Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Another New Lasagna Recipe, 4 Miles, 4 Packages, Renovations Have Commenced

Thanks you guys! I loved that dress - great work dress for sure! I really do think i'm 50/50 on the green vs. red enchilada sauce but, truth be told, if push came to shove i'd go for red. It's just more classic! I will say i'll never use green sauce again without fresh cilantro blended in - that just made it SO much better. I wore another inappropriate dress today made appropriate by a black version of the cardy I wore yesterday! Only this time I cut my face off. Oopsie!
So yesterday was just work, 4 miles, work, and then home to see Lindsey & Josh! Before they arrived I got FOUR packages - so exciting:
  1. Two new pairs of running shoes (the same pair of Nike pegasus)
  2. Last of four new pair of Blowfish shoes
  3. Roman shade for over sink
  4. Custom cups for Austin's birthday party!
Yay!! I opened everything, and then me and Austin hung the shade over the sink. Looks AWESOME - love it!! Then Lindz and Josh got in town - it was so great to see them - fun to hang out with peeps you've known for so long and awesome when Austin fits in just as well if not better than me!! Him and Josh talked forever while me and Lindz did the same. I had two glasses of wine, great convos then off to bed. I miss her already!

Almost forgot, for dinner we had a lasagna that I put together based off of the mushroom and spinach one (from For the Love of Cooking) that I made last week. This one had beef, and I tweaked it a bit to take it from 4 to 6 servings. Here's the recipe:

Beef and Spinach Lasagna
Makes 6 Servings

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
16 oz. ground beef
2 - 4 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 to 1 ½ cups spinach
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
400 grams fat-free ricotta cheese
1 egg
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
9 no-boil lasagna noodles
160 grams mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
4.5 cups Classico Tomato & Basil spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 375. In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and cook beef until browned; add garlic and cook for 60 seconds, stirring frequently. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. In a large bowl, add ricotta, egg, 60 grams of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, sea salt and pepper to taste. Combine until mixed thoroughly. Layer a 9x13 inch baking pan with one 1.25 cups spaghetti sauce. Lay four noodles on top. Spread beef mixture on the noodles. Top with spinach and 1.25 cups sauce. Then spoon ricotta mixture on top and finish by layering on spinach leaves. Top with last four noodles. Then top with remaining sauce and remaining 100 grams of cheese. Bake covered in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information: 398 calories, 32 carbs, 13 fat grams and 36 protein grams.

Tip: When covering with foil – spray foil well with nonstick cooking spray so the cheese doesn’t stick when removed.

Review: Loved it! Knew we would, since we loved the mushroom one so much, but this one had lots of great flavor and Austin was thrilled that it included meat. This will be made again - but I may add mushrooms next time!

I ended the night at 1,841 calories, 217 carbs, 42 at grams and 111 protein grams. Here's what I ate and drank.

Today was just work, work and more work. I did take my lunch to run errands:
  • Get gas
  • Get two pairs of jeans and dress from Gill's (alterations)
  • Get wine for Austin's party and a few items from Trader Joe's
  • Get 4 audio books from the library and renew library card
  • Get lightbulbs for pendant lights and return too-big roman shade
Success! The remodeling/lighting people got to our house around 3:30 so I raced home to help Austin decide where to put some lights (we had planned it... but water pipes, studs and more changed our plan a bit). Once we got it straight, I headed to the gym for 4.25 miles while reading The Forrest of Hands and Teeth - it's really good so far! Then I headed home and am about to have TV time with the family - fun!!

Q: What shoes do you wear when you work out? How often do you replace them? This is my 4th and 5th new pairs of the exact same shoes - white/blue Nike pegasus. They've been discontinued so I got both pair including shipping for $100!

Q: Do you love getting packages? I think it might even be better than getting mail - I feel like a kid again when I see a brown taped up box at my front door


Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

I love getting packages!!! I also love getting mail and look forward to the walk to the mailbox everyday. That's how I know I'm getting old ;)

I usually wear out my shoes before I buy new ones. I think the rule of thumb is every 400 miles, but you are smart to get a couple pairs and rotate them!

Tina said...

Getting packages is like Christmas. I love it!!

And I'm glad you explained why you bought two pairs. I was thinking "I know she likes her shoes, but why does she need 2 of the exact same running shoe?" LOL

homecookedem said...

Oh yes! Who doesn't love getting packages?!! Getting care packages back in college was the BEST!! :)

Your lasagna sounds so good!!

Tyler said...

I love getting packages too! The hubs just might enjoy it more. He has been known to open to open packages addressed to me just because. It's kind of funny! Can't wait to see pics of the new housework!

Mica said...

Man, who doesn't love getting packages? It's great!

I work out in my normal running shoes (currently Brooks Adrenaline 9's and Brooks Ravennas). I might get a pair of gym-specific shoes eventually though.

Anne Marie said...

I love getting packages!! The lasagna looks great-I love how you always have decent portion sizes. It rocks!

Lauren said...

I love packages - especially unexpected ones. I also love getting the mail.

My running shoes last about 3 months (or about 350 miles.) I also have gym-specific shoes (which I'll make last for about a year.) I do not wear my running shoes for anything but a run (literally change shoes to start and finish run.) I keep a spreadsheet with mileage / purchase date of shoes so I know when I'm getting close to needing a new pair.

Tami said...

I too love getting those UPS deliveries!

I wear Asics running shoes and replace every 6 months or 500 miles which ever comes first!

The lasagna looks yummy.

Kacy said...

Working at a running store has kind of made me a shoe junkie - so now I have 6 pairs I work out in. One Mizuno Wave Rider, two Mizuno Wave Inspires, one Brooks Trance, One New Balance 740, one New Balance 759 (breast cancer awareness edition). Haha, and I just ordered another pair. It's a problem.

Love the dress. Too cute.

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

Did you really go to TJ's and not photog your purchases?? Haha I love that store way too much.

And yes, I do love packages! Esp those coming from a certain amazon.com...

Ms. Emily Ann said...

Yummy, that lasagna looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

And congrats on all the running, I wish I could run and read, but just can't! I love Nike too, but don't stick to a specific kind, I usually go by look and color when I am buying new shoes... not the best way, I know :)

Anna D. said...

Yummy lasagna! I love packages too, especially when it's something I ordered for myself...a shirt, some random food product. Even though I know what I'm getting, it's still fun opening up the package!

Melissa said...

I replace my workout shoes once a year. I probably should do it every 6 months but oh well. :)

Christina said...

ahhh i've been craving lasagna for a week! i need to make some asap! packages and mail are so much fun. i love coming home from vacation just to see the piles of mail i get! i loved getting the mail as a kid too. i'd always race to the mail box to see if i had anything. the lights in your kitchen are soooo prettty!