Monday, July 23, 2012

Garfield's Favorite, Lasagna!

Garfield movies have become my girls' and nephew's new favorite as per cartoon animal entertainment and was a go-to show when I was a young girl.  Most of us are familiar with Garfield and his habits including the consumption of  copious amounts of lasagna.  Needless to say, I have had lasagna on the brain for  few weeks now.   There are  numerous variations of Lasagna, the ever popular Italian dish, and I have several of my own including one with pepperoni, one with classic bechamel and no ricotta, as well as a couple with ricotta and ricotta/veggie blends.
The lasagna  I created today has more of a lighter combination, incorporating more veggies  in part because I had some that needed to be utilized before they lost freshness or expired.  Lean ground turkey is the main protein for this recipe, with about 1/2 lb. good quality ground beef for layering/flavor component.   The ricotta blend contains julienne of spinach, Pecorino Romano, and a scant amount of nutmeg, YES, NUTMEG. Nutmeg complements cheesy dishes and spinach very well.  Small diced zucchini is added for nutritional value and help absorb some of the flavors, like little flavor sponges!  The recipe turned out well and I'm looking forward to leftovers, since to me it tastes better the next day.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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