Pasta

Layoffs? Home-Made Comfort Food

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Comfort Food

This week I have heard more about layoffs than what I wanted, so I had to find a way to compensate for my stressful thoughts with some comfort food. Today, Friday, end of the week, after all the stress around me, I had to resort to my comfort food king and queen. King spaghetti and Queen Eggs. I mixed them together, it all came out perfectly and in a heavenly way too ( angels did come to my rescue. ) I felt all better after making this recipe and after confirming that it’s not just the best comfort food but also the best alienating agent for me. I have been through lay offs once and some close friends have been through it twice. Other friends are anxious, threatened with the fear of being hit again. Oh.. We live in troubled economic, confusing times!

“Dedicated to all those who at some point in their lives lost their jobs or to any family who has lived through it, including mine. “

I hope my recipe helps! 🙂

Recipe

Ingredients: 1 Package of Spaghetti, 1 egg per person, 1 TBSP salt , 1 TBSP canola oil, parmesan cheese.

1. Cook spaghetti per package instructions.

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2. Add butter or margarine to a pan on medium heat. When the butter has melted, add an egg and a serving of cooked spaghetti.

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3. Mix well and witness magic happening! 🙂

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Serve and enjoy!

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If you have ever been fired from any job, remember… Keep your head high, it’s not about you or I. We are just great! Believe it and carry on doing great things.. 🙂

 

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Easy Step by Step Skillet Lasagna

 

 

 

IMG_4479This Easy Skillet Lasagna is another perfect comfort food after long work/school days, at least in my family. It’s very easy and it’s best with fresh mozzarella, home-made marinara sauce and home-made bechamel sauce. Here are the steps.

1. Start with a base or roux (butter, flour, salt and pepper) at medium low heat. This will be the base for the bechamel sauce.

IMG_44552. Add milk to the roux and mix frequently on low medium heat. When you obtain a semi thick consistency you have your bechamel sauce ready. Set aside.

IMG_44573. Prepare a marinara sauce at home or use your favorite marinara sauce from the store (nothing wrong with that.)

IMG_44584. Brown the beef well, seasoning with salt, pepper and oregano.

IMG_44595. Stack the lasagna layers on a skillet. Start with marinara sauce.

IMG_44626. Add a layer of oven-ready lasagna and beef.

IMG_44637. Add a layer of marinara sauce and cheese.

IMG_44648. Add another layer of oven-ready lasagna.

IMG_44659. Add a layer of beef, sauce and cheese.

IMG_44668. Add another layer of oven-ready lasagna, more beef, more marinara sauce, then bechamel sauce and cheese.

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9. Cover

 

IMG_4470When it’s ready it will be saucy and bubbly. Take it off from the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes. I serve directly from the skillet on the table. IMG_4473 IMG_4475

Serve…

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Enjoy with some french bread!

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Healthy Easy Comfort Food at Home

 

 

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Night fall temperatures are starting to drop this time of year. Yummy comfort food recipes start to make their way back into our dinner menus. What could be best at the end of a long school or work day (and possibly long commute) than a delicious pasta dish?  While most of us are huge fans of pasta, it is normally hard to stay away from the worries of health and calorie counting. This is when I come up with my own recipes, by adding tweaks here and there, to continue enjoying wonderful pasta recipes without the extra calories or “the guilt.” Here is a family favorite. It is vegetarian, healthy, easy and it can be ready in just 15 to 20 minutes.

Boil Campanelle pasta “al dente” following package instructions. You can use other pasta options but this recipe uses Campanelle as it will absorb the sauce very nicely.

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Saute mushrooms and onions with a little bit of canola oil until mushrooms and onion pieces start to turn brown.

 

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Add 1 cup of  (no msg)  100% natural chicken stock, 1/2 can of mushroom cream, and 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream. Mix and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes.

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Once the campanelle pasta is done, strain and add to the sauce pan.

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You may optionally top this pasta with grated Parmesan cheese. (You can also have  black pepper handy at the table, for those craving a spicy but still light finish.)

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Enjoy!