He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. -Mark 8:31
Today, is Resurrection Eve.- Yes Resurrection Eve, I hardly call it Easter anymore, I try to keep it as 'real' as I can. I have been weening my family off of 'pagan' holidays for years... finally last year we rid ourselves of the basket full of candy and gifts, but we still painted and hid colorful eggs. My girls still like to take turns hiding the eggs for each-other. They can do this for hours. This year since we are pretty much Vegans.. my girls still eat one egg a week or I stir one up and make them french toast.. however, we are not much of an egg family anymore. We have decided to hide three dozen resurrection eggs - and in each egg it tells the story from the cross to then empty tomb.
This year we have agreed that I will put out some candy (one basket for the 'whole' family).. some jelly beans and of course some chocolate, and if I didn't eat all the butterfingers already- there would be some in there too. LOL I have done so great not eating candy in almost a year, but darn butterfingers got the best of me.. married into the nick name 'bart' don't help any! ;) As we have tried to make it a tradition to either watch the Passion of the Christ movie or play, this year we walked the Shrine of the Christ's Passion In St. John Indiana. It was amazing!
It has almost been a year that Bob and I have been Vegan, and my girls are some where between a flexitarian- vegetarian and vegan.. haha.. the order is actually Carly- our 19 year old is a flexitarian.. she's flexible, still enjoys her meat and cheese; Savana-our 12 year old is pretty much a vegan at heart and proud and happy to be so, and Summer our nine year old is almost totally a vegetarian, but still loves her cheese, she's our 'Bar-kov-i- rat!' just another nick name us Bartkowiak's have lived by. All my girls are weened from the cow, thank goodness the moo's and moans were getting ridiculous!
So just what does a Flexitarian, Vegitarian, Vegan family do for Easter? We will attend a great church service and worship our savior. We will then come home and find our resurrection eggs and we will read to each-other. We will then do something out of the ordinary tradition.. Hoping to Happily visit the closest farm sanctuary tomorrow... Instead of eating ham and eggs, we're gonna feed the piggy's and chickens! :)
What will we eat might you ask? Well we will not be eating a piggy, no ham for us, we will not be eating any hard-boiled eggs, and we definitely will not be eating a precious lamb, for the fact that Jesus was our sacrificial lamb, and it is finished! I've decided to keep it simply since we both have some Italian roots in us we will be eating some Vegan Lasagna.. and since this is a Vegan page, I thought I'd share this recipe...
Raise the Roof Sweet- Potato- Vegetable Lasagna.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced. 1 head of broccoli, chopped
- 2 carrots chopped 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
- 1 can corn, rinsed and drained
- 1 package firm tofu
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 2 jars pasta sauce (kinds with minimal or no added oil.)
- (or I make homemade recipe.. with sauce, paste, whole-peeled tomatoes .. .and such- add your own sauce recipe if you wish)
- 2 boxes whole-grain lasagna noodles (I use Ezekiel - live sprouted noodles)
- 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
- 6 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
- 1 cup raw cashews, ground.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Water saute the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan. Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their own liquid. Remove them to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan. Water saute the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl. Saute the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften. Add them to the vegetable bowl. Drain the tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl. Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.
2. Cover the bottom of a 9X13 -inch casserole with a layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles. cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy. Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce. Add the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes. Add the final layer of noodles and a last topping of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced Roma tomatoes.
3. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving. (Recipe borrowed from Forks over Knives- The Engine 2 Diet).
Well wishing you all a happy and healthy Resurrection. -Blessings Diana
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