Archive for September, 2009

Vegetable Lasagna

Servings: 8

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

What You Need:

  • 7 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups pasta sauce (red or white)
  • 1 lb of lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced
  • 2 small zucchinis, sliced
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to directions on package.
  3. Mix herbs, garlic, and ricotta cheese in a bowl.
  4. Spread 1 cup of pasta sauce on the bottom of an 8″ x 11″ baking dish.
  5. Add a layer of noodles.
  6. Add a layer of vegetables.
  7. Spread a layer of the ricotta cheese mix over the vegetable.
  8. Repeat layers, finishing with pasta and sauce.
  9. Add Parmesan cheese to the top and cook (covered with foil) for 40 minutes.
  10. Uncover and bake 5 more minutes to brown top.

Sunflower Seed Cookies

Servings: about 36 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

What You Need:

  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, shelled
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

What You Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine baking soda and flour in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, and bananas on medium speed until thoroughly beaten.
  4. Slowly add flour/baking soda mixture into larger bowl.
  5. Add sunflower seeds and mix thoroughly.
  6. Scoop the dough in teaspoon amounts onto the cooking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.
  7. Bake each sheet for 12-15 minutes.

Brooklyn Egg Creams

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

What You Need:

  • 4 cups of cold milk
  • 1 cup of seltzer
  • 8 tablespoons of chocolate syrup

What You Do:

  1. Set up 4 12-oz. glasses with 1 cup of milk in each.
  2. Top them with seltzer until the white foam reaches the rims of the glasses.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup into the bottom of each glass.
  4. Quickly stir each glass with a long spoon, keeping the white foam at the rims.


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