Mom’s Vegetarian Lasagna

Mom's Vegetarian Lasagna

This is one of the first meals that Christian's mom made that I absolutely fell in love with...so after watching her make it a couple of times I've created the recipe below.  It's healthy in terms of being vegetarian, but it is heavy on the Alfredo sauce and cheese...so not that healthy.  Hence the yumminess!

The original recipe calls for topping the lasagna with herb  feta cheese, but over the years we've decided that we like it better the traditional way so we just put lots more mozzarella on top.  We also always make our own lasagna noodles vs. buying store bought...which means no pre-cooking of the lasagna noodles required!  That was always one of the biggest pains of lasgna to me...cooking the noodles, then keeping them moist enough while you layer so they don't all get stuck together but also waiting long enough so your not burning your hands.  Issues!  So homemade noodles are the way to go in my opinion...preferably wheat.
SavoryGirl’s New Go-To Chili Recipe

Just in time for the end of National Chili Week (who knew?!) I stumbled upon my new go-to chili recipe! What makes it worthy of becoming my "go-to"? Well, for one, Christian loves it...and he has always disliked my or anyone else's chili. But beyond that, it is super flavorful and very easy. I can't take credit though, it's not a SavoryGirl original...in fact it's an Emeril Lagasse original. That Emeril knows his way around a good chili bowl!

So the original recipe for Emerils' 5-Bean Chili can be found here, but I made a few tweaks to both ingredients and process that I included below and would recommend you make as well. Particularly if you like thicker chili as we do since Emeril's original recipe makes a thinner soup-like chili. While this is a very easy dish to make, it isn't quick so make sure to start this chili with that in mind...you need to soak the beans for about an hour first and then let it all cook in the slow-cooker for 8-10 hours if you use my approach.

SavoryGirl’s Tortellini Soup

I’ve been eating this soup since I was a kid, my mom used to make it all the time and it’s still to this day it’s my go-to food when I need some comfort or I'm not feeling well.  Back when my mom used to make it we always used the frozen Angelino tortellini, but I haven't been able to find those (or any frozen tortellini other than cheese for that matter) in years.  They were pretty awesome because they were meat tortellini...but now we have to use the more gourmet and expensive fresh kind since that's all we can find.  Although the newer dried tortellini in the pasta aisle work quite well also.  The beauty of this dish is that it’s SUPER quick & easy!
Asian Inspired Pot Roast Dinner

A strange intersection between my corporate life and my passion for food inspired this extremely successful Sunday dinner - and that compliment is coming from Christian who typically hates pot roast!. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it on my site before, but I run the Consumer Affairs department for The Clorox Company.  So how does a bleach company inspire food?  Well, Clorox actually owns 30+ brands...from Brita water filtration to Glad trash and food storage bags to Hidden Valley Dressings and KC Masterpiece BBQ sauces to Burt's Bees.  So there's some food mixed in there...not your typical SavoryGirl type food, but food nonetheless.

What really triggered this dish though, was Clorox's recent acquisition of the Soy Vay company...who just happens to make my absolute favorite store bought teriyaki sauce - Veri Veri Teriyaki.  While I was very familiar with the teriyaki sauce, I was less familiar with their other marinades. So when I was poking around the freezer and saw a beef chuck pot roast in there I decided it was as good of a time as any to try one out....served alongside creamy grits and spicy bok choy and you have yourself a delicious Sunday Dinner!  
Chicken & Biscuit Pot Pie

This is a new, somewhat healthier spin on a classic comfort food that we just made for the first time this week, and it is delicious! It's from one of my favorite cookbooks, Almost Meatless: Recipes that are Better for your Health & the Planet, which is focused on finding ways to have a lower-meat diet.  So while there's certainly chicken in this it's not as much as you would find in your traditional Chicken Pot Pie.  And instead of using a super buttery crust there's a whole wheat biscuit topping that is just fabulous...especially with the scallions mixed in. This dish is almost a hybrid between chicken pot pie and chicken and dumplings, and for a potato-hater like Christian the swap of potatoes for parsnips is perfect.  Classic comfort with a bit less guilt...just how I like it!

The recipe below makes enough for 6-8 servings...I tend to cook it right in the dutch oven that the stew is made in for easier clean-up, but if you were having a dinner party or wanted to portion the meal out for the week the single serving approach is nice as well.  The only changes I make to the recipe is to increase the quantity of vegetables a bit (although a lot of parsnips will make it kind of sweet, which means you'll need more salt to counteract) and ensure that the texture of the sauce is about right before adding the biscuit topping.  Typically this means sprinkling a few extra handfuls of flour into the sauce and letting it thicken and then adding the biscuit topping.  Mushrooms might be a nice addition as well. So no major changes, just a few tweaks.
Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits

This is an oldie but a goodie, honestly probably one of the earlier “gourmet” recipes when I was in my early days of cooking.  It was these types of early simple dishes that gave me the confidence in the kitchen and gave my now husband the confidence to propose to this gal who was starting to feed him so well!  This is quick and easy for a weeknight but satisfying meal.
Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

We've been making this recipe for as long as I can remember...which is funny because neither one of us particularly liked meatloaf growing up.  But this meatloaf has a nice twist and is quite a bit healthier since it's made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.  It's been dedicated to memory by now but here is the general approach below:
Slow Cooker Peach Sage Pork Loin (DIY)
This is a newly created dish based on some random ingredients I had in the house that I wanted to use up...but it came out pretty delicious so I thought I'd share!  Really easy and straightforward as long as you start it first thing in the morning.  This is the approach I took, but in the spirit of DIY feel free to experiment based on whatever ingredients you have on hand!
SavoryGirl’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

I get rave reviews about my spaghetti and meatballs from Christian...granted, he loves most of my cooking, but still he really likes when I make this!  It's a little blasphemous since I'm Italian, but I often use jarred sauces (Francesco Rinaldi is my favorite, although a bit expensive) and I mostly use ground turkey rather than the richer beef/veal/pork combo.  But you know, it makes my dish a bit easier, more affordable and somewhat healthier.  So be it.  I don’t really have a recipe for this...I kind of just wing it since I’ve been making it for so long, but I’ve outlined my basics below in case you do want to follow along:
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

So I just realized that we’re on our way to spring and I’ve barely used my slow cooker all winter!  I used it a ton last year, but just seemed to forget about it this year.  I haven’t had Beef Stroganoff in years so I have no idea why once I decided to use my slow cooker I decided to look up this type of recipe, I must have been in an old-school comfort food mood or something.  Anyway, this Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe comes from the Cooking Light website and it definitely reminded me of what I knew growing up when I tasted it, but it’s quite a bit healthier which is nice!  That being said, it’s still a pretty heavy dish so a nice side salad or something bright is needed to perk it up!

To be honest our first try at this one didn’t come out perfect so I would make a few changes to the recipe as follows: