Garden Tomato, Mushroom and Eggplant Lasagna

No noodles needed in this hearty vegetable lasagna. You won't miss them or the meat as you go back for seconds. Baked ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses along with a spicy marinara sauce will have you singing praises of the eggplant, mushrooms and garden fresh tomatoes in this classic comfort food. Grab a glass of wine, a big spoon, your favorite book and dig in!

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There are things about being a mom of  {3}  boys that I quite possibly won't ever understand even though I've had more than 20 years to figure it out. There are the obvious and unvarying occurrences on a daily basis such as the dreaded call from the school principal regarding and not limited to "Your son kicked someone, pushed someone, farted on someone,  fell and broke his arm on the play ground,  slipped and got his arm stuck in the bars of the {child proofed} jungle gym, won't stop being a jokester during class"  to the more interesting and mind boggling, "Your son jokingly talked about setting the movie theatre on fire during the 2nd grade field trip today..." conversations which I will always revere a learning experience as a mother and as a testament to how much patience I have as a human being. 

Then there are, of course the physical aspects of being a boy such as skinned knees, knocked out teeth, Legos shoved up someone else's nose, 23 stitches in the chin from attempting a pop wheelie exactly 5 minutes after removing the training wheels from the bicycle and my personal favorite, the  fall from the bunk bed which resulted in a near death experience which thankfully ended up as "only a concussion which is the good news but the bad news is we found spots on his brain...." 

To be continued.......

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What is it with boys, brothers more specifically that can completely melt a mother's heart one minute and 5 minutes later make her crazy? How is it that they are able to form a camaraderie so loyal and steadfast that even when one of them has broken the sacred bond of brotherhood by defiling the others Lego creation, popsicle stick castle or sabotaged the other in Zombies vs. Aliens that they will unfailingly bail each other out of trouble in a heartbeat? They will stick up for each other in a moments notice and can't seem to be separated from each other for 10 minutes even under penalty of death. 

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I would be worried about little miss 'M' being the youngest and the only girl except I'm pretty sure that either

a.)  She can hold her own just like her mommy.

b.)  The boys will give into her every time so as not to hear her scream or cry "because then they have to talk about feelings."


c.) She's the ring leader and out numbered or not, is more than capable of controlling any situation thrown at her. 

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Which somehow brings us to comfort food......

With only a few days until the month of May and Mother Nature decides to throw a curve ball at us desert rats. It was so cold and windy, dark and dreary and it rained all day here in Phoenix that we were all caught quite off guard. Left staring out the window with our BBQ mitts and aprons on with a plate full of corn on the cob and hamburger patties not knowing what to do with ourselves. 

On to Plan B!

Noodle-less Lasagna with fresh veggies and lots of cheese!! Sliced thin, eggplant easily takes the place of lasagna noodles and add much more flavor, vitamins and appeal. When baked, Ricotta cheese becomes a pretty fantastic thing becoming almost indulgent. Same goes for slowly baked, plump tomatoes and meaty bella mushrooms. Finish it off with your favorite spicy Marinara, some Mozzarella cheese and freshly shaved Parmesan. Enjoy with a glass of your favorite red wine and enjoy the rain while it's here. 

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TIME        60 MINUTES          SERVES       6

You Will Need

1 medium size eggplant, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1 pint crimini or baby bella mushrooms
2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
1 - 12 ounce jar spicy Marinara sauce
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Italian herb blend
cracked black pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 450F. 

In a deep baking dish add enough Marinara to just cover the bottom. Add eggplant evenly and sprinkle with salt. Add tomatoes and mushrooms and sprinkle with the herbs. Drop the ricotta cheese by spoonfuls around the pan. Pour the Marinara evenly around the pan. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 3-40 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. Bake Uncovered another 8-10 minutes. 

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before serving. 

Serve with a garden salad and sprinkle with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. 


Teryaki Shrimp and Seared Eggplant Bowl

I hesitate to label anything Paleo since I don't follow any diets or trends but it's hard to argue that most of the foods that are considered to be Paleo are really good for you. Basically, it's clean eating in it's most basic form. For instance, swapping out soy sauce which is a GMO and is also super high in sodium for healthier coconut aminos and also using a small spoonful of unfiltered, Raw, local honey in place of table sugar are simple swaps to make this dish much healthier.


Sweet and Tangy Brussels Coleslaw with Fennel, Chopped Apples and Golden Raisins #SundaySupper

April is all about celebrating the great outdoors in all of Mother Nature's glory.  The sun is finally able to break through the clouds and warm your cheeks, much in need of a rosy glow. The breeze is still cool and playful and glorious flowers are popping up everywhere, even here in the middle of the desert. You just can't help yourself but to soak in as much of it as you possibly can, chores and 'To Do Lists' be damned.


April 22nd is Earth Day and April 23rd is National Picnic Day so the creative folks at Sunday Supper are sharing their favorite spring recipes to enjoy while picnicking in the great outdoors.

Ricotta, Garlic and Mushroom Thin Crust Pizza with Watercress #NationalGarlicDay

Calling all garlic lovers! Welcome to National Garlic Day 2015, hosted by Heather from girlichef. April 19th is a day for garlic lovers far and wide to come together and celebrate the wonder of "the stinking rose". Whether it's the ability to ward off vampires (and bugs), its numerous health benefits, or the way it lends flavor to a dish, there are so many reasons for singing the praises of garlic.


Don't have time to read this entire post? Make sure you Pin it for future reference! 
You'll be glad you did!


Authentic Spanish Rice Recipe

I'm sort of kicking myself right now for not posting this recipe sooner. I've lived in the Southwest for most of my life (I'm not going to disclose exactly how long that is at this time thank you very much) and have never shared my recipe for Spanish rice or quite simply, Arroz. After all, the Spanish don't call it Spanish rice. Nor are Mexicans from Spain for that matter...... 


Poached Alaskan Salmon over Spring Arborio Pilaf {How to make Risotto as a table rice}

Spending time in the kitchen when it is so gorgeous outside is practically the last thing I want to do.  We eat salmon at least once or twice a month along with other healthy fish since it is so simple to prepare. Poaching the salmon is one of my favorite ways to prepare it because it is pretty much fool proof and turns out perfect every time. A dash of salt and pepper and your favorite herbs sprinkled on top is all you need for a quick and light supper. 



Grilled Steak and Deviled Egg Pita Sandwiches #SundaySupper

There is no need to cringe at the thought of dozens of leftover boiled, tie died eggs from Easter morning. In fact, you may rejoice in them once you realize that they can be made into more than just deviled eggs and egg salad sandwiches (not that there's anything wrong with those!) 

Peanut Butter and Jelly. Macaroni and Cheese. Spaghetti and Meatballs. Steak and eggs. 

Some things are just meant to be paired together. Forever.

and ever.

The End.


Fried Green Olives Stuffed with Blue Cheese for a #MadMenBlogParty ModCloth #giveaway

Here I am, once again, quite in the dark when it comes to things such as Hollywood, fashion and Season Premiers. Turning off the cable over 10 years ago has had it's advantages when it comes to our family spending less time in front of the t.v. watching overly erogenous, violent or just plain stupid television shows and movies. However, there are a few that my husband and I enjoy watching by ourselves once the kids go to bed..... which unfortunately is more often than not when we fall into bed from sheer exhaustion. 


Delicious Ways to Use Those Left Over Hard Boiled Eggs from Easter #eggs

Here are some  fast and frugal recipes to use up your over abundance of Easter eggs. 

Egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs and potato salads are some of my favorite things but when you have a surplus of hard boiled Easter eggs on your hands an intervention may be the best thing. Here are some surprisingly palatable and healthy eats starring eggs. 

The great part about eggs is that they are practically perfect little orbs of vitamin-packed protein. Not only do they have vitamins B6 and B12, which are great for energy and moods, but they have vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin), and vitamin A, which is excellent for skin and nails. They are an affordable source of protein that can be added to almost any meal.

I love the versatility of eggs and love to add them to any last minute dish that will fill me up in a hurry. Like this tangy tomato, cucumber and chickpea salad with soft boiled eggs.


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