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Hello All, hope everyone is well and enjoying the Spring Weather. I know I am. It was slow to arrive to Michigan, so I am taking advantage of any time I can get outside. So with Spring here I wanted to make a light, but hearty dinner.

I love lasagna. I love spaghetti squash. So let’s make a Spaghetti Squash Lasagna.

First step is to Roast your Spaghetti Squash.

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Drizzle cut side with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Place squash, cut side up on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until squash is tender when pierced with a fork.
  4. Remove squash from oven and cool slightly, to handle. Into a bowl, shred the inside of the squash with fork.

Now onto the Lasagna. Okay…Here’s the thing. I know most people omit the noodles when they use spaghetti squash, but it just didn’t seem right to me. So I added noodles. I make my own rules, what can I say.

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

8×8 Baking Dish

Serves 4 Large Pieces

Ingredients:

  • Roasted Spaghetti Squash
  • No Boil Lasagna Noodles
  • Tofu 1 Container
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Seasoning for the Tofu: Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets, Parsley, Salt and Pepper
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese Shaker (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press the water out of the Tofu. Crumble with a fork and season with Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Italian Garlic Gold (or any other Italian Seasoning). Mix well. Cover bottom of 8×8 pan with pasta sauce, then a layer of noodles, then spread the tofu mixture over noodles, then a layer of spaghetti squash and some shaved parmesan cheese. Repeat the process 3 times. When finished top layer should be pasta sauce and I also sprinkled in the remainder of my seasoned tofu and shaved parmesan cheese.

Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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I just have fun when making a lasagna. I layer as much as I can depending on the ingredients. One note to stress when making this recipe, make sure you press out all the water from the tofu. Nothing worse than a watery lasagna, and of course ricotta cheese can be used in place of the tofu. I like to use either or, just depends what I have on hand.

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Recently, Meijer contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their New Cereal. I love cereal and so does my husband, so I was so excited to give them a try.  Plus their price point on cereal is a far better deal than any national brand cereal, and I really like that.

They sent 3 boxes:

  • Blueberry Muffin Squares
  • Toasted Oats
  • Fiber Complete

 

Also for anyone interested in trying them Meijer is having a 50 Percent Off Sale on Meijer brand cereals and an In-store Cereal Party in all of their stores on April 20 (11a.m.-4p.m.). This is a great event for kids, they can sample new flavors, make cereal crafts and pose for fun pictures!  I loved all the flavors, but have to say that the Blueberry Muffin Squares were my favorite and my husband loved the Toasted Oats. Hope you can make the event and stock-up your pantry with some great new flavors of Meijers brand cereal.

 

 

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All Hail Kale. All Hail Kale.

Today I am featuring a Kale and Tofu Wonton.  I made these Vegan Style. So glad you joined me today, because it is Virtual Vegan Potluck Day. This is the Second Virtual Vegan Potluck and I was lucky enough to participate once again. Check out my 1st. Virtual Vegan Potluck Post. While I am not Vegan, my friend Annie over at An Unrefined Vegan who organizes the Potluck allows non-vegan bloggers to join in on the fun as long as they respect the Vegan lifestyle and post a recipe that follows the Vegan guidelines. So my contribution to the Potluck is an appetizer to stimulate your appetite.

Please enjoy a hearty bite of Kale and Tofu Wonton. 

Here’s the recipe for the Kale and Tofu Wontons, just in case you want to make these little appetizers for your next Potluck.

Kale and Tofu Wonton 2 Ways:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of Kale Torn from the Stem
  • 1 Block of Tofu
  • 1/3 Cup of Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • Wonton Wrappers (See recipe below to make your own Vegan Wontons)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Cooking Spray
  • Vegetable Marinara Sauce for Dipping

Directions:

  • In a large pot of salted water boil the kale until tender, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the kale to a colander. When cool squeeze out excess water and finely chop. In a medium bowl, mash together the kale, the tofu block, the nutritional yeast, and the garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • Assemble ravioli, by arranging wonton wrappers on a sprayed cookie sheet. Fill each wrapper with about 1 tsp of  mix.
  • Wet fingers and run along two sides of the wrapper. Fold over and seal. Spray completed ravioli with cooking spray and Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

(or)

  • Take a mini muffin tin, spray with cooking spray and then line the tin with a wonton wrapper
  • fill with about 1 tsp of mix
  • Lightly spray cooking spray on filled wontons and bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve with a side of vegetable marinara sauce.
  • Makes about 18-24 wontons depending on how thin you roll out the dough.

Here’s the recipe to make your own Vegan Wontons.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water cornstarch, as needed
Directions:
  • Sift together flour and salt in a bowl. Slowly stir in warm water, dough will be very stiff
  • Knead dough on floured surface until smooth, about 15 minutes. Cover with towel and let stand for 20 minutes
  • Roll about 1/2 the dough out, as thin as you can
  • then Repeat for other 1/2 dough
* This was a bit harder than I expected. Rolling out the dough was hard work and I tried to go as thin as possible. For the sake of getting a good picture I do have to admit that I used the best wontons for the above photos. I had quite a few funky shaped ones that tasted good, but were a bit embarrassing in thickness and shape.

Okay, back to the Pot Luck. Here’s how the Potluck works. You need to start at the beginning and work your way through the meal. I will have instructions and a link down below that will guide you through the Potluck, but since your here I thought maybe you could check out the blogger that precedes me and that follows me in the Potluck.

So the blogger that precedes me is The Little Green House from Australia. Just click on the Go Back Link Button Below, but Please come back so you can go forward…

Go Back

Thanks for coming back. Now the blogger that follows me is The Vegan Kat from the USA. Just click on the Go Forward link button below, and again Please come back to enjoy the rest of my post!
Go Forward

Okay now I can complete my post with you and then get you on your way through the rest of the Pot Luck. The Potluck is HUGE this second time around. This Potluck is eight courses with over 103 Bloggers participating. So there is so much fun to be had, and some serious foods that need some attention. I am on the lookout for some great Vegan Dinner ideas.

Now I want to share my love of Kale with you. I really do Love Kale. I picked up this necklace at Vegan Cuts and I wear almost everyday. Can you believe that there are people out there in this great big world that have NEVER tried Kale? I know it’s ridiculous. Kale Rules!

So I had to post this picture, I know it’s cheesy, but little things like this amuse me. I Felt like I was just Nominated for Kale Queen, and how could I not share that with you? 

I had a bunch of kale left over after making the wontons so I made some tasty little Kale chips as a snack.

Kale Chips Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to about 375*
  • Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Spread out on cookie sheets.
  • Drizzle with about 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Sprinkle with seasonings of choice. Plus a sprinkle of salt. I used nutritional yeast and garlic powder
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until edges are brown and kale is crispy

Again, Kale Rules!

The Virtual Vegan Potluck is a favorite day of mine, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and took away some amazing recipes and maybe a few new blogs to follow, and I’d like to extend a special thanks to all the Vegan’s out there, I really appreciate your lifestyle and life choices and I strive everyday to make ethical choices and to guide myself down the path to a plant-based lifestyle. I also hope you got a good chuckle out of my Kale Queen picture.

So as promised here is the Link to the Start of the Potluck. Our host is Vegan Bloggers Unite. Please enjoy, and…

Thanks For Coming

Well I’m off to enjoy some Potluck dishes, I might jump forward to the desserts, I have a sweet tooth, and I am craving sweets.

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I’d like to encourage you to comment on the bloggers that participated in the Potluck, we all would really appreciate your comments. Thanks Foodie Friends.

Potluck Question of the Day: What is your favorite dish to EAT at a Potluck? -or- What is your favorite dish to BRING to a Potluck? -or- What did you think of MY Kale and Tofu Wontons?

Kale Queen…I like it. I like it alot! Stay Healthy Potluckers.

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I have such a fun and easy meal I’d like to share with you today. I was at Sam’s Club recently and you all know those sample carts that attract all the shoppers, well I fell prey to one that was sampling this Asian Chop Salad. I was sold instantly. Where have I been? Everyone I told about this salad already knew about it. Well I am so glad I finally caught on to it.

So I paired the salad with grilled tofu and some California Sushi Rolls.  I used my basic marinade for the tofu and just grilled it for 7 minutes on each side. I always grill on medium heat. I also used my Tofu press.

If you ever see this salad, grab it, it is fresh, tangy and delicious, but I am sure you already know about it.

Packed with crunch and flavor.

Perfect meal for a hot summer day.

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Leftover party at my house. I had some goodies stored away and thought why not pull them all out and have a mixed bag for dinner. So we had leftover Mayan Harvest Bake, Tofu Kale Lasagna and Polenta Pizza Snacks. 

I love having meals frozen that I can just thaw enjoy. I was so happy that the Tofu Lasagna thawed and reheated so well. I was worried it was going to be watery and mushy, but it was perfect.

I also took some fresh raspberries and bagged them up into snack bags and froze them. I always keep frozen fruit on hand for making smoothies. Here are a few of my favorite smoothies Recovery Smoothie, Kale Smoothie. Whenever a banana gets a bit brown in my house I jump all over it. I peel, slice and bag.

Strawberries also got sliced, bagged and stored for future use.

Piled high.

By freezing all my fruit I do not need to add ice cubes to my smoothies.

I have good news, the Swans on the lake have finally unveiled their Cygnet. I was not sure what the proper term was for a group of baby Swans, so I Googled it, and sure enough, it said a group of Baby Swans are called Cygnet. Thanks Google. The male swan did this crazy fly by over the entire lake. He was making a low honking noise, as if to announce the proud moment. After his flight he went back to the nest and proudly swan out with his new family. It was really one of the coolest things I have ever witnessed.

They are really protective of their babies and have stayed close to their nest which happens to be at the end of the lake where there is not much boat traffic. There are 4 babies, they are fuzzy and staying super close to mom and dad. So exciting to see them all together.

I also got a picture of Harvey our local Blue Heron. Since I have been perched on my deck with my camera waiting to get a picture of the swans, I was lucky to catch Harvey while he was looking for a place to fish. All the neighbors on the lake call the Blue Herons on the lake Harvey, it’s one of those things that sticks after someone says it.

I love watching him fly and land, he is very graceful. He is normally silent when he flies, but when he is mad after being disturbed by jet skiers or boaters he makes this prehistoric sound while flying away. Still cracks me up every time I hear it.

So I had a fun day, so excited that the Swans are finally here.

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Today was a great day for a light meal. I had a fresh batch of kale and some tofu and had lasagna on my mind so Tofu Kale Lasagna is what I made.

With the tofu, you really have to press out all the water or you will end up with a watered down pasta sauce. First I crumbled up the tofu with a fork and season it with salt, pepper, parsley and Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets all to taste. Remove all the stems from the kale and tear into small pieces. Then get ready to layer.

  

There are no rules when making a lasagna. Do as many layers as you want or what will fit in your dish. As I was layering the lasagna, I remembered that I had two mozzarella balls (I said balls!) left, so I grabbed them (ha), sliced them and topped off my lasagna with them.

      

Bakes on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I was so ready to give it a try. I normally use spinach so I was excited to try the kale. Verdict: Loved it. It still had the firm texture that kale offers, but was soft enough to cut with a fork. The extra cheese was also a nice touch. It was TofuKaleTastic.

Simple, easy and healthy.

After dinner I took a few pictures of my garden. It was a beautiful day.

     

   

I have a thing for yard decorations and my favorite yard decor is this concrete turtle. It’s huge, and it’s heavy and gives my garden a little flair. I named it Big T. It was in a different part of my yard and I recently moved it closer to my deck so I could see it while lounging. I had to use a Hand-Cart to move Big T.

Here’s a picture from 5 years ago of Big T being used as a step stool by Stuart. Stuart and Killian chased a squirrel up the tree. Wow this picture shows my tree before I landscaped around it.

I have these rain barrels under my gutter to collect all the rain water and I use it for all my potted plants. I have used these barrels now for 8 years and I have not run out of water all summer. Seems like each time I was close to being dry, it would rain and fill them right back up. Mother Nature will provide.

Now here’s the recipe I threw together for the Tofu Kale Lasagna.

Tofu Kale Lasagna

8×8 Baking Dish

Serves 4 Large Pieces

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Kale
  • No Boil Lasagna Noodles
  • Tofu 1 Container
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls (optional)
  • Shredded Italian Cheese
  • Seasoning for the Tofu: Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets, Parsley, Salt and Pepper
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese Shaker (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press the water out of the Tofu. Crumble with a fork and season with Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Italian Garlic Gold (or any other Italian Seasoning). Mix well. Cover bottom of 8×8 pan with pasta sauce, then a layer of noodles, then spread the tofu mixture over noodles, then a layer of Kale and add some shredded cheese. Repeat the process 3 times. When finished top layer should be pasta sauce topped with shredded cheese or slices of Mozzarella cheese. I used both! I’m cheesy like that.

Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I just have fun when making a lasagna. I layer as much as I can depending on the ingredients. One note to stress when making this recipe, make sure you press out all the water from the tofu.

Question of the Day: Meat or Vegetarian Lasagna?

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Since getting home from my trip to Virginia late Monday morning I have been exhausted. I did not get much sleep on this trip. Between the drive and the late nights with my family I really did not get my normal restful sleep. I am spoiled I normally get 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night. So this week I have just tried to make up for the lack of sleep by going to bed early and keeping my to-do list short. That is hard  to do when I am so totally excited about the Blend Retreat this weekend. The packing for the retreat has been easy, workout cloths, hiking cloths, a cute outfit for dinner and a pair of jeans.

I’m attending Blend Retreat 2012.

I am like a kid ready for Disney, I can not think straight, I am so excited and I keep obsessing about the trip details.

Pressed for time I kept dinner easy and went with a tofu and noodles dish.

When I bought my Tofu Press it was a game changer, being able to press out all the water tofu is packaged in and them marinate it really made a difference with the end result. Pressing the tofu allows it to then absorb all the flavors in your marinate.

This is my favorite combo, right now. I’m on a tangy lime kick.

I marinated this brick overnight.

Bake on 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

Made a Kung Pao noodle bowl.

Thew on some edamame beans.

Dinner is done. The Kung Pao really has a kick to it. Loved it.

So now I just have to try and keep calm until I fly out to Boulder. I always get crazy excited before every trip, but for some reason this trip has really got me pumped up. I just can not wait to go hiking, have some fun and meet some amazing bloggers.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite way to make tofu?

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So I have a new recipe that I think will Sell You On Kale, if you haven’t already bought into it.

This recipe was so easy to throw together and fun. I loved making the little ravioli’s.

     

I made this two-way, as a wonton ravioli and as a mini bite.

  

  

Dipped in Marinara Sauce, it’s so hot right now.

So here’s the detail on this little recipe.

Kale and Tofu Wonton 2 Ways:

1 Bunch of Kale Torn from the Stem

1 Block of Tofu

1 Clove Garlic

1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan

48 Wonton Wrapper

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cooking Spray

Marinara Sauce for Dipping

Directions:

In a large pot of salted water boil the kale until tender, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the kale to a colander. When cool squeeze out excess water and finely chop. In a medium bowl, mash together the kale, the tofu block, the Parmesan cheese and the garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.

Assemble ravioli, by arranging wonton wrappers on a sprayed cookie sheet. Fill each wrapper with about 1 tsp of  mix.

Wet fingers and run along two sides of the wrapper. Fold over and seal. Spray completed ravioli with cooking spray and Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

(or) Take a mini muffin tin, spray with cooking spray and then line the tin with a wonton wrapper and then fill with about 1 tsp of mix. Lightly spray cooking spray on filled wontons and bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with a side of marinara sauce.

Have I sold you on Kale yet? I’m telling you, you have to try it, it is so good for you. Kale Rules.

Question of the day: Are you sold on Kale?

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