Mama’s Lasagna

It has been a while since I have made this fantastic lasagna. We found out that our son is allergic to milk about a year ago, so this recipe has been on the back burner for a while. I had the opportunity to bring dinner to a family in our ward last night, so I pulled this recipe out again, and I am glad I did. I made up two pans, one to deliver, and one for my family at home.  We had to prepare another dish for my son to eat, but he didn’t complain. (I am so thankful for that! He is only four, and don’t get me wrong, he acts like a four year old in many, many ways! But when it comes to his milk allergy, and not being able to eat certain foods, he is seriously so mature about it! It blows my mind how responsible he is about checking if food has milk in it before he takes a bite.) For my husband and I and our one year old however, this lasagna was a real treat!

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Talk about comfort food! Don’t you just want to sink your fork into that piping hot lasagna? I love that the weather is finally cooling off again, and we can use the oven for an extended amount of time. ( This Lasagna takes and hour to bake!) It makes the kitchen nice and warm and fills the house with a wonderful aroma.

This recipe is pretty easy to throw together, and it makes enough for left overs which we either promptly devour over the next day or two, or we split up into individual serving sizes and freeze for a rainy day. I have also prepared this lasagna and frozen it before baking, and it works out great that way too, it just takes longer to thaw/cook.

Here is the recipe! Enjoy!

Mama’s Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Lasagna noodles(I usually don't use them all)
  • One 8 oz bottle Ragu tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 lb Cooked ground beef
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • One 8 oz tub cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese separated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Ferenheight
  2. Combine Ragu with 3/4 cup water. (This will make the sauce runny, but it works out in the end I promise. In this recipe we do not precook the noodles, so the extra water is absorbed by the noodles.)
  3. Cook ground beef, drain excess oil, set aside.
  4. Mix cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg and seasonings in a medium bowl, set aside.
  5. Line the bottom of pan with uncooked lasagna noodles.
  6. Pour about half of the runny tomato sauce mixture over the noodles.
  7. Evenly spread all of the ground beef over the sauce.
  8. Layer all of the cheese mixture on top.
  9. Layer with more noodles, followed by remaining tomato sauce mixture.
  10. Top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  11. sprinkle all seasonings over the top of the cheese.
  12. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 min at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  13. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
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Honey Lime Chicken Enchilladas

This recipe is a favorite at our house. Not only is it a crowd pleaser, but it is simple to make, and makes great left overs! I love making a double batch and freezing the extra enchiladas in individual sandwich baggies to eat at a later date. It is so nice to have home cooked food in your freezer that can be pulled out at a moment’s notice, popped into the microwave for a few minutes, and consumed. You know, not the kind that takes half a day to thaw out, and another half of a day to cook. I am convinced that individual serving sizes of precooked meals are the way to go. Read more about this, and find other freezer friendly meals here.

We have also made these enchiladas with no cheese because my son is allergic to milk, and they were still delicious. There is so much good flavor in the meat and enchilada sauce, that the cheese is hardly missed. Omitting the cheese makes the recipe slightly healthier as well. So make it with or without cheese, I don’t care, I just thought I would share what we found in omitting the cheese. Finding Dairy free recipes that the whole family likes, can be hard, so it is always nice to add a new one into the rotation.

We have also used this honey lime chicken for tacos, nachos, taco salad, fajitas, burritos, and even in homemade macaroni. The possibilities are endless. Here is the recipe.

Honey Lime Chicken Enchilladas

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbs honey
  • 5 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 8 Chicken tenders cooked and shredded** 8-10 flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Colby jack cheese or Mexican style cheese, shredded
  • 1 16 oz can green enchilada sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour about 1/3 of the enchilada sauce in a glass 9x13 baking dish and spread evenly with a spoon. Set aside.
  3. Wisk honey, lime juice, chili powder and garlic powder together in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Add shredded chicken to bowl and stir to coat all chicken evenly.
  5. Fill each tortilla with chicken and cheese, roll it up and place on top of the enchilada sauce in the pan. Continue until all tortillas/meat are rolled up in the pan.(reserve about ½ cup cheese to sprinkle over the top.
  6. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas, and spread evenly.
  7. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees ferhenheit or until heated through.
  8. **Egg beaters are great for shredding meat quickly and easily.
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Sharing Time October 2016 Printables & Resources

Song:

In preparation for the primary program, you may want to use this month to review songs that the children learned earlier in the year. Here is a list of all the songs the primary in our ward has been preparing. I included the sheet music with each of them, but I also recommend downloading the free LDS Music App so you can sing with the music instead of acapella. For your convenience I included links so you can download the Apple App or the Android App.

  •  January Song: “If I Listen with My Heart” Sheet Music
  • February Song: “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (CS, 164–65) Sheet Music
  • March Song: (Song of your choice from the Children’s Songbook) “Stand for the Right” (CS, 159) Sheet Music
  • April Song: (Song of your choice from the Children’s Songbook) “If the Savior Stood Beside Me Sheet Music
  • May Song:  “Praise to the Man,” verses 1 and 3 (Hymns, no. 27) Sheet Music
  • June Song: (Song of your choice from the Children’s Songbook) “Scripture Power” Sheet Music
  • July Song:  “I Love to See the Temple” (CS, 95) Sheet Music
  • August Song:  “The Lord Gave Me a Temple” (CS, 153) Sheet Music

Scripture:

Download and print this Scripture by clicking the link below.

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Article of Faith 7:

Download and print this Article of Faith by clicking the link below.

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The General Women’s Session of Conference and My Mom

Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice! The General Women’s Session last week was wonderful. My mom and I always get together to watch it and then go out to dinner afterwards. I can’t get enough mom and me time, and what better way to spend it than while feeling the spirit watching the General Women’s Session and and eating good food!

What I got out of Women’s Conference:

Several times during conference I heard mention of the importance of a “bedrock understanding of the doctrine of Christ.” Which originated in Elder Russell M. Nelson’s Talk A Plea to My Sisters. At first, all I could think of was, “Bedrock? Isn’t that were the Flintstones live?” ***Insert Flinstones themesong here.***  When I came back to reality, I started to really think about it.

The Food! The Company!

After the Women’s Session, my mom and I ended up going to Kneaders, and I felt totally like a Utah girl! While we were there we noticed there were other sisters still in Sunday dress who apparently had the same Idea that we did about combining conference with good food! It is fun to know that there are sisters all around the world who put their Saturday night on pause for a moment to listen to the same instruction that I listened to. I am grateful for the worldwide sisterhood we have in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

When we were at kneaders, waiting for our delicious food, my mom and I decided to hop back in line to look at the delicious pastries and breads to decide what we wanted for dessert. As we were looking at the cookies and brownies, the power went out! The lights were out, except for a few emergency lights, and the cash registers wouldn’t work without power so the customers would have to wait to be served. After a few minutes it became apparent that the power would not be coming back on any time soon so I mentioned to my mom that they should pass around free samples to keep their customers from leaving. My mom jumped on that, and gave the idea to an employee. It worked, and a few minutes later pumpkin bread slices were passed around! It was so great! Usually my mom is the one who comes up with the crazy ideas, and she puts me up to them, but this time it was the opposite. We had a good laugh over it, and enjoyed our free desert! We may be crazy, but we always have a good time!

Looking Forward to General Conference

I love spending time with my mom, and among all the craziness of life. I am glad I can count on spending time with her during the Women’s General Session. Fortunately, we typically get together when the boys are all out watching the priesthood session too. Two weeks in a row of Mother Daughter time! That’s a total win in my book!

I am really excited for General Conference today and tomorrow! Back in April, in order to make General Conference more meaningful, I took a challenge from our Stake President to listen/read all of the conference talks 6 times before the next conference. I think I listened to them each about 4 times. I didn’t quite get there, but it was better than I have ever done in the past, and I have grown to really know and love the words from the April Conference. I am planning to reach my goal this time! I bookmarked general conference on lds.org on my phone, so it was easy to access. It was nice to be able to listen to conference without the distraction of my children. I love my kids so much, and I want them to have a good experience during conference too, so I try to focus on them during the actual session. It was really fun to catch up and re-listen to the talks. I was able to learn something new each time I listened.

During General Conference, there are so many wonderful things that we can do/prepare so that our kids can enjoy the General Conference Experience. Pinterest of course is a great resource. I love the things that I found directly on LDS.ORG for children. You can access them here at LDS.ORG.

I hope you and your family enjoy General Conference!