Have you seen that commercial about how Valentine’s Day isn’t about saying I love you, but rather it’s about saying I love us? I can’t honestly say that I was thinking that when I selected V-day presents, but I purchased something I’d been wanting us to have.
Yep, a salad spinner. Alex also gave me a gift that’s something for us, and I’m not referring to the tofu press. We now have another season of How I Met Your Mother.
He wanted to make me dinner, but instead we decided to make something together. This was our first ever vegan lasagne. We used to make vegetarian lasagne all the time, but I hadn’t been brave enough to subject Alex to vegan cheese. I know everybody has their favorite, or not, but I prefer Follow Your Heart. Yes, I have to shred it myself, but it doesn’t have that chemical aftertaste.
I made tofu ricotta and a chunky tomato sauce with lots of onion, garlic, and mushrooms. We layered the lasagna sheets with the sauce, tofu ri-not-ta, thinly sliced grilled eggplant, and not-za-rella. Once Alex saw what ingredients I laid out, he cleverly invented these names for the cheeze. I didn’t tell him that they weren’t originals.
This wasn’t the prettiest meal, but it tasted oh-so good. Alex even went back for seconds! While we were assembling this, I told him a few times that he could go to Noodles and Co. for his free birthday noodles (if you give them your email, you can get free birthday noodles, too) if he didn’t like the vegan lasagne. That wasn’t necessary. Oh, yeah, it’s his birthday, so I saved the sweet chocolatey treat for that instead of v-day.