No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

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Forgive my absence from My Judy the Foodie. Between the hectic holiday weekend and being in the throws my BAKE IT HAPPEN campaign, I didn’t have much time to focus on anything but, my kids and my baking and promoting for breast cancer research.

So, here’s the shameless plug of the day for the Bake it Happen campaign.

Yesterday was a big week for us.

Our campaign was not only featured on the local news but, we were also featured in a radio interview over at SiriusXM Satellite Radio (here’s the link if you want to listen to it for yourself: https://soundcloud.com/siriusxmentertainment/the-moms-and-bake-it-happen-support-breast-cancer-awareness-month).

We get so excited when we receive pictures of Bake it Happens from all over the country. From little kids mixing the batter to running teams showcasing their baked goods, there’s no better feeling than to see Mom’s recipes being shared, all in the name of breast cancer research. And, we’re thrilled that our sign ups are 10x more than last year. But, now we need people to actually take the recipes they’ve received and to BAKE and share (hint hint hint).

Remember that the campaign runs through the end of October so, if baking isn’t your thing, you can plan ahead. Trust me friends, these recipes of Mom’s are tasty and easy and you won’t regret a thing. For more details, check out www.bakeithappen.net. Hope to see you baking soon.

Ok, now back to my regularly scheduled post:

So, I guess I’ve been on an Italian kick lately since last week I posted about Baked Ziti. Or, maybe I’ve been trying to cook to the lowest common denominator in our house which is my 12 ½ year old daughter. Lately I’ve noticed that she’s not in the healthiest eating phase and, she’s got an insatiable appetite—due in part to a growth spurt. She’d likely grab for seconds of pasta or some carb-laden dish rather than opt for more veggies or fruits (On second thought, I guess not too many 12-year olds would select veggies over pasta).

My compromise for last night’s dinner– without giving her a complex and potentially kick-off an adolescence of eating disorders—was to riff off a family favorite. I can’t stress enough how simple tweaks to celebrated dishes not only help to diversify dinnertime but also, encourages your kids to try these dishes. I actually got this idea from a good friend who’s not eating any carbs. I took our basic lasagna recipe and, instead of using the noodles, I used long thin strips of zucchini.

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Not only was the dish wonderfully tasty but, the kids were getting in a nice helping of vegetables. They LOVED it and requested it for the next time instead of lasagna.

That’s a win/win in my household.

Go on, try the dish. I promise you’ll LOVE.

And feel free to dish on any creative substitutions you’ve made to your meals….

 

 

Baked Ziti

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I’ve been so consumed by our breast cancer baking campaign, Bake it Happen, that I was on the verge of pulling my hair out when trying to figure out what to make for dinner last night.

Then, I had an aha moment.

I usually never make pasta for dinner,  partly because I feel like my children already have an intense relationship with carbs on a daily basis. Yet, as I scanned the pantry and fridge, I realized I had all the fixings for a Baked Ziti dish and I had never made the dish!

I felt so relieved and quite surprised that, out of all of the meals I have challenged myself to cook in the past 3 years, none of them had been Baked Ziti! BONUS.

I had the pasta and the sauce and surprisingly, I had just purchased a fresh 1b of mozzarella cheese that I planned to use for a nice refreshing Caprese salad– that never got made.

The more time I spend in the kitchen, the more I am constantly amazed at how simple, slight variations on celebrated meals can help to diversify dinner time and to decrease the stress involved.

Within minutes of my averted breakdown,  I was boiling the pasta and my son was helping me carve away at the mozzarella ball. We were a team and a Baked Ziti our mission.

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We got a little creative and decided to cut up some Italian sausage because, why not? It could only enhance the overall flavor of the dish, right?  And we weren’t using a traditional meat sauce that’s often used.

So, what happened a mere forty minutes later? I pulled out a beautiful, bubbling, 9×13″ pyrex dish bursting with pasta, tomato sauce, cheese and sausage.

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And, lucky for me, dinner for tonight is a no-brainer: LEFTOVERS!

I know you will enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday- Let’s Bake it Happen

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Happy birthday MOM.

Six years ago this month, my mom Judy  passed away from Metastatic Breast Cancer.

How ironic that not only is October her birthday month and the month she died but, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

While Judy is no longer physically here with us, she’s been filling our kitchen’s and our hearts with her cherished recipes.

Together, let’s try to give back using some of her most celebrated recipes.

I’m sure you’ve been hit over the head with PINK-washing.  Everyone’s wearing pink–even football players are wearing pink socks.

But, how much of that awareness actually translates into hard dollars dedicated to breast cancer research?

My sister and I are so proud of the campaign we launched last year and are beyond eager to see it take off again this year.

Please join us in our Bake it Happen™ campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

WPIXbihBake it Happen featured on the morning news in New York!

All YOU have to do is bake. 

BIHpumpkinJudy’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies – as baked by my 12 -year old

Each time Judy’s baked good is shared, we will DONATE to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation where 100% of the monies raised will get donated to breast cancer research!

bakeithappensteffiJudy’s Black Bottom Cupcakes baked by a participant

And, by participating, YOU can WIN an iPAD!

Really, is there any sweeter way to raise money?

Let’s DO THIS….for Judy and everyone else has been affected or has lost their battle with this insidious disease.

 

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Go to Bake it Happen for more details.

Bake it Happen™ Official Kick Off

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Today is the official start to the Bake it Happen™ 2014 campaign!  We hope you’ll join us all month long and BAKE to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer research as I’m sure each and every one of us has somehow been impacted by this disease.

I’ve already starting baking some of the Bake it Happen recipes.  Mom’s Pumpkin Brownies will be shared at my daughter’s field hockey game tomorrow:

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I’m also planning to celebrate the end of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur by eating tons mom’s Earthquake cookies.

Come join the movement.  It’s fun, easy, and you can win too.

For more information about the campaign and to get the recipes, click here!  And please help spread the word.

Enjoy our latest press release too: Trade Release PPPF and Bake It Happen Final

 

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