Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

On Tuesday night I made these spinach lasagna rolls that I found on Gina's Weight Watchers Recipes blog. They turned out sooo good. Even my husband (Mr. I will not eat it if it's healthy) enjoyed these bad boys. They are super easy and quick to put together. Enjoy!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 9 Serving Size: 1 roll Calories: 188 Points: 4 ww pts
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
  • 15 oz fat free ricotta cheese (I like Polly-o)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 9 tbsp (about 3 oz) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish.

Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 9 rolls.

To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Backyard Fun

Chris and I have decided to stay in our house another year (to pay off my student loans) and invest a little bit more into our house. So, my mom and started the planning process last Monday, with no less than fifty of these bad boys:
I wish I had all the money and time in the world to turn these projects into our backyard reality. There are so many great ideas! To help me focus, my mom had me pick one area of the yard that had me the most trouble. I picked the back yard:
I wish I had thought to take pictures before we raked all the leaves and crap up. It was incredible the amount of random stuff we found next to and especially behind the garage. The final list included a sock, blue fish aquarium rocks, a flea collar, a cat toy, beer bottles, siding, gutter guard, a green vase with a broken bottom, the broken pieces of the vase ducked taped together, two hunter green shutters and a hose. And now a visual to give you a true idea of the randomness:
Oh, and we also found enough bricks for a small doghouse. Don't know what we're going to do with them yet, but I'm definitely open to suggestions!!!
After tons of raking, weeding, and tilling, my little corner garden looks like this:
Obviously we've still got a lot of work to do, but I'm so happy with this progress! I can't wait to add some color and more mulch! One more exciting thing that's happened is that we got bids to have our front porch redone!! At first we were just going to have the rotted boards and spindles replaced, but the more we looked at it, the more we decided to just go for it. After all, when we do put our house on the market, the front will be the first thing people see! Here's how it looks now:
I can't wait to see it with a new, white front porch, new front and storm doors and black shutters on all the windows!!