Friday, September 26, 2014

zucchini lasagna

i've just started teaching cooking classes once a month, and i am loving it! for my first class, i made this zucchini lasagna. for all those italian lovers, it's a great way to get your italian fix but to reduce calories and increase vegetable intake. why not have your cake and eat it too!?

anywho, i thought i would share the recipe here. hope you enjoy!

zucchini lasagna

serves: 8
  • 6 medium zucchini
  • 1 - 10 oz. package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
preheat the oven to 375 F. slice zucchini 1/8" thick, vertically. sprinkle with salt and set aside for 10 minutes. this step is very important as the salt pulls out the excess water in the zucchini. once the water rises to the top, blot dry. spay a pan with cooking spray and cook each "noodle" on medium heat for 1-2 minutes on each side.

combine the ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, and parmesan cheese in a bowl. add the dijon, egg, salt and pepper and mix. in a pan, cook the onion, pepper, and garlic until golden brown. add the spinach and cook until water is cooked out. remove from the stove top and place in a mixing bowl. 

spray a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. layer the bottom of the top with crushed tomatoes, cheese sauce, and the veggie mixture. top with zucchini slices until the bottom of the pan is covered. continue this layering process until you run out of ingredients, ending with zucchini noodles on top. sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top layer of zucchini and cover with foil. bake at 375 F for 45 minutes. remove the foil and broil the dish for 5 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

remove from the oven and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

a saturday at the farm fresh fair

i think it's pretty clear that i love festivals and fairs of any kind. you really can't beat local food and handmade goods, in my opinion. it's one of my favorite parts of greenville - i feel like we are bubbling at the seams with creatives of all types. i heard about this fair at rabon creek farms for the first time last year. when my friends told me they were heading out there last weekend, i jumped at the opportunity. i tried to get my husband to come, too, but i was lucky to get one festival out of him this month ;). 
 ^ such a sucker for vintage clothes!
 ^ my sweet friend catherine who was so excited about her new find
there were so many adorable booths and so much great food. anne and i snagged the last bit of brick oven pizza before they sold out, and catherine and kiley tried the fresh churned ice cream. they chose peach ... which makes no sense to me when there was chocolate available... but, whatever ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

taking notes from australia

i recently stumbled across the blog design files and have fallen in love with all of the interiors posted. i especially love all the spaces under the 'australian homes' tab. let me tell you, those australians know how to do white with pops of color right. this is the look i'm loving right now, and with all of the renovations and decorating we have going on, i'm finding this site to be super inspiring.

i'd love to know, what interior style do you love?


all photos found from

Friday, September 19, 2014

litchfield beach

the husband and i finally got to take a little vacation ... just in the nick of time to catch the tail end of summer. we took a long weekend to get away and stayed at litchfield beach. honestly, i think i prefer the beach at this time of the year. it wasn't too hot, and it wasn't cool at all yet. the weather was perfect, even though the forecast predicted it would rain every single day we were there. figures, since it rained every day we were at the beach last year. then, to our surprise, we had a sunny day every day with just a few scattered showers! yeah!
 when i talk about how much i love the beach, what i'm really saying is that i love the sand. my top two fears include: tsunamis, and the ocean. i remember as a kid thinking my mom was crazy for never playing in the ocean with us. i also thought my cousin was crazy because she claimed that she 'doesn't swim in water where she can't see her feet.' but now i totally get it. scofield and i took a long walk on the beach, and on the way back we spotted a guy who had just caught a shark. a SHARK. it was a baby shark, but it was a SHARK. i mean, we have no idea what is swimming around with us. so no thanks, i'll stay on the sand.
 ^ also, i swear i just got my hair cut. how has it already grown so much!?
 ^ i'm telling you, this is the life. take me back!
 ^ my moon, my man.
 ^ i rarely eat fried food, but when i'm at the beach i throw all rules aside and indulge in fried fish and hush puppies. hush puppies are major guilty pleasures -  right up there with biscuits and doughnuts for me. with that said, i was so excited to go out to dinner and finally have some again. then, our food came out and i was so disappointed. there was virtually no flavor to them. they kind of tasted like a savory, but flavorless, fried doughnut hole. needless to say, we'll find another seafood restaurant next time. 
 ^ i love all the colorful oceanfront houses at the beach. it's so fun to walk the beach and dream about what it would be like to vacation in one.
 ^ this is as deep as i go into the water. i'm in just for a quick dip to get wet, and then i'm out!

litchfield, thank you for being so good to us. we had the best time!
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