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Gluten Free and Lactose Free Eggplant Lasagna, in collaboration with Lucini.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how crazy am I for wearing a cream sweater during the entire cooking process of my gluten free and lactose free eggplant lasagna made with Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil? Joel was eyeing me like a hawk the entire time because he was so stressed that I would get some on my sweater. Why didn’t I switch sweaters? I was cozy and it’s new so I HAD TO WEAR IT. Keep reading to see how it ended and for this epic lasagna recipe!

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I’m a big tomato basil fan. That’s why I drooled all over my phone when Lucini reached out to collaborate with their organic rustic tomato basil sauce. I knew exactly what I was going to make too, my gluten free and lactose free eggplant lasagna! This lasagna was one of the first recipes I ever uploaded to whatrobineats.com but this time I’m making it lactose free because that’s my life now.

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Lucini is prepped in small batches using 100% natural ingredients. They work with small regional farmers, celebrated chefs, health and wellness experts to continue to provide customers with an unmatched selection of ingredients, gourmet recipes, quality, assurance, and convenience. This is all a win-win in my book when it comes to choosing a company to collaborate with and feed to my family. In addition to organic sauces, Lucini Italia also offers premium extra virgin olive oil. You can learn more behind the bottle here. 

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Eggplant Lasagna:

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef (can leave out for a vegetarian version or add a meat substitute)
  • 1 + 1/2 cups  Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large eggplant, cut lengthwise into about 6-8 large slices
  • 1/2 cup almond ricotta cheese (can use regular ricotta cheese if you’re not sensitive to dairy)
  • 1/2 cup lactose free cottage cheese (can sub for more ricotta cheese if you’d like but I like this combo best)
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegan parmesan cheese (can use regular)
  • 1/2 cup almond mozzarella cheese shreds (can use regular)

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Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Cook the grass fed ground beef on a skillet. Break up the beef and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Next add the Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil, basil, and dried oregano. Stir until well combined then turn heat to a simmer.
  • Place sliced eggplant on large baking sheet lightly coated with EVOO. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes to help dry out the eggplant. After eggplant is done cooking, remove the skin. You can also peel the eggplant before slicing if you’d prefer. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the almond ricotta cheese, cottage cheese (or more ricotta), vegan parmesan, and egg until well combined. Remove the beef meat sauce from the heat and add 1/2 cup of meat sauce to the ricotta mixture.
  • To assemble lasagna: spread 1/2 of the beef meat sauce into the bottom of a 8×8 inch baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray or EVOO. Place half of eggplant slices evenly over meat sauce, spread on 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, then sprinkle some almond mozzarella on top. Repeat layers again until all ingredients are used. Cover with foil and bake for 40 min. Remove foil and broil for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly on top. Makes about six servings!

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The Lucini Organic Rustic Tomato Basil sauce really stepped my eggplant lasagna recipe up ten notches. I’m making it again tonight because I need this for the rest of the week! Click here to find Lucini Italia near you! Oh, and I prepped, cooked, shot images, and ate this lasagna without a spec of tomato basil red sauce on my cream sweater. WINNING!


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The most cozy ramen for the most cozy season. In collaboration with Mike’s Mighty Good Ramen Soup.

Noodles weren’t on the menu for a long time. Why? Because I was afraid that they would throw off any “balance” that I had in my life. I had worked so hard to maintain a lifestyle that seemed healthy and I was nervous that eating a bowl of noodles would send everything I had worked so hard for out the window. Those years are long gone and I am happy to say that noodles are on the menu in our home weekly.

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Not just any noodles, but Mike’s Mighty Good ramen noodles. Their noodles are made from scratch daily with fresh flour, water, and salt and they are steamed, not fried. The goodness doesn’t stop there! The broth in Mike’s Mighty Good ramen soup is outta this world and insanely delicious. Made with ingredients you can actually pronounce and they make nine different broth flavors. The flavors range from vegetarian and to spicy beef for the meat lovers. We love their vegetarian kimchi ramen soup! We top it with shrimp, poached egg, and fresh basil but it totally taste great on its own if you are in a rush. The ramen soup takes eight minutes to make from start to finish in the microwave. The greatest mom hack for a quick and warming meal that won’t leave you feeling weighted down.

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Click here to find Mike’s Mighty Good ramen soup near you (Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Jimbo’s to name a few). Don’t forget to use “whatrobineats” for a discount when shopping online!

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Gluten Free Stuffed Acorn Squash, in collaboration with Canyon Bakehouse.

Oh the holidays! Everyone gathers around a table full of delicious food to create memories that will last a lifetime. But what if you’re gluten free, or just would rather eat gluten free like me to make your stomach happy, and you’re afraid there won’t be a single gluten free item on the table for you to enjoy? I have been there and it is so stressful! Instead of worrying I like to offer to bring a side dish that is usually gluten focused, like stuffing, and make it gluten free without lacking in taste.

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This way I can enjoy something that I love and not suffer the consequence of an upset stomach before dessert is served. No one will even notice that the stuffing is gluten free when it’s made with Canyon Bakehouse ancient grain gluten free bread. Their bread is the BEST gluten free bread that I’ve ever tasted. I have been in the search for a solid gluten free bread for a long time and nothing beats Canyon Bakehouse gluten free bread. Don’t even get me started on their bagels. YUM.

Gluten Free Stuffed Acorn Squash (serves 4-5):

  • 2 medium size acorn squash or winter squash variety of your choice 

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Wash, halve, and remove seeds from your acorn squash. Lightly oil cut surface of squash with extra virgin olive oil, and place cut-side-down on a baking sheet covered in parchment (or a reusable baking mat. I got mine from Amazon!). Bake until squash is tender when pricked with the tip of a knife.. 
  • Flip par-baked squash cut-side-up on the baking sheet. Fill with gluten free stuffing (stuffing directions below) and return filled squash to oven to bake until stuffing is browned, about 15 minutes.

Stuffing ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free ancient grain bread cut into 3/4” cubes and left to dry out overnight (or lightly toast in the oven for 10 minutes). 
  • 2 Italian chicken sausages, cooked and diced
  • 1 green pear, diced 
  • 1⁄4 white onion, diced 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, minced
  • 1 tbsp non-dairy butter
  • 1⁄3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1⁄4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add extra virgin olive oil, onions, cooked chicken sausage, garlic, and diced pear, and cook together until the onion and pear are soft and golden. Add the sage, and season to finish. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the dried out, or toasted, bread cubes and broth. Stir until bread cubes are slightly hydrated, but not soggy. Add the cooked vegetable and sausage mixture and pumpkin seeds and mix until fully combined. 

3. Stuff into the squash and bake in a lightly greased casserole dish for 15 minutes.

Attending a holiday meal? Click here to find out more ways on how to enjoy yourself without “lack of gluten free food” fear!


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Sugar Cookie Cauli-Oat Bake

Here’s to making my mini pumpkin plates work all year long because they are too cute to pack away! SUGAR COOKIE CAULI-OAT BAKE. Someone messaged me saying they were terrified to try any of my cauli-oat bakes but they are obsessed with all things sugar cookie so they had to have this recipe. That’s the kind of determination and bravery I want to have in all areas of life. Terrified but willing to try it at least once.

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I preach this each time I share a cauli-oat bake recipe but you CANNOT taste the cauliflower. The raio of oats to riced cauliflower is the perfect blend of the two together without feeling like you’re eating a head of cauliflower with some peanut butter drizzled on top. If you’re going to try one of my cauli-oat bakes, this is definitely the one to try!

Sugar Cookie Cauli-Oat Bake:

  • 1 + 1/2 cup GF oats
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower (I use frozen)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea Bags (soak for 15 minutes in the warmed milk)
  • 2 cups warm nut milk
  • 2-4 tbsp coconut sugar (I used only 2 but if you’d like a little more sugar to your cookie add 4)
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white (can sub flax egg)
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Warm the milk on the stove top or in the microwave for 1:30 minutes. Let tea bags steep for 15 minus before removing.
  • Whisk wet ingredients together, including the banana, and then mix in dry. Let mixture soak for 20 minutes!
  • Pour into an 8×8 baking dish sprayed within nonstick cooking spray and top with pecan pieces. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the center is cooked. 
  • Let cool slightly before slicing. Top with goodies and enjoy!

 I paired my oat bake with my peppermint mocha and it was PERFECT. 

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Freezer Friendly Pumpkin Waffles, in collaboration with Majka.

Eyes on the prize!

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I’m going to come right on out and say it: you don’t have to be lactating, or a female, to feel the benefits from any Majka products. Majka products were created with new moms in mind because that is an area that is less focused on when it comes to wellness. There is so much focus on preparing for the baby, making sure you’re eating right, and moving your body daily. But then baby arrives and somehow nourishing products kinda disappear and no one tells you to continue taking your prenatal vitamins. Majka took the lead and has given new moms in the fourth trimester easy products to consume to help replenish their body. Like their nourishing lactation protein powder: helps fight postpartum depletion, healthy milk supply, and nourish your milk supply. I can vouch and say that Majka’s lactation bites saved me in the first few weeks of motherhood. I ate a lactation bite every morning around 6am!

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Not lactating? Not a woman? THAT’S OK, Majka can still benefit you in so many ways. Majka’s lactation protein powder is filled with B vitamins, vitamin D3, greens and fruits, vitamin C, iodine, pre and probiotics, chelated minerals, digestive enzymes, and so much more. Mix it with nut milk, blend in a smoothie, or make my Majka pumpkin waffles. They are perfect for the whole family!

Pumpkin Waffles:

  • 1 + 1/3 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 scoop Majka Nourishing Lactation Vanilla Greens Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil (slightly cooled)
  • 1 large eggs (1 flaxseed eggs for vegan option)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Toppings:

  • Coconut yogurt
  • Banana slices
  • Cinnamon

Hazelnut Butter syrup drizzle:

  • 1 tbsp melted hazelnut butter (may sub any natural nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions:

  • Blend wet ingredients together then hand mix in dry until just combined. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes! This is key to making the cakes super fluffy.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon to ladle batter onto a hot flat skillet. Let cakes cook 3-5 minutes on one side then flip to cook another 2 minutes. Repeat until the batter is gone. Mix together hazelnut butter syrup drizzle in a small dish while the pancakes are cooking. Stack, top with goodies, and enjoy!

Click here to grab yourself, or one for a friend, a tub of Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Vanilla Greens Protein Powder and be sure to use “whatrobineats” at checkout for a discount. Tag a friend who needs Majka in their life! 

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Pumpkin Apple Craisin Cauli-Oat Bake, in collaboration withOcean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries.

Is there anything that Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries don’t taste good on?! I’m over here sprinkling these tiny bites of flavor on life because they are that good.

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It was only a matter of time before I stuffed Ocean Spray® Craisins® into one of my cauli-oat bakes. My pumpkin apple craisin cauli-oat bake is perfect for your holiday breakfast, you know I’ll be serving this Thanksgiving morning, and will please your entire family. Joel claims to not like porridge but each time I give him this bake he eats the entire thing. Major wife win!

Pumpkin Apple Craisin Cauli-Oat Bake: (Serves four)

  • 1 1/2 cups GF oats
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 mashed pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 apple, diced into cubes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cup nut milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white

Toppings to serve:

  • Yogurt or probiotic cream cheese
  • Cinnamon
  • Hazelnut butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Diced apple
  • More Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries

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Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 8×8 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. Whisk wet ingredients together then mix in dry. Pour into prepped baking dish and bake 35-45 minutes. Cut into fours, top, and enjoy! Or cover with plastic wrap to warm and eat the next day. Refrigerate for up to five days!

Click here and enter to win a prize package of Ocean Spray® Craisins® for yourself. You’ll get enough craisins to make this bake for the rest of the year!

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Have you tried one of my cauli-oat bakes yet? If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!


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Skincare and Makeup Routine

I have never been one to spend more than ten minutes washing my face and putting on my makeup. Hair is a different story that I’m saving for another day. I was SO bummed when my skin took a turn for the worse seven months ago. Think under the skin, painful acne that would hang around for weeks with no sign of going away. My normal skincare routine wasn’t working and I really wanted to give up after four months of wacky skin. I turned to my skincare guru gal pal The True Spoon and my sister in law Mallory for guidance because just like motherhood, I takes a village to get your skin under control. 

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I switched my cleansing products, the masks I use, bought a facial steamer, and got an IPL laser treatment and microneedling. It wasn’t easy to invest in my skin but I am so happy I did! It came down to the fact that I only have one face so why not spend a little extra to take care of it. I am linking everything I am using now below in hopes of it helping you!

Morning routine:

Makeup:

Nighttime routine:

Masks I use 1-2 times each a week after I steam my face (I steam my face 2-3 times a week):

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Please remember that not every product works for everyone. I did four months of trial and error before finding what works best for my skin type. I have combination skin that’s oily and dry in random areas… not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse. Haha! Let me know if you try any of these products. I’d love to know how they work for you. Cheers!