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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 September 20, 2018

              How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

              How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

              Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

              If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

              1. Breathe

              The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

              • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
              • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
              • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

              Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

              2. Loosen up

              After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

              Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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              3. Chew slowly

              Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

              Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

              Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

              4. Let go

              Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

              The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

              It’s not. Promise.

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              Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

              Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

              21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

              5. Enjoy the journey

              Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

              Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

              6. Look at the big picture

              The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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              Will this matter to me…

              • Next week?
              • Next month?
              • Next year?
              • In 10 years?

              Hint: No, it won’t.

              I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

              Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

              7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

              You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

              Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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              8. Practice patience every day

              Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

              • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
              • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
              • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

              Final thoughts

              Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

              Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

              Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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