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scalloped tomatoes

this should have been posted a while ago but somehow i let this one slip through my fingers.  at any rate, for the family christmas dinner, everyone brings something.  i took a different route this year and made ina garten’s scalloped tomatoes from her new book “How Easy Is That?”   something fresh to stand out of the cheese and carb loaded dishes.  yes, it would be better in the summer but a little summer in winter never hurt anyone.

you’ll need:

  • Good olive oil (in the spirit of Ina)

  • 2 cups (1/2-inch diced) bread
  • 16 plum tomatoes, cut 1/2-inch dice (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.   add the bread cubes and stir to coat with the oil.  cook over medium to medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the cubes are evenly browned.

meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.  when the bread cubes are done, add the tomato mixture and continue to cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.  off the heat, stir in the basil.

pour the tomato mixture into a shallow (6 to 8 cup) baking dish.  sprinkle evenly with the parmesan cheese and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is browned and the tomatoes are bubbly.  serve hot or warm.

the dish was simple and a lot of reviews said that is super easy to make ahead.  it was a hit at christmas dinner.  i will be making this in the summer with a few tweaks.  overall, yum!

 

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skillet lasagna

i don’t think my recipes are over loaded with butter and things but i find it OK to use them and enjoy something sinfully delicious every once in a while.  tonight isn’t one of those nights but why should i skimp on flavor?   i found this on sparkpeople.com and saw that it had great reviews.  people loved this recipe so i thought to give it a whirl.  i trust others opinions!

you’ll need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • minced garlic
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • dried parsley flakes
  • salt
  • whole wheat rotini (or use whole wheat lasagna noodles broken up – my store doesn’t carry them!)
  • 1 cup part skim (or fat free) cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat free grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • shredded low fat mozzarella cheese for garnish

in a large skillet, brown beef with onions and garlic and drain.  add tomatoes, water, tomato sauce, parsley, basil, oregano, and salt and tir in uncooked pasta.  bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until pasta is tender.  combine ricotta and parmesan cheeses and mix in the egg.  drop cheese mixture by rounded tablespoons onto pasta mixture.  cover and cook for 5 minutes more.  sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and serve.

i was very impressed with this dish.  it was so simple!  perfect for a week night meal.  i had some olives and mushrooms left over from a previous night so i tossed them in when i added the tomatoes.  i highly recommend making this recipe if you want something filling, tasty and not time consuming.  yum and YUM!

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