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5 things Wednesday

1]  My mom picked up this French Meadow gluten free bread for me, and it is quite delicious.  However, I still think I like Udi’s GF bread the best.  The bread below has great flavor and is quite nutrient dense in comparison to most GF breads.  I don’t buy GF bread too often because of the price tag, so this was a fun treat.   

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2] Last night I made a double batch of lasagna, using Jenna’s recipe for tofu ricotta + my simple red sauce recipe.  I made this for my mom, dad, uncle, aunt, 2 teenage cousins and brother.  It was everyone’s first time eating tofu, and they were all shocked it was tofu and not ricotta.  They loved it!  My favorite thing about this lasagna, is it doesn’t become a pile of wet slop after baking.  The key is using a really thick red sauce and not loading it with watery vegetables.  Simple + delicious. 

The only thing I varied from Jenna’s recipe was using fresh spinach, and processing it with the tofu, instead of stirring it in.  It was completely bright green!  A nice festive Christmas dish, with the green + red sauce contrast!

[I used Tinkyada GF organic brown rice lasagna noodles, and par-cooked them in boiling water, before laying them in a pan.]

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3] I got to visit with one of my favorite people today, for 5 short, but awesome hours.  And I also got to hand deliver her peanut butter cup donuts.  She approved! 

We didn’t cook together, or take any food photos [except for the donuts].  Instead, we talked non-stop the entire time.  Per usual.  We also dined at a super fancy restaurant called, Chipotle.  It was a fantastic day.

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4] I miss Trader Joe’s and it misses me back.  My luggage is going to be filled with TJ’s goodies.  Too bad I can’t take a case of two-buck-chuck as a carry-on.  Because I seriously would.

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5] I haven’t broken out my dSLR camera since I’ve been home.  Sometimes breaks are good.  Instead, I’ve been working my hiney off editing people-photos and working on the photography website, which will soon be complete! 

See you Thursday…and maybe there will even be REAL photos!


Reader Comments (47)

Udi's does make the best, and we finally have a store in town that carries it (though it's woefully not a Trader's) I can't believe you don't have one out your way, there were TONS of them in Denver.

Great tip on the tofu in place of Ricotta. I feel like I can have lasagna again!

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

PS - Udi's Snickerdoodles are to DIE for.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Yummm!! Have you had their millet chia bread?? My favorite!! Unfortunately, Denver doesn't have any Trader Joe's either! Boooo! I think it's something to do with how alcohol is such a big part of their business and only liquor stores can sell beer/liquor. [Some stores do sell 3/2 beer.]

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That recipe sounds like it will make me learn to love lasagna. I know the TJ's stock up far to well. I'll be traveling light on thanksgiving to bring a ton back!

My best friend lives in Highlands Ranch. I'm sending her a care package of her favorite Trader Joe's items soon. I'll miss it when I leave Cali! Actually, I'm not quite sure how I'll survive without it!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecki @ Bites 'n Brews

I made that exact lasagna tonight for dinner too! I even added fresh spinach to the tofu ricotta. We are on the same food wavelength for sure. Too weird.

The lasagna sounds great :D I usually do the tofu ricotta in stuffed shells and stir the spinach in too. Also, I wandered over to your photography site (again) and I love it so far! I like the simplicity of it and the orange is totally you :) Enjoy the rest of your visit!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBalancing Sylvia

I just visited a French Meadow Bakery at the Minneapolis airport and they had an awesome menu! Are they the same ones who make that bread?? I don't usually buy GF bread either because it is expensive, but Costco had two loaves of Rudi's for less than $8, so I jumped on that! I don't have a TJs near me either...closest ones are over an hour away, so it is always a treat when I get to stop at one! Have fun taking a break from the camera and spending time with your family!

so much fun, wish we could do it again today!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I think it's awesome that you and Jessica didnt do anything other than gab, chitchat and go out to a high class restaurant :) THAT is what life is all about...girlfriends, chatting, donut eating, and just savoring the moment...gosh, I need some of that in my life right about now.

Congrats on your nearly complete photography website. I know when I got mine up after working on it for awhile, it was a great feeling!

My sister (who is gluten free) prefers the Udi brand as well :)

i want those donuts more than anything right now!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Ah! I love Chipotle!! I was reading that sentence getting anxious to hear what fancy restaurant you went to and when I saw Chipotle I just laughed. But it is probably better than some fancy restaurants anyway. They don't have them where I live so I only get it about once or twice a year now when I go home. Ok, my Chipotle rant is over.

P.S. I want those doughnuts!! I just made chocolate peanut butter cookies, but doughnuts would be so much better.

That's awesome that you're moving forward with your photography passion and website! A major accomplishment to get a website up and running. Sounds like a fun lunch date, and Chipotle- such a good choice, and awesome GF options there.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

I've never bought gluten-free bread before but I have heard lots of good things about Udi bread. I have a couple packages of gf bread mix that I am hoping to make one cold morning. I love the smell of baking bread in the house!

Looks like your having a wonderful time...that's awesome! :)

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

GAH! Those doughnuts!! I need them in my life!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

That's what moms are for ;)...and you know that Chipotle is always good!
I wish we had a Trader Joe's in Texas. I always hear such great things about them-

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandi

i was stressed yesterday and all i wanted to do was go to Trader Joes. Haha. I made it there at 7 :30 PM. There really is juts something about that store...

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjamie @ jamelafamela

I was actually thinking about making lasagna for dinner and wondering how to make it dairy-free. I think this is a sign that I definitely have to make it!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Would love to have your lasagna recipe! Will you post it later?


October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Oooh, so looking forward to the photography website's completion! Your photography always inspires me, especially when I first started blogging back in January...Looking at your blog is total eye candy.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

I'm glad you're enjoying yourself!! I love Tinkyada noodles :)

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

I guess it's lasagna weather or something. I just bought all the fixings for vegan lasagna this weekend, including the brown rice noodles you mentioned. Can't wait to make it! :-)

That Trader Joe's is right by where I live! I love Eton Collection. My family's salon and spa is right down the street on Chagrin Blvd. called Studio MZ.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

mmmm that lasagna sounds yummy! I miss you! but I'll see you SOON!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

I have been thinking about going trying gluten free bread--udi's is the best?

LOVE Trader Joe's with a passion. Them and the little jokes they place all around the store!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ Jess Go Bananas

GREEN sauce for the lasagna? That sounds like a great idea!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarijke

UDI is definitely the best. Although I hate the price tag associated with gluten free bread. I have made bread in the past for sandwiches but it just doesn't hold up as well as UDI. Hence why I end up using lettuce as bread most of the time. Have you found any/made any good gluten free sandwich bread?

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

never had that gf bread before, though we do not really eat bread ever since goign gf a few years ago, so I can not judge on what is the best one. I just take others words for it haha and I can not wait to visit you one day and have a plate of donuts with you!! HUGS

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw twins

I would love it if we could visit and chow down on donuts!!!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I haven't made any real-deal sandwich bread. I'm scared! :)

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley tofu-cheese!! :) It was so super creamy!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Udi's is definitely my favorite, for their breads and bagels. It's weird. Their bread loaves are so tiny but the bagels are huge!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

TOO funny. My grandpa used to work at Arnold + Davids right at "Eton Square." Do you remember it??

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you Lauren. That really means a lot!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I don't really have a recipe for it, but I linked to the tofu-cheese recipe I used, which came from Jenna at Eat Live Run. I also linked to the simple red sauce that I made to go along with it. From there I just layered, sauce - noodles - tofu cheese - repeat! :)

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You are going to love this!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, I know...super fancy, right? :) Always delicious and I just love the guac!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's so cool!! I wonder if it's the same?? I know they make other products, not all GF, but if they had GF there I bet it was the same company!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks dear. :)

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

We definitely seem to be!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I haven't, but I've seen it in the store, so I'll have to pick up a loaf soon now that we're slowly reintroducing breads (GF of course). MN is the same way about alcohol, it's an adjustment for sure, though TJ's doesn't seem to stay away from there. Weird.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Okay, well now I'm really mad!!! hahaha Since MN has tj's but has the same alcohol laws...grrr ;)

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

How long did you bake it and at what temperature?

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

350* and 30min just like Jenna's stuffed shells. So good! :)

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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