One pan lasagne

Ingredients

Base

2 tbls olive oil

1 medium onion diced

1 tbls Italian seasoning

500g beef mince

2 tbls tomato paste

1 750 ml bottle passata

4 dry lasagne sheets broken into 8 pieces

Topping

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

 

Method

  1. Heat a deep fry pan on medium, add oil, onion and Italian seasoning and sauté till onion is soft.
  2. add mince and brown.
  3. add tomato paste and passata, turn heat down to medium low.
  4. add broken lasagne sheet pieces and cook till soft.
  5. remove from heat, top with mozzarella, Parmesan and dollop with ricotta.
  6. place under grill till chees is melted and golden brown.

Serve with crisp salad.

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Almond and Coconut bites

 

Ingredients

4 egg whites

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup flaked almonds

 

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
2. Add sugar, vanilla essence and salt then beat again until stiff.
3. Add coconut and almonds and fold in, making sure to combine the mixture     thoroughly with a light hand.
4. Using a large teaspoon, create 24 small circular mounds on the baking tray.
5. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes until lightly brown.
6. Remove trays from oven and leave biscuits to cool on the trays.
7. Store in an air-tight container.

Uniquley Diabdee

I bought a new scarf the other day as Autumn weather is on it’s way (even though I have the air con on cooling at the moment). It was a monochrome owl scarf, okay winter is darker colours and drab looking greys, black and navy in my head. So I bought some sharpies, that cost me more that the scarf. I decided I know need some colour in my wardrobe (and life). I wear a lot of scarves in the cool weather as I have arthritis in most of my joints and neck, and the warmth reduces the pain in my neck a little bit..

My husband says why are you colouring in the scarf ? I replied with “because I can”and  “Because I want too” ( in my head I’m saying “why not?”, ” It’s mine and I can”and “I need something to do other than cook, clean and be a mother to him and my father”). But in the real word I never say what I really feel out loud, sometimes I do but it’s under my breath.

Well I finished colouring my scarf tonight, and was talking to my youngest son’s partner. She said that I could use the sharpies I bought to colour in coffee mugs, and then bake them in the oven. The husband says to me, what are you going to start colouring in everything now? OMG, what is this man thinking. He makes me feel a bit useless sometimes. I work as a casual sales demonstrator, and as it is Easter there is no shift at the moment but in two weeks time I will be working three weeks straight as  Mother’s Day is in May and it is the best time to sell. So I thought I would do something to keep my brain active.

 

One Pan Creamy Ham Gnocchi

INGREDIENTS

1   Onion, diced.

1 tbls  Olive oil

2 cups  Ham, cut into 2cm cubes

1 cup  Frozen green peas

1 cup  Hot water

1/2 cup  Heavy cream

Ground black pepper to taste

1 cup  mozzarella cheese, grated

1/2 cup  Parmesan cheese, grated

2 tbsp  finely chopped parsley

 

METHOD

Step 1. On low heat add oil and soften onion.

Step 2. On medium heat add ham and cook till golden brown add peas, hot water and cream. Season to taste.

Step 3. Cook on medium low until gnocchi is tender and sauce has thickened, remove from heat. Top with mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley. Place under grill till golden brown, serve with a mixed salad .