I’ve been having a lot of luck using Life in the Lofthouse for meal ideas, but lately we have found ourselves needing meals that will last for a few days. We have three meals on the menu this week and those three meals will feed us for the entire week. Our meals for the week are lasagna, pizza casserole, and chicken and rice casserole.
1lb ground beef
1lb ground sausage
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
4 garlic gloves, diced
1 jar canned tomatoes (a 28oz can of plum tomatoes will work if you don’t have canned tomatoes)
28oz tomato sauce
12oz tomato paste
red pepper flakes
1/4 cup of sugar
Brown your beef and sausage. When the meet is nearly finished, drain the meat and add the onions, green peppers, and garlic. Let that cook for another 5 minutes or so until the meat is cooked through and the onions are translucent. Take the saute pan off the heat and put a sauce pot on the hot eye. Put the meat mixture in the pot and add the jar of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Stir well on medium heat and when the sauce begins to bubble a bit add the pepper, red pepper flakes, salt and Italian seasoning. Taste the sauce and add spices as needed. Allow the sauce to bubble for a few more minutes and add the sugar. I add a full 1/4 cup, but you can add it a little at a time to get it to the taste that you like. Reduce the heat and cover. Allow the sauce to cook for a couple of hours.
Meanwhile, fill a large pot with salted water and a healthy amount of olive. When it begins to boil add the lasagna noodles and let them cook for 7 or 8 minutes until they are cooked through. Cover a cookie sheet in paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and place the lasagna noodles on the sheet to dry.
15oz Cottage Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
Place a cotton towel or cloth in your colander and pour cottage cheese into the colander and allow any excess fluid to drain through the towel. Put the drained cottage cheese in a bowl and add the Parmesan cheese, eggs, and olive oil. Mix well.
Your lasagna will be three layers deep:
Place 4 noodles on the bottom of your large casserole dish. Top with the cheese mix, then with the meat sauce, and top that with mozzarella cheese. Top that with 4 more noodles, followed by the cheese mix, the meet sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Follow that pattern one more time, and then finally top with 4 noodles and some more mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil and cook at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes. It tastes great and lasted us for three days. There was even sauce left over.
My husband cooked up some egg noodles and covered the noodles with the rest of the meat sauce that was left over from our lasagna. He topped that with a layer of pepperoni and shredded cheese (the Mexican mix). He was able to fill two medium casserole dishes. When we were ready to eat it, we pulled it out of the fridge and put it in the over for 30 minutes on 350 degrees.
My husband is making the chicken and rice casserole too, and he hasn’t made it yet. I will try to remember to add it to the blog once he’s cooked. Maybe this time I’ll even manage to take a picture of the finished product.
I get together with a girlfriend of mine every Tuesday and we enjoy a girls night out. We usually meet at a local Mexican Restaurant and take turns paying the bill. But this week, we were both broke, so she came to my house and we watched TV, chatted and enjoyed some pizza casserole. She’s been working on starting her own photography company, and takes some amazing pictures. Sunday morning she went to the beach to take some pictures and got eaten up by sand fleas. Even with her anti-itch cream she was scratching so bad she was bruising herself and making herself bleed. I hopped onto Camp Wander to see what she had to say about itch relief and found this article with solutions to spider bites, mosquito bites, and gnat bites. Camp Wander references spark naturals, her favorite source for essential oils. They offer blends like an allergy blend or stress relief blend, that have essential oils pre-mixed to make it easier to create your remedies. It’s a great resource, but I’ve spent all the money I want to spend on essential oils for the time being, and I needed to be able to make an itch relief remedy with the stuff I had on hand.
Using Camp Wander’s solution as a guide I put a 1/2 cup of coconut oil into a small mason jar and added 4 to 5 drops each of Lavender, Lemongrass, and Peppermint Essential Oils. She dipped a cotton ball into the solution and rubbed it onto the itchy areas. For the first time in 2 days, she stopped itching. I checked on her this morning, and it was still working. She’s been telling everyone she works with about it. It makes me so happy when I can whip up an easy and natural remedy that really helps. Score!