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3 Alternative Recipes to Your Regular Lasagna

Can’t get enough of lasagna? Here three fun and unique ways to make your favorite pasta recipe.

Taco Lasagna

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef, 2/3 cup water, ½ cup green pepper, ½ cup onion, 15 ounces rinsed and drained black beans, 15 ounces undrained Mexican tomatoes, 6 flour tortillas, 16 ounces refried beans, 1 envelope taco seasoning, and 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

Preparation: In a skillet, cook beef, onion, and green pepper. Drain excess liquid then add taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil then simmer while uncovered for 2 minutes before stirring in tomatoes and black beans.

Simmer again for another 10 minutes. Prepare the baking dish by placing tortillas at the bottom then spreading half the beef mixture and refried beans. Layer with a cup of cheese on top. Fill the next layers in the same sequence. Bake while covered for 25 to 30 minutes in 350°F.

Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Ingredients: 10 ounces squeeze-dried spinach, 1 pound Italian sausage, ½ cup water, 24 ounces spaghetti sauce, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon salt, 15 ounces ricotta cheese, 2 cups shredded part -skim mozzarella, 9 no-cook lasagna noodles, and grated parmesan

Preparation: Cook the sausage first in a skillet then drain excess liquid before stirring in water, spaghetti sauce, salt, and Italian seasoning. Spread a cup of mixture in a greased slow-cooker, then layer with the lasagna noodles.

In a bowl, mix spinach, ricotta, and 1 cup mozzarella. Layer some of this spinach-cheese mixture on top of the sauce. Repeat the layers then sprinkle with cheese on top. Cook for 3 to 4 hours then serve with parmesan cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

Ingredients: 1 ½ pounds ground chicken, 12 ounces Buffalo wing sauce, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 onion, 1 grated carrot, 1 celery rib, 2 garlic cloves, 15 ounces drained diced tomatoes, ½ cup water, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, 15 ounces ricotta cheese, 9 lasagna noodles, 1 ¾ cups crumbled blue cheese, 1 lightly beaten egg, ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella, and 2 cups shredded white cheddar

Preparation: Cook chicken, carrot, onion, and celery until the meat is no longer pink, then add garlic. Cook for 2 minutes before stirring in Buffalo wing sauce, tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 1 hour while cooking the noodles separately.

In a small bowl, prepare a mixture of egg, parsley, ricotta, and ¾ cup blue cheese while preheating the oven to 350°F. Layer the baking dish with sauce, lasagna noodles, sauce, ricotta mixture, mozzarella, cheddar, and blue cheese in the same sequence. Bake while covered for 20 minutes, then bake uncovered for another 20 minutes.

25 Edible Flowers You Need to Know About

There are nearly 50 types of edible flowers that you can eat, but the best part is that you can also grow them in your backyard. Here are some of the edible flowers you might want to try in your recipes.

  1. Arugula Blossoms taste lighter than the arugula leaves and can be used for dishes like scrambled eggs and pesto.
  2. Basil Blossoms can be used for making tea and usually has a lighter taste than the basil leaves. They can also be made into vinegar and oil.
  3. Marigold or Calendula can be dried and used for omelet, bread, and casseroles as a better and cheaper substitute for saffron.
  4. Anise Hyssop can be used to make tea or as an ingredient for pie, ice cream, and salad
  5. Carnation or Dianthus can be steeped in wine or made into candies and edible cake decorations. Did you also know that carnation is used to make chartreuse?

  1. Chamomile flowers are steeped to make tea, but they’re also good for cocktails, scallops, spring salad, and ice cream.
  2. Chicory buds or petals are usually pickled and are known for the slight bitter taste.
  3. Chrysanthemum is blanched and used in salads, but they can also be used as seasoning and stir-fry ingredient.
  4. Clover has medicinal qualities that make it an ideal ingredient to make tea. They also make great addition to salads.
  5. Dandelion can be consumed raw as long as you pick those flowers growing closest to the ground. Some can be steamed to make salads or made into wine.

  1. Fuchsia are used mainly as garnish for food because of the slight acidic taste.
  2. Gladiolus can be substituted for lettuce and will complement savory or sweet mousse and spread. Gladiolus can be cooked, too, or tossed in salads.
  3. Hibiscus is dried to make tea or tossed as a garnish in salads.
  4. Impatiens are known for their slightly sweet taste which make them ideal for garnishing drinks and salads.
  5. Jasmine flowers are used to add aroma to tea.

  1. Lavender is sweet and has slightly citrus notes, which make them ideal as garnishing for cakes, ice cream, champagne, stews, custards, and flans.
  2. Lemon Verbena is steeped to make tea, but the flowers can also be used to make flavored flan and custard.
  3. Lilac has a slightly bitter taste which make then ideal for salads.
  4. Nasturtium is one of the most common edible flowers you can buy in the market and may be used for dishes with cheese. They are also popular as salads, sandwiches, and appetizers.
  5. Pansy, especially the petals, have a mild taste which make them ideal as toppings for fruit salads, desserts, and soups.

  1. Radish flowers have a slightly spicy flavor and are used for salads and sautéed recipes.
  2. Rose petals can be used to make a variety of desserts, jellies, syrups, spreads, and flavored butters.
  3. Rosemary Flowers are milder than the leaves, that is why they are used as substitute to make subtle flavors for seafood, Mediterranean meat dishes, and dressings.
  4. Squash or Pumpkin Flowers taste just like squash or pumpkin. The blossoms can be substitutes for the squash or pumpkin dishes.
  5. Violets are known for their sweet scent. They can be used as toppings for desserts and cold drinks or as decorations for cakes.

Where to Eat Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is just one of the many amazing dishes you can find in Singapore and, although not that popular around the world, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish you should definitely try at least once in your life. Despite its popularity in Singapore, this dish actually originates in Hong Kong and has slowly been accepted into Singaporean culture. Although trying this dish is important, where to try this dish is another factor you should put in your mind as the taste varies from place to place. This dish is usually found in your local hawker but for this article, we will give you a little more than just the ordinary hawker center chicken rice.

Here are some of the best places to have a taste of Singapore’s Hainanese Chicken Rice

1.  Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell

With a very affordable price of 3.50 Singaporean dollars, you can get yourself the perfect bowl of Hainanese Chicken Rice that’s oily and flavourful just the way that Hainanese Chicken Rice ought to be. You may be shocked of how cheap it is and although there are cheaper prices you can find in Hawker Centers all around, the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell is definitely a steal.

2.  Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier

Just another mouth-watering addition to this list as their Hainanese Chicken Rice is served. The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice at Balestier is best known for their convenience as they are open until 4:30 in the morning, which means that if for some reason you are craving for chicken rice at three in the early morning, it is not impossible to get some!

3.  Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice

The good thing about Hainanese Chicken Rice is although it is but one recipe, the taste may vary a great deal depending on where you are eating. Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice prides itself to have the most colorful and the tastiest dipping sauce around. Oh and by the way, did you know that the chicken can be either served steamed or roasted? Well, now you know. Wee Nam Kee also does an amazing job if you are planning to order your Hainanese Chicken Rice with roasted chicken.

The taste may differ depending on where you plan on eating but one thing is for sure, you can never go wrong with Hainanese Chicken Rice!

Surprising Health and Beauty Benefits of Eating Kimchi

For years, Koreans clung to the belief that kimchi – a spicy, fermented cabbage – has mystical properties that aid in warding off diseases. But what was once considered as an old wives’ tale now became a subject of serious research for scientists not only in Singapore but all over the world. To help you get an idea about the “mystical properties” they’re talking about, we listed down some of the surprising beauty and health benefits that eating kimchi can bring.

1. Promotes Good Digestion

Since it’s fermented, kimchi is loaded with healthy bacteria known as lactobacilli, which helps in promoting good digestion. Another amazing result of the cabbage’s fermentation process is the development of probiotics, also helps in fighting off infections in your body.

2. Lowers Cholesterol Levels

If you’re suffering from high cholesterol or high blood pressure, then the more reason to eat this touted Korean side dish. The garlic found in kimchi contains selenium and allicin – both of which helps in reducing the cholesterol reverses of the body. These substances also help in preventing plaque build-up in the artery walls, thus lowering your chances of experiencing cardiovascular diseases.

3. Prevents Peptic Ulcer Recurrence

Peptic ulcer is often caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria commonly found in the stomach – and there’s no better way to keep this illness from recurring than eating a good amount of kimchi. The fermented cabbage contains leuconostoc mensenteroides that produces dextrin, a substance that halts the growth of H. pylori in your body.

4. Improves Overall Appearance

Not only does it improve your health, eating kimchi also helps in enhancing your overall appearance. The selenium found in the fermented cabbage is what keeps your hair and skin healthy, and prevents wrinkles from showing early on. Aside from that, selenium is also considered as a relevant part of glutathione – a booster that reconstitutes and preserves vitamin C, a crucial element for boosting the body’s immune system.

5. Slows Down the Aging Process

Ever wondered why most Koreans look younger than their age? Well, the secret to that is eating kimchi. After being fermented for two weeks, kimchi becomes loaded with antioxidants that help decrease the rate of skin aging. It also prevents cell oxidation, making you appear more relaxed even if you’re going through a lot of stress.

Aside from being an excellent side dish to your favourite Korean barbecue, these benefits are another reason for you to try and enjoy this famous Korean household dish. So head out to your favourite Korean restaurants and specialty stores now, and get yourself some good kimchi.

You Are 9 Steps Away From a Foodgasm


Why look for expensive international cuisines when you can taste out-of-this-world gourmet dishes from local shops here in Singapore? The following are nine mouth-watering dishes that have convinced many tourists that Singapore is a gastronomic paradise.


  1. Hainanese Style Chicken with Rice

Who would have thought that a simple dish like this, could be elevated to a level that is beyond what’s served in most international restaurants? The sizzling aroma of this dish could make your jaw drop. It is arguably the best thing since sliced bread.

  1. Nasi Lemak

Although this recipe originated in Malaysia, this fragrant rice dish cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaf has since become a staple in Singapore’s local cuisine and one of the dishes the country is known for. Its authenticity and simplicity are what make it very special. Its availability is also a plus to its popularity as it is served in most food stalls in the country.

  1. Hawker Food

Anyone who lives or has visited the country knows that one of our best food fares is literally right on our streets. Singapore’s street food is famous for its over-the-top luscious flavours sprinkled with a variety of spices that is to die for.

  1. Wanton Mee

This seemingly plain dish is actually carefully prepared to get its different flavors dancing on your taste buds. Wanton mee is so delicious it has been engraved in our culture and in our palettes. No wonder non-locals have been enticed and overwhelmed by this wonderful dish.


  1. Chili Crab

This well-known crustacean has played a vital role not only in our country but to the whole world as well. You may think, “What’s new?” for you have tasted it a bunch of times. Its contrasting sweet and spicy flavours is what makes it a standout from the rest. Many popular ways of preparing this dish has surfaced all over the world but what makes ours exotic is the glee and joy you feel upon getting a glance of this unique crowning glory, and the aroma your nose inhales is just amazing.

  1. BBQ Sting Rays

People often stereotype sting rays to have a foul odour, but not with how we cook it. Sting rays have been made delectable and exquisite in taste. Traditionally, it is wrapped in a banana leaf before being barbecued and then seasoned with sambal paste on top. Like our very own BBQ sting rays, we fail to notice that such astounding delicacies are just a glimpse away. If you want to make an addition to your catalog of favourite foods, this should easily enter your list. BBW sting rays can be purchased in stalls in just about every corner of the city.

  1. Char Kway Teow

This is yet another plate of goodies that puts Singapore on top, it’s one of the few signature dishes that will make your insides go wild. It’s what we consider the not-so-typical noodle dish. Our locals constructed a recipe that has made it distinct and variant to make it stand out for an international audience.

  1. Curry Puff

Normally, this is considered to be a dessert with its pastry exterior. It could definitely fool numerous people. What others won’t know until they try it is, when this flour puff is split in half the aroma that directly welcomes you is not a sweet orgasmic fruit nor pudding, but a main course filling. The perfect epitome of dessert and main dish in one. After one bite you’ll get to experience a full meal in an instant. Amazing really.

  1. Popiah

By just looking at a plate of this stunning creation you immediately get that feeling of being in the best of both worlds. Once you see the cross-section of this seemingly exotic dessert you realize it is not what it seems. Wheat crepe filled with eggs and sausage is not something you could miss. Rolled up with a beautiful texture, you’d think it came from a five star Michelin awardee restaurant but indeed it was purchased in a food stall at the local centre.

Great tasting food doesn’t need to cost like gold, you just need to know the right places and the diverse palette that suits your taste.