Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Its Lundberg Wild Blend. I found it at HEB. It was a good blend of wild and brown rice. Very colorful. I was scorned for only making the necessary servings to feed our family. haha
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Here is the lassagna when it first came out:
Then, once I added the cheese:
This is the final product with some fresh steamed corn:
This was fairly simple to make. I only used about 12 slices of eggplant, but you could always overlap your slices to cover the casserole dish completely and use the whole eggplant. I used about half. Here's the recipe:
Eggplant (12 slices or more to cover casserole)
Pasta sauce ( 1 jar or 1 homeade pasta sauce recipe)
1/2 lb lean ground beef (I don't use a lot of meat these day just enough for the fiance to be happy)
2 cups of mozzarella (Fat free, reduced, part skim or whole milk; I used 1/2 fat free & 1/2 part skim)
15 oz. ricotta cheese
1/4 cup reduced-fat parmesan
1 egg ( I used 1/4 cup breadcrumbs bc I forgot I didn't have an egg)
Cook your groud beef and add the pasta sauce and simmer for a few minutes. Cut your eggplant slices. I had a fat eggplant so I used 6 slices per layer. I did have some open areas, so if you want to cover completely, I would overlap slices until covered. Pour a little sauce in the bottom of the casserole dish; about 1/4 to 1/2 cup to lightly cover the bottom. Arrange eggplant slices next. Mix the ricotta cheese with the parmesan cheese and egg (I used bread crumbs this one time for lack of an egg). I then spread the ricotta next, but I would suggest switching the ricotta cheese layer and the mozzarella layer. So, sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella over eggplant, then half of the meat sauce, then ricotta. Layer eggplant over that and the the remaining meat sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Then, take it out, uncover the foil and sprinkle remaining cheese on top and return to the over for 5-10 more minutes until cheese has melted to your desire. I got 6 servings out of my casserole.
I would definitely layer first:
the sauce, eggplant, mozzarella, meat sauce, ricotta, eggplant, meat sauce, mozzarella
the sauce, eggplant, ricotta, meat sauce, mozzarella, eggplant, meat sauce, mozzarella
It was still good, but the mozzarella layers were to close together. Also, because I used bread crumbs unstead of egg to keep the ricotta together, it changed the taste of the ricotta a little. Not bad, just different.
The nutrition for the way I prepared it is:
It was a little more fat than I would have liked, but that can be fixed with turkey instead of beef and using all fat free mozzarella next time and fat free ricotta.
Boy, was I wrong. I wish I would have taken a picture. It looked good, it smelled somewhat good, but the melding flavors just was not my family's style. I particularly did not like the onion and apple flavor. The onion specifically I think. What possessed me to think apple and onion would taste good I dont' know. I was trying to be adventurous I guess. It was just a big ole BACKFIRE! However, I do think the butternut squash tasted good. After I prepared it and tasted it, I realized that was what we had at Shogun the previous Friday in the vegetables tempura. I had liked that, but the fiance didn't.
Aren't they beautiful? The fiance decided he wanted to make me dinner and picked these up as well. He made us french toast which was all anti-health really. It hink he planned it that way a) to get me back for the horrible squash gratin I made him try (refer to butternut squash fiasco) or b) he was rebelling and just felt like eating unhealthy for a change. White bread, full eggs (not just whites or 1 full, 1 white), but he did have to use the skim milk. hehe It was delicious nonetheless and he made some sausage and eggs to go with it. I wish I would have taken a picture but the batteries were low in the camera so it wouldn't work long enough to take it. I ended up having 3 pieces of french toast, 1 egg and about a 1.5 servings of sausage, plus a glass of orange juice. Breakfast for dinner! Yum!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
It was a year ago today that my love proposed marriage to me and became my fiance! It was a rainy day, Labor Day, and he was so determined to make it happen: THAT DAY and with our friends THERE. It was cute. Too bad I didn't have much warning though so I could have looked better and straightened my hair after the rain! haha
HAPPY ENGAGEMENT ANNIVERSARY MY LOVE!