Pot Luck Dinner with Bloggers

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You’ve got to hand it to the power of the Internet — it sure brings people together!

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I think we were all suppose to be sticking out our tongues on that photo! I couldn’t stop laughing. :) 

 

Tonight’s blogger pot luck with Meghann and Jenna was very fun–and we saved tons of cash by eating in!  I was in charge of the main dish, and Meghann did the side dish (a yummy salad with a homemade dressing).

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After dinner, I enjoyed an amazing vanilla vegan cupcake, homemade by Jenna…. so delicious! She’s going to rock out the pastry world, I just know it!

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I couldn’t resist and went back for another half!

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Mom’s Turkey Lasagna

 

This recipe makes a very THICK and delicious lasagna.  You could spread it out in a larger pan to reduce the thickness.

 

Ingredients (makes about 6 servings):

 

  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese (part skim)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend)
  • 1 egg
  • 7 pieces of No-Bake Lasagna pasta
  • 1/4 pound 99% fat free ground turkey, almost complete cooked in a wok with a little bit of EVOO, pepper, and dried parsley.
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 cups of steamed broc and yellow squash, chopped into small pieces.
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1.5 cup pasta sauce

 

Preparation:

 

  • Line a loaf pan with foil (this way, you can easily lift the lasagna out of the pan, creating pretty slices).
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

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  • Spread a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom of the dish and place 1 piece of pasta on top.
  • Mix ricotta cheese, egg, and parsley together in a separate dish.  Layer half of the ricotta mix on top of the pasta layer.
  • Add 1/4 cup of pasta sauce on top of the ricotta mix and seal with another piece of pasta.
  • Mix together cooked turkey and 1/2 cup of pasta sauce.  Layer half of turkey mixture on top of pasta and seal with another piece of pasta.
  • Spread out 1/2 of the broc and squash mix.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup shredded cheese and seal with another piece of pasta.
  • Repeat process again with remaining ricotta mix and 1/4 cup of sauce, another slice of pasta, remaining turkey mix, a slice of pasta, remaining broc mix and another 1/4 cup of shredded cheese, another slice of pasta, and remaining pasta sauce.
  • Seal with another piece of foil and cook for 50 minutes.
  • Add remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes, or until cheese bubbles.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful night! Sleep tight!

 

~Edited to add:

 

I completely forgot to post my mid-day snack! I don’t want you all to think I can go more than 3 hours without food… because I seriously CAN’T! LOL. 

Around 3:30, I had 1/4 cup Grape Nuts + 1/4 cup granola + 1/2 cup yogurt…. yum!

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I also had a Tazo Awake Tea… yum!

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OK, good night now.. for real. šŸ™‚

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