Creamy Spinach Vegetarian Lasagna

I made a wonderful lasagna dish today I wanted to share with you. I found the recipe at http://www.easylasagnarecipes.org/Lasagna-Recipes/vegetable-lasagna-recipe/best-vegetarian-lasagna-recipe.php#.T509NqtYuDo Here it is

Ingredients –

3 ¼ cups Ricotta Cheese
1 ½ cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 boxes Frozen chopped spinach, drained
4 ½ cups chunky vegetable pasta sauce (your choice)
1 box uncooked Lasagna noodles
2 ½ cups grated Gouda or Swiss cheese (slices may be used- I used swiss)
⅛ tsp. Salt
⅛ tsp. pepper

Preparation:

Prepare a 13 x 9 x 2 Lasagna pan by spraying lightly with olive oil.

Set the pan aside until ready to use.

Gently blend the Ricotta and Parmesan cheese together, adding salt and pepper.

Now spread 1 cup of pasta sauce in Lasagna pan.

Place 3 Lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.

Spread 1 ¼ cups of Ricotta mixture on top of noodles in a light layer.

Place about ⅓ of spinach mixture on top of Ricotta mixture in spoonfuls.

Repeat the layers ending with 3 Lasagna noodles and the remaining sauce.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using Aluminum foil cover the Lasagna and bake for about 30 minutes.

Then remove the foil and sprinkle the grated Gouda or Swiss cheese on top.

(If using slices, lay slices on top of Lasagna to cover).

Bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes more.

Cheese should be golden brown.

Remove from oven and let stand for about 12-15 minutes before serving.

(Serves 8)

here are some pictures of my finished product. I would have made a tutorial but i forgot to take pictures along the way. 😦

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It is sooooo good! Makes a great weekday or weekend dinner. I will be trying it out as a freezer meal soon.

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Homemade Laundry Soap

I have been seeing a lot of Pinterest posts with homemade laundry detrgent popping up. I have been making my own for several years now so I figured I would share my recipe. Many of the recipes I have seen lately require heating to make a liquid soap but mine is powdered and dry and works just as well with less prep time.

First you will need:

1 bar Fes-Naptha soap

1 box of Borax laundry booster

1 box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda… do not interchange!)

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First take your bar of Fes-Naptha and grate it. Use the whole bar. It will make about 4 cups of shavings.

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Almost done. That was the hard part! Next add 2 cups of Borax and 2 cups of the washing powder. Stir well and put into an air tight container. Use 2 Tablespoons per load. That’s it. It leaves your clothes smelling fresh and clean. You will still have 1/2 a container of washing soda and 3/4 of a container of Borax left. You can make about 3 batches with the initial supplies and you will still have some borax leftover to clean with.

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I spent less than 9 dollars total for the initial batch. Add 3.50 for 3  more bars of soap and still about 12 dollars for over 6 quarts of detergent. Plus you are only using 2 tablespoons at a time so a little goes a long way!  Let me know what you think and how it worked.

Snow Dough!

My children have a 4 day weekend this week so I decided to scan through my Pinterest boards to find an activity for them to do. I decided on making some snow dough. This stuff is great. It is light and airy but easily moldable. Original recipe can be found here. I did not want to make as much as they did so I just followed this recipe. 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part shaving cream. After scouring my house I could only find shaving gel but it worked just fine! 

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Find yourself an air proof container. One that you don’t store food in. The smell from the shaving cream/gel might absorb into your container. Yuck. Add your shaving cream/gel.

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Next dump your cornstarch on top.

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Finally mix it all up til well combined and play! You can also dye this with a few drops of food coloring or you could even add glitter. My advice is to make this an outdoor play activity. My kids had a blast but made quite a mess This will only last a few days stored in an airtight container but it is very much worth it! Cheap ingredients and loads of fun!!!

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Cheesy Garlic Bread Roll

I am making my family zesty Italian crockpot chicken in the Crockpot for dinner tonight. One day I will share the recipe. I was trying to find a side to go with it and I decided to make a cheesy garlic bread roll. For this you will need: Pillsbury canned pizza crust, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Italian style cheese (optional),  Italian seasoning or basil and oregano, garlic and 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil. (I prefer using the olive oil) 

Preheat your oven to 375. Roll out your pizza crust on a cookie sheet. Top with your cheese making sure to leave a 1 inch border cheese free, or your cheese will melt out while baking.

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Image Roll up your pizza dough and gently press on the seal so it doesn’t come undone. Brush with olive oil or melted butter. 

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Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Slice and enjoy hot. It is  delicious on its own or dipped in marinara. 

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French Bread Pizza

Today I am going to share one of my kids favorite lunch/dinners. Super easy french bread pizza! I love it because we can make what each person wants and that’s a big plus with a family of 6. Anyone with kids knows kids can never all agree!

For this recipe you will need: A loaf of French bread, olive oil, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, toppings such as olives, pepperoni, parmesean, mushrooms etc.

Start of by cutting your loaf of bread in half and then slicing it across so you have 4 pieces. Brush your bread with a little olive oil and put under the broiler for 3-5 minutes. Pull it out when it starts to brown. Turn your oven to 375 degrees.

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Next add your sauce. 4 or 5 tablespoons per side is usually good. Add as much or as little as your family prefers.

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Now the fun part. Add your mozzerella and add your choice of toppings. We usually do this as a do it yourself deal with the kids and allow them to top their own how they want it.

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Once your oven is preheated put your pizzas in for 12-15 minutes or until cheese in melted and bubbly. Slice and dig in. This is such a good quick meal to throw together for a weekend lunch or a family movie night!

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My Take on Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

I have seen a few Pinterest posts on cookie dough greek yogurt. It looked good but I had some ideas to make it lighter and less fat and calorie dense. Here is how I did it. It’s yummy! A great substitute when you want something sweet! All you need is vanilla greek yogurt (any brand) mini chocolate chips, sweetener of your choice (sugar, splenda, stevia, etc) and PB2 which is a brand of powdered peanut butter. It’s peanut butter with all the oils squeezed out so there is 85% less fat. If you can’t find any you can always sub for regular peanut butter, it would just up your calories and fat.

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Put 1/2 cup yogurt into your bowl (or use a single serve yogurt), 1 tablespoon of sweetener, 1 heaping spoonful of mini chocolate chips, and a heaping spoonful of PB2 (or peanut putter if you don’t have any)

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Mix together and Enjoy!

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