Easy Weeknight Lasagna

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During the week, my husband and I are really busy. Both of our jobs keep us from getting at home until 7pm, and that means when we come home we want something that can cook up in 30 minutes or less. Now lasagna may seem like a daunting task after a long work day, but I have some tips to make it easy. You can totally enjoy delicious lasagna on weeknight!!!

PREP! PREP! PREP! It will help you keep weeknight meals quick and easy!

Tip #1:The night before, or even a few days in advance, get some sauce made up. Maybe you have a favorite prepared sauce. Get it ready to go!

Tip #2: If you happen to have more free time the night before, the morning, or even two days before, make it all then. You can totally layer up lasagna and put it in the fridge to keep until you bake it for dinner.

Tip #3: Freeze it! Lasagna freezes really well, and then when you want it again all you have to do is get it out to thaw and pop in the oven. This will originally take some extra work, but it will help you in the future when you’re in a pinch.

Easy Weeknight Lasagna

IMG_5431.jpgIngredients:

  • 5 cups Meat-Tomato Pasta Sauce  (This is about a 45 oz jar)
  • 8oz of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 6oz of Sliced Mozzarella Cheese (About 10 slices)
  • 8oz of Large Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 10oz of Brown Rice Lasagna Pasta
  1. Start by boiling your lasagna pasta. You’ll want to follow package instruction, but be sure to not cook the pasta all the way through. The pasta will continue to cook once it is in the oven!
  2. Once the pasta is done and drained. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Get ready to start layering. (:
  3. Be sure to give your first layer of pasta a nice bed of sauce! Next layer the pasta in an even layer across baking dish. Layer a little more sauce on top of the pasta.
  4. Now dollop cottage cheese throughout the layer. Add shredded cheese on top of that. Next layer pasta on top of shredded cheese and repeat. Pasta. Sauce. Cottage Cheese. Shredded Cheese. Repeat until you have used all of your pasta.

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6. Once you have layered everything up you should have your last layer      ending in shredded cheese. On top of the shredded cheese add the   remaining sauce and top with sliced cheese. (This is where you could cover and put it in the fridge or freezer to enjoy at a later time!)

7. By now your oven should be to temp and you can put your lasagna in for  30 minutes. When it is done it should be golden and bubbly!

Once it is out of the oven it can be VERY hot, so please let it sit and cool before enjoying! Plus it gives it a chance to firm up and stay together.

Hopefully this helps you enjoy a quick weeknight meal that is delicious! If you try the recipe or any of the tips mentioned tell me about it in the comments below!

 

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Bone Broth: 101

Over the past year I have learned a lot about broth and why it is important. Bone broth has always been a staple in traditional food diets, and it is becoming a staple in my kitchen. This simple super food is really easy to make and is full of nutrients!

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Benefits: While there are many health benefits, which I will get to, there are a lot of practical reason to make more broth. For starters, making bone broth is really economical. I often roast a whole chicken (or any bone in meat) and use the meat for a meal, and then use the bones to make broth. I know I will always get two meals, meat and broth. That keeps the price right, while also making sure what I serve is nutritious.

Another benefit of bone broth is little waste. In my broth I add all my kitchen scraps. For example, when I chop up some onions, peel a carrot, or cut the ends of celery, I keep those and add them to my broth. Also, I use the whole animal. This means that the bones, organs, and meat are all being put to use in my kitchen. The easiest way to save and store your “scraps” is to get a freezer bag/freezer safe container, fill it overtime, and store in freezer. In my bag I add both bones and veg. We are only a two person household, so it might take us a week or two to fill it enough to make broth.

Wellness: As I have mentioned, bone broth is exceptionally nutrient dense. Many people have been relieved of their leaky gut through broth due to the gelatin. Some people experience better hair, skin, and nails from the collagen. Broth is loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. People have even linked broth to helping diseases like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and gut diseases. As you can start to tell, broth can be a whole body treatment from the inside out.

Besides all of the wonderful health benefits, a really obvious benefit is that broth makes people feel good! There is a reason when you’re sick all you want is chicken soup. Broth is soothing, warms you up, and is a real comfort food. (Are you wanting some bone broth yet?!)

Adding broth to you diet is absolutely easy and is something you can enjoy. Since adding it to my diet, I can honestly say it is something I crave when I don’t have it. It starts my day, and often closes it as well. If you have been wondering about bone broth, here is your message to try it! You will not regret it!

Looking for more: I haven’t learned everything about broth from my own experience. Over the past year I have learned a lot about broth form many other people. Here is some links to website, articles, and videos that have taught me what I know about broth!

Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon MA and Kaayla T Daniel, PhD, CCN 

Can Broth Help Us Maintain a Healthy Weight? A Study on Glutamine and the Microbiome Suggests It 

Bone Broth and Health: A Look at the Science — Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D., CCN (AHS14)

Bone Broth for Health Building: Nourishing the Liver and Kidneys
By Cindy Micleu, MTCM, LAc.

Monday Mission: How to Make your own Homemade Chicken Stock/Broth

Wellness Mama

The Healthiest and Best Bone Broth (plus video!)

 

*Although I believe broth has brought me wellness; this post, myself, nor broth, is intended to diagnose or treat individuals . Always check things out with your physician to be sure it is right for you!

 

Starting Your Morning Right & A Recipe

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.

We have all heard this one, yet sometimes I found myself grabbing processed packaged berry tarts, dry sugary cereals, or even not eating anything at all! None of these breakfast solutions are satisfying and can lead into even worse feelings as the day goes on.

Recently I have been trying to start my morning right with whole natural foods that will keep me feeling fuller longer and will give me energy to last the whole day. When I have some extra time in the morning I love enjoying some hardboiled or fried eggs, Ezekiel Toast with fresh butter, and some fruit.

Although this is a dream breakfast, I usually don’t have time for all of this and need something quick that packs a punch. This is where I turn to smoothies! They are always cool and refreshing, which is a great wake up in the morning. I always have frozen fruit on hand, so it is also convenient and easy to make.

Here is one I make often because it only has 3 ingredients and tastes great!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Frozen berries ( I use a frozen berry mix!)
  • 1/2 cup Frozen chopped Kale
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk (I use a blend like this!)
  • Optional: Ice for a more icey like smoothie. I don’t usually add it since my berries and kale are both frozen.

1) Put all of your ingredients in a blender and whirl away to desired consistency!

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I love this because it is so simple! The berries are full of antioxidants and the kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world. Your breakfast couldn’t get or taste much better!

*As usual my measurements are approximate. You can always add more or less of these ingredients to suit your taste!

 

**Psst! Today I linked some awesome milk! I love this brand and really love their products and that is my true honest opinion. This company doesn’t know me or compensate me, I just genuinely love this stuff and want you to know about it too!