Guys, you’ve never had lasagna like this before. Trust me.
What sets this 8-ingredient lasagna apart from the rest is two things: Veggie ‘noodles’ and a brand new-to-me vegan ‘ricotta cheese.’
Have you guys tried macadamia nut ‘cheese’ yet? You know how I love my tofu ricotta, but this macadamia version is ridiculously easy (no soaking required!) and very close in flavor and texture to the real thing!
Plus, it turns out all fluffy and cheesy and green from fresh basil. Ooh mama.
In place of noodles, I opted for ribboned (thinly sliced) zucchini squash, but you could also subeggplant, sweet potatoes or gluten-free lasagna noodles.
You could also use the macadamia ricotta to adapt my Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake for another delicious lasagna-inspired dish!
End of Busy: A Deliberate Life vs. Reactive Life, with Jonathan Fields
Every day, we get caught up in busyness — reacting to what comes at us, lost in the thousands of tasks and emails we have to deal with, and we are so busy dealing with all of it that we get stuck on autopilot.
What if we could get out of that trap, and live a more deliberate life?
This is what I recently talked about with my friend Jonathan Fields, who is releasing his new book today: How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom.
Living a Deliberate Life
Leo: A lot of us get caught in the trap of busyness — reacting to what comes at us. And often it feels like a status symbol, being busy. But this busyness isn’t a part of the Good Life prescription, is it? Can you talk about why it’s a problem?
Jonathan: Busyness has become a bit of a lightning rod. In one camp, we’ve got busyness as a status symbol of hustle and achievement (though, often it’s neither). In the other, we have busyness as a signpost of failure and surrender.
Truth is, I’ve come to see busyness as more of a symptom of a bigger problem, rather than a cause. Being busy, alone, need not be a bad thing. What makes it good or bad is why we’re busy, what we’re busy with, and what we’re giving up along the way.
Being busy as a reaction to the compounding agendas others, to what they’ve chosen to heap into our lives, without considering whether any of it matters to us, that’s a problem. It drops us into a state of mindless autopilot busyness, reacting rather than responding. It leaves us watching our lives fill with unrelenting pace, screaming past us, without ever stopping to choose what matters, be present, cultivate meaning, joy, connection and vitality, and experience each moment through the lense of choice and presence. We end up busy without a cause, and it leaves us utterly gutted. Empty.
It’s officially pumpkin season and I’ve been thinking of new ways to enjoy this carotene (an antioxidant) rich squash. I made this Pumpkin Coconut Turmeric Mousse for my sister-in-law and her husband over the weekend.
This recipe uses just six ingredients – pureed pumpkin, coconut cream, maple syrup, pumpkin spice mix, vanilla, and MegaFood’s Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder.
TUMERIC HEALTH BENEFITS
Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years in cooking (think Indian curries and Thai food) and Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.I added MegaFood Daily Turmeric to this pumpkin dessert because of its health benefits. It helps maintain your body’s ability to respond in a healthy manner to mental and physical stress*. Turmeric also helps maintain a healthy whole body inflammatory response*.
BIG “T” TRANSPARENCY
Today, I’d like to share a little about MegaFood’s Big “T” Transparency initiative. According to the dictionary, transparency, means: “able to be seen through, easy to notice or understand, honest and open, not secretive.”
I’m all for transparency. What you see is what you get. There are no layers to dig through, no fluff, just the truth. Kind of like this Pumpkin Coconut Turmeric Mousse, made with all whole ingredients.
MegaFood’s Big “T” Transparency is all about building trust by being transparent about their production processes. This includes ingredient sourcing, product development, product testing, and auditing.
When I toured MegaFood’s factory, I learned about MegaFood’s close partnerships with family farms that provide their ingredients. Each of these ingredients is tested to ensure purity. I was impressed by the quality checks throughout the production process.
There are even live cams throughout the facility that you can watch online to see every step of the production process.
It’s easy to be transparent when you have nothing to hide.