Veggie Lasagna a la James

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Nothing screams winter to me like a piping hot plate of lasagna. When my boyfriend said he wanted to make some, I jumped at the chance to record and share it with you! Directions and measurements are a little fuzzy, but anyone who is experimental in the kitchen (or already has a lasagna recipe) is welcome to use this to modify your current version. The rue makes a huge difference, and so would some homemade ricotta! (I’ll get around to that soon…)

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:
Veggies of choice.
Pasta sauce.
Lasagna noodles.
Cheese of choice (I recommend mozzarella or ricotta).
Sugar.
Rue.

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Method:
In a pot on medium heat, start sweating some onion. James says, “Don’t add garlic to withering onions at first, or else the garlic will burn.”
Add other veggies, pasta sauce (or canned tomatoes), and sugar, and cook down until soft. Use the lid.
Make a rue. You can add garlic and cheese if you’d like.
Lay a layer of noodles into the pan and fill with veggie sauce. Add cheese. Next, Add another layer of noodles and rue. Repeat until desired size.
Cover last layer with rue and cheese, and fill in any gaps with extra pasta sauce.
Bake covered at 220C for 35 minutes. Cook an extra 10 minutes uncovered and let sit in the oven for 10 with power off.

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Accountability in the Fitness World

I used to be completely obsessed with fitness and health about 3 years ago. I lost 55lbs (~27kg) and could lift about 50lbs (22.5kg) with each arm. WHOA! That’s not bad for a 22 year old woman who never worked out before in her life! ­čÖé

So now that I’m all flabby and fat again (today’s scale reads 77kg – 169.7lbs), I want to change!

I’m not nearly as fat and flabby as I used to be. My highest weight was 210lbs (~95kg) and my lowest was 155lbs – 70kg.

What’s the starter plan? Work out 3x a week for more than 30min, daily stretching and yoga, drink lots of water every day (84oz/2,485ml), and make┬áconscious┬ádecisions about what I put in my mouth!

Every week, I’ll post an update of how I’m doing. Mostly, it’s for me to keep track and keep myself motivated.

I’m even looking into vegetarian cooking as a way to help push through these last 15lbs. I love the way eating raw/veggie makes me glow!

If you’d like to join me, please comment below and tell me what your plan is! Remember, baby steps are the best way to form a habit ­čÖé