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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


  • 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


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


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


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


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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Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hello! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. This one was a bit sad for me as it was the first one without my parents. Dan did a good job of cheering me up and letting me watch whatever ridiculous Christmas movie was on TV, even if we had watched it a few days before. I was going to attempt to make my first prime rib and Dan was going to make scalloped potatoes.

Word of advice, but I’m sure all of you are well aware of this – do not go grocery shopping on Christmas Eve or day. Instead of prime rib, I ended up with beef loin. I also ended up with horseradish root in place of regular horseradish sauce. Both were very good substitutes. Dinner turned out well and we even had a friend join us!

While I was sad to not be with my parents during my favorite holiday, it was nice to just stay around Seattle and relax for the weekend. I hope you all were able to relax and enjoy the holidays, family and good food!

Beef Loin Prime Rib *Recipe from here


  • 4lb Beef Loin
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Thyme

Mmmmm, tasty.

Christmas dinner in my new birthday present


Preheat oven to 500 degrees. In a roasting pan, place beef loin, fat side up. In a small bowl, mix together garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Spread the mixture on the top and the sides.  Let it sit out for about 20 minutes. Stick in the oven and let it cook at 500 degrees for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 345, and cook the beef loin for about 55 minutes to get temperature to 145.

Perfectly done roast!


Merry Christmas!

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Swiss Chard with Lemon Dressing

Good morning! Spring has finally decided to show up here in Seattle. The sun is out, the cherry trees are blossoming, and as usual – it’s freezing cold! But I won’t complain, I’m just happy to see the sun!

Swiss Chard - So colorful and pretty!

This past fall, Dan and I were trying to be adventurous in our eating, and decided to pick up some swiss chard at a farmers market. We tried to eat it like a salad, but it was very hard and bitter. Needless to say, we were not impressed with it. Then, in January when Dan’s mom was visiting, we went to Tom Douglas’ Serious Pie. Besides all the delicious pizza, we ordered a kale salad that turned my life upside down. There was lemon, peppers, pine nuts and parmesan. When we received a colorful batch of swiss chard in our Full Circle box a couple weeks ago, I was adamant about recreating the salad – sans parmesan. I looked up a few recipes online, then decided to make mine up and just go with it.

Perfect winter salad - swiss chard with lemon dressing!

  • 1 bunch swiss chard
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove chopped garlic or 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Wash the chard and cut off the stems. Chop up the chard and place it in a serving bowl. In a separate bowl, juice the lemon, add olive oil and garlic.

I love my new juicer

Mix together, then pour on the chard. Chop up the carrots and add to the bowl. Massage the dressing into the chard for about 5 minutes. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! Massaging the chard helps softens it and really works the dressing into it. Chop up the apple and add it to the salad. Salt and pepper to taste, et voila! You have the perfect winter salad to accompany your dinner.

Swiss Chard Salad


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