Protein Packed Lasagna

Hey!

How’s everyone doing today?

I am here watching city workers, 3 trucks to be exact, working on our neighbor’s pipe, it seems. A burst pipe maybe, as there are just soooo much water, it turn icy every morning. Yep, they have been working on whatever they are working on for some days now.

As a result, my neighbor would park anywhere. Like common decency’s gone throughout window as she would even blocked other neighbor’s area that the garbage truck could not pick up the bins. Hence, those bins are totally still full. Yikes!

She would also park where I usually park my car, which is right in front of my house. Now I have to drive around to find a parking space lol – le sigh!

Anyways. Today I’d like to share a lasagna recipe, what we had last night for dinner 😀

This was a no hassle dinner yet super creamy and all around yumminess, if I may say so myself 🙂

I used ready-to use- spaghetti sauce for this lasagna and oven ready lasagna pieces, as seriously, am lazy cooking 😛

As none of us really like ricotta on our lasagna, I used cream cheese that I soften with full fat milk, and the result? CREAMY 😉

The sauce I used had ground beef in it, but I added mushrooms and chicken for the following lasagna.

Ingredients

  • 1 box oven ready lasagna
  • 500 g lean ground chicken
  • 1 box fresh button mushrooms skinned, chopped
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce with real ground beef
  • 1 block cream cheese
  • 1/2 c milk
  • Grated cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Heat oil, brown chicken
  • Stir in mushroom, cook til soften
  • Mix cream cheese with milk, pour into pot
  • Cook until bubbly, stir in sauce
  • Spread some chicken sauce on pan, lay lasagna noodle, cover with soke sauce
  • Repeat steps until the last noodle, cover with suace and top generously with grated cheese
  • Bake for 45 mins, covered, in preheated 400 F
  • Take off aluminum foil, bake for another 5-10 mins
  • Cool 5-10 mins, serve

I have to be honest, even the creamy chicken and mushroom itself, they are goooood for warm rice or even mashed potato with gravy. Am drooling just to think of it!

Hmmm…I think it would be awesome inside a sub sandwich too ;D

Protein Packed Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 box oven ready lasagna
  • 500 g lean ground chicken
  • 1 box fresh button mushrooms skinned, chopped
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce with real ground beef
  • 1 block cream cheese
  • 1/2 c milk
  • Grated cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Heat oil, brown chicken
  • Stir in mushroom, cook til soften
  • Mix cream cheese with milk, pour into pot
  • Cook until bubbly, stir in sauce
  • Spread some chicken sauce on pan, lay lasagna noodle, cover with soke sauce
  • Repeat steps until the last noodle, cover with suace and top generously with grated cheese
  • Bake for 45 mins, covered, in preheated 400 F
  • Take off aluminum foil, bake for another 5-10 mins
  • Cool 5-10 mins, serve
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Congee (Rice Porridge)

Hello!

Cold days are coming ahead as Fall season is approaching fast here and I have the perfect dish to warm your soul, Chinese rice porridge, also known as congee.

The following congee is topped with gingered chicken. It is great to serve as is (with the chicken), even better with sliced onion, dried chives, pepper flakes (or white pepper powder), and more sweet soy sauce, by the way 😀

You can serve the congee anytime of the day, although in Asian countries, congee often served for breakfast mainly (or when you are not feeling well, your loved ones would treat you with heart warming delicious and healthy congee).

It is easy to make altho it takes a little time to turn the rice into porridge, but definitely warming the soul and the tummy. My kids just love it, so it’s a win-win, right? 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 box vegetable broth 1 L
  • at least 5 c water
  • 1 adult thumb ginger sliced thinly
  • 2 green onion sliced thinly
  • 5 baby carrots diced
  • 5 baby potatoes diced
  • 1 parsnip diced
  • 1 garlic thinly sliced
Place everything into a pot, bring to boil on high for 30 minutes, stirring often
add in seasonings and dried chives

Instructions

  • Soak rice for 30 minutes, drain, rinse
  • Place everything into a pot, bring to boil on high for 30 minutes, stirring often
  • Lower heat to medium-high, keep boiling until rice turned into porridge and vegetables are tender
  • Season with 1 1/2 tbsp Vegeta powder (or any other seasoning powder), 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp mushroom granules
  • Stir in 2 tbsp dried chives
  • Leave some of the broth, so do not totally evaporated the broth from the pot

The chicken topping (gingered chicken) is great not just for this congee. You can serve the gingered chicken with warm rice as you would Chinese take-out.

The chicken topping is great to be mixed with glass noodle too, just like fried noodle. Endless possibilities, as it is great for Taiwanese style steamed buns too 😀

Gingered Chicken

  • 500 g ground chicken
  • 1 thumb ginger, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 of a large onion, thinly sliced, or diced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp chicken flavored Royco powder (or any other seasoning powder)
  • a generous pinch white pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce (dark thick soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 tin peaches and cream corn kernels

Instructions

  1. Brown ground chicken along with garlic and ginger
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, cook until water somewhat evaporated
  3. Stir in corn kernels

Happy Cooking! 😀

Congee (Rice Porridge)

Ingredients

Porridge

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 box vegetable broth 1 L
  • at least 5 c water
  • 1 adult thumb ginger sliced thinly
  • 2 green onion sliced thinly
  • 5 baby carrots diced
  • 5 baby potatoes diced
  • 1 parsnip diced
  • 1 garlic thinly sliced

Gingered Chicken

  • 500 g ground chicken
  • 1 thumb ginger thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/2 of a large onion thinly sliced or diced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp chicken flavored Royco powder or any other seasoning powder
  • a generous pinch white pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce dark thick soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 tin peaches and cream corn kernels

Instructions

Porridge

  • Soak rice for 30 minutes, drain, rinse
  • Place everything into a pot, bring to boil on high for 30 minutes, stirring often
  • Lower heat to medium-high, keep boiling until rice turned into porridge and vegetables are tender
  • Season with 1 1/2 tbsp Vegeta powder (or any other seasoning powder), 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp mushroom granules
  • Stir in 2 tbsp dried chives
  • Leave some of the broth, so do not totally evaporated the broth from the pot

Gingered Chicken

  • Heat oil, brown ground chicken along with onion, garlic and ginger
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients, cook until water somewhat evaporated
  • Stir in corn kernels