4 Layers Of Chessey Lasagna

Day 4 of 30

Mind, Body and Soul Transformation

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Here I am on day 4, and so far, all is well.  I haven’t bit my family yet due to starvation. So far, my one meal a day is working out pretty good for my body. The good thing about having one meal a day is I can have exactly what I want and zero guilt.

So that’s a win for me!

I remember when I was first starting out on my weight loss journey I, was so confused about what to eat. Being scared to eat took over my life, and I thought everything would put pounds on me.

AND IT DID!!!

I was overeating and my window for eating never closed. Sure, I wasn’t packing in 3000 calories, but I never gave my body time to rest. My digestive system was constantly in motion.

So here I am now doing what works for me. Intermittent fasting is my way of life. Eating one meal a day and one snack is balancing out my life. My eating window is set for 12:00pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Drinking water and tea throughout the day is encouraged.

So here is my one meal for today!

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Items You Need

  • 2 pounds of Italian sausage
  • 2 boxes of ready to cook lasagna noodles
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 28 ounces of cottage cheese
  • 1 package of spinach
  • 2-3 cans of your favorite sauce or homemade
  • 10 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar

Steps

  1. In a hot skillet add olive oil and cook sausage
  2. Remove sausage from the pan
  3. Add a little more olive oil and all vegetables cook until tender
  4. Slowly spoon meat back into the pan with vegetables and give it a quick toss
  5. Pour in as much sauce as you desire and toss well
  6. Add a little pasta sauce to the bottom of the pan and then the first layer of noodles
  7. Proceed with a light layer of the meat sauce
  8. Cottage cheese on top and then add mozzarella and sharp cheese
  9. Repeat this process
  10. On the last layer, end with a little drizzle of the remaining sauce and then add your cheeses.

Heat oven to 375 

Cook for 40 minutes with foil on top

Remove foil and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, let cool for 30 minutes, so juices stay intact.

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You could have chosen any blog to read, but you chose mine, and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

 

Meatless Dinners…​Oh My

So my daughter Samo has agreed to make dinner at least once a week. She is a fantastic cook and loves finding different recipes to try out.

She has to have full control in the kitchen, and little to no help is needed. That is until her prep dishes need to be cleaned. Then she calls in her little brother and sister.

They only come in because they can’t wait to eat! Read More

Dinner Is In The Oven

Yesterday I felt like I had a million and one things to do. I thought calmly to myself, if I can just manage to forgo a little sleep, then I will have enough time to complete everything on my list. Here is my list… Read More

One Year Down…​Thank You For Giving Me A Chance

It has officially been 1 year since I started this particular blog and I have been welcomed into the blog world with open arms. I have to admit that every time I write something I second guess myself. I wonder if it’s interesting enough to get you to come back and view another post. I always try to just be myself and that alone is scary.

I remember when I first started my blog I was approached by a well known public figure and he gave me THE BEST pointer. He told me if I wanted my blog to be successive then I had to remain truthful to myself. Choose topics that hit me deep in my core and then just go. Talk the way I do every day, and make sure my personality is present at all times. When he told me this I said well what if people don’t like me or what I have to say?

He responded, “Do you have friends”? “Do they like to engage with you”? “After 17 years does your husband still like you and engage with you”? But most importantly “Do you like you and find yourself interesting”? I thought fair enough!

So here we go! My content is going to be bananas this year, filled with food, diets, crafts, workouts, real talk, and my Life. I am elated to welcome you all to my world.

I know that there are thousands and thousands of blogs that you could have joined or read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

Jumbo Stuffed Pasta 🐚

My love for Italian food is ridiculously crazy. If I don’t make it once a week, then you know something is wrong with me. I have made everything from Manicotti to Baked Ziti, Ravioli, Tortellini, Lasagna, Italian Meatballs, and everything in between. Did I already say that I LOVE pasta? Oh okay, I think you get it.

If you follow me on Instagram and check out my insta stories you will see that I make pizza a lot. I make it so much that I can do it in my sleep. So based on that you might think that pizza is my favorite Italian meal. NOPE! You would be wrong.

Hands-down one of my favorite meals to try are stuffed jumbo shells. I have had them stuffed with cottage cheese and spinach, lobster, shrimp, ground beef, and Italian sausage. There is an endless number of options! But let me tell you two secrets to having a fantastic shell.

Step one….. do not overcook the shell that is the absolute worst thing you can do. Overcooking your shell’s will cause them to become limp and making it impossible for your ingredients to stay inside.

Step two…..stuff the heavens out of your shells. No one wants a half stuffed shell at least not me!!!

Ingredients

  • One box of Jumbo Shells
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • Two teaspoons Black pepper
  • Teaspoon Salt
  • 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Boil your pasta shells for 5 minutes and set aside to cool.

In a heated pan add olive oil and sauté your spinach.

Any large bowl mix cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, black pepper, salt, and spinach.

Begin to stuff shells 🐚, place them in your pan and drizzle with olive oil.

Cover and Bake on 375° for 20 minutes

Uncover and broil for two minutes.

Please refer to my previous post on amping up bottled pasta sauce or making homemade sauce.

To complete your meal add either my crusted Parmesan salmon Or fettuccine, thin pasta noodles or baked chicken.

I always add a large Caesar salad with this meal. Just adds that bit of a crunch that you need.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~

Lasagna with Meat and Without

I have so many weaknesses when it comes to food. I LOVE TO EAT but I love to cook  more. Being able to change your normal meals and make them a little bit more dazzling is so much fun to me. So I hope that you will try this recipe and then tweak it and make it your own.

There are so many different ways you can make lasagna and all of them are delicious. I love making lasagna because we always have so much leftover. Not to mention the ingredients have had time to marinate together and by the time you dig in the next day the flavors are bursting with goodness.

Now go get those pots and pans out. Its time to cook so put fear aside and just mix some of your favorite veggies together and add your sauce.

My favorite go to is listed here in detail.  I always make 3/4 with meat and the rest meatless. I also have to have a 3 layer lasagna, it looks beautiful when it is served on a beautiful plate. I plate my lasagna with a side salad and garlic bread because that is a must!

Bake on 375 wrapped tightly with foil for 40 min and uncover for 20 minutes. Let stand for 30 minutes and then slice and serve

Ingredients

  • Oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 3 lbs of meat
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 head of broccoli florets
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces of mozzarella
  • 8 ounces of cheddar cheese
  • your choice of seasonings
  • 2 cans of pasta sacue ( my favorite is Bartoli)
  • olive oil

No need to boil your noodles if you bought the already baked noodles. So go right to adding olive oil to a hot pan and meat. Season to taste, and remove when cooked though out. Add veggies and more olive oil to the pan, once veggies are sautéed add sauce.

First layer, add meat and veggie mix, half of the cottage cheese mozzarella and cheddar cheese and repeat until you get to the top layer. The top layer will consist of everything with the exception of cottage cheese. cover with foil and bake on 375degrees for 40 minutes then remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

Let it cool for 15 minutes and enjoy.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I am honored

~Bella Donna~