Dessert/ Dinner

A Mexican Fiesta

Well, my Mexican Lasagna was a bit hit! Everyone loved it (especially me—I had seconds!) and I was glad I was able to show people good tasting veggie food because of course don’t we all get the same question over and over, “but what do you eat?!” Here’s what I eat! Real food! Whole grains, beans, veggies, fruits and nuts…foods that fuel you 🙂

Dinner was great~~ there was a TON of food but here’s what I loaded my plate up with:

A baked sweet potato

a ton of roasted asparagus (I roasted them with olive oil and sea salt at 400 for 20 minutes)

about a serving and a half of mexican lasagna

a glass of red wine

A green salad


I highly recommend making this “lasagna”, if you could even call it that. It was so easy to put together–it only took me 10 minutes then I just stuck it in the oven! I topped it with some grated FYH mozzarella cheese and reheated it again at Ryan’s parent’s house. Delish!


We got home late, around 10:30, and since I didn’t have birthday cake after dinner, I indulged in 2 1/2 super-charge me cookies (well, they are SO small!!!). I’m all set for bed now after my little treat! (I def. gobbled these down too fast to snap a photo—oops).

While I was cooking this afternoon I made a smoothie. I used 1/2 cup of almond milk with about a half cup of blueberries and half a frozen banana. I also added in about a tbsp of ground flax. Pretty and purple!


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  • Alyssa
    April 2, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Yum!!! I know you can’t post the recipe, but can you say what some of the main ingredients in the lasagna are?

  • Romina
    April 2, 2008 at 3:06 am

    It’s great you got to show that vegetarians aren’t deprived!! The lasagna looks fab. =)

  • Betsy
    April 2, 2008 at 3:06 am

    your smoothie looks sooo divine. all those blueberries makes it look so appealing!

    it’s asparagus season…horray! glad you had a fun evening…sounds like a good time.

  • Katherine
    April 2, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Since no one will probably look on the breakfast post I really wanted to explain for those who were asking why be vegan if you don’t eat WHOLE foods?

    Here we go:

    My reasons for being vegan are both due to digestive and moral issues.

    As far as fake meats – I choose not to consume them – partially because they contain wheat gluten (which I am sensitive to) and also because they seem unnatural. I would rather consume beans and grains which have proteins in them than fake meat.

    I do however cosume tofu – although it goes through a long process – the process is quite natural and there are no additives or preservatives – just as meat goes through a “process” before it is ready to be sold at the supermarket tofu goes through a process before it hits the shelves. If you think about it meat is processed by raising animals – feeding them (not sure what they are fed) and taking care of them on farms until they grow enough to send them to be slaughtered, cut and portioned into containers to be sold. What I am getting at here is that the term “process” can mean several things – and it is not necessarily a bad meaning unless something is genetically modified, processed in a lab, or made to become unnatural in some way.

    I do not see anything unhealthy about eating tofu or drinking non-dairy milks. Non-dairy cheeses are questionable – although they have quite heafty list of ingredients in them – I do eat it on occassion because I enjoy it – just like I enjoy chocolate :).

    When reading this remember that I am new to this and still learning about health and lifestyle – trying to break away from government “health” guides led by the Dairy, Meat, and Grain Corps. These are just my current thoughts…Which will develop with further education in Holistic Nutrition.


  • Kat
    April 2, 2008 at 4:23 am

    I keep forgetting to post as Kat instead of Katherine since there is another Katherine who I see posting here too! Sorry for the confusion!

  • Meghan
    April 2, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Hey Jenna! Wow that lasagna sounds INCREDIBLE, I’m a sucker for anything with black beans in it. I think that I remember you saying you would still eat seafood, and I think I’m correct in remembering that supposedly Ryan’s family was going to be having shrimp tonight, so I was just wondering if you’re trying to become a full-fledged vegan or if you just didn’t feel like eating the shrimp.

    P.S. The cooks sound glorious! I must make some soon!

  • Cara
    April 2, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Wow combing my favorite food with the boyfriends, sounds pretty amazing. (Mexican (me) Lasgna (him).

  • Ella
    April 2, 2008 at 5:34 am

    YUM! That plate full of brightly-colored food is so inspiring!

  • happy herbivore
    April 2, 2008 at 6:15 am

    what a great marriage! mexi-italian! who knew!

    mmm… smoothie… I’m planning to have one for breakfast.

  • happy herbivore
    April 2, 2008 at 6:37 am

    found it! here’s my purple smoothie…

    RAWr! 😛

    (do I get an award for leaving the most comments??) <3’s

  • jenna
    April 2, 2008 at 11:29 am


    The shrimp ended up being fried and from a box 🙁 I decided it just wasn’t worth it and stuck to veggies instead!

  • VeggieGirl
    April 2, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE the look of your smoothie; and ESPECIALLY of your Mexican lasagna – olé! :0D

    Hope you had a great Tuesday night!

  • Meghan
    April 2, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    ooooooohhh, yeah that stuff is questionable, especially when the breading decides to be soggy! that’s the worst!

  • Kath
    April 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Lasagna looks great!! I want to try it too 🙂

  • arimcg
    April 2, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I love mexican lasagna!!

  • Vegan_Noodle
    April 2, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    That lasagna looks awesome!! And I lover your purple smoothie….

  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 2, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    And what do you use to separate the layers in a Mexican lasagna? I’m intrigued…

  • Caryee
    April 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Oohh! recipe/ingredients for mexican lasagna please! 🙂

  • jenna
    April 2, 2008 at 7:51 pm


    Corn tortillas! I buy Food For Life’s sprouted corn tortillas and love them. The recipe for this is in one of my favorite cookbooks, Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton.