Monday, May 2, 2011

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna Rolls

A recipe I created tonight after seeing a similar one on allrecipes.com. This is a little healthier and SO TASTY!
I hope you enjoy it!

6 whole wheat lasagna noodles
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 oz. neufchatel cheese (the less expensive and tastier version of cream cheese)
1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
2-4 c. spinach, washed, and chopped fine in food processor (more or less according to personal preference)
1/2 onion, diced, or 2 T. onion powder
1 can chicken breast in water (opt.)
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Cook lasagna noodles according to directions. Combine all ingredients except crushed tomatoes in separate bowl. Set aside. Spoon in a little bit of the tomatoes on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Take each noodle, lie it in the pan, and spoon in some of the ricotta mixture and spread it evenly along each noodle. Carefully roll the noodle up and lie finished end on the bottom. Fill all noodles, cover with remaining tomatoes, and top with sprinkles of mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through. Enjoy!

Power Fruit Smoothie

It's been forever since I have posted something, but we loving New York City, and are enjoying the creative ways to cook here.
We bought some bananas and a mango while walking home one day, and decided to make a smoothie. Who knew it would be SO DELICIOUS! It was as if I was suddenly on a tropical island, and I enjoyed every moment of it! :-) So, in hopes of you getting to spend a moment on a tropical island and enjoy life, I'm sharing our creation with you now-
Ingredients:
1 Mango, peeled and cut off from pith
1 banana, peeled
1 apple, peeled and de-cored
1 cup non-fat, plain yogurt- I used greek yogurt
1/4c. coconut milk
ice or water to desired consistency

Combine all ingredients in blender, leaving ice for the last. Blend until smooth, adding water until desired consistency. Then add ice and blend until no large ice chunks remain. Share this with someone, and enjoy!