Usually I consider lasagna to be a very time consuming recipe: the sauce has to be made, the cheese mixture combined, and the meat cooked before you even think about layering and baking it in the oven. However with a few simple modifications — substitute the meat with lots of veggies, buy premade pasta sauce, and use no boil lasagna noodles — lasagna can be a delicious, quick meal. The oven does most of the work, so after the assembly you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy your evening. To get this vegetarian friendly recipe, read more
HBO's Flight of the Conchords has to be one of my favorite new shows. Each episode contains several spoof songs, and are always hilarious. The season just ended, but the songs are living on in my head. Recently I couldn't get the song, "I'm Not Cryin'" out of my head. Especially the line where Brett says, "I'm making a lasagna... for one."
All week long my thoughts have been plagued with individual lasagnas. No matter what I did, I couldn't get it out of my head. Over and over and over again, "I'm making a lasagna..." I think the only way I'll be able to get this song out of my head is to make myself a lasagna for one.
To check out the full video clip (lasagna line appears around 1:35), AND get a recipe for an individual sized lasagna, read more
Who doesn't love a slice of cheese pizza, Lasagna or Anitpasto? And those Italian desserts like gelato or a cannoli - they're just so delicious, it's hard to hold back.
Each of these are based on a regular restaurant portion:
Antipasto Salad: 136 cals, 8g fat, 13g carbs
Bruschetta (1 piece with tomato and basil): 102 cals, 3g fat, 17g carbs
Chicken Cacciatore: 370 cals, 22g fat, 4g carbs
Capresse Salad: 154 cals, 11.8g fat, 4.2g carbs
Eggplant Parmigiana: 670 cals, 32g fat, 75g carbs
Fettuccine Alfredo: 780 cals, 55g fat, 53g carbs
Parmesan Garlic Bread: 259 cals, 13.4g fat, 29.2g carbs
Lasagna (meat): 400 cals, 17g fat, 36 cals
Lasagna (vegetable): 250 cals, 13g fat, 21g carbs
Manicotti (cheese and tomato): 230 cals, 14g fat, 18g carbs
Minestrone Soup: 260 cals, 6g fat, 28g carbs
Spinach and Mushroom Risotto: 219 cals, 5g fat, 37g carbs
Pizza (1 slice cheese): 222 cals, 5g fat, 35g carbs
Pizza (1 slice pepperoni): 249 cals, 7.5g fat, 35g carbs
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Jazzing up or tweaking the original ingredients are two ways to turn an ordinary everyday dish into an extraordinary culinary creation. For example, take something normal like lasagna, substitute tortillas for pasta, salsa for tomato sauce, pinto beans for ground meat, vegetable puree for béchamel, pepper jack for fresh mozzarella and voila you have a whole new dish that is both dazzling and delicious. Not only is this Mexican-style lasagna easier to make and less time consuming than the standard Italian version, it is also a one-hundred percent vegetarian friendly meal! If you have time whip up a quick guacamole to snack on with blue chips while the lasagna bakes. The perfect accompaniment: an icy cold Corona Light. To enjoy this for dinner tonight, read more
Okay, so you made a huge pot of chili last night and you're thinking, "Great, looks like it's chili for dinner again tonight." Well hold it right there! There's actually plenty of ways you can spice it up for night two, three and even four! To check out a few different ideas and get a great recipe for Chili Lasagna, read more