Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tofu Lasagna

A year and a half ago, I became a vegetarian (I eat fish/seafood, so technically, a pescitarian) . Besides the twin conversations I’ve had over and over, this is starting to enter the top 5 conversation starters. Anyway, in my constant search for meat substitutions, I ran across this Tofu Lasagna recipe on one of my fave websites, AllRecipes.com.

Soooooo….

The bf’s mom had ACL surgery on Wednesday and I offered to make a meal for a night bc who wants to cook when their knee looks like a swollen marshmellow. My knee surgery was so painful that I really feel bad for others who have to get it and LOVE cooking and baking for other people (and it brightened up the terrible day I had) so it all worked out perfectly. Sidenote: It sure is nerve-racking when I think about how others will like my food (that’s the people-pleaser in me), but I forge ahead anyway. She said no dessert bc she can’t workout (which I wish I was more disciplined with that concept sometimes. Ha:) so I didn’t make any. Since she is a healthy eater and we had a conversation about Tofu, I thought this was a good idea to make for her.

Sadly, I forgot to take pictures until the end. However, I did take a couple. Ugh.

Here’s the great recipe (I changed it a little from the original):

Ingredients

1/2 (12 ounce) package uncooked lasagna noodles

1 (12 ounce) package firm tofu, crumbled

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 cup spaghetti sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

And I added 1 package of ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente (definition- that I had to call my mom for:) -not too hard, not too soft); drain.
  3. In a medium bowl combine tofu, eggs, milk, spaghetti sauce (I dumped the whole jar of sauce because I don’t read when I cook sometimes, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Spread a layer in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  4. Layer lasagna noodles with the sauce mixture, ending with sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. (I did 3 layers overall. The bottom and top layer had the mixture and the middle one had the ricotta cheese).
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes.

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I love this dang lasagna and can eat the whole pan. Thankfully, she let me leave it at her house. :) We paired it with HEB’s garlic bread from heaven (and straight from calorie hell :), some delish wine, laughter, and good conversation. Can’t beat a great time and a healthy recipe. Life is good.

Teaser for next post: possible new camera :)             

Friday, July 9, 2010

Cupcakes make me smile.

Man, all I want in life is to have a bakery. Ask anyone whose known me since I was little, it’s true. And one thing that I know for sure, cupcakes make me smile. It’s not because I’m a fat kid who loves cake (which I am, proudly), it’s because it’s something about small things that make me want to stick them in my pocket. And cupcakes are no exception. I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the varieties, the icing, the shape, the cup part of the cake, the top, or the plain daintiness (no, it’s not a word) of the little things. Either way. I love ‘em.

*Insert random subject change*

My stepsister is getting married. My stepmom asked me to hostess the bridal shower. Of course I said yes. A. I love being hostess and being domestic is where my heart is. And B. I’ve known homegirl since I was little and would love to make her shower special :) It’s my first bridal shower, no pressure. Needless to say, it’s another opportunity to bake and how could I pass that up. So I suggested to make the 30 cupcakes needed.

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I am not feeling well this week so when I started, I was dragging. Now that I’m done, I’m truly happy.

The main reason: Wilton’s Color Food Spray. Yes people, edible spray paint… whattttt. Love it!

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Originally, I was going to pink food dye the white frosting. Then I got lost on the cake/baking isle at Michaels Craft Store (which by the way, I’m asking Michael if I can live on this isle) and came across this genius product. I’m hooked!

So I got my icing gun (that also rocks my world) and iced away. To my (major) dismay, the icing started melting immediately so bear with the poor icing job. I think the kitchen got a little overheated from the dang oven. grrr..

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To my second dismay, I left my presh cupcake holder in my sister’s car (who just happens to live 4 hrs away), which explains the attractive cardboard box holder substitute.

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And who doesn’t love a little somethin’ extra in their life for an extra oomph!

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Like I said…

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Flat Fruit Pie

I was going to make this delish dessert for 4th of July and then I forgot to do it before we went to the annual bash. I decided to make it last night (and need someone to get it out of my fridge before I eat the whole dang thing). This dessert is so freaking good and so easy to make!

Ingredients: Berries of your choice, fat free cream cheese, powdered sugar, sugar cookie dough, and a pizza pan.

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First, spread out cookie dough into a circle. And bake according to directions (I did it at 350 degrees for 13 minutes).

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Then put one cup of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl.

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Put entire package of cream cheese in bowl and mix.

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Mix until consistency is a little slimy (this will happen the more the cream cheese softens).

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Spread out over baked (cooled) cookie.

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And then arrange fruit on pie as desired (you could be real creative with the toppings!) Ignore the shape being disfigured on the right side due to my nagging temptation to take a piece of the cookie in the baking process. What? I have a sweet tooth. And it’s my kitchen. :)

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Now will someone come over and eat some because I’ll eat the whole dang thing. :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Knitting 101

In my constant quest to perfect being domestic, I came across this presh place in Houston called Sew Crafty Houston. It’s a place of great concepts that are too creative for me to handle. They have sewing machines for sewing classes, crafts, knitting, and more. Let’s just say I was bubbling over with excitement for the place the second I walked in.

Me and my friendy, Lauren, decided to take a knitting class for 2.5 hrs this last Tuesday night. The teacher was amazing and so helpful. I insisted she become a school teacher. She was so patient and so willing to help. I announced to the class several times that she was my knitting idol because she was so talented.

So we learned how to knit…and were opened up to the large world of knitters (and it’s as big as the blog and crafting world, you wouldn’t believe it).

We got to pick out our own yarn and here are my first ever knitting needles. :)

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This is me at work. See the minor progression….

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I was having some stressful fun once I got the hang of it. And maybe I started competing with the girl who was beating me. What? I’m a former athlete/current coach. It’s in me :) ha.

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Ta-da! My finished product after working for 2.5 hours! I was one proud grandma! Let’s just say I was nice and tense when I got up. I had been bent over, really focusing, the whole time. As always, I was expecting perfection, even though it was my first time. Clearly, I didn’t achieve it. But I sure did enjoy going outside my comfort zone. After realizing how time intensive it is, I’m might have to reconsider picking this hobby up when my masters degree is done.

P.S.To my severe dismay, I left my camera sd card at home and had to use my new Droid Incredible phone camera. So that explains the quality of the pictures.