Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Recipe for Eggplant Lasagna

In an attempt to add more veggies in our diet and less processed and high fat foods, I came across a delicious Eggplant Lasagna recipe that I am delighted to share.  It even won the approval of my husband, parents, and 18- month old daughter.  Here it is...


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium eggplant, diced
  • 2 10 ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 1 64 ounce jar pre-made tomato sauce
  • 1 pound lasagna noodles


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Sautee the garlic for two minutes, then add the eggplant and stir. Cover the frying pan and cook until the eggplant is just tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Cover the bottom of a 9x12 inch baking pan with 2 cups of the tomato sauce, then cover the tomato sauce with 4 or 5 uncooked noodles. Cover this with a thin layer of sauce, then add the cooked eggplant and another thin layer of sauce. Add another layer of noodles followed by a thing layer of sauce, then the spinach and another thin layer of sauce. Add the remaining noodles and sauce.
Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes. Noodles are cooked when they can be pierced with a fork.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cooking Thoughts - the streaming version

We try to eat 2 or more veggies with our dinner, and my husband likes starch:) I like making things from scratch, but since we are still a small family, when I make a batch of muffins or cornbread or biscuits we don't usually eat all of it that night. So I try to "save a step" making those things and freezing what we won't or don't eat for another night when I have less time. I also make all of my own chicken broth using bones from a chicken, about a 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, and water. I bring that to a boil, skim the foam, and then throw in a bay leaf and a bunch of "veggie ends" that are typically thrown away. Carrot heads, leaves from celery, ends of asperagus, onion ends, brussel sprout ends - I save all those in a baggie in my freezer. When I am making broth, I can add as many as I want ( I throw in a lot). I let all this boil for about 3 hours. Then I strain it, let it cool down, make soup or chicken and dumplings with some of it. I try to save 3 2-cup increments for other recipes. Sometimes I save more. The way I do this is get out a cookie sheet, put the broth in quart-sized baggies, label it, and arrange it so it freezes flat. This saves me room in my freezer. Then when I am making Chicken curry and need broth, I just pull out a baggie of it and use that. We try to eat grass-fed animals, beef and chicken, as their fat is very good, healthy fat.
My favorite way to make dinner is to pick an ingredient, and base the meal around that. For example: coconut - coconut curry, rice cooked in a mixture of water and coconut milk, coconut muffins, Hawaiian chicken with shredded coconut sprinkled on top. Or Asperagus - cream of asperagus soup, or salad with lightly roasted asperagus on top, or asperagus quiche, or grilled asperagus and chicken. Or Sweet Potatoes - sweet potato fries, or mashed sweet potatoes with diced chicken on top, coconut milk drizzled, and toasted pecans sprinkled over the whole, or sweet potato hash with eggs for dinner.
Best way to roast veggies, any kind: toss or spray with olive oil, put on parchment paper in the oven @425 for 15 min. 20-40 min for potatoes depending on if they are fries or just diced. We do peppers, asperagus, broccoli, sweet potatoes and potatoes this way. I'm sure there are more veggies I'm not thinking of at the moment.

I just wrote that as I thought it - the streaming version - I hope you got some ideas:)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cloth diapers here we come!

Tori is the cloth diapering genius! Any questions you may have, I am pretty sure she has the answer to it!
She cloth diapers herself, and after 7 months, has finally convinced me to do it. I am so excited to try this out on my girls!
We are starting with BumGenius, Freetime diapers. So far it is really easy!


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Homemade Laundry detergent

Recipe for Homemade Laundry detergent:

1 bar Fels-naptha soap
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
5 gallon bucket

Grate the bar of soap. Heat it in a large pot with 6 cups water, stirring til dissolved. Turn off heat and add Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well. In the 5 gallon bucket, pour 4 cups very hot water. slowly add in the mix, stirring every so often. Stir well. Fill bucket with warm water leaving 3 - 4 inch headspace. Stir well. Let sit 24 hours. You will have a thick portion of gel on top with liquid underneath. Ask your husband to stir it, really well. :) All done.

Use about 1/2 cup per load. If washing cloth diapers, use about 1/4 cup per load. I let my washing machine fill up half way with the detergent in it, and then I add clothes.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welcome to our blog! The idea for this blog was born between the hours of 10 and midnight - over tea - while talking about babies, cloth diapers and essential oils. Tori said it first, and Christy, Ember and I jumped at the idea! We were so excited to have a spot that we could share ideas with each other. So here we go....!

~Tori, Christy, Moira, and Ember