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Hello From the Window.

Thanks to COVID-19, we got to “meet” our newest little, Colbie Jo, on August 8, 2020, from the first-floor window of the hospital (thankful for a ground floor OB room!) I’m glad this was little #4 vs. little #1 – I would have been crazed with anticipation of holding/sniffing this new wonder had I not have been able to hold her on Day 1.  Lucky for me, we had a houseful of other littles to keep us occupied until we could meet her in person.

Our Newest Blessing Came Early …

One of the “perks” to having your daughter have a scheduled c-section is that you know EXACTLY the day your grandchild will be born.  This makes requesting time off from work easy!  Until … your daughter’s blood pressure doesn’t play nice, and the stress test indicates maybe the baby needs to come sooner than later.  Your months of “notice” now turn into hours and you prepare for the invasion of the older 3 littles to stay at your home for 3 nights.

 

Aren’t all Mimi’s Biased?

Pretty sure that we are.  We all think OUR littles are the cutest things – ever.  The end.  And yes – you can refer to me as Mimi if you would like to from now on.  It’s actually the best name I’ve ever been called! Our 4 littles not only have a Mimi, but they have a Nana, a Gigi, a Grammy and a Grandma, too. 5 generations on one side and 4 on the other. Blessed.

 

The Gang’s All Here.

Hudson – Party of 6. Room on our laps for more. (did you hear that Kyle and Morgan??) Enjoy every minute that we get to spend with them. I totally understand why people say having grandchildren is way better than having children … and they are right! It’s like all the best parts of your kids (and none of the bad!) multiplied by 3 million percent.

Are You Still Reading? Here’s Your Reward!

If so, thanks for indulging me – as this is my first blog post on my new website, it’s admittedly a little bit off topic! I’ll get back to all things healthy in the future.  After all, I have 4 more reasons to stay healthy myself, and share about ways/things to keep THEM healthy as well as YOU, too!

But … I have an awesome recipe I’ve THMified (is that a word? it is now!) to share with you in my first blog post.  It’s a family fave.  I hope you’ll try it and let me know if you like it! And stay tuned … I will have several more recipes coming soon!  If you are a fan of home-cooked, comfort food, then you’ll want to make sure to sign up for my newsletters to receive all my future blog and recipe posts.

 

Tami (aka Mimi)

Dreamy Lasagna

Where are all my pasta fans? I see your hands! This recipe is for you! It uses Dreamfield's Lasagna Noodles, which I had to order on Amazon. TOTALLY WORTH IT! You might be lucky enough to find them locally in a store near you, but I've never found them except online. Here is my affiliate link with Amazon to order: https://amzn.to/34dVzdI
If you want to indulge in something that is on-plan yet tastes like it isn't, then you'll want to make this soon. It's a heavy S so don't make it often - just enjoy it when you do! I realize that you can make lasagna with spinach/zucchini/eggplant and it's healthier. But I will argue that this recipe tastes like ooey-gooey-can't-be-healthy-but-it-is, and that you and your family are going to love it!
Pair it with a salad and add some garlic bread for a healthy crossover (XO) for your kids.
This recipe can easily be made into 2 - 9x9" pans; eat one pan now and freeze the other before baking for later. Makes a great dinner to share if you are taking a meal to a family with a new baby or recovering from illness/surgery.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Dreamfield's Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 8 oz. can sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 24 oz. spaghetti sauce
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 24 oz. cottage cheese
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 8 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. shredded Asiago cheese (can sub Parmesan)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions on box.  Drain and set aside.
    Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat with onion.  Drain if needed.  Stir in mushrooms, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning.  Simmer over low heat for 7-10 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.  Remove from heat and set aside.
     
    In a medium bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese,Greek yogurt, egg and parsley.  Set aside.
     
    Lightly grease a 9”x13” pan with coconut or avocado oil baking spray.  Spread 1 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of the pan.  Top with 6 lasagna noodles – overlap to cover.
     
    Top noodles with half of the cottage cheese mixture, then top with 1/3 of Mozzarella cheese.  Spoon half of the meat sauce over the cheese; sprinkle with ¼ c. of Asiago cheese.
     
    Repeat previous layering – starting with 6 lasagna noodles and ending with remaining meat sauce and Asiago cheese.  Top with remaining Mozzarella cheese.  Cover pan with foil.
     
    Bake lasagna covered for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 30 minutes  or until cheese is melted and bubbly.  Let sit for 15 minutes before serving/cutting.  Enjoy!
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