bookmark_borderSANDRA’S QUICK ASIAN VEGETABLE STIR-FRY WITH NOODLES

There are times when I have a craving for Asian food,
and this quick entree fits the bill perfectly…

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep: 10 Mins.

Cook: 10 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
Noodles:
8 oz’s (half a box) thin spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions
Pre-steam broccoli:
2 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut smaller
–(Pre-steam on high for 3 minutes in a covered microwave-able bowl with 2 TBs water)
Vegetables:
2 tablespoons Mazola oil
2 cups pre-steamed (above) broccoli florets, drain water beforehand
1 small yellow onion, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 orange bell pepper, julienned
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
–2 green onions, white and green parts sliced on the diagonal (added last)
Sauce:
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (unseasoned)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
Garnish:
1 TB roughly chopped fresh cilantro
METHOD
Prep all stir-fry ingredients, including pre-steaming broccoli in microwave, and mixing the sauce in a small bowl, prior to making stir-fry; set all aside.
Begin cooking noodles, according to package directions.
Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. When hot, stir-fry pre-steamed broccoli, onion, bell peppers, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes for 7-9 minutes until broccoli is crisp-tender. Stir in sliced green onions.
Whisk the sauce, then add to the skillet. Cook, while stir-frying for 2 minutes.  Add hot noodles to the skillet, toss, using tongs, to combine.
Transfer stir-fry to a serving platter, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve family style. ~ Enjoy!

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S ALASKA HEARTY FALL VEGETABLE LASAGNA (Downsized)

You’ll never miss the meat with this hearty veggie lasagna,
it’s full-flavored and scrumptious,
especially when served with sides of
warm and crispy garlic bread
and a garden salad tossed with a freshly made vinaigrette…

Servings: (4-6)
Prep: 20 Mins.
Bale: 1 hour
INGREDIENTS
White Sauce
1-1/2 cup 2% low-fat small curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan, plus more for topping
1 large egg, beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry onion granules
2 tablespoons freshly julienned basil (from my garden)
1 teaspoon dry Italian herb blend
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pasta
10 Curly Edged dry pasta noodles, broke in half and cooked according to pkg directions (only for 12 minutes)
–drain, then pull apart using tongs to cool slightly
Sautéed Vegetable mixture
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
4 mini bell peppers: 2 orange, 2 red, diced (from my garden)
1/4 yellow onion, diced
2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into 1/4″ half moons
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
Pinch of kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Shredded Cheese Mixture
2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
Marinara
4 cups marinara sauce (either your favorite store bought, or my homemade recipe; CLICK LINK)
METHOD
Preheat oven to 350F. Set aside an 8×8″ square glass baking dish, including a baking sheet to set it on top of while baking (to prevent potential spillage).
In a medium bowl, combine all of the white sauce ingredients; set aside.
Prepare the pasta, as directed above.
In a large non-stick skillet, add the olive oil and heat to medium-high heat. Add all the ingredients and sauté for 7 to 9 minutes, just until the onions are translucent but not browned. Remove from heat to slightly cool.
To arrange the lasagna, add enough marinara to cover bottom of baking dish.  Lay a layer of lasagna noodles, overlapping slightly to cover marinara.  Add enough marinara to cover noodle layer.  Add 1/3 of the sauce mixture, 1/3 of the cheeses, and 1/3 of the vegetable mixture. Repeat laying from the noodles in the opposite direction 1 more time.
To finish, topping off, add the final layer of the vegetable mixture, the remaining cheeses, then top by drizzling 4 strips of marinara across the top (as in photo), then sprinkle the marinara strips with parmesan.
Bake for 40 minutes covered, topped with parchment then foil, for 40 minutes. Uncover (save the parchment and foil to store in frig later if you have leftovers), then continue baking for 20 minutes until top cheesy portions turn golden brown and delicious. Let stand, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes to set prior portioning out and serving.~ Enjoy!