Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Recipe, Under the Weather (and Over it)

You guys make me smile! Loved your comments on sweet tooths and ab exercises. Nice combo, right?! Haha My favorite is, “I satisfy my sweet tooth with sweets.” LOL I can see that! I too didn't develop a sweet tooth until later in life - really it was in 2007. haha I just need to figure it out!

Before I get started on yesterday, I want to post this amazing lasagna recipe I made on Sunday night from For the Love of Cooking. OMG I followed her recipe, just adding in some measurements and tweaking a few things here and there – here goes:


Chicken & Roasted Garlic Lasagna for 6

Chicken Mixture:

• 20 oz. chicken, shredded (cooked in garlic powder, dried basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and minced garlic)
• 2 bulbs of roasted garlic (preheat oven to 350; drizzle with ½ tsp olive oil and seasalt; wrap in foil and bake for 40 minutes)
• 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced finely
• ½ of red, green and orange bell peppers, diced finely
• 6-7 fresh basil leaves, chopped
• Dried oregano, to taste
• Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.

Other Ingredients:
• 1 (32 ounce) container fat-free ricotta cheese
• 1 egg
• 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
• Dried oregano and nutmeg, to taste
• 1/2 cup reduced fat parmesan cheese
• 9 lasagna noodles, cooked per instructions
• 100 grams fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
• 2 cups jarred, low-calorie spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a large 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, add ricotta, egg, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, basil, nutmeg, oregano, sea salt and pepper, to taste. Combine until mixed thoroughly. Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles per instructions then drain.

Layer a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with ½ cup sauce on bottom. Lay three lasagna noodles in the pan. Spread some of the ricotta mixture on the noodles, then spoon some of the chicken mixture on top. Repeat (sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, chicken mixture). Finish with a layer of noodles and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of oregano. Spray foil with nonstick spray. Cover dish and bake covered in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Nutritional information per serving: 434 calories, 43 carbs, 8 fat grams and 45 protein grams.

My serving - we're still working on getting it to move to plate nicely!

Yes, it took a while but WOW. It was fantastic. I was SO very proud of myself for making it and can’t wait to make another. I love all of the flavorful mixtures and it smelled amazing! Thanks, Pam – AMAZING recipe as always (although Pam used a roasted chicken and her own homemade – she’s my hero)! If I changed anything next time I think I’d just add a bit more sauce – that’s it though, and I don’t think it would affect the calorie count much at all!

On to Monday! In a nutshell: I still felt a bit under the weather. We had a winter advisory but it wasn’t snowing. I went into the office. No one else did. I’m so over this crap weather. It was quiet so I got lots done. I walked 4 miles during lunch (burned 177 calories). I had a new hard drive put in my computer. I went straight home from work, got into bed and took medicine. I didn’t even want to eat dinner. I had “snacks for dinner.” I watched more Big Love. I ended up at 1,723 calories, 220 carbs, 57 fat grams and 90 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Today I’m still a little under the weather but I’m hanging in there! I plan to exercise after work, we’ll see, and then I plan to take it easy tonight!

Have you ever made a lasagna?

What’s your favorite kind of lasagna? (assuming you like it!)

14 comments:

Gabriela said...

Oh wow, that lasagna looks great! The Fitnessista makes a great eggplant lasagna tower that is absolutely amazing. But I'm down for most types :)

SmallStepsForLola said...

Yummy!!!! We had lasagna on Friday night, all lasagna is good in my book ;)

Feel better!

Thinspired said...

The lasagne looks SO delicious! You are always trying out fun new recipes!
Question: what kind of pasta sauce do you use? Seems like so man brands nowadays have so much sugar.

Shelli Ryan said...

I made lasagna last night too! Yummy! I see you are catching up on Big Love - what do you think of the season so far?

Kacy said...

I'm over the weather too! I'm ready for spring!

That lasagna looks amazing! I've never made one and haven't eaten lasagna since I quit eating meat. But I'd love to try to cook a veg version.

Hope you get to feeling 100% soon!

homecookedem said...

That lasagna looks sooooo good! I've never actually made lasagna, but Andrew makes an amazing GF vegetable lasagna. So comforting and delicious!! :)

Hope you get to feeling all the way better soon!!

balanceformere said...

Feel better! I am ready for warm sun and high temperatures. The lasagna looks great!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

The lasagna looked delicious! Unfortunately, we had lasagna so much growing up that I rarely make it now. Although, the addition of chicken looked amazing. Almost like Chicken Parm & Lasagna had a baby!! lol

laura dishes said...

Great idea to add a chicken mixture to your lasagna! I normally just add ground beef when I make it at home, but I LOVE veggie lasagna when it's done right.

I hope that you feel better!

p.s. I'm sorry that I don't always comment, but I do read... for some reason, I can't always comment on blogger!

jamijoy said...

I have made lasagna before but I switch some things up too. I used turkey pepperoni and ground turkey meat! Great combo. I want to try a veggie or chix one out soon. Great pic.
P.S...love your blog. So motivating!!!

Kelly Olexa said...

Girl! I have the most killer lasagna recipe- from ages ago, it started from Emeril's recipe but I jazzed it up. And it's about 2000 calories a piece. Seriously. Now, YOURS, looks INCREDIBLE!!The one thing about my lasagna is it is TIME CONSUMING. I make the meat sauce the day before. But it is like so impressive if I do say so myself. YMMMMY.
;-)

Kelly Olexa said...

Girl! I have the most killer lasagna recipe- from ages ago, it started from Emeril's recipe but I jazzed it up. And it's about 2000 calories a piece. Seriously. Now, YOURS, looks INCREDIBLE!!The one thing about my lasagna is it is TIME CONSUMING. I make the meat sauce the day before. But it is like so impressive if I do say so myself. YMMMMY.
;-)

balanceformere said...

Feel better! I am ready for warm sun and high temperatures. The lasagna looks great!

laura dishes said...

Great idea to add a chicken mixture to your lasagna! I normally just add ground beef when I make it at home, but I LOVE veggie lasagna when it's done right.

I hope that you feel better!

p.s. I'm sorry that I don't always comment, but I do read... for some reason, I can't always comment on blogger!