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Lasagna Rolls

What makes this dish so special? Instead of using ricotta cheese, it uses goat cheese and cream cheese. Yum!

8 whole Lasagna Noodles
¼ cups Shallots, Finely Diced
2 whole Garlic Cloves, Finely Minced
3/4 pounds Italian Sausage
5 ounces, weight Frozen Spinach, Thawed And Excess Water Squeezed Out
1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
¼ teaspoons Dried Chili Flakes
¼ cups Goat Cheese
¼ cups Cream Cheese
3 cups Marinara Sauce
1-½ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook lasagna sheets until they are cooked enough that you can roll them, but not cooked all the way.

In a skillet over medium heat, heat a dash of olive oil and sauté shallots until they are translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the sausage to the pan. Use a wooden spoon to crumble the meat and break into small pieces. Once the meat is no longer pink, add the spinach, thyme and chili flakes. Season with kosher salt. Remove pan from the heat and add goat cheese and cream cheese. Stir to combine.

Spread about one cup of the marinara sauce on the bottom of a lasagna dish. Set aside.

Spoon/spread about 3-4 tablespoons of the spinach-sausage mixture across each lasagna sheet. Carefully roll up each sheet and place the rolls, seam side down inside the baking dish. Cover the tops of each roll with a few spoonfuls of marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes.

Did I change anything? The recipe above reflects the changes I will make the next time. There was WAY too much spinach in the original recipe. I like spinach, but that was a lot of spinach. I also increased the amount of Italian sausage.

What did the family think? Everyone loved it even with all of that spinach.

Where did this recipe come from? Tasty Kitchen

photo from Tasty Kitchen

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Pesto Salmon

I bought some salmon at the store yesterday, but I didn’t have any really big plans for it until I remembered that I had some leftover pesto in the frig…

1 lb. salmon
2-3 T pesto
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Coat glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Place salmon, skin side down, in the baking dish.

Spread pesto on salmon.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes (depending on how thick the salmon is).

What did the family think? The boys don’t normally eat salmon, but hubby and I thought it was fantastic.

Where did this recipe come from? Me

photo from Cook Everyday

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Mini Pancake Muffins

These are a quick, easy and fun way to have pancakes without having to make pancakes. The kids think it’s fun because they get to use their hands, too.

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, blueberries…whatever fun things you like to add to pancakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Sift together with a wire whisk.

In another bowl, stir buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter until just combined.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until combined.

Stir in chocolate chips, blueberries, etc.

Bake for 8-9 minutes.

Did I change anything? The original recipe called for chocolate chips. We had some blueberries, so I used those instead.

What did the family think? They went back for seconds and thirds.

Where did this recipe come from? Bakerella

Photo from Bakerella

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Tomato and Italian Sausage Risotto

I am SO glad this made enough for lunch leftovers today. It’s a cloudy, chilly fall day today and a little risotto will make the perfect lunch.

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, in juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bunch flat-leaf spinach (10 to 14 ounces), washed well, tough stems removed, chopped (about 7 cups)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
2 tablespoons butter

In a small saucepan, combine tomatoes (with their juice) and 3 cups water. Bring just to a simmer; keep warm over low heat.

In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium. Add sausage and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up sausage with a spoon, until sausage is opaque and onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add rice; cook, stirring until well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until absorbed, about 1 minute.

Add about 2 cups hot tomato mixture to rice; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture, 1 cup at a time, waiting for one cup to be absorbed before adding the next, stirring occasionally, until rice is creamy and just tender, about 25 minutes total (you may not have to use all the liquid).

Remove pan from heat. Stir in spinach, Parmesan, and butter; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately (risotto will thicken as it cools), and sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Did I change anything? I added a little Italian seasoning, but I think next time I will just buy the Italian-style diced tomatoes instead. I also didn’t use as much spinach because I didn’t buy enough.

What did the family think? Hubby and I really liked it. The kids were not impressed with the tomatoes or the spinach. They avoided them, but did manage to eat their dinner with minimal complaints. (These are the same kids who happily ate their spinach salad that was sitting right next to their risotto.)

Where did this recipe come from? Martha Stewart

photo from Martha Stewart

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