Sunday, April 29, 2012

Baked spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti
I was CRAVING some Italian food, and I thought about the baked spasagna at Cheddars and thought to myself, I can make that. Then I thought, not only can I make that, I can make it lower in fat as well! I really loved how this turned out. I used a lot of what I had, but if I were to make it again, I would use more organic products.


Ingredients:
1 box of whole wheat spaghetti 
1 pound (or so) of ground turkey
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 onion
1 green bell pepper
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp garlic salt
1/2 to 1 tsp black pepper
1 and 1/2 containers of low fat or fat free cottage cheese
1 package (2 c) of mozzarella cheese
1 package (1 cup or more) Parmesan cheese


Directions:

Boil the spaghetti noodles as the package directs. (al dente)


Put a little evoo in the skillet and add the turkey meat. Cut the onion, garlic, and bell pepper and add to the skillet. After the meat cooks for a few minutes add the garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.




Put the two cans of diced tomatoes in a food processor and blend to a good consistency. I like mine more like sauce. Add the sauce to the skillet after the meat is cooked. I let it simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors marinate.  Ohmiword, that is some good stuff :)



Next, I started with a layer of the sauce on the bottom of the pan. Then I put the noodles, cottage cheese, and mozzarella. I repeated that two more times, and put the Parmesan on the top. 

                                     

It looks like that :) Then I baked it at 350 for 30 - 45 minutes depending on your oven.



TaaDaaa :)

I should have let it sit for a while so it could mold together, but I was too hungry! It was SO good. I love making something that isn't from a recipe. These are the times, I am even more glad that I inherited my Italian cooking genes.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Grandma's chicken salad

Ok so this recipe isn't really my grandmas chicken salad but every time I think of chicken salad, I think of Joey from the show Friends :) if you don't know what I am talking about watch the episode " the one with the triplets " you won't be disappointed! It's hysterical! Anyway I make this crazy good chicken dip that all my friends steal for parties. I wanted a chicken salad similar to it. I figured it couldn't be bad to recreate the recipe on a lighter note. I am always trying to make recipes that I love lower calorie.

Here is the recipe :
2 cans of chicken
4-6 tablespoons of light mayo (depends on your particular liking)
Garlic salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Drain the chicken, shred the chicken put in a bowl. Add the mayo and see how you like it. I made the first batch with 6 tablespoons but next time, I would probably use less. Then add the garlic salt and pepper to taste. It's so easy and really good! I made it into eight servings, 100 calories apiece. If you use less mayo it would be less calories. Here are a couple pictures! Enjoy :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Baby Zoey

I saw this sweet girl on a rescue site of a great organization in statesboro. I went and met her and her siblings and fell in love with her personality and how loving she was! She is so happy to be alive and in a home! Zoey is a mess but I love everything about her! Here are a few pictures of the last couple days. I've only had her since Thursday!

Day one of spring break 2012

Got up super early, shopped at target, came home to take care of the boys. They got so wore out :) here are some nap time pictures!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I hate plants part 2

Here is the outcome of my wonderful gardener grass man's work! It looks so much better! I love that I didn't have to work on it! One less thing on my long to do list!