Turkey Lasagna with Spinach and Leeks

Turkey Lasagna with Spinach and Leeks

I know I have mentioned this a zillion times but I’m freakin over the moon that I can get lean ground turkey now from Ocado (a home delivery grocery service for my non UK readers).  It has made my life so much easier and my food choices more varied.  My MIL is still in town and this week has been crazy busy (see yesterdays post) so I wanted to de-stress by creating a new recipe yesterday.  I combined all the flavors I love and it came out ridiculously delicious.  The hubby was a bit sad it wasn’t beef but once he tried it, he even had seconds!  You could easily make this in a normal sized lasagna pan but I couldn’t find mine so my 8×8 pyrex worked just fine and  I also made this in the morning and then it sat in the fridge till dinner but you could easily have just cooked it straight away.
Tip #1 – Amp up store bought tomato sauce with roasting tomatoes in your oven.  It is easy and really quick and the flavor boost you get is outta this world.
Tip #2 – Crank up the flavor by adding a bit of white wine to the leeks when sauté them.  It turns the leeks from yum to wowsers, trust me.

Only three pieces were leftover and since we are off on a very English adventure this weekend (stay tuned), I popped them in a tupperware and threw them in the freezer.  #doneanddusted

Turkey Lasagna with Spinach and Leeks
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • EVOO
  • 10 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 3 medium leeks, washed and sliced
  • ⅛ cup of white wine
  • 1 pound of roma or large cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ⅚ oz bag of washed baby spinach, wilted in microwave
  • 1 small pkg of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 4 oz ricotta (or cottage cheese)
  • 300 gram mozzarella, shredded
  • Handful of fresh basil, torn into bits
  • 1 box of lasagna sheets
  • pinch of oregano
  • couple dashes of onion powder and garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350F and arrange tomatoes in a pan, drizzle with EVOO and put in oven till they start getting mushy (about 10-15 minutes) then remove.
  2. Place roasted tomatoes in sauce pan, add jar of tomato sauce, spices, basil and mushrooms and keep heat on low with a lid, stirring occasionally.
  3. Heat frying pan on stovetop and add a bit of EVOO then the sliced leeks and sautee till they start becoming see through.
  4. Add wine and once wine has gone from pan, add turkey and start browning the meat.
  5. Once turkey is cooked, add ¾ of the tomato sauce to the turkey pan and the wilted spinach and stir, turn off heat.
  6. Grab a 8 x 8 pan, wipe a little EVOO inside to prevent sticking and start with a layer of the tomato sauce first. Next add the pasta sheets, some ricotta, turkey and mozzarella.
  7. Repeat process but finish with a layer of sauce and cheese and cook covered at 325F for about 40 minutes, then remove foil and let cheese brown up for about 5-10 minutes.
  8. Let stand at least 5-10 minutes before cutting into it and enjoy!

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Losing Control #T1D Struggles

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I ‘ll admit that I’m a bit of a control freak,  I can’t help it.   That’s why when I got Type 1 diabetes at age 33, a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) or DEX (DEXCOM) was music to my ears. Instead of poking my poor fingers all day, it allowed me to feel like a normal person and continue with my “normal” life.   I’d let DEX buzz and beep and warn me so I didn’t have to worry.  No crazy high blood sugars that make me feel like a snail or scary lows that make me sweat and shake.  DEX is perfect except for one thing...he isn’t waterproof.  So, Friday night, DEX fell into the sink while I was brushing my teeth.  Normally this event would have produced a lot tears but it was so late and I had a house full of guests, so I shoved it in a bowl of rice, I prayed I would be OK overnight and went to bed.  Don’t panic I thought to myself…. 

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From Drab to Dazzling – Upcycle 3

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Upcycle project number three is finally completed!  I had planned on sharing it last week but the paint just wouldn’t dry…mainly because it rained all week here in London.  Paint has a very hard time drying when its wet and humid outside.  A while back while walking the dog, (are we noticing a pattern yet- dog walks = treasure hunt) I found this old wooden dresser on the sidewalk.  I grabbed the hubby and carried it home and immediately started planning what to do with it.

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I started removing the hardware and had planned to use the original hardware but I tried painting them and that was a horrible disaster.  Lesson learned, always spray paint the hardware.

TIP:  When updating hardware, opt for spray paint not real paint

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So, after I ruined the hardware, I had to find new hardware so I started searching the neighborhood for handles and found these awesome replacements.  They were on kitchen cabinets, so I spray painted them white and screwed them in sideways and they work perfectly!

TIP:  Think out of the box when working on your upcycle project

I headed to our neighborhood hardware store and grabbed 2 medium tins of gloss Dulux, one in white and another in bright orange.  I found a piece of medium grain sandpaper and just sanded it by hand to smooth out the rough parts and then after wiping off the dust, got started painting.  I thought I would have to do two coats but one was all I needed.

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Like I mentioned before, the paint took a long time to dry but when it finally was, I put on the handles.  This was a bit trickier than I originally thought but with a measuring tape and a piece of paper I created a template to make sure the measurements were correct so when the screw on the inside went thru…it would match up to the handle.  I didn’t worry too much about making sure all the handles on the dresser drawers were in the exact same location because I like things to look not perfect.

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I’m thrilled with the results and even more with the cost of the project coming in under £10.00  I’m not sure what my next Upcycle project will but I’m sure I’ll find something to work on soon…stay tuned!

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Upcycle 2

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