3 Cheese Stuffed Shells

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Hi Friends! While this recipe is not exactly on the healthy spectrum of most people’s January goals, it is still delicious if you are in the mood for some pasta. I have made them about 3 times and the third time around was the best. It’s important to remember just because a recipe says A,B, C doesn’t meant you can’t add to the mix!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • Italian Parsley
  • 1 1/2 cup spinach (fresh)
  • 1 egg, large
  • 12 pasta shells
  • black pepper
  • sea salt
  • Italian seasoning
  • Mozzarella
  • 15 oz whole-milk ricotta
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cottage cheese

Pasta Sauce: (you can always use a jar but I like to make everything from scratch)

  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • salt/pepper/ Italian parsley
  • olive oil
  • (SIDENOTE: You can always add meat to the sauce for more flavor)

To make:

  1. You need a pan w/ olive oil and garlic. Cook garlic until almost brown (low-med heat)
  2. Add can crushed tomatoes
  3. Season salt/pepper to taste
  4. Add Parsley
  5. You can always add more salt/pepper after it simmers for a bit- remember a little goes a long wayIMG_4182.JPG

For the shells:

  1. Cook the pasta shells according to instructions on the package. Drain, keep warm.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Spread pasta sauce on bottom of backing dish- set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese, egg, garlic, seasoning, salt, pepper and chopped spinach.
  5. Fill each pasta shell with cheese filling and arrange in the sauce.
  6. Sprinkle additional mozzarella cheese over each shell.
  7. Back for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling on the edges.
  8. Let sit for 10 minutes in room temperature before serving.

This recipe is pretty easy and delicious.

 

 

Veggies w/ Spicy Marinara

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Last night I ended up getting home pretty late (9-ish) after a long day of work, working out and then hitting Whole Foods for the week. The problem with me is that on my nights that I have off I LOVE to cook! Sometimes I intend on making something quick- and then and hour and a half later I have my meal. It probably doesn’t help that I am snapping 99 pictures along the way, but needless to say I enjoy the time it takes to prepare my food. I consider it relaxation time.

I whipped together this veggie medley and it was nothing short of just what I wanted. Not to heavy, but still filling enough after a hearty workout.

{Ingredients}

  • broccoli
  • cherry tomato (cut in half)
  • fresh minced garlic
  • mushroom
  • crushed tomato (canned- I use DiNapoli brand)
  • fresh parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chili flakes

For the veggies it was easy, I browned the garlic (don’t burn) with olive oil. Shortly after added the broccoli and let cook. Add salt, pepper to taste. When the broccoli seems to be halfway done add the cherry tomatoes. After the tomatoes start to get soft then add the mushroom.  Mushrooms are always last because they cook fast and I personally don’t like overcooked veggies.

For the marinara. I also used a little olive oil with fresh minced garlic on med heat. After the garlic is brown I added a can of crushed tomatoes, fresh parsley along with salt, pepper and chili flakes. As soon as the sauce reaches a slight boil turn temperature down and simmer.  Instead of pasta with marinara – veggies with red sauce is always a great substitute to leave you feeling less bloated. Think of simple as being better. If healthy is the theme of your January then add this one to your list. You won’t be disappointed.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies…Happy Halloween!

{Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookie}

Happy Halloween! I have been on a baking spree the last 2 weeks, and these cookies are my latest creation. Made from scratch (frosting as well) pumpkin shaped sugar cookies. With the help of my sister, who is beyong crafty in all areas of craft- she showed me how this piece of art is done. We started by making the sugar cookies, baking and letting cool. Then we made the royal icing from scratch w/ meringue powder. We outlined the cookies, let them sit, and them filled them in all the way. Now I completely understand why a cookie at Whole Foods or any bakery for that matter is $4.95. The effort and the time it takes to make is worth every penny. Let’s clarify really quick- I would rather make anything I eat from scratch than buy from the store. After all, if you are going to go through the trouble of making it…you should be able to enjoy it! (Just not the whole batch.)

Hope you have fun trick-or-treating tonight. Did you make any fun cookies for the holiday?

*If you would like the recipe send me an e-mail @ newtritionsavvysarah (at) gmail (dot) com.

DIY Bedazzled Pumpkins

{What you’ll need}

Who knew that bedazzling pumpkins would take hours!? I did not! Needless to say, after 5 hours of glitter everywhere- the pumpkins were complete. Every year I forget how much effort it takes to carve the pumpkin- here I thought I was getting away from it. Yeah Right! The Chevron print is all the rage right now- I would have preferred a white pumpkin with the chevron design, but I couldn’t find one big enough. I am probably the least craftiest person on the planet, so if you do have friends that are into arts and crafts, you should probably ask for their help. 🙂 Good luck if you try this at home!

What you’ll need:

  • Masking Tape
  • Modge Podge Glue/Elmers Glue
  • Brushes to paint glue on (90 cents/pack of 4)
  • Spray Paint
  • Puff Paint
  • Glitter- I used course, but fine might work better
  • Newspaper

Sonoma Bound

{Sunset + Wine, Does it get any better?)

{viansa winery}

{Fun DIY project w/ Corks}

{SF Trolly}

This weekend I am headed to Wine Country in Sonoma as well as spending the rest of Saturday and Sunday in beautiful San Francisco.  This will be my first time offically wine tasting…I know, I know. I don’t know what took me so long! Some friends are coming from out of CA and from Europe so it will be nice to spend time and reunite! The weather will be warm and sunny which will allow for the maxi dresses and tans to begin!

*Remember to hydrate! Here are some signs you should look out for:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadednes

These can all occur just to lack of H2o!  Have a great weekend everyone. Smile….It’s Friday!