Monday, January 31, 2011

A little Pasta, A little Sweets & of course Treat for the Puppy!

I bring to you some special food we had this week! Of course a treat that everyone liked!
We start with a yummy dinner! Alex is my my go to recipe girl!
Ma, What's for dinner?
1 lb ground chicken
2 cloves minced garlic
8 oz canned petite diced tomatoes undrained
8 oz canned tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
8 lasagna noodles, cooked al dente
1 beaten egg
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan
Thoroughly cook the ground chicken in a large skillet. Add the tomatoes, sauce, garlic, spices, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Combine the egg, ricotta, and parmesan.
Using a glass or cookie cutter that is close to the size of the muffin cups, cut 3 circles out of each noodle for a total of 24 circles. Place 1 noodle circle in each muffin cup. Layer meat sauce, ricotta mixture, and shredded mozzarella. Repeat. Top with a bit of parsley and grated Parmesan. Cover loosely with a piece of foil that has been sprayed with oil and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes to brown on top. Let the “cupcakes” sit for at least 10 minutes for easier removal.
ALEXIS NOTES: I used ground turkey, it calls for 8 noodles but I got 4 circles out of one so you could get away with using only 6. I used poor man ricotta (cottage cheese run threw food processor). I added the spinach to the ricotta mixture and even skipped the mozzarella.
Treat for my friends at work:


Allrecipes.com


  • 1 (12 ounce) package NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
  • 24 hard peppermint candies

  1. LINE baking sheet with waxed paper.
  2. MICROWAVE morsels in medium, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70 percent) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  3. PLACE peppermint candies in heavy-duty plastic bag. Crush candies using rolling pin or other heavy object. While holding strainer over melted morsels, pour crushed candy into strainer. Shake to release all small candy pieces; reserve larger candy pieces. Stir morsel-peppermint mixture.
  4. SPREAD mixture to desired thickness on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved candy pieces; press in lightly. Let stand for about 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

ALEXIS NOTES: Have left over peppermint candies this is a GREAT way to give it a new look.
Remember to keep an eye on the chocolate in the microwave. Remember I burned it!
And can't forget the puppy! A great lady commented on a dog biscuit I made and I hopped over to her site to find an amazing dog biscuit site.


Ingredients
1 medium Sweet Potato (peeled, baked and mashed, makes approximately 1 cup)
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Wheat Germ
1 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, combine the mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and wheat germ. Gradually blend in the wheat flour. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter of your choice and place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until edges brown.
Cool and refrigerate.
ALEXIS NOTES: I couldn't find a snail cookie cutter in my bin for the life of me, so it was the bone cutter again. Note to myself next time I need to smash my sweet potato better (Well I used a yam). I picked up Wheat Germ in the bulk section. I kept mine on the chewy side for the puppy but when he gets older I'll make them more crispy.

23 comments:

  1. Wow! You have been busy! Looks so good. I love how you used your muffin pan. Brilliant!! I have got to try the dog treats. Except my pup is really picky.

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  2. Lasagna cupcakes, now that is a neat idea!

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  3. I'm curious how many hours sleep do you get? 1 1/2? How do you do all this? Awesome. I like the pasta idea. Blessings, Joanne
    p.s. get some rest will ya? ;o)

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  4. I do not like spinach but the cupcakes sound amazing. And peppermint bark I could eat it all!

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  5. The lasagna cupcakes look like fun! And those dog biscuits look pretty good, too. Did you taste them? :)

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  6. Are you kidding me? lasagna cupcakes? OMG! I can NOT wait to make these!!!!!

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  7. Oh god I LOVE Peppermint bark!!! YOu make me want to eat some right now! But I wont. I don't have any, plus, trying to cut down on my sugar intake...but yum that sounds good.

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  8. wow, I bet the kids would love to help me make the lasagna! That looks yummy!

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  9. I like spinach but others in the family dont so will have to pass on this one..

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  10. I could do the spinach lasagna without chicken and it would still taste yummy, right?

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  11. I love the lasagna cupcake idea...peppermint bark is one of my favorites too but I would eat it all so have to keep it out of the house! :)

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  12. Those lasagna cupcakes look fabulous! What a fun idea to make them into little portions almost like an appetizer! YUM!

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  13. Thanks for the love darlin'! And my pups will be thanking you for their treat!


    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  14. I think the cupcakes are a neat idea.

    I've been afraid to try making a bark recipe. Looks like it might be kinda hard, may not turn out right.

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  15. love the food in a tin that is just fun and amazing.. Have a great day.. Oh dog treats.. Jake is so lucky..

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  16. Peppermint bark is my favorite! And I didn't make any this Christmas - got too busy doing other things.

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  17. Is it wrong that I think that the dog biscuits would make a good human snack, too? Lots of great eats here, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  18. Is it wrong that I think that the dog biscuits would make a good human snack, too? Lots of great eats here, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  19. Love the cupcake lasagna's, they sound yummy. Peppermint Bark is always a treat! Skye would love the biscuits. I buy them sweet potatoe fries at PetSmart and they are both the dogs favorites.

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  20. Love the lasagna cupcakes. I am going to try a dutch oven lasagna soon. Great food for all and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

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