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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.

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              Last Updated on January 11, 2021

              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

              Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

              Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

              1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

              Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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              2. Stress Relief

              Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

              3. Improved Sleep

              Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

              4. Appetite Control

              Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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              5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

              When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

              6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

              Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

              7. Mosquito Repellant

              Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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              8. Pain Relief

              While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

              9. The New Anti-Viral

              Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

              10. Improved Cognitive Function

              Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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              11. Money Saving

              With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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