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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

String beans and potatoes

I learned how to make this from my very Italian neighbor growing up--she was like my little Italian grandma!

1/2 lb fresh string beans (cleaned)
6 slices of bacon
3 medium sized potatoes
salt/pepper to taste
2tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 large can crushed tomatoes (save the other half to make vodka sauce another day-YUMEEE) OR one small can of petite diced tomatoes
1/4 julienned onion
2 tbsp olive oil

In a pot cook potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices or quartered in lightly salted water --cook to slightly undercooked so they don't fall apart

put the bacon slices on top of each other and cut into 1/2 inch chunks

brown the bacon in a Deep pan or gravy pot until tender crisp then remove from pan

add 1 tbsp olive oil-string beans and onion and saute with 1 tbsp Italian seasoning and sprinkle of salt and pepper

Add bacon back to pot

Add crushed tomatoes (the mix should not be completely drenched in sauce so add a little bit at a time to your desired amount.)

Add remaining salt pepper and Italian seasoning, fold it into the beans and onions

Fold potatoes when tender crisp

Simmer for 30 mins. Add more seasoning to taste.




Sunday, August 21, 2011

Breakfast oatmeal cookies

These couldn't have been any easier to make.

Mash 3/4 of a medium size banana in bowl
add 1 of the presold applesauce cups
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 dashes of nutmeg
3 dashes of Cinnamon
2 tbsp of honey
1/2 tsp baking powder
mix together until the mixture is completely wet

mix in crasins or mini choco chips or raisins

fold mixture

bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 mins




Saturday, August 20, 2011

Veg Lasagna

put 1 tblsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp butter in a saute pan and melt
small chop:
1 SMALL zucchini
1 SMALL yellow squash
1/4 MED onion
1 handful of grated carrots
2 tbsp chopped garlic
saute until tender crisp

in a bowl:

Mix 1/2 large container of ricotta cheese
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
2 eggs
and saute mix
MIX and set aside


Sauce is red sauce without meat. Gravy has meat.

1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
5 basil leaves

simmer for 1 hour to meld flavors


put a layer of sauce on bottom of a baking pan
put first layer of BARILLA no boil lasagna noodles
cover the noodles with a layer of cheese mix
put a heap of shredded mozzarella cheese and spread out to thin layer
slice roma tomatoes in thin circles and layer them on top of cheese (use as many or few as you want)
put another layer of noodles, then sauce, then cheese, then Mozzarella, then tomatoes, then another layer of noodles.

I can only fit two layers in my baking dish--layer as high as you can.

On the top put a thick layer of sauce a few more basil leaves and sprinkle of Mozz cheese.

Bake 30 mins on 325 degrees.

I served with salad and bread.




Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Strawberry/blackberry/banana smoothie


1/2 cup each of blackberries and strawberries fresh of frozen work
1 banana cut in thirds
6 ice cubes
2 tbsp splenda
1 cup orange juice --may need more

add all into blender. Start with ice crusher button then liquify.

There will be seeds from the blackberries--it you cant deal with seeds, leave them out or replace with another fruit or be adventurous and add veggies!