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CLASSIC HOMEMADE LASAGNA

Okay guys – this right here is my most treasured recipe, my holy grail recipe…my homemade lasagna.  Lasagna is something I have made for many years (some might call it my signature dish), and it really comes down to a simple formula that is easy to customize.  If you’re vegetarian, for instance, you could easily omit the meat in this recipe and replace with something thick like mushrooms in the sauce.

Classic Homemade Lasagna | Foodie for the Soul

When I first started making this recipe (back when I was 14), I always used cottage cheese rather than ricotta.  This is acceptable, if it’s all you have or by personal preference, but I have never heard anybody turn down delicious and creamy ricotta cheese – I highly recommend you get the good stuff.

Classic Homemade Lasagna | Foodie for the Soul

Lasagna can be heavy with all those layers, so try pairing it with something simple like garlic bread or an even lighter salad (balsamic vinaigrette goes well).  Check out my beloved recipe after the break and let me know what you think in the comments!

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SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK SANDWICHES

Who doesn’t love pulled pork?  This recipe is tried and true, extra moist and so easy to make!  Honestly, I can never pass up anything made in the slow cooker – you’re guaranteed lots of flavour and a whole meal in just a few hours letting the machine do the work.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Foodie for the Soul

One meal my boyfriend and I love for an easy dinner is slow cooker pulled pork.  This recipe is made with pork tenderloin, but you can also use a pork roast and it’ll do the same job.  This version is also made with a homemade BBQ sauce which is separated from the pork and reduced prior to pulling the meat (see that delicious dark sauce on the sandwich?  That’s our sauce!).

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Foodie for the Soul

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Foodie for the Soul

If you feel like taking it a step further and going extra fancy, the lighter sauce on the sandwich is a homemade garlic aioli.  Read more to see the recipe for the pulled pork and BBQ sauce below (garlic aioli recipe is coming soon!).

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FETA, SAUSAGE & GREEN ONION TORTELLINI

Whether it be for a lazy Sunday brunch (like today!) or a quick weeknight meal, tortellini is such a key player in delicious mash-up meals where you use whatever you’ve got in the fridge.  We happened to have some leftover local garlic sausages to fry up, green onion for some mild kick and feta for sharpness (and of course that must-have cheese factor!).

Feta, Sausage and Green Onion Tortellini | Foodie for the Soul

See this easy peasy (but guaranteed delish) recipe after the jump, and don’t forget to let me know how your version turned out in the comments!

Feta, Sausage and Green Onion Tortellini | Foodie for the Soul

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BETTER THAN CHIPOTLE PICO DE GALLO

Okay, so I know these are grand claims – trust me, I’m a huge (yuuuuge) Chipotle fan.  But something I’ve realized over time is homemade is always better.  I don’t know if it’s the beauty of knowing where your ingredients are from, handling them yourself and being able to make special touches based on your taste, but this pico de gallo recipe is one of my favourites and is easy to personalize.

Pico de Gallo | Foodie for the Soul

Case in point – the boyfriend hates cilantro, so that would be why the green bits in there are actually parsley!  Yes, after some experimenting I realized that while cilantro and parsley have much different tastes, parsley actually completely works in pico de gallo and other mexican-inspired meals.  If you have a picky cilantro eater, try replacing with parsley to still get that green kick!

Pico de Gallo | Foodie for the Soul

Pair this recipe with chips like in the picture, or pair it with fajitas/tacos, nachos, top a salad or steak – this really is a super versatile side that tastes a bit more perked up than your usual grocery store salsa.

 

Check out this great recipe after the jump just in time for summer – this will taste fresh no matter the season!

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