Easy weeknight pasta bake cake {gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free}

Pasta bake cake was my attempt at turning a simple bowl of pasta marinara into something a little more exciting. It needed a cheesy element, but trying not to overdo the soy, I pulled out my trusted recipe for cashew cheese – a recipe I first made about six years ago and tastes like a hybrid of runny cheese and what I imagine queso dip to taste like. 

You can add vegetables like spinach or kale to the pasta before you bake it, and you can make your own marinara sauce.

Vegan tuna salad

Tuna is another one of those foods that can make life easier. Adding it to a salad makes the salad worth eating and ups the ante on your protein intake (because a life without protein is a very sad one indeed).

This fishless tuna (funa) is really simple to make and tastes like canned tuna in brine. A lot of people like to make vegan tuna out of sunflower seeds or chickpeas, but I get the best result using a combination of the two.