I’ve been haunted, recently, by the news that 35,000 dairy cows froze to death in a massive blizzard in west Texas and east New Mexico.
It’s not the first time, or worst time, that’s happened.
I know that if I posted a story about a dog left outside to die in the cold, you’d all be up in arms. But should we care less about a cow’s (or 35,000 cows’) suffering?
Dairy is much crueler than many people realize. The occasional massive frozen die-off aside, year after year dairy cows are impregnated, then forcibly separated from their babies hours after birth. (They often cry for them for days and some fight back.) Eventually, when their milk wanes, they are slaughtered for leather and hamburger. The daughters repeat the cycle, whereas the sons—tiny babies, mind you—live for a few short, miserable weeks isolated, tethered, and deliberately malnourished in veal crates. (Veal wouldn’t exist if there weren’t a dairy industry.)
Dairy is also more harmful to our health than many people realize. It’s linked to many health problems including obesity and cancer. And, by the way, skim milk has even more cancer-causing hormones than whole.
Below is my partner’s Luscious Lasagna, which in place of cheese features a rich and savory tofu/tahini filling that will bring winter comfort to both you and the cows.
Dr. T’s Luscious Lasagna (serves 6)
12 lasagna noodles cooked as directed
24 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce or make your own
8 oz of Daiya Mozzarella-Style Shreds
1 12 oz block of firm tofu, mashed with ½ tsp pepper added
2 Tbsp tahini
2 cups (or more if desired) chopped spinach
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
4 Tbsp UNsweetened non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp flax seeds
Stir Fry Layer (optional):
1 cup onions, peppers, mushrooms
1 cup Beyond Meat Beefy Crumble
(stir fry together in advance)
GoVeggie Parmesan grated topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spread a small layer of sauce in a rectangular oven-proof casserole dish
Add four noodles
Add half the Tofu/Tahini Mash
Add Stir Fry layer
Spread a third of the sauce
Spread half the Daiya
Repeat with noodles, Mash, sauce, and Daiya
Add last four noodles
Top with last third of sauce and sprinkle with GoVeggie Parm
Bake for 35 minutes and then cover with foil and bake for another ten minutes.