Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Lasagna


For better or worse, I decided that I was going to start being more health conscience: nutrition and exercise.  This was capped off this past weekend by my INSANE idea to begin doing the P90X Ab Ripper workout.   So off Mr. F and I went, completed the entire thing fairly painlessly and even thought perhaps I could have pushed myself a little harder. Fast forward to the next morning, whereby I couldn't move.  I am not talking muscle pain, stretch it out, and go on about your day. I am talking, cant laugh or sneeze or any sudden movements that might involve my ab muscles, and you can forget walking at any speed faster than a snail's pace. Needless to say, I have been running fairly regularly...and yes, today I will again attempt the ab ripper from hell workout. No pain, no gain, right?   *eye roll*

Food-wise, I came across this recipe for a fall lasagna. Fresh butternut squash, pumpkin, white sauce and egg noodles were the main ingredients in this find.  I was hoping to show Mr.F that not every meal needs to contain meat.  Vegetables can be filling and delicious...amazing! A little time consuming and a week's worth of leftovers later, this lasagna will go into my seasonal recipes. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spinach Parmesan Turkey Meatballs


Fall: not simply a season for weather but the start of new TV shows!

In my wise, old mid-twenties, I do see myself as a television connoisseur of sorts. Mr. F and I  have a particularly fond taste in the mini-series and documentary categories. However this unique interest, more so with documentaries, has to led to some ridicule by some friends (you know who you are)... we prefer to call this interest a quest for knowledge and the ability to form intelligent conversations :p  That being said, we also enjoy some shows that insist on using the always-awful laugh-track. Most recently and non laugh-track related, we have discovered the seasoned show, Breaking Bad. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a new TV addiction.

So what does any of this have to do with my posted recipe?  Besides a general statement regarding my viewing  preferences, nothing goes better with an evening of marathon television viewing than a hearty, comfort food. Spinach Parmesan Turkey meatballs take 45 minutes from start to finish. Easy enough  for anyone to make after a day's work.  While the baked spinach and turkey mixture seems healthy enough, the cheese, breadcrumbs and white sauce negates most healthy factors BUT still better than the traditional beef and sausage meatball combo. These meatballs would still be delicious without the sauce and served with a parmesan coucous.

Most importantly, when Mr.F  was craving spaghetti and meatballs, this recipe more than sufficed. Let me put it this way, when I can interchange healthier ingredients into a recipe and Mr. F doesn't notice the difference, I call it a success! Word of advice to those looking to secretly sub recipe ingredients: spinach is green so it will be noticed. It's not as easy to pass off as a traditional meatball but they sure do taste just as good.

 
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