The Perfect Crock Pot Lasagna

I’ve always had my dreams about crock pot lasagna. In the oven it seemed like I would always have problems. The noodles would be mushy towards the middle, overcooked, where the outside noodles would be so stiff that they would curl upwards and you had to trash them. There were always a couple of things stopping me from the crock pot method, though.  A) finding a decent meat substitute that I truthfully enjoyed and B) the notorious watery mess on the bottom of the dish, and how I could get rid of it. Well, tremendous things happened recently. I found an awesome substitute that tastes completely legit and actually felt confident that it wouldn’t ruin the whole dish with an ‘off ‘ flavor that sometimes happens with artificial beef. While also I thought up a way to balance the ingredients so the bottom wouldn’t get flooded. Luckily, it all worked out and was the best lasagna I have ever had. I’ll never make it in the oven again. Enjoy ~

 

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Tempeh ‘chicken’ Salad

I decided to recreate one of my old favorites in a simple way. The only thing you change is the chicken ingredient, the rest is the same. So quick, so convenient, so healthy and so good. You can enjoy it in a pita half, traditionally with sliced bread, or with a side of crackers. Also, if tempeh is a ‘no go’ for you, you can easily use chickpeas instead with the same satisfying result.

 

 

 

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Mexican Rice {Super Simple, Preservative Free}

I made a taco casserole for dinner last night and was really craving some plain ol’ mexican rice to go alongside, then I realized I’d never made a vegan version before. Now that I know it’s super simple and delicious made with plain, fresh vegetable broth instead of an innocent little chicken’s life (aww, no :[ ) I’ll be making it more often. It’s a nice, easy addition to any mexican meal, and is a great filling meal stretching dish. I don’t know why it took me so long to make this… nom nom.

 

 

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Small Surprise Summer Sliders (with other summer meal ideas inside)

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks and haven’t really just had time to sit and think up anything spectacular in the food category. I’ve been getting by with stir fry, tofu and rice, oatmeal, grilled veggie tortilla wraps and a few salads, mainly fast and simple things. Last week I decided to make it fun and tasty. I mixed together a few things and pulled out pretty much every condiment and topping we had to create some super simple, delicious and surprising little burgers. We both enjoyed them with some sweet potato fries and talked about the flavor combination we ended up getting. I suppose you could make them all the same, but it was fun having all the different colors and flavors on each slider.

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