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Today was a great day for a light meal. I had a fresh batch of kale and some tofu and had lasagna on my mind so Tofu Kale Lasagna is what I made.

With the tofu, you really have to press out all the water or you will end up with a watered down pasta sauce. First I crumbled up the tofu with a fork and season it with salt, pepper, parsley and Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets all to taste. Remove all the stems from the kale and tear into small pieces. Then get ready to layer.

  

There are no rules when making a lasagna. Do as many layers as you want or what will fit in your dish. As I was layering the lasagna, I remembered that I had two mozzarella balls (I said balls!) left, so I grabbed them (ha), sliced them and topped off my lasagna with them.

      

Bakes on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I was so ready to give it a try. I normally use spinach so I was excited to try the kale. Verdict: Loved it. It still had the firm texture that kale offers, but was soft enough to cut with a fork. The extra cheese was also a nice touch. It was TofuKaleTastic.

Simple, easy and healthy.

After dinner I took a few pictures of my garden. It was a beautiful day.

     

   

I have a thing for yard decorations and my favorite yard decor is this concrete turtle. It’s huge, and it’s heavy and gives my garden a little flair. I named it Big T. It was in a different part of my yard and I recently moved it closer to my deck so I could see it while lounging. I had to use a Hand-Cart to move Big T.

Here’s a picture from 5 years ago of Big T being used as a step stool by Stuart. Stuart and Killian chased a squirrel up the tree. Wow this picture shows my tree before I landscaped around it.

I have these rain barrels under my gutter to collect all the rain water and I use it for all my potted plants. I have used these barrels now for 8 years and I have not run out of water all summer. Seems like each time I was close to being dry, it would rain and fill them right back up. Mother Nature will provide.

Now here’s the recipe I threw together for the Tofu Kale Lasagna.

Tofu Kale Lasagna

8×8 Baking Dish

Serves 4 Large Pieces

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Kale
  • No Boil Lasagna Noodles
  • Tofu 1 Container
  • Mozzarella Cheese Balls (optional)
  • Shredded Italian Cheese
  • Seasoning for the Tofu: Italian Garlic Gold Nuggets, Parsley, Salt and Pepper
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese Shaker (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press the water out of the Tofu. Crumble with a fork and season with Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Italian Garlic Gold (or any other Italian Seasoning). Mix well. Cover bottom of 8×8 pan with pasta sauce, then a layer of noodles, then spread the tofu mixture over noodles, then a layer of Kale and add some shredded cheese. Repeat the process 3 times. When finished top layer should be pasta sauce topped with shredded cheese or slices of Mozzarella cheese. I used both! I’m cheesy like that.

Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

I just have fun when making a lasagna. I layer as much as I can depending on the ingredients. One note to stress when making this recipe, make sure you press out all the water from the tofu.

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Sometimes I just have to have this for breakfast. It calls to me. So instead of my Fitmixer protein shake I had an English muffin topped with Almond maple flavored nut butter, sliced banana and chia seeds.

I over loaded chia seeds, but I love the crunch they add. Hit the spot.

Spent the week-end planting my annual flowers and replacing mulch where it was needed. I love gardening, it is great exercise and I love being outdoors. Plus I love to come home from work everyday and water my flowers and watch them grow.

In the summer I love walking, grilling, gardening, boating and riding my motorcycle. I try to fit them all in weekly.

After working outside all day I got busy making dinner. I knew I had to make this Chicken Caesar Burger when I saw it on Courtney’s, Sweet Tooth Sweet Life blog.  It sounded so good with the shredded Parmesan cheese and the Caesar dressing. So having planned ahead I had all the ingredient I needed on hand. Just a few weeks ago I made a Chicken Lime Burger and fell in love with ground chicken. So now I have two favorite chicken burgers for summer grilling.

Also grilled up some Brussels sprouts seasoned with Parmesan gold nuggets.

I used a petite loaf as a bun, it was a large serving of bread, but was so good.

Perfect day to grill out, it was 87 degrees. No way was I going to use the oven today.

Now that’s a big old burger.

Followed by a cup of fresh strawberries. They were very sweet and cold. Perfect way to end a meal.

This recipe was adapted from Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.

Chicken Caesar Burgers

Serves 4 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb. Ground Chicken
  • 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Caesar dressing
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Finishing Touches/Garnish:
  • Extra Caesar Dressing
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread of your Choice

Directions:

Combine the ingredients and mix well. Form into four patties. Grill over medium-high heat, 6-8 minutes on each side. Top cooked chicken burgers with freshly shredded parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, and extra Caesar dressing.

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