Laura’s getting her foodie back – Meal #1

15 Apr

As a vegetarian, I get bored with food.  There are plenty of vegetarian restaurants here in town, but I don’t go to them very often.  I want to expand my horizons, cook more, eat better.  It’s Spring and the perfect time to ramp up with local vegetable fare.  

As with a lot of people, I have a weird relationship with food.  I need it for sustenance, and yet too much of a good tasting thing is bad.  Food is not the enemy.  Complacency is.  It’s easy to sit in a drive thru and order a number on the menu.  You don’t even say the food.  It’s just a number.  

I am determined to get my foodie back.  My desire for better tasting and healthier food.  My love for cooking.  I’m tired of frozen Trader Joe’s meals even though they are decidedly delicious.  So, I’ll probably do this and drop off and then come back to it again.  But I’m really hoping I find that spark again.

So today I decided to make a vegetarian lasagna in my crockpot.  It was easy and I don’t dare try to give you a recipe here. I never follow one anyway.  I just bought organic lasagna noodles, the kind you do not have to boil.  I found my favorite Pomi sauce which is expensive but it’s a delicious and clean alternative to the jarred kind.  

I sauteed some sliced portabella mushrooms, sliced zucchini and baby spinach.

Then I layered everything with mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese.  

I cooked on high for two hours and then turned it down to low for another hour.  I was really surprised how easily and thoroughly it cooked.  The cheese was even brown and bubbly like I like it.

So, it’s not pretty, but it was delicious.  It’s been years since I had a veggie lasagna that wasn’t some frozen diet meal.  It’s not a huge step, but it’s a step nonetheless.  Here’s to making more.




9 Responses to “Laura’s getting her foodie back – Meal #1”

  1. Kathryn Rubidoux April 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Good for you! I used to love to cook and bake (I even went to culinary school… shhh don’t tell anyone) but it lost it’s lustre after a while. Every now and then I find a recipe that gets me enthused again. Lasagna in a crockpot? I’ll have to try it. I have GF noodles I can use.

    • Cold Dead Heart April 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      Thanks! Yeah I was suspect of using a crockpot too. But it did the trick. Of course, just as easy in an oven. I was a personal chef for a while, and I really miss the assembling of a good meal. Unfortunately, as with many people, I don’t always have the luxury of time.

  2. Bob W Cain April 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Sounds tasty … and I’m a carnivore! … Ha! Ha!

    • Cold Dead Heart April 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      LOL…I’ll bet it would be just as good with meat 🙂 I like portabellas as a meat substitute. They’re tasty and meaty. But yes, I know..not meat!

  3. maggsworld April 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Fantastic, and it looks delicious. Now may I pick your brain – please??? *PREtTY-PLEASE-WITH-SUGAR-ON-TOP***???? I have given myself a 3 week vegetarian challenge, with some very specific limits; no refined products, no grains ( of any sort) no carrots, nothing from the nightshade group(tomatoes, potatoes, aubergine etc). Do you have any recipes using largely greens/legumes-lentils-beans/nuts/seeds etc? If you do – please share!!!!

  4. Perfecting Motherhood April 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Looks good! I put it on my 101 in 1001 list to cook more family meals, rather than the quick meals I can put together. It does take a little time to think about what to cook, get all the ingredients and then cook it, but I love the results. Good luck to you for making more of these homemade meals!

  5. jmgoyder April 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I know exactly what you mean about the food thing and you have inspired me to get my act together again too instead of this snacking habit I’ve gotten into – so thanks! Oh and that lasagne looks great!

    • Cold Dead Heart April 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      Good…let’s get our act together! I definitely want to eat more wholesome food.

  6. My Tropical Home April 18, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I’m not a vegetarian but this got me thinking. It looks do-able and definitely healthy…Can a rice cooker do for a crockpot? hmmm….

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