Monday, December 7, 2009

Layers, Layers, Layers

My kids keep saying I'm in denial that biking season is over - hence the reason my bike rack still remains affixed to my trailer hitch. But may I just state, in my defense, that if you dress appropriately in layers, you can prolong your riding season!

Admittedly, I did experience some toe-numbing rides, but one little accessory changed all of that. Thanks to my friend, George (Ironman Finisher and Youth Group Leader extraordinaire), I have been able to keep my pedals moving. He bought me these great little booties that slip over my bike shoes and my toes are now snug and warm as I pedal my way to mountain bike happiness. Thanks again, George!

In keeping with the layer theme, I am leaving you with my favourite lasagna recipe. Stay posted for an update as to when I'll cave and remove, albeit dismally, my bike rack from my truck.

Tracey's Favourite Lasagna
I hate messing around with lasagna noodles; boiling and working with them. They're such slimy little suckers! So do yourselves a favour and grab fresh lasagna sheets - so much easier to work with!

photo courtesy of ninazer0 on flickr

1# ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 28-oz. can tomatoes
1 12-oz. can tomato paste
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
1/2 tsp. thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 package mild italian sausage (about 6 sausages)
Fresh Whole Wheat Lasagna sheets (found in the deli section)
1 15-16 oz. container lite Ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1 16-oz mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Prepare meat sauce: In saucepan over high heat, cook ground beef and onion, stirring frequently - until all pan juices evaporate and beef is well browned. Add tomatoes with their liquid and next 7 ingredients. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for thirty minutes. Stir occassionally. Skim fat.

Meanwhile, place skillet on medium-high heat and bring 2" of water to boil (about 1 - 1.5 cups). Add italian sausage and cook until no longer pink inside. Add more water if needed. Cool, slice each link into rounds about 1/4" think and set aside.

Mix ricotta cheese with eggs. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In 13" x 9" baking dish, arrange half of noodles. Top with half of ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with half of mozzarella. Top with half of sauce. Then add sausage as your next layer. Repeat all layers. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake lasagna for 1 hour or until heated through. Top broil if desired. Remove from oven. Let stand 10 minutes.



  2. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I wAnT SoMe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Love the little booties, do they come with matching underpants?

  4. Mmmmm...guess I'm making lasagna for supper tonight now! I was just thinking about that and then I read this and voila!
    Cute pic of you by the way!
    I had to laugh the other was a Kramer moment, but a little more extreme. I was driving behind another die-hard like you on Thornton Rd the other day when a big black dog came bounding out of the bush at the side of the road, barking at the guy on the bike, scaring the living crap out of him! He wobbled and weaved, almost lost it, but gained back control of his bike and carried on, shaking his head. I, of course thought of Kramer and laughed my head off!!!

  5. Love the pics, the tips, the recipe, your stories, the blog! ...Thanks Tracey- you Rock - Have fun making your bike season last and last some more haha :-)
    Dianne :-)

  6. i so want some

    1 hour ago

    bye bye

  7. Must be nice to have Dianne comment on YOUR blog, hmmm? (hint hint Dianne, sheesh.)

    Tracey!! I must get out to ride with you one day. Although you will kick my ass I desprately need that! :)

    Great lasagne. You should know, lasagne isn't safe around me. It tends to disappear....


  8. Well, Gillian, maybe we can go riding then finish off a tray of lasagna together!! That would be the perfect day (and a beer of course). Looks like my daughter logged in as me again...sigh. That's her comment above yours :)

  9. You are such a trooper Trace!! Biing in the cold.. where do you find the energy and will power??


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