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More Than Microwaving – Spaghetti Lasagna

It doesn’t matter how carefully I plan, it seems I always have leftover spaghetti. I don’t really like to reheat and eat spaghetti. It just loses something. The noodles get too soggy or they get completely dried out. It’s just never a happy thing for me. But, if you layer those noodles and sauce with some ricotta and mozzarella and bake it, you have all the deliciousness of lasagna, with the ease and resourcefulness of leftovers! 

First, stir together ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with a little black pepper and Italian seasoning. Then, lay your leftover spaghetti noodles evenly in the bottom of your pan. Top the noodles with the cheese mixture. Top that with your leftover sauce. Sprinkle with a little extra cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. I served mine on top of a couple crisp leaves of romaine lettuce. 

  
Recipe:

1 16 ounce container ricotta cheese

1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 

2-3 cups leftover cooked spaghetti noodles

2-3 cups leftover spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 350*. 

Stir together ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and Italian seasoning. 

Layer cooked spaghetti noodles evenly in the bottom of a small baking pan (I used a 9″ round cake pan). Spread cheese mixture evenly over noodles. Top with leftover spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. 

Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. 

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Parmesan Green Beans

Things have been more than a little hectic here. My husband switched jobs and I have been adjusting to life with him on the road. We are settling into a bit of a routine now, so hopefully I will be back to posting regularly.

I figured since I’ve been gone for a while I owed you guys a remarkable recipe. This side dish is simple and tasty. And, it’s good for you too. When we go out to eat, if they’re on the menu, we almost always order fried green beans as an appetizer. My enjoyment of the crunchy delicacy is always overshadowed by my brain reminding me how expensive they are and how I could do it better. So, I did.

First, set up an reading station. I used coconut flour to keep these grain-free, but you could use all purpose flour no problem. Then egg whisked with a little milk. Then, grated Parmesan cheese seasoned with a little garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.

I used frozen green beans (I recently bought 28 POUNDS through my Bountiful Baskets co-op, so I’ve got plenty in the freezer), but this would work just as well (if not better) with fresh. Toss your green beans in the coconut flour, then dip in the egg. Let the extra egg drop off and roll them in the grated Parmesan. Then, place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Repeat until you run out of green beans or a breading element. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. You may want to flip them after the first 5 minutes. I didn’t and the bottoms got very browned, so that’s up to you.

Recipe:

2 cups fresh or frozen green beans, ends and strings removed

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 egg

2 Tablespoons milk

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/8 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, paprika

Preheat oven to 350*.

Place coconut flour in a shallow dish. In a separate shallow dish, beat the egg and milk until well combined. In a third dish,  stir together Parmesan cheese and spices. Working with a few green beans at a time, coat with coconut flour. Shake off excess and dip into egg. Let excess drain and roll in cheese mixture. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Flip once during cooking if desired.