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10 Amazingly Delicious Lasagna Recipes You Can’t Miss

10 Amazingly Delicious Lasagna Recipes You Can’t Miss

Is there any dish that ticks all the comfort food boxes more than lasagna? Though a traditional recipe of layered ground meat and cheese is classic finery at its very best, lasagna is a dish that demands creativity. Essentially, if you can layer it, it can become lasagna. Take a look at the following recipes for some amazingly different yet astonishingly delicious takes on the classic Italian recipe.

1. Traditional Lasagna

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    It’d be impossible to put together a list of amazingly delicious lasagna recipes and fail to give props to the classic Italian dish. Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis pays homage to one of Italy’s greatest dishes with this traditional recipe, including how to make your own sauce. This recipe can also easily go vegetarian by simply omitting the beef.

    2. Raw Beet Lasagna

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    If the thought of raw lasagna makes your toes curl in a bad way, then it’s high time you took another look. Made by layering deceptively simple ingredients such as spinach and beets, this lasagna means you can chow down Italian-style without piling on the pounds. The “cheese” is actually made from cashews, with surprisingly delicious results.

    3. Seafood Lasagna

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      If you’re looking for a recipe to absolutely impress the pants off someone, look no further than this creamy seafood feast. Loaded with crab, shrimp, and scallops, this recipe is very easy to assemble in advance, giving you more time at your party or with your main squeeze. For truly special occasions, try adding lobster to the mix at the same time you add the crab.

      4. Butternut Squash & Goat’s Cheese Lasagna

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        Who says a vegetarian lasagna can’t be sexy? This little number makes great use of butternut squash, spinach and creamy goat’s cheese to devastatingly delicious affect. Try using pumpkin or other squashes to mix it up throughout the year.

        5. No Noodle Zucchini & Kale Lasagna

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        Low carb diet? Need to eat gluten free? Just don’t have any lasagna noodles in the house? Never fear, a pasta-free lasagna is here! With zucchini standing in for the noodles, you’ll be eating healthy without even realizing it.

        6. Mega Meat Lasagna

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          Veggie lasagna is great, and even raw vegan lasagna makes a nice change. But every once in a while, you need to get down with a huge meaty, cheesy pile of love. This recipe comes courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, a man who’s not known for doing anything by halves. Featuring beef, pork and veal, this is one for the carnivores. Want to take it one step beyond? Try adding a layer of pepperoni for good measure.

          7. South In Your Mouth Lasagna

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            Sometimes called “White Trash Lasagna,” this recipe takes a southern barbecue joint and marries it car-crash style to the classic Italian dinner. While there may be no shotgun involved, this is one dish that’s sure to turn heads. Though you can make all the ingredients yourself, there’s no shame in popping by your favorite local barbecue joint for some extra help. Try layering collard greens in the mix for a real taste of below the Mason-Dixon line.

            8. Slow Cooker Lasagna

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            When kitchen whiz Alton Brown says using the slow cooker is the best way to make lasagna, people tend to listen. By going this direction with your lasagna, you can easily make everyone’s favorite Italian dish an easy weeknight meal.

            9. White Lasagna

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              Lasagna is one of the easiest “wins” you can count on for a great dinner party dish. But why show up with the same old thing? This silky, sexy lasagna showcases meaty mushrooms with salty prosciutto for a mega-flavorsome mouthful. Top tip: look for no-boil lasagna noodles with straight edges for maximum class.

              10. Mexican Lasagna

              Like the southern lasagna above, sometimes a marriage between flavors and styles can result in an awesomely tasty dish. Mexican lasagna is loaded with everything you love about your favorite taco stand, but in layer form. Corn tortillas take the place of pasta, making this an easy and quick way to get your fix of both Mexican and Italian flavors all at once.

              Featured photo credit: Lasagna/mckennp via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on November 17, 2019

              20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

              20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

              Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

              1. Make a gift bag.

              A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

              2. Give a toast.

              Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

              3. Write a poem.

              “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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              4. Create your own labels.

              There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

              5. Give a gift card.

              Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

              6. Send a letter.

              Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

              7. Use social media to send a special message.

              If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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              8. Make your own digital greeting card.

              While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

              9. Make a YouTube video.

              Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

              10. Deliver cookies or candies.

              Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

              11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

              There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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              12. Put together a flower basket.

              Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

              13. Take a picture.

              Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

              14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

              The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

              15. Do something special for them.

              Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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              16. Reciprocate their help.

              Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

              17. Be there for them.

              Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

              18. Listen to them.

              Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

              19. Say it in another language…or two…

              A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

              20. Show them some love.

              A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

              Featured photo credit: Hanny Naibaho via unsplash.com

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