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October 21, 2011

Pumpkin Lasagna

Ugh, I promise I am going to give you guys some recipes that don’t include Pumpkin…..next July. Just kidding, next week… But for now, another pumpkin recipe. It’s really good if that makes up for my pumpkineyness. I just love pumpkins.

See?

Before last night I had never made a lasagna… I always thought they took SO long to prepare and I’m more of an instant gratification kind of girl. If it takes longer than 30 minutes and doesn’t involve a crock pot – I’m OUT!

Oh and Adam if you are reading this there was TOTALLY ground turkey in there πŸ˜‰

Pumpkin Lasagna (Vegetarian)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 5 ounces (or 21 ounces) fresh mozzarella, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons earth balance butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch white pepper
  • 1 (1 lb) box no boil – whole wheat lasagna sheets

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Shred 12 ounces of mozzarella and mix with the ricotta in a large bowl. Set aside.

3. In a 2 quart pot, melt butter on low heat. Add garlic and brown lightly. Stir in pumpkin, brown sugar, maple syrup,  cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir until it’s all warm. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Smear a thin layer of pumpkin mixture on the bottom of a 9Γ—13 glass baking dish.

5. Place 3 lasagna sheets across. Smooth a layer of ricotta/mozzarella on. Smooth a layer of pumpkin mixture on top. Repeat until you have 5 layers of pasta, cheese, pumpkin. (You will use 15 lasagna sheets in total so there may be extra sheets in the box.)

6. Let sit for 5 minutes and slice squares to serve

7. Eat your sweet, ooey and gooey lasagna.

I loved the sweetness of this lasagna – If you are in the mood for something new, definitely try this… If you are looking for an original lasagna, you’ll have to spend more time on it.

I also highly suggest washing it down with a couple squares of heaven.

If there’s any left in stores that is… Because I plan on wiping every Trader Joes clear of them.

Happy Friday!!!

QUESTIONS: Have you ever made a homemade lasagna? I cant believe this was my first time.

February 7, 2011

Vegan Week

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any instant cavities or weight gain you receive after reading this post.

HAPPY MONDAY! I’m starting my week off Vegan Style… It’s DC Vegan week and I am taking the challenge to go 7 days animal and dairy free! I’m positive I could be a Vegetarian for a week but going Vegan is really going to test me. I’ve planned out my meals and I’m hoping that will make it easier. Wish me luck πŸ™‚ If you have any tips feel free to share them!

I am finally feeling back to normal (sickness wise, i feel gross from Super Bowl Food!). I got a couple of workouts in this weekend including spin, a 3 mile run, zumba and lifting shoulders and legs! It felt good to get back in the gym and sweat the rest of the sickness out. My legs absolutely hate me today. I cannot remember the last time they were this sore… But, I guess that’s a good thing!

Saturday I had lunch with my mom and aunt at California Pizza Kitchen. We all had a cup of their Tuscan White Bean Soup (I HIGHLY recommend this) and split a White Pizza w/ spinach and bacon on wheat thin crust.

We thought we had such great will power for sharing a pizza between 3 people. After we left lunch we walked around the mall… Then we saw a window display that looked like this:

Who can pass up godiva!? Clearly not us…

Can you guess which one is mine? The “healthy” one… Dark chocolate covered strawberry! If I would’ve known it was 7.99 before we got to the register I would’ve never ordered one! It was good…but seriously, I could make 24 of those for 7.99!

I was proud of myself for leaving the mall with only one bag.

Go me πŸ™‚

The 5-year-old I nanny for had her birthday this weekend so I finished hanging the lanterns, making the cutest cupcakes ever, a delicious kids trail mix and wrapping the gift baskets. Kids birthdays sure have gotten extravagant! I want to share the cupcake “recipe” with you… Can you guess what kind they were?

OBVIOUSLY! I have yet to come across someone who doesn’t like funfetti cake… and if I do ever meet that person I’m positive we have nothing in common and we can’t be friends. Sorry. These weren’t just normal funfetti cupcakes… They were pink and purple rainbow princess cupcakes! Seriously, I want someone to take notes for my next birthday party because these will need to be in attendance. I have the same taste as a 5-year-old, it’s cool.

Princess Colored Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Funfetti cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Neon food coloring
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  • Start off by preparing the Funfetti cake mix as directed on box with eggs, oil and water.
  • Divide into 2 separate bowls. Add food coloring drops til desired color is reached.

  • Line muffin tin with baking cups or spray with non-stick oil. Evenly distribute the first layer (whichever color you choose; i alternated) with batter.

  • Gently spread the next layer of color on top with the back of a spoon.

Pink and Purple. Pink and Purple. Pink and Purple.

  • Bake the cupcakes according to your box directions.
  • Remove and let cool before icing.

  • Decorate with Icing
  • Sprinkle

When you cut into them they should look a little like this:

You know you want to make these. Right now. Or maybe for valentine’s day… Although, I really do have the best cupcake recipe for that day that I will post later – I am such a tease.

I also made some Festive Pretzels.

 

Sweet and Salty. Sweet and Salty. Sweet and Salty. ( I need to get the black and Yellow song out of my head)

AND one of the yummiest Kids Trail Mixes…

Captain Crunch Berries cereal, Banana Chips, M&Ms, Dried Blueberries and Pretzels drizzled with White Chocolate.

My dentist is going to hate me.

For Super Bowl Sunday I made 2 things… But only concentrated on taking pictures and writing down measurements for one recipe. Recipe #1 was a Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese and recipe #2 was Twix Blondies. I paid more attention to the dessert because I know you all secretly have a fat kid trapped in your body like I do. You’re welcome.

Twix Blondies


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 26 coarsely chopped mini twix bars + 1 king size twix
  • 1 cup Vegan chocolate chips + 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips melted

Directions

  • Preheat to 350 F.
  • Grease 9×13 baking pan.
  • In medium-sized bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, whisking together.

     

  • In mixing bowl combine butter and brown sugar on low-speed until smooth.

     

  • Add eggs one at a time continuing on low-speed.

  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined.

  • Add the coarsely chopped Twix and chocolate chips stirring with wooden spoon.

  • Spread batter into prepared pan and bake approx 25-30 minutes until they are set.

  • Toothpick will come out slightly gooey. Be careful not to overcook.

  • When removed from oven sprinkled reserved Twix on top and drizzle with melted chocolate.

  • Cool in pan for 2-3 hours or overnight.

  • Don’t cut the bars until they are completely cooled or they will be messy

Twix blondies might be my new favorite dessert… Beating funfetti… Yep, I said it. Gooey, salty, and sweet. I’ve fallen in love… Sorry Adam.

Speaking of my boyfriend – He is 28 years young today! Happy Birthday babe πŸ™‚

I’m still feeling so bad for not being able to make it to NJ to spend the weekend with him for his birthday but we will see each other this weekend so it will have to be extra special!

I’m also sorry to admit to all you Steelers fans but I’m happy that Green Bay won! The Steelers JUST won… I’m glad someone else got the chance… Did anyone else notice Christina Aguilera sing the wrong words to the national anthem? She has a phenomenal voice but girlfriend is looking rough these days! I also wasn’t thrilled with the halftime performance… I thought it was cheesy and that Fergie’s voice sounded HORRIBLE. Ok, I’m done being a hater.

One more thing I want to share with you before you stop reading this lengthy post… I got an awesome groupon deal yesterday for 1 month of unlimited yoga at Bikram Studio in Annapolis for $15! Normally its $15 a class… If you don’t receive Groupon emails daily you need to sign up! Click here to do so. Each day they send you a deal on something in your area. I am a groupon groupie. I buy alllll the time and I’ve never once regretted a purchase.

I’m off to work aka playing catch up on reading blogs πŸ˜‰

QUESTIONS: Do you have any vegan tips for me? What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?

Day 10: Something you’re afraid of

THE DARK!! AHHHHH… I am such a baby. If the lights go out I instantly turn into chicken little. I may be tough on the inside but the dark is one thing that scare the bejeebees out of me.

Day 11: Favorite tv shows

I honestly don’t watch too much tv but when I do it’s all trash… Jersey Shore, Real Housewives, Kardashians etc. Anything on the Food Network gets my attention as well… Not trash πŸ™‚


Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without

Currently it would be my Blackberry…But I will officially be an iphone user in 3 days! Woohooooo! My blackberry is breaking as we speak. I think it knows I’m about to trade it in πŸ˜‰