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
An easy and healthy, low calorie recipe that is perfect for fall! Featuring Parmigiano Reggiano
1 box whole wheat lasagna noodles (oven ready lasagna noodles make it real easy!)
1 zucchini (diced into small cubes)
1 yellow squash (diced into small cubes)
2 cups of sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 chopped onion
1 medium tomato (diced into small pieces)
2 cups of light ricotta cheese
1 20 oz jar of pasta sauce (any brand you choose)
3 tablespoons of finely shredded Parmigiano Reggiano
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 small handful of parsley
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cook lasagna noodles according to directions on the package. If you purchased oven ready noodles, you can skip this part.
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.
In a small bowl combine ricotta, parsley (optional), Parmigiano Reggiano, and salt/pepper.
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.
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.
Let casserole stand 5 minutes before serving. ENJOY
By As The Speerit Moves You
As The Speerit Moves You http://asthespeeritmovesyou.com/
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 newSoft 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 😉
Those of you who know me well, you know that I am a big coffee lover. I mean, who isn’t? The first time that I heard about Creative Coffee, I was ‘all ears’. I stumbled upon an insta-story talking about how awesome this coffee was and I knew that I needed to try it.
Creative Coffee is based out of NYC, just 45 minutes away from where I live. Jessica (a true Jersey girl like me) is the creator of this unique coffee brand. On her website she explains how coffee was the answer to the ‘missing piece’ in her day- it is what made her happy. She set out to create a coffee brand that would make everyone feel good. She describes her coffee blends as “an experience”.
What intrigued me the most about Creative Coffee were the amazing flavors they offer. You can create your own blend based on your coffee needs and taste preferences. Here are some of my favorite flavors that they offer: Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon Six, Cocoa Mocha Twist, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Swiss Almond, Hawaiian Hazelnut, among many others. Let me guess, now you want to try them too? The cool part is that you can create your own by combing two varieties to make into your “perfect coffee.”
Jessica sent me the French Toast & Almond Cookie coffee to try out for myself. First impression, I was impressed with the creative packaging. I am a big fan of proper marketing of a product and Creative Coffee sure caught my attention! Second impression, OMG- does this coffee smell AMAZING or what?! Third impression- “Man, does this coffee taste even better than I imagined?!”
If you are interested in ordering your own coffee blend be sure to head on over to her shop! All blends run for $16.99 and you have the choice between 2 flavors & the option for coffee grounds and/or whole beans. Go, Go, Go! Your custom cup of coffee is waiting 😉 Use code SPEERIT15 at checkout for 15% off your order!