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three must-makes for the weekend

It’s Friiiiidaaay!! 

And guess what I have for you today? 

2 meals, red sauce, no new recipes + sub-par photos


You should be, because these are two must make meals + the sauce is my favorite! 

First.  Gina’s breakfast cookie.  Good lordy, did I love this!  I’m only a few years late in trying this out, but it’s going to become a regular in my breakfast routine!

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ingredients I used:

  • oats
  • peanut butter
  • coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • Raw Protein 
  • almond milk
  • mashed banana

Instead of using 1T peanut butter, I used 2t pnut butter + 1t coconut oil.  I wanted it to harden from refrigerating the coconut oil.  The peanut butter I used was extra drippy, so the texture was pretty soft.  But in a completely fantastic way.  Like a raw oatmeal cookie, with super soft oats, from soaking overnight.

I topped it with toasted coconut + mashed blackberries.

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If you like oatmeal or overnight oats, you will love this.  The next time I make it [uhh, tomorrow!], I’m going to amp it up a bit. 

1/2c oats, instead of 1/3c : full scoop of protein powder : etc.  I tend to do best when I eat around a 500-550 cal breakfast.

I was too excited to dig in, so I didn’t grab my tripod, hence the sub-par photos. heh

Thanks Gina!!

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For dinner tonight, I invited Kelsey over, for vegan lasagna.

Originally, I was going to make lasagna roll-ups.  Where you spread the filling mixture on par-cooked lasagna noodles, then roll them up, cover in sauce + cook.   I’ve done this before, but never with GF lasagna noodles.

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I used this brand, which are perfect for lasagna.  Doughy, with a good bite and not slimy at all.

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However, par-cooking them, and trying to roll filling inside, did not work so well.  Gluten-free noodles are quite fragile and they broke apart as I took them out of the large pot of water.  I did succeed in not having the noodles all stick together though!  Just use parchment in between each layer of noodles. 

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Since I’m on a homemade, money saving plan right now, I made my own sauce.  I really should always make my own sauce.  It takes about 30-45min to finish cooking, but it’s really only about 8min on on-hand time. 

I make the red sauce a little different every time.  Today I used fresh basil, rosemary, + thyme, with dried oregano, garlic, and everything else in the recipe list.  It may have been my favorite batch yet.  I can eat this by the spoonful!

Yes, you can buy an organic pasta sauce for $3-4, but I’ve yet to find one that is thick + nicely flavored.  I hate runny sauce, and I also refuse to spend $8 on a good jar of sauce. 

A few things to know:

  • the longer you cook the sauce, the thicker it will become
  • if you want a smooth consistency, stick it in your blender or use an immersion blender
  • if you want to turn it into pizza sauce, drain all of the tomato liquid, instead of just part of it
  • ALWAYS double this recipe…trust me!

This sauce will cost you $2 for a 28oz can of tomatoes + $.99 for tomato paste + then it basically uses common herbs you most likely have on hand.


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So, for the vegan filling, I used Jenna’s recipe for Stuffed Shells.  The only thing I added was 1/4c fresh parsley and I blended the spinach into the mixture.  I meant to just mix it in, but before I knew it, I dumped the spinach into the food processor + turned it on.

It turned quite green. hehe

The filling was perfect.  The texture was exactly like ricotta!

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The flavors were simple, but spot on.  You would never know it was tofu!

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Kitchen lit photos…my favorite. 

I just had to show you how it turned out!!

Notice anything?

There is no pool of liquid sitting under the lasagna.  I am not a fan of runny, wet lasagna and this was super thick + creamy.   

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I was quite pleased!! Should have doubled it + frozen half for sure.  The gluten free noodles were fabulous.  Definitely couldn’t tell!

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The photos might not be the greatest, but the food was fantastic.

So fantastic that you should put both on the menu for this weekend.  And the red sauce.  Don’t forget about the red sauce!!


Reader Comments (54)

I love when I read your posts later at night, it's in the future! It's still Thursday here in California! I'm making your pb amaranth cereal thing soonn.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorin

Gah! Lasagna is my favorite food in the whole wide world! I can't wait to make this!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBalancing Sylvia

I've been meaning to try breakfast cookies for ages, thanks for the reminder!

Lasagne looks yummy :)

I ate Gina's breakfast cookies for most of 2009 and 2010!! Somehow they fell out of rotation but they need to fall back in, asap :)

Those are great recipes!!! The lasagna looks so thick...I agree no runny, wet lasagna over here!

Happy Friday!!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

Yum! these definetly will be made!! Love the red sauce ;)

thanks for sharing even though you weren't happy with the photos. both meals sound so good, and i wish i was staying here this weekend so i could immediately make breakfast cookies and homemade red sauce! :-)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen, Sweetly

i haven't made the breakfast cookie yet either and have always wanted to...i think that needs to change immediately!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Gah! That lasagna looks incredible!! And agreed on the breakfast cookies - it's been far too long since I've had one, I need to fix that.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

Your breakfast cookie changed my life (indeed, my belly is full and thanks you for my breakfast this morning!) so I will have to check out Gina's. :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hi Ashley, I just wanted to drop in and say I love your blog! I find a lot of "healthy living blogs" don't quite give me ideas for my lifestyle but yours is fabulous! I love your camp foods post and am hoping you will do a backpacking one? Pretty please?!
I love backpacking, but I definitely still find packing for it to be a bit tricky!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

i have sooooo many tomatoes right now its a bit crazy, i'm definitely making sauce with them :) i love freezing it and using it in the winter

That lasagna looks incredible - and the breakfast cookie is always a winner!

Yum...I LOVE replacing ricotta with tofu. It's just as tasty, but cheaper and higher in protein :)

The fact that it's vegan may help too...

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

GF noodles are slimy most of the time your right. Glad to see a brand that doesn't submit to that behavior ;) The recipe looks delicious! tofu as cheese is interesting... does it still have a cheesy taste?

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

I used to hate lasagna, but made Jenna's lasagna the day after she published the post, for dinner... and it made me a believer! I think now I can confidently say I like pasta in all forms, haha. I haven't tried Gena's breakfast cookie, yet... I've always worried that it won't fill me up and satisfy my [raging] morning appetite! If it comes recommended by you, though, I'll definitely give it a shot...

Your red sauce recipe was what convinced me to never buy store-made sauce again. :) Home-made seems way more delicious than store-bought in many cases, anyway!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Cookies for breakfast- I'm in! :) They look so great!

That lasagna looks fabulous and I'm sure that whole pan would be about the cost equivalent of buying a little single serve of the Amy's vegetable lasagna I love! lol. Thanks for the tips on the cheap red sauce! Must make!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

Nothing beats homemade red sauce! Your lasagna looks so thick and delicious to the max! Nice work Ashley :)

I cannot wait until lunch time.. I am going to devour my take home treat!! THANK YOUUUUUUU.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterkL---CEE

I am so with you on the 500 calorie breakfast. If I skimp on breakfast my portion control is out the window for the rest of the day. That lasagne looks incredible.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Christine.

I hate to say it, but lasagna isn't lasagna without the cheese. It's good cheese free, fantastic even... but it's just not the SAME. Yours looks amazing... and that breakfast cookie. Gosh, I love cookies!

I usually cook my pasta sauce for 2-2.5 hours (or one hour at the very minimum). It's much more flavourful that way.

I LOVE breakfast cookies! They taste like chocolate no bakes. So good!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Bites and Bliss

Mmmm those breakfast cookies look delish! They're on the list! I've been meaning to make my own red sauce. I guess I should just suck it up and do it.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

No worries about "kitchen lit" photos! Sometimes tastebuds are a better judge anyway :)

that sauce looks great! I made my own pasta sauce last night, and I think a great base is one part chunky-crushed tomatoes, two parts crushed tomatoes, plus however much broth fits your fancy. So easy, I'll never buy tomato sauce again! (lol I say that now....)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma (Namaste Everyday)

Oh wow! That lasagna looks delicious!!! I want to see those roll-ups though too because that sounds awesome :D like a pasta rolade!


August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatharina

That lasagna looks awesome! Actually EVERYTHING looks fabulous! lol :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ Jess Go Bananas

It's worked for me before, but these noodles were a bit too fragile. :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Haha, I know! It really is so super easy, but sometimes when you're in a pinch jarred is time I'm going to x4 the batch and freeze it! I think you could even make it in the slow cooker.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's much easier than you would think!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

This sauce is incredibly flavorful after just 30-45min! I love it! :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hehe, I 100% didn't miss the cheese!! It still tasted indulgent + creamy...mmm

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh yeah, at least 500 cals for breakfast + lunch + dinner. I can't do the 6 small meals a day...I never feel satisfied + am always wanting to snack.

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Mmmm just as gooey + creamy as last're a fabulous dinner date!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The whole pan was probably 5-6 servings and yes extremely affordable. About $3 in sauce ingredients, $2 pasta, $1.75 tofu, $2 spinach + maybe $.50 in herbs/etc. ~$9 for the whole thing...not bad!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Haha, definitely filled me up more today. The original version came out to around 400 cals...which is why I added 1/2c oats [instead of 1/3c] and a full serving of protein powder [80 cals 17g protein] plus 2/3 of a banana instead of half. It was right around 500ish cals + quite a bit more protein. Did the job for a good 4hrs!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It honestly tastes just like ricotta!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm thinking it would taste amazing pureed with butternut squash!!! And then maybe a creamy, vegan white sauce instead of red...mmm

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've made the sauce, once, with fresh tomatoes....and all I can say is, prepare to have red sauce smeared all over your face. :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hi Erin!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It means so much!! :) I have definitely been thinking of doing a backpacking post, but we haven't gone backpacking this I don't have any good photos of the food!! I'll try to put something together though. :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh, so excited to hear that!! :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Pretty sure you'll looove it!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Happy Friday to you too!! :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Mmmm, so doughy...mmmm :)

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I just finished making my own sauce as well! Although, this time I used fresh tomatoes :)

Yumminah. I love the breakfast cookie. Or any cookie. And you!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

I'm so behind on blogger recipes too - I still haven't tried Gina's breakfast cookie!

Hehe...yes, any cookie!! :)

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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