Positive Project Day 25: Lasagna And Other Stuff

WW Lasagna

I was finally able to do some cooking this past week.  One of my favorite recipes is this Weight Watchers recipe I created.  I added a layer of egglpant (not a big fan of the veggie) because in this recipe, it pretty much takes on the flavor of the rest of the lasagna.  it also added another layer.  The parmesan cheese makes it taste oh so real because I am not a fan of the reduced fat or fat free cheese.  As you can see this serving was worth 10 points and took up the whole space in my bowl!  Very filling!

This makes me happy-creating stuff and tasting it.  Who doesn't love food???  But there are moments where it is just a tough struggle for me.  Let's call a spade a spade:  depression sucks.  Why do you think I started the Postive Project?  To help me along to become healthier mentally. 

Yes I am depressed.  Counseling is great.  I've been through it several times. Medication is lovely too.  Just make sure you are under doctor's orders to take such meds.  But here I am forging this water not completely alone, but for right now without the help of either counseling or meds.  Tough stuff.  I will utilize these two helps along the way, but for right now I am just working on turning around a lot of negative thoughts. 

Good thing it was Fat Friday, because I went home last night and wallowed in some sadness.  I covered it with french fries, a cheese burger and whatever else I could get my hands on.  Beyond that though, I had a lot to think about.  I am pretty.  I am smart.  I am good enough.  I had to keep telling myself those things until I belieed it last night.  Why?  Because I need to believe these things.  I've never believed them my whole life, so I repeate them to myself over and over again.

This process is coming s-l-o-w-l-y.  So slow that a turtle passed me up carrying a grandma.  But I have to keep my chin up for the Lord is on my side.  While there will be days of sorrow, joy comes in the morning.  That is scriptural.  That is something tangible to hold onto.  It always looks better in the morning.

Good things for the past couple of days:  Good cooking and recipe making, good friends to hold me up while I rebuild myself inside.  Good snuggles today with the pooch (who knows I am leaving this next week for a conference).  Below is the recipe I created for WW Lasagna.  Eat, be merry and pray!

 

Weight Watchers Lasagna:  Homemade Recipe-10 pts/6 servings or 7 pts/8 servings

1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion
1/2 bell pepper (any color)
4-5 garlic cloves
1 medium eggplant
2 cups spinach
21 oz. canned tomato sauce
2-16 oz. canned Italian style, diced tomatoes
6 pieces lasagna noodles (whole grain preferred)
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt or salt to taste
1 1/2 cups reduced fat, shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded, parmesan cheese
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

In a medium pot combine turkey, chopped onion, bell pepper and garlic cloves and seasonings to cook.  In separate pot boil noodles until half cooked.  In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese with half of the parmesan cheese.  Add parsley to cheese mixture if you like.  Mix.  In a separate bowl combine remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.  Set aside.  Pick noodles out of pot and place on a plate to dry.  Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to almost cooked turkey and let simmer for a half hour.  Slice egglpant into 1 cm. slices.  Layer bottom of lasagna pan.  Lightly cover eggplant with some of turkey sauce (about three laddle fulls).  Sprinkle some cheese on then place three lasagna noodles over this mixture.  Use half of ricotta cheese mixture and spread over noodles.  Then use half of remaining turkey mixture to spread over noodles.  Layer chopped spinach on top of that, then sprinkle with half remaining mozzarella cheese.  Layer last three noodles and repeat ricotta cheese, meat sauce then remaining cheese mixture.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

I am adopting a new closing:  Eat, be merry and pray!

Heather

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