Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cucumber-Pasta Salad

A refreshing cucumber salad with pasta and a creamy dressing is a delight. It is a quick, easy and healthy recipe.You can make the pasta and just toss in some cool and fresh cucumber to it for getting the best of taste.

What you need-

* 3 cups pasta
* 2/3 cup vinegar
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 3 teaspoons sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon pepper

* 3 medium cucumbers, seeded and coarsely chopped
* 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
* 2 green onions, sliced
* 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Cucumber-Pasta Salad

Ways to cook-

Cook pasta and then drain. Rinse it with cold water, and drain again.Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, dillweed, pepper and water. Cover and shake well.

Combine pasta, cucumber, celery, and onions. Add dressing, and toss to coat.

Cover and chill for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a slotted spoon.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Zucchini Lasagna

What you need-

* 2-1/2 cups zucchini, sliced (about 2 medium)
* 1/2 lb lean ground beef (I use 1 lb.)
* 1/4 cup onion, chopped
* 2 small tomatoes, cut up
* 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
* 1/2 tsp. dried basil
* 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
* 1/4 cup water
* 1/8 tsp. pepper
* 1 egg
* 3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese (or low fat or fat free ricotta)
* 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (I use 8 oz. divided)
* 1 tsp. flour

Zucchini Lasagna

Way to prepare-
Cook zucchini until tender, drain and set aside. Fry meat and onions until meat is brown and onions are tender; drain fat. Add next 8 ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer, cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

Slightly beat the egg. Add cottage cheese, half of shredded cheese and flour.

In a baking-roasting pan, arrange half of the meat mixture. Top with half of the zucchini and all the cottage cheese mixture. Top it up with remaining meat and zucchini.

Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer.

Let it stand 10 minutes before serving so that it gets firm.

This is delicious and this is an understatement.
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