Dinner · Family life · Parenting

Making Dinnertime Family Time

It’s easy to get so caught up in the necessities of life that we forget to really live each day.  We may feed hungry people but forget to enjoy the process.  We don’t take the time to make mealtime Family Time where we look eye to eye, talk, listen and laugh.

Maybe you wonder how in the world you can do that with the schedules and time constraints of your family.  I’d like to offer a few suggestions, if I may!

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Dinner · grilling · Mexican Food · Motherhood

Olé For Homemade Tortillas!

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Taco Monday is a real thing for many people.  Many of us LOVE Mexican food and think we’re doing ourselves a great favor by picking up a box of taco shells or tortillas at the store.  Those aren’t bad, but if you want to have a tortilla that is soft and flavorful, you really need to try making the simple recipe that our Apples of Gold group made this Continue reading “Olé For Homemade Tortillas!”

Dinner · summertime

Make One Sandwich – Feed the Whole Family

Do you remember Dagwood and his infamous sandwiches?

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They were stacked a mile high and secured with a toothpick.  Ever since his infamous concoctions, Americans have packed bread with all kinds of meats and cheeses in similar fashion.

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Another sandwich closely linked to it is the Sub Sandwich.  Instead of being piled high, it’s stuffed into a long loaf of bread.  One long loaf easily feeds a family!

Last night at church we had a sandwich fellowship time and I decided to make a sub sandwich, inspired by an old Kraft Cookbook of mine.  I am calling mine the Grand Slam Sub Sandwich in honor of it being summer, and also a real “hit” as a crowd pleaser!  Continue reading “Make One Sandwich – Feed the Whole Family”

Dinner · Fast meal

Dinner in Under 20 Minutes Sounds Fishy!

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You need good food and you need it fast!  I can totally relate!  Today I’m collaborating with Whitney at Come Home for Comfort to bring you foods and recipes that will provide supper in “Twenty to the Table!”

Wow! Summertime has been super busy for us with vacation, a conference, Vacation Bible School prep, and then all the normal, daily busyness!  That means I’ve had to be on Continue reading “Dinner in Under 20 Minutes Sounds Fishy!”

Dates · Dinner · Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Pizza At Home

Since Thursday is Valentine’s Day, I know most are thinking about recipes for all things chocolate, right?  If you want a yummy treat to bake up for your sweetheart, you can go here to find some yummy treats, a couple that do indeed include chocolate!

But there’s more to any special day than just the sweet things! I’m talking about recipes for savory dishes you could indeed serve for Valentine’s Day, or any supper meal when Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Pizza At Home”

Dinner · main dish

Zucchini Lasagna

 

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Lasagna is usually a guilty pleasure.  With pasta, cheese and ground beef, what’s not to love?!  However, while visiting my parents recently, my mom had clipped a recipe for a Zucchini version that replaces the pasta for this tasty veggie.  Wow!  It was so good!  It was also really easy to put together because it eliminates the one step of boiling pasta!

To get the zucchini ready and to keep it from adding moisture to the luscious tomato sauce, you lay it on paper towels, sprinkle it with salt and let the water drain from it.  Then when you layer the casserole together it doesn’t get as watery.  It’s a simple process!

 

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Here is the process in pictures.  1. Drain the zucchini with salt.  Layer meat, cottage cheese, tomatoes and cheese.  Repeat.
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A round pan might be a little odd, but I halved the recipe and this was a great size for 2 with a little leftover.

If you think you’re going to suffer when eating this you’re wrong!  It’s a delicious alternative. I tweaked the recipe my mom had when I made it at my house.  I used ground turkey instead of beef, making it even a little more healthy.  I also switched out the Ricotta cheese for Low-fat Cottage cheese.  We love this dish!

Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients
  • 3 small small zucchini
  • 1/3 onion (chopped)
  • 14.5 oz tomato (diced)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 TBS fresh basil
  • 2 TBS fresh oregano
  • 1 TBS fresh tyme
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 10 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Lay zucchini out on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Cover with additional paper towels.

Put olive oil and chopped onion in a saute pan over medium heat. Saute for about 5 minutes until onions are soft.
Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic salt and garlic powder.
Stir everything together and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add herbs when you are done simmering and remove from heat.\
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl combine, egg, Cottage cheese and Parmesan.
Spray a 9×9 (or 8×8) baking pan with cooking spray.
Spread about 1/4 cup sauce on the bottom of your pan.
Layer 1 layer of zucchini across the sauce.
Top zucchini with about 1/3 cottage cheese mixture.
Top ricotta with 1/4 of mozzarella.
Top cheese with more sauce and repeat steps
End with zucchini, sauce then mozzarella.
Cover pan with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
Remove foil and bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes until cheese is golden.
Remove from oven and let rest for about 5 minutes before eating. Cover pan with foil and bake for 35 minutes.

 

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I hope you’ll try this healthy but scrumptious version of a family favorite!

With love from my country kitchen,

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