Fantastic feasts_ alex kamal’s expanse lasagna recipe _ syfywire

I love what I do here at Fantastic Feasts. Apple country farm market Twice a month I get to celebrate two of my favorite thing — food and science fiction — and usually it’s not a tough task. Apple country realty I get a show, think about what I want to cook, make it, document the process, make any necessary adjustments, eat it (my favorite) and then write about it! Not hard.

About two weeks ago I got a message from my editor.

Apple dietary fiber (This may or may not be 100% factual in my relaying of our conversation.)

Editor: So, I want you to make Alex’s Lasagna from The Expanse. Apple fiber It was in the first episode of Season 2.

Editor: I have all the faith in the world you’ll pull this off. Apple fiber content You’re amazing … like, seriously, the best ever. Apple fiber count Muah!

Like I said, this may or may not have been our actual conversation, but it’s pretty close. Apple fiber powder Especially the last sentence. Apple fruit nutrition (Okay, totally not the last sentence, but whatever. Apple juice nutrition facts And for the record, I love my editor, so the ‘muah’ may very well have been me, but it’s all a cheese-free blur now.)

The first thing I had to do was watch the episode, which wasn’t hard because The Expanse is a great show. Apple juice nutrition label About 38 minutes in, Alex sends a 911 to his team. Apple muffins They respond, expecting an emergency, but instead are greeted by him in the kitchen with a piping hot tray of fresh baked lasagna.

Alex tells them it’s a Kamal family recipe straight from the Mariner Valley where he grew up. Apple muffins healthy Only problem is, certain ingredients are hard to come by way out there, including apparently wheat, cheese and tomatoes.

Crap. Apple muffins with applesauce My editor wasn’t kidding. Apple nutrition This was going to be tough. Apple nutrition carbs Hmm, time to do some serious thinking and figure this out.

I re-watched the scene about ten more times, ignoring Steven Strait’s equally delicious abs, paying close attention to the lasagna itself instead.

Well, it certainly looks like normal lasagna … but if he made it with limited ingredients, then what exactly did he use if not tomatoes, wheat noodles and cheese?

I went onto the Expanse Wiki and looked up the Mariner Valley entry which told me that the population was predominately Chinese and Indian … which got me thinking about alternatives to wheat, tomatoes and cheese that would make work culturally with those demographics as well as the geographically isolated location. Apple nutrition chart What about rice and soy products? From a transportation standpoint, it makes sense. Apple nutrition data I could easily see a huge shipment of rice and tofu being much easier to blast off to a distant Martian colony. Apple nutrition facts And from the story Joe relayed about cheese being a luxury item, I could see the locals looking for viable alternatives and figured a vegan swap-out might be the way to go.

With this in mind, I decided to plan my lasagna around Martian transportation issues, ethnic alternatives and vegan options, starting with dairy-free cheese substitutes.

A little bit of online research led me to a number of recipes for fake ricotta cheese made from tofu, apple cider vinegar and salt. Apple nutrition facts and benefits Hmm, all easily transportable over long distances. Apple nutrition facts and health benefits I figured I’d give it a try. Apple nutrition label I also found a cheese sauce recipe made from soy milk that sounded interesting.

Finding the noodles was easy. Apple nutrition oconomowoc With so many gluten alternatives, I had no problem picking up lasagna noodles made from rice. Apple nutritional benefits I also grabbed a bag of rice flour, a carton of soy milk and some vegan meat (if you can’t have dairy, I figure you probably aren’t getting much fresh meat either). Apple nutritional content In keeping with my idea that everything has to be easily transportable and because I needed something to match the green swirls and yellow chunks I saw in the photos, I grabbed a box of frozen spinach and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables that included zucchini, carrots and squash. Apple nutritional value It’s easier to freeze those than it is tomatoes, so I’m pretending that those were the only veggies they got with any regularity … unless you count Mark Watney’s potatoes, but that’s a different story.

To make the ricotta I drained my box of tofu and then mashed it into a cottage cheese consistency. Apple peel nutrition I added in my cider vinegar and salt and mixed well.

I sauteed it and added a package of instant spaghetti spices to give it some more flavor as well as the red color I saw in the photos. Apple pie nutrition facts I also added some extra dried garlic, basil and oregano. Apple protein Mmm, it smelled delicious … Apple protein content so at least this part might be okay.

While that was cooking I boiled my noodles. Apple protein shake Nothing fancy there. Apple skin nutrition Just some salted water, a little olive oil and rice noodles that looked exactly like regular lasagna noodles.

I found a bunch of recipes online for dairy-free cheese sauce that used flour and nutritional yeast and figured I’d try those but make substitutions for the flour and just skip the yeast altogether.

I used soy milk, rice flour, cider vinegar, olive oil and salt … which if mixed in the right proportions and allowed to simmer for 5-10 minutes makes —

I admit, I went a little overboard with the veggies, but I figured if I’m going to eat gluten-free paste, the veggies might make it taste better.

All that done, it was time to start assembling my Expanse lasagna. Apple tablet price I pulled out my special squiggly pan (courtesy of Buy-It-Now from eBay!) and started layering.

Another layer of noodles and a final coat of faux-cotta finished it off. Apple tablet price in dubai Then I put the whole thing into the oven at 400F/204C for 40 minutes.

When it came out, I was pleasantly surprised. Apple tablet price in india It looked a lot more like the Expanse lasagna than I thought it would.

So, final thoughts … Apple tablet price in pakistan would I make this again? Actually, yes. Apple tablet price in saudi arabia I have some very good friends who are vegetarian and I think they’d like this. Apple tablet price philippines To be honest, I have some carnivore friends who would also enjoy this. Apple tablet with keyboard Next time I’d probably give the nutritional yeast a try and see what that adds, but all in all … Apple tablets at walmart I’d rate this a solid success.

Feeling brave? Want to whip up your own batch of Alex Kamal-inspired Expanse lasagna?

Place your tofu into the strainer over your bowl and allow to drain for about 5 minutes.

Using your fork, mash your tofu and mix in your cider vinegar and salt.

Combine your flour and salt in a small saucepan. Apple tablets on sale Add in ? of the cup of soy milk and mix. Applebee’s nutrition 2016 Once the mixture is well incorporated, add in the rest of the soy milk, vinegar and olive oil. Applebees nutrition facts Over medium heat, cook the mixture for about 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Applesauce nutrition facts The mixture will thicken as it cooks.

Bring your water to a boil. Best apples Add the salt, olive oil and noodles. Best apples for apple crisp Cook for 5 minutes less than what the box tells you. Best apples for apple pie You want the noodles to be almost cooked. Best apples for apple pie martha stewart They’ll finish cooking in the oven.

1 10 oz bag of frozen mixed veggies (I used California veggies which included carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and squash)

In your saucepan mix together your meat crumbles, olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil and spaghetti spice. Best apples for baking Add in the cup of water and cook until the water is 90% evaporated. Best apples for cider Add your spinach and veggies and cook until all water content has evaporated (about 8-10 minutes).

1 squiggly baking pan (regular baking pan can also be substituted)

Place a layer of noodles down in your pan, then add in some of the cheese sauce. Best apples for cooking Next, put down a layer of meat and veggies followed by another layer of noodles and then some faux-cotta. Best apples for juicing Continue layering until you run out of noodles. Best apples for sauce Top with a layer of faux-cotta smoothed down.

Pop into a 400F/204C oven for 40 minutes. Best apples to eat Bake until lasagna is golden on top and sauce, is bubbling.

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