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Making the perfect gluten free lasagna is a struggle sometimes! Even my wonderful crock pot recipe is still tricky because GF noodles can be temperamental. 
This recipe is definitely much easier, less temperamental, but still holds those lasagna flavors! 
One Pot Lasagna Soup -Gluten Free and Vegan
What You'll Need
Olive Oil
2 cups of vegetable broth
14oz of Crushed Tomatoes
 14oz can of Diced Tomatoes
1 medium diced onion
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of dried basil
2 cups of spinach
8 gluten free lasagna noodles
3 cloves of garlic minced
One Pot Lasagna Soup - Gluten Free + Vegan
Directions
  • In a large pot, saute onions in oil till translucent. Add garlic and mix till fragrant.
  • Then add in the oregano and basil and stir
  • Next, add in vegetable broth, crushed and diced tomatoes, and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, brake noodles and add to the pot
  •  Then add beyond beef crumbles and stir.
  • When you feel like noodles are starting to get tender (about 10 minutes), add in spinach and cook till wilted.
    • if you feel like your soup needs more liquid add more veggie broth
  • Once noodles are tender, serve in a bowl topped with cashew ricotta! (recipe here)
 One Pot Lasagna Soup - Gluten Free and Vegan
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I can hear my Irish ancestors rolling over in their grave when they hear me say that I forgot about St.Patricks day till about a week ago. Even then, I've still dragged my feet trying to decide what I'm going to make for St. Patty's dinner.

I've come up with a few ideas that I'm going to share with y'all! 
Hopefully these recipes get you in the St.Patricks Day mood!
5 Last Minute Irish Meals for St Patty's Day
Gluten-Free Ranch Potato Biscuits | Healthy Helper @Healthy_Helper A healthy take on a carb-filled favorite! Ranch-flavored, creamy tasting biscuits with the added softness of potatoes and the doughiness of gluten-free oat flour. The perfect addition to your holiday table or dinner menu for the week!
Potatoes and Biscuits. Two of my favorite things!
Kaila over at Healthy Helper blog has my heart with some of her unique recipes such as this one! Super simple and quick too!
Want to be adventurous and try something traditionally Irish with a twist? 
How about Jessica's Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple and Tyme! It's almost to pretty to eat! 
Colcannon - classic Irish dish:
I think a traditional potato dish is calling my name! Some Colcannon is definitely on the menu for Friday night! 
I love the simplicity of this recipe! I may make this on another night just 'cause'!
RECIPE


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Lastly everyone needs a good slow cooker recipe! I made this last year for St.Partricks Day. It was a hit with the husband!
RECIPE 

I hope these recipes inspired you!
And I hope you have an amazing St. Patricks Day!
Sláinte
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I love companies that strive to be transparent and environmentally friendly! That's why I love Stonyfield and why I am very excited to help them announce that StonyField is B-Corp certified!
Stonyfield and B-Corps 
What does it mean to be B-corp certified and what it matters?
"Certified B Corporations® are leaders of the global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good™. Certified B Corporations® meet the highest standards of verified overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability, and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
You can find out more about B Corps™ at www.bcorporation.net."


Here is a lovely statement from Stonyfield about why they are excited to become B-Certified!
"At Stonyfield, we think about the impact of everything we do—from what’s in the cup and how it’s made, to how it gets to you. We’ve been on a mission to create food that’s good for us, our kids and the environment all along. We don’t have all the answers, but we believe it’s important to take care of the world around us to make food that you can feel good about feeding your family.
We are very proud to join forces with a thoughtful group of businesses around the world who believe they have a responsibility to others, to serve more than just shareholders and to create social value. The movement is global, and the benefits are local for everyone."

 Stonyfield B-Corp
I don't know about you, but I love when I see more labels on more products! So seeing my favorite brands, such as Stonyfield (and the ones above!), sporting this new label that means so many great things is exciting to me as consumer! 

as a part of the StonyField clean plate blogger program, I was given products in this post in exchange for a post. Opinions are 100% my own. 
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I'm not even going to try to set this up. It is what the title says it is! GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE Chicken Parmesan!!
I impressed even myself with this recipe. Mind blown.
 Chicken Parmesan - Gluten Free and Dairy Free!
INGREDIENTS
1 pound boneless chicken breasts (skinless)
salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs - I used - 
1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese (HIGHLY recommend Follow Your Heart)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
1 can or jar of tomato sauce
Shredded Vegan Mozzarella Cheese (again, HIGHLY recommend Follow Your Heart
Chicken Parmesan Gluten and Dairy Free

DIRECTIONS


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Depending on the size of your chicken, slice horizontal so you have 4 equal pieces (thats how it ended up with mine because my chicken breasts were very big, but if yours are not, do not worry about it, just use as is)
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken.
  • Add flour to bowl. Add beaten egg to another bowl. Combine panko crumbs with 1/2 cup parmesan (don't forget this part) along with the basil and oregano in a dish large enough for the chicken breasts.
  • Heat oil in a very large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Coat chicken in flour, then egg, then cover with bread crumb mixture. Get as much to stick as you can.
  • Add your coated chicken to the heated/oiled pan.
  • Cook each breast until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and transfer to baking sheet.
  • Place the chicken on a sprayed sheet and cook till chicken is cooked through (like I said, my pieces were thick so it took about 10-15minutes).
  • With 5 minutes left, top with mozzarella cheese and sauce and cook till melted


  •  Chicken Parmesan - Gluten Free and Dairy Free
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    as a part of the StonyField clean plate blogger program, I was given products in this post in exchange for a post. Opinions are 100% my own. 
    I'm always up for spicing up a traditional recipe. Brownies, so simple and tasty, could always use a new spin on them.
    I couldn't help myself from tasting this frosting as I whipped it up over the weekend. The vanilla Stonyfield Grassfed Greek yogurt paired so nicely with the Almond Butter, so creamy and a lovely topping to the chocolatey goodness of the brownie.

     Gluten Free Brownies with Almond Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting

    Almond Butter Greek Yogurt Frosting
    8oz of Stonyfield GrassFed Greek Yogurt (vanilla bean flavor is optional but highly recommend)
    2 Tablespoons of Cream Cheese *softened*
    3 Tablespoons of Almond Butter
    2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
    2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Gluten Free Brownies with ALmond butter greek yogurt frosting

    Directions
    Bake your brownies according whatever box or recipe you love use! I happened to have a box of a Gluten Free mix in my cabinet so I just whipped that up, baked it, and let it cool slightly.
    • In a mixing bowl, mix Greek yogurt and almond butter together. Blend with a stand mixer or hand mixer for about 1 minute.
    • Next, add the cream cheese and maple syrup and beat for another 2 minutes until creamy. I ended up putting another tablespoon of cream cheese in mine, if you feel its not creamy enough after the 2 initial tablespoons, add more.
    • Then, add the vanilla extract and beat again till smooth.
    • Taste the frosting and add more maple syrup or vanilla if desired.
    • Let it set in the fridge for about 30 minutes till stiff
    • Spoon and spread over cooled brownies and serve! 
    Gluten Free Brownies with Almond Butter Frosting

    I absolutely loved using the Almond Butter from Woodstock, they have a wonderful range of products that pair nicely with any recipe or even just a simple snack! I love their line of "Craving" snacks, cause we all know we have those days when we have major snack time cravings! Their products help you make great non-gmo + organic snack time choices!
    Woodstock Foods

    And who doesn't like a little BTS photo, Bruno was VERY Interest in the chocolate goodness that was VERY much at his level. I was blocking his one easy way to get so he took extra measures to get in as close as he could to the brownies
    Almond Butter Brownies and Bruno
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    Is there anything better then walking in the front door after a day of work and smelling the deliciousness that awaits you in the crock pot!?? It's one of my favorite things to come home too.
    This crock pot lasagna is that type of crock pot recipe that creates this amazing smell that will make you want to dive right into it at the end of the day.
    Crock Pot Veggie Lasagna with Ricotta Cheese
    Crock Pot Lasagna 
    (2) 24 ounce jars or cans of Italian tomato sauce ( I used 1 and 1/2 jars)
    I box of gluten free lasagna noodles
    Cashew Ricotta Cheese (see recipe below)
    3-4 cups chopped vegetables of choice (I used spinach)
    2 cups shredded vegan mozzarella cheese 
    Vegan Parmesan cheese for topping
     Cashew Ricotta Cheese
    Cashew Ricotta Cheese 
    2 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours, then drained
    2 garlic cloves
    3 tbsp lemon juice
    ¼ cup plain non-dairy milk (I used soy)
    1 tbsp maple syrup
    1½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    ½ tbsp dried basil
    ⅓ cup fresh chives
    1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    ½ tsp salt
    Blend all ingredients in a food processor till ricotta like constancy. It should be smooth but still have some texture.
     *I usually add just a tad more syrup and milk to get it a little softer and smoother. 
    Crock Pot Lasagna with Cashew Ricotta Cheese - Vegan and Gluten free
    Directions 

  • Spray the crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Spread ½ cup tomato sauce to the bottom so the noodles don't stick.
  • Break noodles so that they fit and mostly cover the bottom. It may look a little crazy and uneven but no worries! Cover with about one third of the ricotta, veggies, sauce, cheese, and end with noodles. Repeat layers two more times for a total of three complete layers. End with a layer of noodles on top, covered with a thin layer of sauce and a little bit more shredded cheese.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours. If it seems watery (it may not if you make the cashew ricotta) turn the crock pot off and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. But I've typically never had this problem with the cashew ricotta. 
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    As you know, I don't ever consider myself fully vegan. I like my organic dairy every now and then, and I also live in the south so chick-fil-a is a way of life.
    However, I like to delve into vegan recipes from time to time on the days I feel my body needs a little break from my normal eating lifestyle.

    I wasn't sure how this recipe was going to come out. It only requires two ingredients and a little time on the stove.
    I was quite impressed at the outcome and snacked on it while I was preparing all the other game day dips and snacks this past weeks super bowl.
    I bet if you if you didn't even mention to your friends that it was vegan they wouldn't even notice! 

    Easy Vegan Queso - 2 Ingredients - No Veggies, Tofu, or Nuts
    I took this photo a day after I initially made it, so it is not a smooth as it comes out when you make it the day of.

    EASY Vegan Queso
    (no nuts, veggies, or tofu)
    1 cup of your favorite salsa

    • In a small pot add 1 cup of salsa and warm up. 
    • Next, add a handful of shreds to the pot till melted together, continue this till it is all blended (you will end up using most of the bag, I had about 1/4 cup left)
    • Throw in a dish when it is all melted, with some chips on the side, and your are done! 

    Easy Vegan Queso - 2 Ingredients - No Veggies, Tofu, or Nuts

    Typically normal shredded cheese doesn't melt well together for queso (or taste good for that matter) but because of the vegan cheese it blends VERY well, as if you used a huge block of velveeta cheese.

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    This dressing was a combination of an experiment and craving. 
    The other day I was determined to make a nice salad to go with our lovely gluten free french bread pizzas. I decided to attempt a dressing I have actually been wanting to recreate for some time but was always a little hesitant to. 
    I will say it turned out as close to the original as you can get while being dairy free and vegan!  
    Dairy Free Vegan Olive Garden Dressing
    (the dressing settles quickly, hence why it looks separated in this photo)

    Part 1
    1  packet Italian Dressing Mix made to directions
    or
     Make Your own Mix
    1tbs. garlic salt
    1 TBLS of onion powder
    1 TBLS of sugar
    2 TBLS of oregano
    1 tsp of pepper
    1 tsp of basil
    1 TBLS of parsley
    1/3 tsp celery salt
    2 TBLS salt

    Add 2 TBLS of the above mix to...
    •1/4 cup cider vinegar
    •2/3 cup olive oil
    •2 tbls. water

    Part 2
    ¾ cup olive oil
    2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (or white)
    ¼ cup water
    ½ teaspoon sugar
    ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    1 Tablespoon of vegan mayo (I used Just Mayo)
    Vegan Olive Garden Dressing

    Directions 
    Make Part 1 of this recipe in a medium bowl.
    Add all the ingredients in Part 2 to Part 1. Whisk till blended then store in a dressing container.
    The mix will settle easily so make sure to shake it well and poor quickly. 
    Keep stored in the fridge.

    I know it seems a little silly that you are basically making two dressings and combining them, but trust me, it has the best outcome! 
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    I don't know about you, but chips and dip is my favorite part of any Superbowl party. You can never go wrong with a good dip. This recipe is one of my favorites because it is so simple. Just 3 main ingredients and your favorite taco toppings!

    Easy Taco Dip | 3 Ingredients and Gluten Free|

    Ingredients

    8 ounces StonyField Double Cream yogurt*
    8 ounces organic cream cheese, softened
    2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning, to taste**

    Topping(s)

    1 cup shredded lettuce
    1 cup chopped tomato
    1 cup of organic shredded cheddar cheese

    After making this I realized you could also put some re-fried beans on the bottom of the dish to add some extra depth! Also, I think some roasted corn would taste amazing on top.

    *You may also use sour cream but for a more healthy organic alternative, I used StonyField Double Cream yogurt.

    ** I've learned less is more when it come to the taco seasoning. Start with 1/2 tablespoon and go from there. See my homemade taco seasoning recipe below.

    Directions

    • In a bowl, mix double cream and cream cheese till well blended. You can use a stand mixer or I've even used a hand mixer. The softer the cream cheese the better time you'll have blending both.
    • Slowly add in the taco seasoning to your taste.
    • Once mixed, place lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese on top. Place in the fridge for at least an hour to let it set and then serve!

    Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

    I love Simply Organic's Cumin. Its so flavorful and one of my favorite seasonings to add to any Mexican recipes. You can never go wrong with some smoked paprika!

    Here is my recipe for homemade taco seasoning to make your own.

     Easy Taco Dip | 3 Ingredients and Gluten Free|

    Using Stonyfield Double Cream Yogurt Instead of Sour Cream

    I was a little scared to sub Stonyfields new Double Cream Yogurt for sour cream but I was so surprised how similar it tasted. Definitely a perfect substitute.

    It even passed my husband, the taste tester. This dip is one of his favorites that I make and he said it tasted just as good without the sour cream.

    You made one great product StonyField!

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    Well, here we are friends. Already 3 weeks into the new year and life is in full swing. Like I said in my previous post, I don't typically do resolutions. But I do reset and look towards being better than the year before.
    One of my goals in the past couple of years is to be more "eco-friendly" every year. I feel I made good progress last year and I want to make more this year!
    Want to join me?? Here are 5 EASY ways to be more eco-friendly in 2017!

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    1.Glass, Glass, Glass.
    I've written about the benefits of glass before (click the photo to the post). But really its the best way to not only be eco-friendly but also get ugly BPA's and chemicals off and out of your body. Some easy ways to switch to glass is to use Mason Jars (such as Ball Canning) for drinking and storage. They are inexpensive for a set and can be used for many purposes. Also, keep an eye out for good glass pyrex sets. You can find good deals at stores like TJ Maxx and Big Lots. Don't forget about amazon too!
    Why Glass is better

    2. Recycle
    This is a no brainer. But it isn't hard and is the best way to always be eco-friendly.

    3. Shop more consciously
    We have a say in what get's made and what is put on the grocery store shelves by what we buy. Next time you buy that conventional bag of rice. Look around, is there a better choice? Maybe an organic or non-gmo label is being hidden beneath the other products on the shelves. Stores get new products all the time, so keep an eye out and make the better/healthier choice!

    4. Switch your cooking tools
    Now this may be the most expensive of the 5 but if you do it right, you can do it! First off, use cast iron. Its pretty inexpensive to buy these pans if you find a good deal. I suggest following All Natural Savings, she posts deals on cast iron's from time to time. Cast iron pans have less chemicals than many non-stick pans. Here is a list of more reasons to use cast iron 
    Next, is start swapping out old non-stick pans for ceramic. I got a set from my wonderful aunt for christmas. I LOVE them. So easy to clean and I know their aren't any harsh chemicals coming from the pans when I cook.

    5. Check your beauty cabinet, and while your at it, check your cleaning cabinet too!
    Now this is one I am constantly working on. But take a look in your cabinets. Put your products into EWG database, are they really eco-friendly and good for you??
     You'd be surprised how many brands say they are eco-friendly but are not. I wrote a post about this before and highly suggest starting to switch up bad products to better ones! Check that post out by clicking the photo below...
      Why YOU should be utilizing EWG

    How are you being more eco-friendly this year! I'd love to hear your thoughts! 
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