR FUN

  • stroller walks
  • outside riding the skateboard with Eric (1/24)
  • outdoor “roaming” wearing his “backpack bear” leash (without the leash he’s too fast and will repeatedly try to go in the street or other people’s yard) (1st time: 2/10)
  • brief ride outside on his new balance bike (with help) while wearing skates (because he’s still too short without) (2/20)
Skateboard ride with Eric - January 24, 2016

Skateboard ride with Eric – January 24, 2016

First time outside with "backpack bear" - February 10, 2016

First time outside with “backpack bear” – February 10, 2016

HOT TUBBING

  • he loves to go in the hot tub and lets us know he wants to do it by pushing on the sliding glass door
  • he runs through the house chasing after Eric before Eric & I go outside to get the tub cover off
  • he plays with his stacking cups in the tub
  • when I let go of him standing on one of the seats, he had noticably better balance (2/19)
  • he started to dunk his own mouth/nose underwater, acting brave about it (2/20)
New bike - January 26, 2016

New bike – January 26, 2016

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  • watching the same 6 episodes of “Detectorists” over & over
  • looking at himself in the window reflection at home while showing off
  • smiling & laughing at videos of himself
  • wearing his boots inside all day
  • using drum sticks like ski poles
  • x-country skiing/skating in the house with his skis/skates, helmet & poles
  • downhill skiing down the sloped Aerobed with Eric’s help
  • running up & down the sloped Aerobed (with good balance!)
  • Eric bounces him on the Aerobed and he loves it
  • riding his balance bike in the house with Eric’s help, while wearing his skates (since he’s still too short to stand on it with just boots)
  • not only does he get stuff “out” he now puts stuff “back”

WENATCHEE SKI WEEKENDS

  • 1/30 – 1/31
  • 2/6 – 2/7
  • 2/13 – 2/14
  • he loves going into Eric’s closet to get all the ski gear out (boots/liners, helmet, gloves)
  • he supervises/helps Eric with the boots & liners to get ready for skiing
  • he likes to look at the Alta picture on the wall, so we have to get it down for him
  • jumping up & down in the bathtub (holding my hands) (2/13)
  • Eric takes him on the rope tow, then skis him down (between his legs)
  • walking back & forth on the little bridge at the ski area, and going up & down the snow steps
  • Paula at the Mission Ridge child care said that Todd’s a sweetheart & that she’s “really fallen for him” ‚̧ (2/13)
Todd's favorite things at the "condo house" - January 30, 2016

Todd’s favorite things at the “condo house” – January 30, 2016

Ready to ski - January 30, 2016

Ready to ski – January 30, 2016

Skiing down with Eric - January 31, 2016

Skiing down with Eric – January 31, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area - February 13, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area – February 13, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 8 days this month
  • when I leave for work Jeri holds Todd & they wave at me from the front window
  • on 1/25 I got home from work & he barely acknowledged me, he just threw a fit wanting to stand on the laundry room counter (fortunately this isn’t the norm!)
Babysitter pic - January 25, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 25, 2016

Babysitter pic - January 28, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 28, 2016

Babysitter pic - February 4, 2016

Babysitter pic – February 4, 2016

Babysitter pic - February 11, 2016

Babysitter pic – February 11, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • he started practicing using a spoon but needs a lot of help
  • he precisely dipped his broccoli into some A1 sauce
  • he loves nutritional yeast & likes to eat lots of it plain
Loving the nutritional yeast - February 10, 2016

Loving the nutritional yeast – February 10, 2016

February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

January 24, 2016

January 24, 2016

DAYTIME NAPS

  • he didn’t take a crib nap 1x (he was sick that day), but he napped in the car & on me (2/17)
  • frequently he goes to get his pillow blanket out of his crib just before nap time
  • crib naps were 1 – 3.25 hours long
Finishing his nap on me - February 17, 2016

Finishing his nap on me – February 17, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • miraculously he slept in until 9 AM on the day that I was quite sick (1/21)
  • 1x he feel asleep on me in the evening before bed (2/6)
  • he woke up in the night 7x this month (more often than past months since he was sick)
  • night time sleep duration was ~9.25 – 10 hours (as usual)
At the condo - February 6, 2016

At the condo – February 6, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 17 poops were done in the toilet
  • 26 poops were not done in the toilet (4x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • this is an improvement from last month!
  • when I wipe his butt he always tips over the step stool by the tub & it cracks me up every time!
  • he laughs when I take off his stinky panties and I make a funny face about it

 

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