I make a mexican lasagna but this looks like a bit different. Can’t wait to try!

Lea & Jay

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Lasagna! With all of those meaty, saucy, cheesy layers, it’s just comfort food perfection! But sometimes you might be in the mood for something a wee bit spicier than good old Italian sausage can provide. Maybe you’ve got a hankering for a dish with a bit more south-of-the-border vibe? Well, look no further! You can get it all here when this classic Italian style dish gets a Mexican twist.

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In this delicious layered casserole, the usual lasagna noodles are replaced with flour tortillas, the ground beef is spiced up, and some black beans, corn, green chilis, cilantro and jalapeños join the party, or should I say fiesta.

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Not only does this crowd pleaser taste delicious with all of its spicy, zesty cheesy goodness, but it comes together in no time flat! I’m talking like 15-20 minutes of prep, followed by 15 minutes of baking time. Amazing! Convenient and Easy! Your…

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Look Mom! A Cow Eating a Lollipop!

Yes, ladies & gentleman.  The latest and greatest in cow feed.

CANDY.

You think I jest?  Check out the latest in a Reuters article that was posted September, 23rd.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/us-usa-cattle-candy-idUSBRE88M05N20120923

“(Reuters) – Mike Yoder’s herd of dairy cattle are living the sweet life. With corn feed scarcer and costlier than ever, Yoder increasingly is looking for cheaper alternatives — and this summer he found a good deal on ice cream sprinkles.

“It’s a pretty colorful load,” said Yoder, who operates about 450 dairy cows on his farm in northern Indiana. “Anything that keeps the feed costs down.””

Thanks to a drought, and a bad crop this year, feed costs have become incredibly high – and this was the apparent solution – expired candy.  So…let me get this.  We don’t feed it to our children.  We won’t eat it ourselves.  But we will eat animals -that are meant to eat grass – eat this crap?  I mean corn-based diets already cause enough problems for these poor animals.  According to food blog Fooducate,

“Animal nutrition experts agree that ruminants such as cows are able to ingest and digest a wide variety of foods (unlike birds and pigs), but this seems to be quite an extreme. Cows eat grass, that’s what their digestive system was designed to do.

The factory farm practice of feeding them mostly corn (highly subsidized by the government) is already problematic – it messes up their liver and digestive system, requiring constant medication. Now these poor animals are being subjected to gummy bears full of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and what not.” http://blog.fooducate.com/2012/10/04/beef-corn-fed-grass-fed-and-now-candy-fed/

Imagine what this new switch towards expired sugary treats means for them!   More problems for the cows?  More antibiotics/hormones to cover up the issues?   This is insane!   An all time low.  There should be way more being done to regulate animal feed.   I know most people will say, “Buy organic.”  But not everyone can afford it – so what?  They aren’t entitled to healthy living and healthy eating if they can’t afford it?  Their options are limited to sugary fake juices and sub par burgers from candy-fed cows (amongst other things which would probably turn your stomach)?  It’s a broken system where money reigns supreme.  Ethics have gone by the wayside.

Really fuming at this…

“Chicken Litter” in Cow Feed?

To Read article: http://www.npr.org/2012/06/07/154504565/assessing-consumer-concerns-about-the-meat-industry

This is beyond disgusting!  How many problems need to arise and how many people need to fall ill before the FDA bans animal byproducts in feed for animals that are supposed to be vegetarian!! I’m amazed (and appalled) by how many things like this take place without most consumers even knowing.  A few weeks back I read an article about “meat glue”, used to piece together meats to give the look of a succulent steak.  Meat glue?   Besides the fact that it’s disgusting  – it’s also dishonest!  Why pay prime rates for what you assume are top cuts of meat, when they’re actually leftover pieces strategically pieced together.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/consumer&id=8642900

One more reason to go organic, vegetarian-fed, kosher or halal.

Who is the genius who thought of this…

so I love Jelly Belly…but as I told a friend…really???  Let’s create yet another barrier towards eating good food.  What kid will love regular veggies after trying these.  Candy should look like candy and be an occassional treat…no need to market candy that looks like veggies.