Monthly Archives: April 2013

Meatless Monday

We had friends come over last weekend and I made vegetarian lasagna. It was so delicious, I made it again this past weekend for just the two of us! It was relatively easy to make and oh, so delicious. The first time I used no boil noodles, and the second time I used regular lasagna noodles. I have to say the no boil noodles were better for the lasagna as it was less watery. Also, I forgot to put in the egg second time – also made it watery. I also don’t think there is a problem substituting frozen spinach for fresh. Whatever you have on hand works!

As per usual, I forgot something – the much needed egg – so my friend brought one over and we had dinner an hour after we had planned. While waiting for the lasagna to cook we played some Apples to Apples and drank wine. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday evening.

Vegetarian Lasagna *Inspired from here

Ingredients:

  • 1 package no boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can (28 oz) Trader Joe’s marinara sauce
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil spinach in a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes. Take out, chop and dry on paper towels.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and cook mushrooms,  onion and garlic until onions are tender.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Mushroom, onion, garlic mix

Vegetarian Lasagna

Mmmmm… Sauteed veggies

In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Romano cheese, spinach, salt, oregano, basil, pepper, and egg in a bowl. Add cooled mushroom mixture. Mix together with a spatula.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Cheese mix

Vegetarian Lasagna

Mmmm sauteed veggies and cheese

Lay lasagna noodles in bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spread one third of the cheese/spinach mixture over noodles. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese on top. Spread 1 cup pasta sauce over cheese. Repeat layering 2 times.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Layering

Vegetarian Lasagna

Tomato sauce layer

Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

Vegetarian lasagna

Mmmmm lasagna

Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut open french loaf. Drizzle on olive oil. Cut garlic cloves in halves and rub on the bread. Chop the garlic cloves and spread on the bread. Put each half of the loaf in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and enjoy!

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

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Fred Astaire

Hello! After my New Year’s resolution of being a good blogger, I failed completely. But this time, I have a legitimate excuse!!!!

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Wait for it….

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Australian Cattle Dog Mix

Fred Astaire!

Australian Cattle Dog mix

My little Australian Cattle Dog mix

Meet Fred Astaire!

Dan and I have been talking about getting a dog, and after following Angel Paws Pet Rescue on Facebook, I found this little guy and fell in love.  We decided to foster him with hopes to adopt.

7 weeks old Finn the puppy at a Nevada Shelter

The first full day we had him, I fell ill with a 101 degree fever, and having an 8 week old puppy did not help at all. The first few days were rough, and we decided we were in no place to have an 8 week old puppy with no prior dog experience.  We let the rescue know we were going to look for another dog, but had to keep him for three days. Well, three days later and we fell completely, helplessly in love. We seemed to have forgotten how hard house training, biting and all around puppy craziness was. So we are now owners of this guy.

Australian Cattle Dog Mix

Silly puppy

We were told he was an Australian Shepherd, but pretty sure he’s an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix. I’m excited to see what he turns out to be! I am tempted to do a DNA test so I know what type of personality I’m in for! I’m sure I’ll be blogging a lot about raising a puppy and all the frustrations, but also post a ton of dog pictures! Who doesn’t love dog pictures? Especially goofy ones?

Australian Cattle Dog Mix

Backwards downward dog???

Australian Cattle Dog mix

Fred likes sticks more than walking

Australian Cattle Dog mix

Gotta keep this one away from the booze

Australian Cattle Dog mix

Seriously… This face…

I’ll post more later!

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