Mar 162012
 

Low Fat Tofu Spinach Lasagna

This is  a vegetarian lasagna with the secret ingredient being, yes, tofu! No one ever knew unless I told them and they always raved about it and went for seconds. I made this for the fishing trips to Ennis Montana. There’s nothing like a hot, delicious dish to pop in the oven after a long day of fishing on the Madison River.

Two boxes of lasagna noodles, uncooked (opprox. 16)

Filling: 1 lb. firm tofu, crumbled & baked

1 lb. dry curds

1-1/2 cups lowfat mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 lb. fresh spinach

1 Tablespoon each of basil, oregano, and parsley

6 cups Marinara sauce (3 jars)

Start by draining and crumbling the tofu onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix dry curds, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, cooled tofu and seasonings. Spray a large, deep baking pan with vegetable spray. Start with a layer of uncooked noodles, then a layer of marinara sauce.  Proceed with a layer of the tofu/cheese combo and a layer of spinach. Repeat the layering process twice, ending with the tofu/cheese layer. Spray a piece of tin foil with vegetable spray and cover to bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Remove tin cover and bake for 10 more minutes. I like to crisp the top by broiling for 5 minutes at the very end. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting. Serve with garlic bread, a nice Ceasar salad and a glass of your favorite red or white wine.

Nutty, Italian Cheesy Meatballs

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Feb 012012
 

These meatballs are bursting with flavor and makes scrumptious appetizers. Add them to your spaghetti sauce, or make meatball sandwiches. I usually make a double batch because they freeze well and are easy to warm up.

1 lb ground beef

2 Eggs

1 cup milk

1 Large yellow onion, diced

1 lb of mushrooms, diced

2 Cups graded mozzarella cheese

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp salt

In a large bowl, blend all ingredients and and mix with your hands until well blended. Using a tablespoon of the mix at a time, roll into balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.