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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Extra Veggie Lasagna and Frosted Banana Bars

I always try and find ways to get more veggies into Hubby and Mr.B. So now when I make lasagna, I add an extra layer of veggies, between the 2 layers of meat. M.B sometimes manages to find my hidden little treasures, but more often than not, he eats his meal blissfully unaware of ingesting spinach, carrots and peppers, LOL.


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Extra Veggie Lasagna

12 no boil lasagna noodles
3-4 C favorite meat sauce, jarred or homemade
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 large carrots, shredded
1/2 red pepper, minced
2 C mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

Coat a 9X11 inch baking dish with a thin layer sauce. Place 3 noodles over sauce and cover with sauce and 1/2 C of cheese. Place 3 more noodles and top lightly with sauce. Evenly distribute spinach, carrots and peppers, over noodles. Sprinkle with 1/2 C mozzarella. Repeat first layer ( noodles, meat sauce and cheese) topping with remaining noodles, sauce, mozzarella and sprinkle of Parmesan. Bake at covered, at 375, for 1 hr. Let sit 10 mins, before serving.

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This Frosted Banana Bar recipe was one of the recipes, in our Meal of the Week challenge, on Babycenter's Cooking for your Family board. I always have ripe bananas in the freezer, so of course I had to try the recipe. I baked mine in a 9X11 inch pan, so they were a tad thicker than they are suppose to be. I also had to bake them longer, for this same reason. Since I used a smaller pan, I halved the frosting recipe. These are really good. They have a subtle banana flavor. I shared a piece with Hubby last night, and he really enjoyed them. So much so, that he got up and grabbed his own piece. I never thought of pairing bananas with cream cheese frosting, but they go well together.


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FROSTED BANANA BARS
Lori~Taste of Home

These are the bomb, if anyone remembers Sara Lee used to have a banana cake, this is just like that, very very fattening though!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

FROSTING:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in bananas. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

For frosting, in a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

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