Lasagna Roll-Ups

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I want to win a competition.

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I don’t excel at any one activity so I’m not sure what kind of competition I should enter. I just want to beat other humans at something.

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It’s this darn CrossFit competition my husband had me watching. You’d think it would inspire me to exercise, but it really just made me want to be better than everyone at an activity.

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Just once I’d like to run through a finish line with my head & fists held high. I was blessed with a competitive spirit yet no actual talents. What is this about???

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I need someone to create a cheesy noodle snack-making competition so I can run you all into the ground.

 

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups of ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. of parmesan cheese, shredded + more for serving
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cook noodles to al dente + drain
  • In a bowl, combine ricotta + mozzarella + parmesan + egg + spinach + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Pour a little of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish
  • Lay noodles out + spread some of the cheese mixture onto each
  • Roll up + arrange seam side down in the baking dish
  • Cover with remaining sauce
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes
  • Serve hot + top with some parmesan
  • Shove 3 roll-ups in your mouth + smile big

Grilled Prosciutto Pizza

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I fit in really easily at things like beer festivals.*

*False statement

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I just haven’t a clue or a care about beer. IPA, Pilsner, Stout, Porter – all taste like warm bread to me! & sound like bad dog names tbh.

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I really wasn’t alone, though. The cider lines were 8 miles long, solely made up of gaggles of girls like myself. Why is that? Are we really that much more secure than men in admitting that apple cider that gets you tipsy is better than frothy beer that makes your tummy pooch out??? Idk.

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I was also far more interested in the food trucks than the beverages. I am THIS close to proving my theory that all tacos taste better out of a truck. I personally think it’s the fact that getting crap all over your face is inevitable & embraced. No one questions you when you’re walking around with sriracha running down your chin. Everyone knows. They get it.

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I also walked around the entire festival with my selfie stick out & only got laughed at like 3 times.

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of naan bread
  • 2 cups of arugula
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 6-8 oz. of prosciutto
  • 3 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • S+P, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat a grill
  • Heat a tbsp. of olive oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cooking for 7-8 minutes or until caramelized
  • On a piece of naan, add a tbsp. of olive oil + 1 cup of arugula + 1/2 the onions + 1/2 the prosciutto + S+P + 1/2 the cheese
  • Repeat with other naan
  • Put on the grill + cook until cheese is melted, about 5 or 6 minutes
  • Serve hot with parmesan cheese
  • Time yourself + see how fast you can get a whole one in your belly

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

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I don’t know how it happened or where along the way I took a wrong turn, but somehow I ended up at the county fair this weekend.

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I wouldn’t consider myself a carnival type of gal. Ferris wheels give me extreme anxiety unless Ryan Gosling is hanging off of one. But this fair was surprisingly red neck & enjoyable!

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We went to partake in a beer & cider tasting. (Lure us with alcohol & we will blindly follow you anywhere.) But there were so many other activities to enjoy! I even participated in the petting zoo portion of the evening. Like, I touched a horse named Wasabi & met a llama named Chewie. Then I got a little jealous because I hate realizing that there are other people out there who are good at naming animals, too.

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And it took every measly ounce of strength I had to deny myself a funnel cake. I haven’t had one in exactly 2 years and 3 months. I know this because I remember the exact time & place of every funnel cake I’ve ever had. It’s an experience to me. But the last time we met, I vowed to never look at one again. Why? Heart disease & obesity, obviously. But I’d like one of these on my deathbed for anyone keeping score at home.

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Next year I’m not leaving until Garrett has won me a giant stuffed animal I have no use for.

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of ground chicken
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, shredded + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup of marinara sauce + more for serving
  • 1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. of oregano
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • Ciabatta rolls, toasted
  • Basil, for serving
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + cook another minute
  • Pour onion mix into a large bowl + let cool for a few minutes
  • Add ground chicken + parmesan + marinara + panko + oregano + crushed red pepper + italian seasoning + S+P, mix well
  • While a grill is heating up, form chicken into 6 patties
  • Grill on each side for 10 minutes
  • Add a patty to a toasted bun + top with marinara + parmesan + basil
  • Serve hot
  • It’s ok if you accidentally make soft groans while eating this

 

Idea came from this month’s Cooking Light, but I can’t find it online so take my word for it!