Monthly Archives: August 2011

Zucchini Lasagna

This week’s new-to-us recipe was zucchini lasagna, and it was delicious! Instead of lasagna noodles, I used thinly sliced zucchini and couldn’t even tell the difference! It was so good, we ate leftovers of it twice.  Here’s what I did, for your dining pleasure…

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What You Need:

  • 1/2 lb Italian seasoned ground turkey (or Italian sausage)
  • Zucchini—3 small ones or 1 big one
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 t dried basil
  • pinch dried oregano
  • 1/3 c parmesan cheese
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb chopped mushrooms (approximately)
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

What You Do:

Brown and crumble the turkey in a skillet.

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Thinly slice your zucchini lengthwise using a mandolin or a very steady hand and sharp knife.

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Combine the ricotta (and think of Giada de Laurentiis pronouncing it) and parmesan cheeses, herbs, and salt/pepper in a medium bowl.

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Lay one layer of zucchini slices in a Pamed pan.

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Spread half of the cheese mixture over the zucchini. This isn’t a smooth spread, and your fingers will get messy trying to keep the zucchini in place.

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Sprinkle on some sliced mushrooms.

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Sprinkle on half of the turkey.

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Pour on and spread around half of your jar of spaghetti sauce. Note: Don’t buy the huge bottle of Ragu that has the built in “handle”, buy the next size down or don’t use the entire bottle if you do buy the giant one.

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Repeat this process—yes, I know its messy—until you have two layers of everything.

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Top with lots of shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is all melty.

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Serve it up! We enjoyed our with steamed broccoli (use the frozen steam-in-bag kind and save yourself a step the dirty dishes) and Caesar salad. Boyfriend also had cheesy garlic bread with his.

Obviously, I used entirely too much sauce, as the first night we had a goopy (but delicious!) mess.

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Leftovers were much better looking, since the sauce was thicker.

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Try this one for yourself and let me know what you think by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. 

Amber

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Cupcakes and Leftovers

Good Saturday morning! How did your week turn out?  Mine was, again, busy and exhausting!

On Tuesday, we decided to have Chris’s birthday party on Wednesday. I came home from work and spent from 5:30pm to 9:30pm in the kitchen baking, filling, and decorating 4 dozen of these cupcakes. I also managed to fix dinner in there somewhere (I think that’s the night we had tacos in a pan?).

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Half of the cupcakes were taken to work Thursday for a bake sale auction to raise money for MDA, and the other half were either eaten Wednesday night or sent home with our families.

Wednesday night, of course, we had my parents and Boyfriend’s parents over to celebrate his birthday. We kept it simple by grilling burgers, my mom brought her famous macaroni salad, and Chris’s mom brought her famous baked beans, and we had chips/dip and fresh veggies.

Thursday I decided that I wasn’t doing ANYTHING when I got home from work. I heated up leftovers for each of us for dinner, took a shower, and then chilled on the couch the rest of the night.

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Don’t get me wrong: I love cooking, I love baking, and I love having family over, but coming home from work every night and not getting to relax and re-energize for the next day wears me out!

Last night was pretty much a repeat of Thursday night, but with different leftovers and TV shows!


Today I’m off to the farmer’s market to see what goodies I can find.  I also need to make a stop at the natural food store to pick up some nutritional yeast—I want to give kale chips a try. Then I’m going to Michael’s to see what I can find to spend my 40% off coupon on!! Smile  I’m pretty sure I have more things than that on my To-Do List for today, but those are the two that stand out in my mind right now.

Have a happy Saturday!

 

Amber

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Noodle Legs

Hey there! Did you have a great weekend? Mine was busy, but good!

Saturday, I went down to Branson for an oil change and shopping adventure.  I had a 20% off coupon for Maurice’s, plus two full $10 off punch cards! I got two pair of work pants that fit perfectly, two work shirts, a necklace, a bling ring, and a cute dress to wear out for Chris’s birthday! Smile  All for $80 less than it should have!

Sunday was my normal grocery/laundry day, and I also got in a quick 20 minute workout on the treadmill. (For some great motivational tips to get yourself running, check out this post by Tina.)

Today after work, I had planned to run, but I got to talking to my momma on the phone and lost track of time. At 10 ‘til 6, I got off the phone and thought to myself that I didn’t have time to run and shower, but I could get in a strength/toning workout real quick and not have to shower since I wouldn’t get sweaty and gross… That’s what I thought.

I pulled some moves from this workout from fitnessmagazine.com, and now my legs feel like noodles! I only did one set of each because of time. I did the Fly Away (10 reps), In-and-Out Lunge (10 reps), Ski Boot Sit (10 reps), Duck Squat (10 reps), Side Shaper (1 rep), Crunch and Lift (20 reps), and Upside-Down Crunch (5 reps).

If you’re looking for a good leg/butt workout, try this out! It also has abs moves thrown in as an added bonus.

It’s bedtime over here, but let me know if you try out this workout!

 

Also, Cassie at Back to Her Roots is celebrating her 1 year blog birthday and is having some awesome contests to celebrate. Go check her out!

 

Amber

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