Sunday, November 22, 2009

Homemade Pizza and Veggie Lasagna

Homemade pizza, made with bread machine pizza dough. The dough takes an hour and 15 minutes in the bread machine, and baking takes about 25-30 minutes. If you buy yeast in bulk, it is more economical than the individual packets. Homemade dough using sale or bulk flour costs less and tastes better than store bought or frozen. The sauce is a cheapo can of plain tomato sauce (about 50 cents), and I added my own dried oregano and basil to it. I buty cheese when it is super cheap in large quantities and freeze it. I usually add diced onion, peppers, tomato, mushrooms- whatever we have on hand. Plus cloves of whole garlic and basil from our plant.

Speaking of plants, buying fresh herbs is akin to highway robbery. Most of these plants cost $1.40-1.50 each. There are millions of free online resources for caring for plants. I repot each of them when I bring them home, and so far have been successful. Our sunny east-facing morning room has been perfect for growing plants indoors. So far we have basil, sage, rosemary, chives, tarragon, and...
...our newest additions, cilantro and parsley.

Squash is in season, and I've been trying to expand our taste buds with squash dishes. Here, I cut up an acorn squash and a few Italian sausage links, and sprinkled it with fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil. It smelled and looked fantastic- and it tasted great!
The recipe is from a great food blog, Kalyn's Kitchen.

Kroger has had great prices on frozen veggies (88 cents/pound) and I DESPISE eating cooked spinach- but it's so good for you. So, I experimented with a veggie lasagna. Does cheese make even cooked spinach taste good? The answer is a resounding yes! I used Prego's Garlic and Roasted Pepper sauce bought of sale, and I think the flavor was excellent. I used the no-cook noodle method, just making sure to put wet ingredients next to the noodles, and baking covered with foil. The were no issues with hard noodles at all. The recipe can be found here on allrecipes. The only change I made to it was adding an extra can of mushrooms.

For those who want the pumpkin muffin recipe- it can be found here.