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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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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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Oh, hi toast Tuesday!

Back from my toast hiatus.

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I stopped posting toast each Tuesday because it was becoming stressful. I love toast and sharing four toast creations each week but once I had Poppy it was too time consuming. For two years I spent an hour on Monday thinking of toast combinations, 45 minutes in the kitchen every Tuesday morning creating four magical toast combinations, and 15 minutes shooting. I’d take step by step shots, make em “strange but good”, and then eat breakfast by noon. Once Poppy was here it became too much. Joel has a schedule of his own so he couldn’t always watch her and I couldn’t just do two pieces, like that wasn’t me! But 14 months later I’m feeling like a whole new toaster. I don’t feel the stress of toasting each Tuesday because I took time away. #toastlikerobin is a tag I created for toast lovers, like myself, to be inspired by other delicious toasts. I love seeing the creations from the tag all week long because toast isn’t just for Tuesday! I was pressured to toast on Tuesday and make them fancy but not anymore. I’m rambling now but I had to share because as silly as it sounds toast became stressful. I made toasting every Tuesday a mandatory thing instead of it being for fun. Hence why I bought this cute flower cutter off Amazon, how cute are these banana slices?!

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Sourdough toast two ways:

  1. Grass fed butter, probiotic cream cheese, avocado, hemp hearts, and crushed pistachios.
  2. Walnut cashew butter with black pepper, banana slices, cinnamon, and manuka honey.

I can’t wait to see all your toast creations this week! PS, Poppy ate her entire avocado toast today plus more. My kind of girl!


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Gluten Free Halloween Sprinkle Donuts

I was obsessed with 101 Dalmatians growing up. So obsessed that I remember dressing up as one for Halloween multiple years in a row with my toy dalmatian by my side. That was until the toy was replaced by a real dalmatian when I was in third grade. His name was Jazz and he was the BEST buddy for me being an only child. Even though I’m sure Poppy will have a sibling one day, this is NOT a pregnancy announcement, I like to image Poppy looking back on memories with Aero. Yeah, Aero isn’t as buddy buddy as a dog could be, but she is OBSESSED with him and I’m sure she’ll get him to cuddle her soon enough.

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Gluten Free Halloween Sprinkle Donuts:

  • 1 cup gluten free 1-to-1 flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used homemade!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted grass fed butter (sub vegan butter here to make vegan)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup halloween sprinkles, I found these in the dollar section at @target

Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp coconut or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • extra halloween sprinkles for the tops

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Directions::

  • Preheat oven to 350F and spray two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to mix wet ingredients and coconut sugar together until smooth. Whisk together dry ingredients, except for sprinkles, in a separate bowl and then gently mix dry into wet. Mix in sprinkles. Pour batter into 12 donut slots and bake for 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • Make glaze while donuts are cooling by whisking all the glaze ingredients together, except for sprinkles, in a shallow dish. Dip the top of the cooled donut into the glaze then sprinkle with a few extra sprinkles. Repeat until all donuts are decorated and ready to devour!

Note: the sprinkles I bought bled a little into the batter making them appear darker. So be careful how much you mix in the sprinkles. I only did a couple stirs and it left a cool swirly vibe on the donuts. Comment below your favorite childhood costume memory!


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San Diego Staycation

When someone asks for a sip of your oat milk cold brew. Sorry, didn’t hear you!

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WHAT A WEEKEND. On Saturday we had a little staycation here in San Diego and it was just what our family needed. Both Joel and I have been insanely busy this entire year. Between his full time school schedule, his job, my job, and the job of being parents, we have felt burnt out. We have always loved traveling and going new places together. We bounced around the idea of where we should go and what would be best for Poppy. We came to the conclusion that a staycation just made the most sense. Poppy would get to nap in her crib, we weren’t spending money on a hotel, and we wouldn’t have to find a sitter for Aero. I am so happy we played tourist for the day! Started our morning at Ranch 45 for breakfast, swipe right to see our spread! Everything can be made gluten free at Ranch 45 which is pretty cool. Made our way to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar for a little swing sesh for Poppy, stopped for a quick bite at Beaming, Poppy napped at home while we worked out, went to the beach in Carlsbad, and grabbed dinner to go at the new Mendocino Farms in Bressi Ranch. If you’re itching for a little weekend adventure but don’t want to go far, try a staycation in your one town. You’re sure to find hidden gems that you didn’t know were there.

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Our Ranch 45 breakfast spread: gluten free seasonal berry pancakes, avocado toast with poaches eggs, a corned beef hash, and scrambled eggs and berries for Poppy. Not sure what was in those eggs but Poppy devoured them faster than I have ever seen her eat eggs!

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What would you choose out of our breakfast spread? Those pancakes were insanely good, just sayin. 


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Shortbread GF Twix Bars, in collaboration with Skinny Dipped Almonds.

Been a little more TMI lately on my Instagram stories than usual but I’m glad y’all are interested. It’s not that I don’t want anyone to know what’s going on, I’m just not usually someone to talk about this to more people than Joel. I just think there is more fun stuff to talk about, like these shortbread twix bars by @kalejunkie. I understand now that there are SO many of you with a similar situation going on and this is giving you peace about having a baby of your own some day. I’m happy to share my story and let you know that all things are possible! I learned that even without a period I was still ovulating to get pregnant with Poppy naturally without any complications. I’m still waiting on all my bloodwork and ultrasound results to see if there is anything else going on but for now I’m having a period just like I remembered it three and a half years ago… Joy!

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Now onto these shortbread twix bars (recipe by @kalejunkie) that I topped with Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds. Like what they heck, these were so good I had two instantly!

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For the base:

  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter 
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer:

  • 1 dark chocolate bar
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
  • One small packet Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds, slightly crushed
  • Pinch of pink himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together ingredients for the base layer in a medium size bowl. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 12 minutes. 
  • While the base layer is cooling, whisk together the ingredients for the caramel layer. Pour the mixture on top and use a spatula to make sure it’s even. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Remove from fridge and make the chocolate layer by melting the chocolate bar and coconut oil in the microwave. Pour on top and even out with a spatula. Evenly distribute the slightly crushed Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove from fridge and cut into 19 bars. EAT THEM ALL, or share with a friend. Aka share with me because these are already almost gone. 🙃⚡️


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Chocolate Chaga Covered Stuffed Dates, in collaboration with Four Sigmatic.

“Literally the best dessert I’ve had, EVER.” 👏🏼 Frozen chocolate covered stuffed dates aren’t new to the gram but they are new to the Plotnik home. Those were Joel’s exact words after first bite and he’s not wrong. These frozen chocolate CHAGA covered stuffed dates (with crunchy coconut cashew almond butter) and topped with flakey himalayan salt are the best desserts ever. Don’t save them for just dessert though, eat them anytime of day or night.

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Pit your dates and split them in half. Scoop in as much of the nut butter as you can and close the dates back up.
  • Melt your dark chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat (or in a microwave safe dish in 30 second increments). Once melted, stir in Four Sigmatic chaga elixir. Pour chocolate chaga mixture into a small ramekin.
  • Roll, or dip, the dates in the melted chocolate chaga mixture, sprinkle flakey pink salt on top, place the date on a plate covered with parchment paper, and place in the freezer to harden. Let harden for 30-60 minutes and enjoy!

Click here for my Four Sigmatic GIVEAWAY!

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