Monday, September 12, 2016

The Easiest Homemade Lasagna

If you are still buying frozen lasagna, this is the recipe for you.
It really could not be easier and is so delicious.  I mean, who doesn't love homemade lasagna?!  Whip up a green salad and some garlic bread and you are golden.  A super easy meal that people will be super impressed by.

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 jar marinara (I use Trader Joe's tomato basil)
16 oz. cottage cheese
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup parmesan
18 slices of mozzarella (or shredded works, too)
8 oven ready lasagna noodles (I use Barilla)

*Brown the ground beef on stove.  Add marinara sauce and simmer.  In a 9x13 pan, put a little bit of the meat sauce.  Just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.  Lay down 4 of the noodles.  Mix the cottage cheese and sour cream together in a bowl.  Spoon half of that mixture over the noodles and spread.  Put 6 slices of the mozzarella over that.  Pour half of the remaining meat sauce over the mozzarella.  Sprinkle half of the parmesan.  Start again with noodles and repeat steps.  Top with remaining slices of mozzarella.  Cover with foil (without it touching the cheese) and bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes.

Sidenote:  You can make the lasagna bigger by doing more meat sauce and more white sauce.  I will often do that when we are feeding more than just our family of six.  All the other ingredients stay the same.

Friday, September 9, 2016

No Bake Chocolate Crispies

I got this healthy treat recipe from my healthy friend, Jill.
She is always looking for delicious recipes that are also clean and nutritious.  She brought me some of these and I was instantly hooked. These will definitely satisfy your chocolate cravings.  Almost like a candy bar but way better for you.

1 cup almond butter (or organic peanut butter)
2/3 cup raw honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 Tbs vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 cups crisped brown rice (found in a bag at Sprouts)

Mix together all the wet ingredients in a bowl by hand.  Add the chia seeds, cacao, and salt and then mix well.  Add the crisped rice and stir until evenly coated.  Chill for 1-2 hours and then form into balls and refrigerate until serving. (Jill brought it to me in a little loaf pan).

*Recipe from a friend to a friend to a friend.  Originally thought to be from Green Smoothie Girl.
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