Thursday, January 27, 2011

Homemade lasagna

I've always wanted to try homemade lasagna.  It is a family favorite but we usually heat a frozen one.  I forgot to take a photo of the finished product, so here is what you get.....
1 lb. Lean or extra-lean ground turkey
3 Garlic cloves, sliced, separated
2 cans Diced tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans Tomato paste
2 T Basil
3 T Parsley
1 t Salt
3 cups Fat-free cottage cheese
1/2 cup Egg substitute (egg beaters- equivalent of 2 beaten eggs)
1/2 t Pepper
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
3-4 cups Grated mozzarella cheese
Whole wheat lasagna noodles (I always use oven-ready to save time.)
Cooking Spray

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Lightly brown the meat with 2 cloves of the sliced garlic. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, 1 T parsley, 1/2 t salt and last clove of garlic. If too thick, add a few tablespoons of water. Let simmer 15-20 minutes.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix cottage cheese, eggs, pepper, 1/2 t salt, 2 T parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Prepare 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cover bottom of pan with one layer of cooked noodles (or oven-ready). Place 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture on top of the noddles, followed by 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese. Place 1/2 of meat sauce on top of the cheese. Repeat, starting again with noodles and ending on top with the remaining meat sauce.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes on middle rack.
  6. Let cool 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving to allow it to set.
Serves 12 (THANKS to my friend Stephanie C. for this tasty recipe!)
1 goal down, 29 to go.......

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sew I did it....

Last week I attended my very first private sewing lesson!!  I learned the basics and became more familiar with my new machine.  In the photo below you can see that I learned how to sew a blind hem (top fabric), a button hole (middle fabric) and to switch up different designs and deminsions (bottom fabric)! 

Honestly, just threading the machine is a little intimidating to me right now, but I know that with a lot of practice (and several more private lessons) I will learn to love it!  And just think, in just over eight months I will have a beautiful set of Christmas stockings ready for Santa :)