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In Product Reviews, Recipes on
November 3, 2017

Vegetable Lasagna featuring Parmigiano Reggiano

Todays post is sponsored by Parmigiano Reggiano

TJ and I have been trying our best to eat healthier lately. When I plan our dinners out for the week, I try to stick with options that are healthy, not only for us but for baby Landon as well. Also, being that my favorite time of year is upon us (hello fall, I’ve been waiting for you) I decided to incorporate a dish that is not only healthy, but comforting too- using my favorite cheese on the market right now, Parmigiano Reggiano. This dish is perfect for the cooler temps and cozy nights.

When I found out that Parmigiano Reggiano wanted to collaborate with me, I was so excited! My husband is a die-hard Italian and loves pasta with lots and lots of CHEESE. Parmigiano Reggiano is a staple in our home and in all of the dishes that he loves. Encorporate my love of cooking + his love for Italian cheeses and you can basically call it the perfect match.

Now, I mentioned before that TJ and I are trying to eat healthier- so you may wonder why I chose to talk about cheese? Well, did you know that Parmigiano Reggiano is actually really good for you?! It is a healthy cheese and is great for kids as well. Because of the long aging process, Parmigiano Reggiano is naturally lactose-free. It is easily digestible and the perfect source of both protein and calcium. #winning!

Known as the “King of Cheese”, Parmigiano Reggiano has been made the same way for over 900 years in Italy. (They must be doing something right!) Completely natural, it is made with just 3 ingredients and is delicious grated, melted or chunked and eaten raw. This cheese is the must have wedge for cheese for every fridge!

Vegetable Lasagna featuring Parmigiano Reggiano
Serves 4
An easy and healthy, low calorie recipe that is perfect for fall! Featuring Parmigiano Reggiano
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box whole wheat lasagna noodles (oven ready lasagna noodles make it real easy!)
  2. 1 zucchini (diced into small cubes)
  3. 1 yellow squash (diced into small cubes)
  4. 2 cups of sliced mushrooms (optional)
  5. 1 chopped onion
  6. 1 medium tomato (diced into small pieces)
  7. 2 cups of light ricotta cheese
  8. 1 20 oz jar of pasta sauce (any brand you choose)
  9. 3 tablespoons of finely shredded Parmigiano Reggiano
  10. 1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  11. 2 teaspoon olive oil
  12. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  13. 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  14. 1 small handful of parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to directions on the package. If you purchased oven ready noodles, you can skip this part.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, add olive oil over medium heat. Add vegetables and cook for around 5 minutes - until veggies soft and tender. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl combine ricotta, parsley (optional), Parmigiano Reggiano, and salt/pepper.
  5. In a large casserole dish, layer lasagna noodles with cheese mixture. Place 3 noodles in the bottom of the baking dish (trim edges as necessary). Spoon half of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Top with half of the veggie mixture, half of the sauce, and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers.
  6. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle tomato and freshly shredded Parmigiano Reggiano on top of the casserole. Bake for another 5 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Let casserole stand 5 minutes before serving. ENJOY
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In Motherhood on
November 1, 2017

The 12 TOP TOYS for baby’s first year

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Since Landon just turned ONE (say what!?), I decided to compile a list of his favorite toys throughout the year. I know as a first time mom, I was always having to research what toys to buy Landon, that he would find fun but were educational at the same time. I ‘pinned’ a bunch of articles on ‘top toys for baby’s first year’, but I wanted to compile our own list of personal favorites to share with you all!

 

Some of Landon’s favorite first-year toys:

 

1 month – Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy 

This little toy was a hit. He loved the flashing lights and melodies of the music. Perfect size to take along on car rides or a stroll in the park.

2 months – Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Lights & Music Play Mat

This mat was by far one of Landon’s favorite things. He loved the jungle animals and all of the colors. The flowers on the mat are touchable and glow, so when baby begins to crawl they can push the buttons. When Landon was learning how to sit up, he would hold onto both sides of bars to balance himself. It was so cute!

3 months – Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother 

A year later and he still loves this thing. This aquarium slips over the side of the crib and baby can look at it when they go to bed. This toy makes soothing music and underwater sounds, while the fish & sea turtles swim from side to side. Highly recommend it!

4 months– Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Activity Home

This was Landon’s favorite toy. He still plays with it sometimes. When he got used to what this toy does, he was obsessed with opening and closing the blue door and spinning the rattle at the bottom to play the music. It was like clockwork, every morning he would go over to his house- spin the rattle and turn on the light. So cute.

5 months – Baby Einstein Activity Jumper

This jumper was great for L. He loved the colors and interactive toys hanging from the side. He used this jumper up until he was around 8/9 months and then didn’t want to be in it anymore. For the time he did use it, it was totally worth it. Afterwards, all he wanted to do was use it as a support for standing!

6 months – Little Tikes Rainmaker 

Landon was fascinated by the sound of the beads as you turn this shaker from side to side. This always seemed to entertain him and was easy to pack up on the go.

7 monthsBanana training toothbrush and teether

This was GREAT for teething. Landon still loves to suck and gnaw his teeth on this teether. Easy to clean and fits perfectly into babies little hands.

8 months – VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

All I can say is, AWESOME! The great part about this toy is that the top of it has an activity table- which is detachable, so baby can play with it on the floor as well. The activity table teaches sounds, numbers and words. We loved this walker so much!

9 months – Fisher Price – Dance & Move BeatBow Wow

Love this dancing, interactive dog. Every time we play this, Landon’s face lights up- he smiles from ear to ear. After a few times showing him, he learned to press the button himself to watch the puppy dance. He always tries to kiss the dog, I guess that means he likes him a lot 😉

10 months – Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around The Town Learning Table

We just recently bought this table for Landon and really seemed to enjoy it! His favorite thing (no surprise) was the cell phone. He is obsessed with our phones, so he was ecstatic when he got one of his own 😉 It’s great for when baby starts to stand, because they walk around the table and play with all of the different learning tools. What I like about this toy is that there are 3 levels that you can change the table to, which allows for advanced learning (it even teaches baby some Spanish!)

11 months – EverEarth Garden Activity Cube

We were given this activity cube as a gift and what a great one at that! This cube has 6 sides, allowing for play on all angles, literally. Landon really enjoys playing with this cube, twirling around the little balls from side to side. This toy is not the cheapest, but is made by EverEarth and great quality and is totally worth the splurge.

12 monthsLittle Tikes Cozy Coupe

To be honest, I am writing this post before Landon has been able to try this little car out yet- however, I have heard great things about it! I mean, who hasn’t had one of these growing up? I know I did! I can’t wait to see him sit in the car- I know he will get a kick out of it, for sure!

What were your child’s favorite toys during their first year? Leave me a comment below!


Related post: 10 ‘must have’ items for your newborn baby

 

In Product Reviews on
October 31, 2017

Our favorite meal of the week – TACOS!

Todays post is sponsored by Old El Paso

Guess what day it is today in our household? Taco Tuesday! One of our all-time favorite “go-to” recipes has always been tacos. Are you with me? Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t enjoy them? I haven’t yet… Growing up, tacos have always been my favorite food

Tacos are the perfect quick and easy meal for our family because they require such little ingredients and they just taste so good! You can throw tacos together in under 20 minutes and is a simple meal that your family will all love. Landon’s sure got his eyes on them….

I recently mentioned to TJ that I wanted to buy a taco tray, because I hate once I fill up my taco, how everything ends up falling out when I lay it down on my plate. Well, now we don’t have to worry! Old El Paso has got us covered! They have created a fast, easy and delicious way to devour your tacos with their new Soft Tortilla Taco Boats Dinner Kit. What I love about the taco boat is that it makes the whole process so much easier. 

Now, I know that your busy and don’t have time to spend all day slavin’ in the kitchen, sifting through recipes + meal prepping. The new Soft Tortilla Taco Boats Dinner Kit includes everything you will need; seasoning mix, taco sauce, and the best part of all- the flat bottomed soft taco boat, so you never have to worry about your taco falling over! All you have to do is assemble the ingredients that you want inside of your tacos (we love lettuce, shredded cheese, olives and tomatoes) and just add meat! 

Who doesn’t love a quick, easy, affordable, & more importantly- yummy dinner? This taco kit is sure going to be a hit in your house! Now that is something to taco-bout 😉

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