Lunch/Dinner

Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

Alright, can someone just give me an award for #Adulting right now? I’m cooking, PEOPLE! ME! I did it!

“I’d just like to thank my mom for teaching me everything I know about pre-packaged meals like instant potatoes and boxed dinners, Brandon for always believing in me, and for all the haterz out there who laughed at me when I failed to show up when it came to cooking.”

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*Just kidding, my mom makes more than boxed goods. However, I do prize in the fact that she doesn’t waste time slaving away when something can be pulled apart, put on a pan and pushed in the oven (I’m talking about pre-packaged, ready-to-go cookies).

I’m almost averaging a recipe post a month on this blog at the rate I’m cookin’. This little recipe found its way to me thanks to the eMeals app that I started a couple weeks ago…

I gave in to the free 2-week trial and I decided to give it a little spin and keep for a month to see if it does wonders for me. The beauty of it is supposed to make you spend less money (Dave Ramsey endorses it!) because you’re cooking at home, not eating out and at the same time making your life simpler with recipes and grocery store checklists to the store of your choice. I chose Walmart (holla, it’s so cheap) and the vegetarian option for two – even though it’s just for me. With this one meal, it easily lasted me for four plus meals.

I want to rant and rave more about eMeals, but I’ll save it for another time. Let’s just get to the recipe, shall we?!

INGREDIENTS:

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  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 (11 oz) package of veggie protein crumbles 
  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 (32 ounce) carton vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oil in large Dutch oven (ignore my non-Dutch oven I used, not adulting hard enough to own a Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add crumbles, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning: cook 8 to 10 minutes or until brown. 

Ignore the mess of that stove. I literally tried using the "healing brush" tool on Photoshop, and that couldn't even clean it.
Also ignore the mess of that stove. I literally tried using the “healing brush” tool in Photoshop, and that couldn’t even clean it.

2. Stir in broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and brown sugar. 

3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Add noodles, and simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. 

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4. Top each serving with (a generous or not so generous) amount of mozzarella cheese. 

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Thoughts? It sounded like a crazy dish at first but it was delicious!!! Definitely going to make again. I give it a 5 out 5 stars.

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Zucchini Pizza Bites!

I LOVE PIZZA. Who doesn’t? Too bad I always go overboard when I eat it and feel like a turd muffin the next day. That’s why I refuse to settle for a no-pizza diet. NO WAY. Not for me. Good thing is I love zucchini too! So…

ZUCCHINI PIZZA BITES!!!!!

They’re both easy to make and healthy! Trust me, if I can make these they’re really easy to make.

INGREDIENTS: 
1 Zucchini
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella shredded cheese ( I used Parmesan shredded cheese )
Olive Oil
Pizza Seasoning (optional – I just happened to have it on the spice rack)

DIRECTIONS

1. Sau 1/4 inch cut zucchini slices in olive oil – & – Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Once they’ve soaked up some good ol’ olive oil, add pasta sauce
TIP: I found squeeze-able pizza sauce. It’s. Awesome.
3. Sprinkle on yo’ cheese and pizza seasoning ( if you wish )
4. Bake for about 4 minutes, that’s all it takes! ENJOY!!

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Homemade “Healthier” Ranch

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No more hidden ( fattening ) valley Ranch! Believe me, I love this stuff. I used to hate it and only keep my salad dressing loyalty to Dorothy Lynch but alas, I’ve given in. I admit, I dip my pizza in ranch and I’ve even dipped popcorn in it ( don’t knock it till you try it ).

I then found a healthier alternative to this weird addiction. Here it is:

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 packet of Ranch seasoning
1/2 cup of 1% milk

DIRECTIONS 

1. Whisk it all together
2. Let it chill in the fridge for a bit and enjoy!

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>> So in love with Ranch like me? Try these “crack” pretzels <<