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yum: spinach & asparagus lasagna

i've been MIA. it's been 3 days shy of a month since i last blogged. shame shame.
so what have i been doing!?! well ...

{l to r}

// celebrating old friends and new beginnings! congrats to tyler and his beautiful new wife melissa.
// work work work. i've had 4 photo shoots this month, which means 4 sets of photos to sift through and then have retouched. yeesh. and of course we aren't shooting photos w/o purpose. lots and lots of new projects coming down the pipeline.
// a visit from my parents! 4 people - 1 tiny apartment. w and i have recently started the house search so MAYBE next time we'll have a real guest room for our guests.
// we've been living by a strict schedule lately. sunday nights are spent w/ my high school girls. tuesdays are for small group. i've recently begun to spend weds w/ my adult literacy partner min again. and thursdays are for pottery class. there's so little in between for cleaning the house and running (2 weeks until savannah) and ... oh yah catching up w/ my husband! in this picture we're pumpkin carving w/ our small group. so blessed by this group.
// tyler, tx. everything is NOT bigger in tx. this airport literally had 4 gates. traveling for work! have i mentioned i've been working a ton!?!
// celebrating 10 years w/ our home church cross point. it was so much fun to celebrate w/ all 4 campuses and folks that drove in from our internet campus.

so yes - it's been busy! thanks to those of you that have checked in on us. we're keeping our heads above water - and i've missed you!!!

my parents always made dinner a priority even amidst a busy schedule. it was a way for mom to regulate what we were eating (it's not a meal w/o something green!) & it was time for us to catch up as a family. i'm working hard to continue that tradition. and i'm back on the meal planning train w/ a new weekly schedule complete w/ "soup sundays" and "fiesta fridays" - where we bring the party & try something new. it helps me plan when i have a bit of direction! and we tend to make healthier decisions when we plan ahead.

i'm excited to share this yummy meal from our inaugural "meatless monday":

spinach & asparagus lasagna
gluten free, vegetarian

prep time: 30 mins
cook time: 45 mins
servings: 4

one 28oz can of whole, peeled tomatoes, drained
1 Tbsp evoo
1/2 c shallots, diced
1/2 c ricotta
1/2 c low-fat cottage cheese
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
3 cloves garlic
1/4 c fresh basil, chopped
1 head spinach, trimmed of stems
14oz can artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
3/4 lb asparagus, trimmed
1 c grated mozzarella

1. preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. in a pot of boiling water, blanch the spinach and asparagus (separately) for 1 to 2 min. then shock in a bowl of ice water. drain and dry thoroughly. chop asparagus and set both spinach and asparagus aside.
3. season the tomatoes generously w/ s/p & 1/2 the evoo.
4. cook the shallots in a skillet w/ the remaining olive oil over medium heat. cool slightly.
5. in a food processor, combine ricotta, cottage cheese, oregano, paprika, garlic and fresh basil w/ the shallots. puree smooth. poor into a mixing bowl and stir in the artichokes. season w/ s/p and set aside.
6. spread half of the tomatoes on the bottom of an 8"x8" glass dish.
7. cover w/ a layer of spinach leaves and then half of the artichoke mixture.
8. cover w/ another layer of spinach.
9. cover w/ a layer of chopped asparagus and then top w/ half of the mozzarella.
10. cover w/ another layer of spinach and the remaining artichoke mixture.
11. end w/ a layer of spinach, then the remaining tomatoes and mozzarella.
12. bake 45 min.


Anonymous said...

Too bad you could not have stayed a weekend in Tyler. Not very far from there is Canton, which has Canton Days. Which is HUGE flea market. You would LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Check out this site if you ever go back to Tyler. Look at that map. I have been twice since moving to Texas and it one of best things I do here. Glad you are back.

Canton Days have been a tradition for a very long time.


Kim Howard

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