A Blog with a Purpose

I started this blog with the intention of making a good shared recipe site. These are all recipes which I have found, cooked, ate and loved (also that my 2 going on 3 picky eaters loved as well: my husband, 6 yr old son and 3 month old daughter). So give them a try and feel free to leave comments on the recipes as well and share this page with your friends. Enjoy - Kenni Holland

Vegetarian Lasagna

This recipe was requested by my husband's friend Eric to be posted. Him and his girlfriend were over when I fixed this dish and lucky for them I shared LOL. It was the first time I made an all veggie dish for my meat loving family and it was a hit. Was told it was the best lasagna they had ever had and that it would be even better with some beef in it LOL. So if you want to add beef omit some quantity of the veggies and brown it good.
Will post a pic of mine when I make it again

Vegetarian Lasagna


4 medium zucchini
1 pkg fresh mushrooms (amount depends on taste, I use the small pkg or 2 small cans if no fresh avail)
1 medium onion
Fresh garlic (to taste, I use 2 tsp minced)
9oz frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained of liquid
28oz jar pasta sauce (again I use Prego Chunky garden it's my favorite)
24 oz. mozzarella cheese ( I use a 4 cup bag since my hubby likes extra cheese)
8 oz crumbled feta cheese
Olive Oil (to coat the pan)
Lasagna Noodles

1. Prepare Lasagna noodles according to pkg directions. Meanwhile, mince zucchini, mushrooms, onion and garlic.
2. Coat large skillet with oil and saute veggies until tender. Add defrosted drained spinach. Add pasta sauce.
3. In 13"x9" baking dish layer as follows: noodles, veggie mix, mozzarella cheese, noodles, veggie mix, mozzarella cheese, noodles, top with feta cheese.
4. Bake in a pre-heated 350* oven until brown and bubbly (remember the feta won't melt, I didn't know that at first)

You can serve this with some garlic bread. I use the Italian loaf bread you can get from Wal-Mart for 99 cent, mix together some room temp salted butter with minced garlic and spread over slices and toast it in the oven. YUM

I got this recipe from www.momswhothink.com/easy-recipes, I have gotten alot of good recipes from this site.

Upside-Down Pizza

This recipe is awesome. My sister got it from a friend, who got it from a friend, and so on. Best thing about it: you can do your own variation based on you families taste and what you're craving.

Upside Down Pizza

1 lb lean ground beef (I use the leanest they sell 97/3 so I don't have to mess with draining it)
1 zucchini chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 can mushrooms or fresh if you like.
1-9oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (doesn't matter if it's fine or coarse as long as its shredded)
1 jar marinara sauce (I use Prego's chunky garden tomato and garlic)
1 refrigerated pie crust (comes with 2 pieces usually)
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning
Powdered Parmesan cheese

1. Take out the pie crusts and let them come to room temperature (about 15 minutes)
2. Line 9" pie pan with one crust you will use the other to top it with.
3. In large skillet or electric skillet, brown beef over medium heat (drain if alot of grease) add zucchini, onion and mushrooms. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning to taste (you can omit any of these if you like) while cooking.
4. Once veggies are tender and beef is done add the jar of sauce and simmer for a few minutes.
5. Meanwhile, drain liquid out of spinach and mix some salt into the spinach.
6. Pour meat mixture into pie pan.
7. Top with spinach.
8. Top with mozzarella cheese.
9. Top with other pie crust tuck in crust around the edge and pinch the edges (it says flute the edges but I don't know what in the heck that means I just pinch mine LOL).
10. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of crust, cut a few slits in the crust too.
10. Cook at 400* for 20 minutes or until crust is done (it really depends on you pie pan I use a stoneware one and it takes almost 30 for mine to be done)

My sister adds black olives and artichokes to hers.
I also thought about using sausage and chunks of pepperoni instead of ground beef.
You really can put what ever the heck you want to in it. Use your imagination.

A Blog with a Purpose!

OK, so here's the deal. I'm no English teacher. So please don't give me grief about my grammer and double negatives. I just wanted to start this blog as a woman, as a mom, as a intermediate home cook. I always search online to find recipes and more often than not they are duds. Flavorless, nasty, and expensive. I'm a practical mom, I work and have 2 going on 3 picky eaters (my husband, 6 year old son, and 3 month old daughter). I need stuff that will satisfy their taste buds and our wallet.

So this is how the site works. I will post a recipe that I have found, tested and loved on this blog. I will give them ratings one from me, one from my husband and one from my son. I can't guarantee it will satisfy your family but if your family is like mine then this should be awesome for you.

Check it out and tell me what you think in the comments section below.

This is a terrible family pic but it's the only one I've got.