Monday, October 17, 2016

Skinny Lasagna Rolls

Happy National Pasta Day! Now THIS is my kind of holiday! I love pasta - any and all types of pasta. In honor of the holiday, here is one of my favorite healthy lasagna recipes. I hope you enjoy it.

  • 7 whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 cups homemade tomato sauce or your favorite sauce
Directions: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, add lasagna noodles and cook for time indicated on package. Drain the pasta, rinse and transfer to a bowl. Preheat oven to 375°. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parsley, an egg and parmesan cheese. Stir well. Ladle about 1 cup of homemade tomato sauce in a baking dish and spread it well. Start assembling your lasagna roll ups by placing of wax paper, aluminum foil or a clean cutting board on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture first and 2 tablespoon of the homemade tomato sauce over each individual lasagna noodle. Then, sprinkle some mozzarella cheese. Carefully roll up and place seam side down in rows in the baking dish. After that, use remaining tomato sauce to top the lasagna rolls. Sprinkle Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake covered with foil for approximately 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 15-20 minutes more until cheese is melted. Serves 7.

(Recipe and photo courtesy of Primavera Kitchen)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Spread a little sunshine ...

Just wanted to say I hope you all have a wonderful week! If you have the chance, share some love with the people around you. Smile - laugh - take the time to lend some encouragement and support where it's needed. We all have our battles, so let's be kind to one another. Peace!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Skinny Chocolate Bark

Happy National Dessert Day! Let's celebrate by making one of my favorite healthy fall recipes - skinny chocolate bark! This recipe is super simple and tastes delicious.

  • 24 oz. dark chocolate (at least 60 percent cocoa) 
  • 1 c. natural peanut butter, warmed 
  • 1 c. unsalted peanuts, chopped 
  • 1/4 c. pretzels 
Directions: Line a baking dish or sheet with parchment. In a small glass bowl, heat dark chocolate in the microwave on low heat, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Pour into prepared dish, tilting so it fully covers the bottom of the dish. Drizzle over peanut butter and drag a toothpick over the peanut butter in the opposite direction of the drizzle, creating a swirl. Top with chopped peanuts and pretzels and transfer to the refrigerator to let firm up, 1 hour. Break into pieces. (Store bark in a resealable container up to 2 weeks.) Serves six.

(Recipe and photo courtesy of Delish)
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