Lasagna from Scratch (even the noodles)

Diana’s Lasagna Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • Love 🙂
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef or turkey (for vegetarian, substitute your favorite veggie)
  • 1.5 medium to large zucchini, diced (or other seasonal veggie)
  • half red onion, chopped
  • half yellow onion, chopped
  • lasagna noodles (boxed or make your own — instructions below)
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 – 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 – 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs ghee (I have a separate post on how to make ghee)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • shredded mozzarella (optional)
  • lasagna baking pan
  • foil

Pre-heat oven to 375.

The most important ingredient in this recipe is love.  It should be added every step of the way.

Meat layer:

Add about a tablespoon of ghee to large skillet over medium-high heat.  Brown meat.  In the same pan to the side OR in a separate pan, sauté the onions and garlic in another tablespoon of ghee.  Then combine meat, onions and garlic.  Add oregano, basil, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in the zucchini at the end.  Cook until the zucchini begin to get slightly soft, then remove from heat.

Sauce:

In a separate sauce pan, combine the canned tomatoes.  Add additional garlic, oregano, and basil.  Use a hand blender to make the consistency more like a sauce.  Heat to keep sauce warm.

Noodles:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups of flour
  • 1 quart size zipper bag
  • Pasta machine

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and make a well in the middle.  Add the eggs to the well. Begin to beat the eggs and the flour will gradually work its way into the eggs, making a dough.  The dough will likely seem dry.  Begin to kneed the dough.  Add a tsp of water and continue to kneed.  If still dry, add another half tsp of water.  Kneed it into a ball and place in a zipper bag and let sit for 10 -30 minutes or so until the dough becomes soft.

Separate dough into 4 to 6 sections.  Take one section and flatten it by hand or with a rolling pin.  Feed it through the pasta machine until the desired thickness.  Here is a quick 1-minute demonstration on this step: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqqO2umKs24

Layer the lasagna:

In a lasagna pan, add a layer of sauce. Place the noodles on the sauce. (If using boxed noodles, follow the instructions on the box.) Add a layer of meat/veggies. (I prefer to sprinkle just a little bit of meat, not using too much on each layer.)  Add a layer of sauce.  Repeat as many times as you like, or until you run out of meat.  End with a layer of pasta on top.  Top it with sauce.  Add shredded mozzarella (optional).

Bake the lasagna:

Cover the pan with foil and bake for 35 minutes.

Remove the foil. Use a fork and poke the center of the lasagna (to prevent bubbles).

Bake another 5-10 minutes until nicely browned.

Let cool about 10 minutes.  Cut and serve.

 

If you can, buy organic and local. 🙂

Enjoy,

Diana

Yoga Nidra Intention Radiance with Tracee Stanley

I am attending a wonderful session with Tracee Stanley and learning so much more about Yoga Nidra.

For example, I learned that I probably need to avoid using the two opposites Pain and Pleasure in my group Yoga Nidra classes and on recordings.  I do agree with her, and that is probably why I have only used it once in a recording, and even then felt pretty uneasy about it.  Those are some serious topics!

Diving in deeper and learning more about Yoga Nidra is so interesting and wonderful.  Yoga Nidra is such a powerful tool, and Tracee is such an amazing person and inspiration.  Thank you Tracee!

I am looking forward to refining my next Yoga Nidra, The Seed, and sharing with you all.

Namaste

Diana

Need a Power Nap? Yoga Nidra Can Help.

Yoga Nidra

Next time you need a power nap, Yoga Nidra can help.  The first time I experienced Yoga Nidra, I was amazed.  The only way I could describe it was “time travel yoga.”  Afterward I felt very refreshed.

This 19-minute recording is one resource for you on SoundCloud: Yoga Nidra Fully Present and Aware.  It can also be accessed on YouTube if that works better for you.

Other Resources for Power Naps

There are many excellent meditations and Yoga Nidra practices on the Insight Timer app.

Sound Cloud: Grace Yoga Meditations

YouTube: Grace Yoga Meditations

 

My Next Yoga Nidra

I would really like my next Yoga Nidra to be a practice that anyone can listen to at night, just before going to bed to help them fall asleep.  I’m really looking forward to working on this one.

If anyone has any special requests for a particular type of Yoga Nidra practice, please let me know.  Thank you!

Peace and Love,

Diana

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