Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe + Giving Back: Project 7

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Project 7 but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #chewforchange  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO
Veggie Lasagna

I believe in kindness.  It makes you happier and healthier and makes your spirit smile.  Kindness isn’t something you do once and you’re done, it’s a lifestyle.  Our church has a beautiful motto that my wife and I whole-heartedly believe in: “Small things done with great love can change the world.”

The skyline of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA at dusk

Small things.  You don’t have to save humanity from itself, you just have to help someone who’s hungry.  Find a retiree on a fixed income at the end of the month and give them food.  As couponers my wife and I are blessed with the ability to buy in bulk and give a good portion away.

Donating Cereal to the United Way

Donating Cereal to the United Way.  Read the entire experience

Kindness is something that you do and so when I find a product that shares those same values I get excited!  Project 7 is a a company that almost anyone can get behind!  Take one look at their website and you’ll see what they are passionate about.  Healing the sick, housing the homeless, feeding the hungry.  Those aren’t big things, they are small, but they are changing the world.  They focus on practical things that make a difference in the life of TWO people, the giver and the receiver.

Project 7

Project 7 has a variety of products online that you can buy but also is available in stores around the country.  Walmart, Target, Meijer, 7Eleven, you can find it pretty much anywhere.

Project 7

For years I lived outside the United States.  I saw what poverty and hungry looked like everyday.  Working with organizations to help, translating for teams that would come and build a home, that made me realize that people do struggle and that ends don’t always meet.  Project 7 is an organization that works to solve small problems in kind of big ways.

Project 7 makes projects that give back to seven areas for good around the globe.  The seven areas of focus are Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth.

To ensure everyone around the globe has access to fundamental human needs for a healthy life.” – Project 7 Mission Statement.

So today I want to take a minute and show you how we are going to brighten someone’s day with Project 7.  First we are buying 10 packs of gum at Meijer.

Project 7

We are going to be giving them away today, in small ways.  First to the cashier MARY.  She was so sweet, we visit her often.  She is kind, generous and always has a smile.  We wanted to brighten her day.

Next we gave one away as we drove through Chick-Fil-A.  Getting a sweet tea and giving the lady a pack of gum and saying thank you.  She was so surprised.  I hope it brightened her day.  Remember small things make a difference, I believe that.

Project 7

Project 7

Next I made little notes, I just placed the gum in random spots in downtown Cincinnati.  It’s a beautiful day and I know it will brighten someones day.  It’s like finding a quarter on the ground and smiling.

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I even gave a few away to guys at work!!

Project 7

Lastly we are sharing a meal with a friend who has had a difficult time.  We made a delicious meatless lasagna.  Using beans, we are able to save money and make two different batches.  One to keep for our family and one to bring to hers.  Her husband had a recent surgery and having a toddler and a husband that is recovering isn’t easy.  Try out this yummy recipe and maybe double it.  Help out a family in need.  Change your world, in small ways.

Veggie Lasagna

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe
 
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • ½ package of whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 1 package of firm tofu
  • 2 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbs of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp of dried oregano
  • 2tsp of dried basil
  • ½ tsp of thyme
  • 2 15oz can of tri-color beans drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tsp of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. One hour before assembling lasagna place tofu on a large plate between two paper towels, and lay something heavy on top of it to press all the excess liquid out of it.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to box directions. In a large sauce pan combine tomatoes, beans and spices and warm through.
  3. Remove weight from tofu and set aside.
  4. When noodles are done drain them.
  5. Put one layer of sauce in the bottom of the lasagna pan followed by a layer of noodles.
  6. Add sauce on top of that and then crumble half of the tofu on top of that layer.
  7. Repeat process ending with sauce on top.
  8. Place in the oven on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Recipe inspired by Trisha Yearwood

This post is underwritten by Project 7 and Pollinate.  This Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 10.33.25 PMshop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Project 7 but all my opinions are my own. We believe in Project 7 and hope you spread the word to your friends and family! Connect with Project 7 on Facebook and Twitter.  #pmedia #chewforchange http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

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