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Throwback Thursday…….

Gluten & Dairy Free Lasagna Recipe!

Looking back at one of my favourite recipes to create! Lasgna! It’s always been a favourite of mine and what I love about it most is you can create whatever sauce or filling you want! There are even dessert versions of it!

This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. Since having to watch both I did miss out for a while! San Remo pasta have brought out a wonderful range of gluten free pasta so you don’t have to miss out. Along with Bio plant based cheese it’s great to be able to eat my favourite food again!

Check out my recipe below!

Prep Time : 1/2 hour

Sauce cooking time: 3-4 hours

Lasagna Cooking time: 30-40 minutes

Serves: 4

Sauce Ingredients

2 bottles tomato passata 700g each bottle- I used the Mutti brand from Woolworths

800g can diced tomatoes – I used Woolworths brand Italian diced tomatoes

1/4 Olive oil – I used Woolworths Brand Olive oil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil (again with both dried herbs I used the Woolworths Home brand

Salt and pepper to taste

Please note you can add 1/2 diced onion and 1 teaspoon crushed garlic if you like. For me I can’t have those so I didn’t put them in.

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy based pan, pour in olive oil, then passata, and diced tomatoes, add herbs, and salt and pepper. (If you are adding onion and garlic, fry these in the oil first for a minute and then add other ingredients) Fill one of the passata bottles 3/4 way with water and add to sauce. Stir all ingredients together.
  2. Set heat on high and bring sauce to a boil. Once boiled, simmer on low heat for 3-4 hours. The longer you leave to simmer on low heat the better the sauce you will get. If you see the sauce thicken too much add a little bit of water and stir. Sauce should be a thick liquid consitency such as a pumpkin soup consistency.
  3. Once cooked take off heat and set aside and get the rest of your lasagna ingredients ready.

Lasagna Filling Ingredients

500g beef mince (I prefer to use the grass fed mince from Woolworths, it has less fat content)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 cup of the prepared sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup grated mozzarella

400g mozzarella extra

200 g grated parmesan extra

again if you wish to use onion put in approx 1/4 finely diced onion and 1 teaspon garlic and fry with mince.

Instructions

  1. Place olive oil in heavy based saucepan, turn on heat to medium, if adding onion and garlic, add in first and fry for 1 minute, add mince and fry until browned.
  2. Add in herbs, salt and pepper, stir through
  3. Add 1 cup of prepared sauce, stir through then add 1/4 cup each of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese, stir through and set heat to a low simmer, simmer for approx 15-20 minutes, Continue stirring occasionally, If mixture seems to dry out add a bit more sauce.
  4. Once cooked, turn off heat and set aside for when you are ready to assemble lasagna.

Please see below for steps. I have added in this one fried eggplant but you can add other vegetables if you wish.

Assembling Lasanga

  1. Have lasgana sheets ready
  2. Cover the bottom of a glass or ceramic dish with sauce
  3. Layer pasta sheets to cover bottom of dish
  4. Top with spoonfuls of mince meat, add extra mozzarella and parmesan cheese, ladle tomato sauce on top to cover meat and cheese, add the next layer of pasta and continue until you reach the top of the dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and cover with alfoil.
  5. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 30-40 minutes. (check at the 30 minute mark if pasta is not yet cooked leave for a bit more.
  6. Always make sure on the final layer that you cover the lasagna sheets completely with enough sauce so that the pasta doesn’t dry out when cooking.
  7. Enjoy with some Italian bread and a nice bottle of wine!
Have lagsana sheets ready
Place a couple of laddles full of prepared pasta sauce on bottom of glass or ceramic baking dish

Thank you as always for reading my blog post. To make this receipe economical I used mainly Woolworths home brand ingredients.

You can also make this dish in disposable aluminium trays and freeze after cooking to reheat when needed.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe

Vicky

Please note this post is not sponsored or affiliated with anyone. The recipe is one I put together using ingredients I enjoy using.

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Thrifty Thursday….. tips on how to save money around your home

This week I want to talk about some of the left over snacks your kids decide they don’t want anymore. You know the ones, the new type of chips or muesli bars! My kids love chips & wanted the Kettle or Red Rock style chips. I had found an equivalent at Aldi’s which was way cheaper and tasted just as good. So this went well for a few weeks until well, they don’t like chips anymore and I was left with packets of the ones they didn’t eat. I thought about throwing them out but that would have been a waste!

Instead I put them in a food processor turned them into crumbs, which I then blended with some spices and flour and made chicken schnitzels. I had two flavours left over, Sea Salt and Sweet Chilli, I made separate crumb mixtures as some of my family members below cant eat spicy stuff. Scroll down below for the method used and recipe for Crunchy Chicken Schniztels.

Aldi’s Chips
Place in food processor
Pulse until chips are fine crumbs
Place in deep bowl or dish and add flour and spices
Dip chicken slices into egg mixture
Coat in Flour and chip crumb mixture
Fry until crispy golden brown and enjoy!

Crunchy Chicken Schnitzel Recipe

Ingredients

Left over stale chips (approximatley 1 medium pack or 2-3 smaller packs

2 cups plain flour

3/4 finely grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried parsley

salt and pepper to taste

4 eggs lightly beaten

Canola or vegetable oil

500 g chicken breast cut into thing slices lengthwise

Method

  1. Place chips in food processer and pulse until fine crumbs form.
  2. Place chip crumbs in deep bowl or dish along with flour, herbs, cheese and salt and pepper. Hand mix until all combined
  3. Break 4 eggs into a separate deep bowl or dish and beat until combined.
  4. In a shallow plate pour enough flour to cover surface of plate and season with salt and pepper
  5. Wash and slice chicken into thin slices, place on clean plate and season with salt and pepper, layer chicken slices one on top of the other seasoning as you go.
  6. Once you have done that, grab a slice and place it in the plate with the flour only. Coat on both sides, dip both sides of the chicken into the egg and then place in the dish with the chip and flour crumb mixture and coat both sides. Place crumbed chicken in a separate clean plate.
  7. Once you have coated all the chicken pour oil into a heavy based frying pan to cover at least 2/3 up the side of the pan, enough to submerge the crumbed chicken
  8. Gently lower 4-5 piece of crumbed chicken at a time and fry on each side until golden brown. Remove pieces of chicken once cooked and place on a clean plate lined with paper towel to drain. Repeat the process until all the chicken has been cooked.
  9. Once cooked cover with foil and serve with mash potatoes or your favourite salad. Or load them up with gravy and cheese!
  10. Left overs can be used in sandwiches the next day.

All ingredients for this meal have been purchased from Aldi https://www.aldi.com.au/ and Woolworths Supermarkets. https://woolworths.com.au

Please note this is not a sponsored post nor am I being paid for my opinion. These are just tips I use to help me save money and I want to pass them on the help others too.

Comment below on your favourite money saving tips for around the home.

Thank you for reading my post.

Vicky

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Its been an exciting week so far! And its only Wednesday – Let me tell you all about it!

Sometimes when you let go……..you gain. This week has certainly taught me that lesson! I let go of my fears, my anxiety and constant worrying and just learnt to enjoy and savour every moment. And what an exciting week it has been!

The beautiful Veronica Neal from https://www.facebook.com/GiftingEmporium/ has sent me this stunning photo of her gorgeous hamper selection available for the month of June. Veronica runs a local gift hamper business and has a selection of quality hampers to suit all tastes and budgets. Every month she curates a selection of local products to include in her hampers. I am proud to announce that this month my handmade crochet facewashers and scrubbies are included in the hamper. Made from 100% cotton/bamboo. They are soft and long lasting, machine washable and make an excellent addition to any selfcare routine.

I custom make these washers and scrubbies, so if there is a particular colour you are after please message me on my instagram page http://instagram.com/vickys_handcrafted_designs for colours and pricing. And don’t forget to pop on over to Veronica’s Facebook page for details on how you can order your hamper!

Thank you so much Veronica! Its always a pleasure and an honour to work with you and your business.

The Art of Crochet

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, you may have seen my Art of Crochet squares. I truly love this series as it teaches you step by step on how to crochet different stitches. I have learnt so much, so far and every week there is a new square in the series, which you then sew together to form a blanket! Check out your local newswagent or magazine distributor to see if they have the series for you to buy. Take a look at my instagram page http://instagram.com/vickys_handcrafted_designs for more progress details.

Star Blanket – graph-o-gram – by All Shades of Crochet

I am excited to announce I am pattern testing for the lovely Jean from All Shades of Crochet. Jean is an up and coming designer with some pretty amazing designs. She is incredibley talented and a very beautiful person. Its been great meeting her and catching up with her over Zoom. I will put up progress photos as I crochet. I really love the design and can’t wait to share Jean’s amazing design skills with you all.

Well that brings me to the end of my #wip #workinprogress, work in progress Wednesday. Thank you once again for taking the time to read my blog. I hope its been enteraining for you.

Catch up with you all tomorrow.

Vicky

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It’s a Hit! Aldi’s Has No Gluten Range

I have been trialling Aldi’s Has No Gluten Range.

I have made their Tiger bread mix. I really didn’t like the taste and texture of this one.

Next I made the carrot cake mix! This one is a winner! Great tasting and texture.

This weekend I made their Chocolate Mousse cake from the range! Amazing! Beautiful chocolate taste. Light in texture and the mousse component was easy to make you only needed cream and the mousse mix they provided!

I have tried many gluten free ranges and so far Aldi is a winner for me. What are your favourites? Let me know on the comments below.

Aldi’s Has no Gluten Chocolate Mousse Cake
Aldi’s Has No Gluten Carrot Cake Mix

And how can I forget! I tried their brownie mix! Double amazing! I added chocolate chips and Reece’s pieces and pistachios. The brownies are very fudgy and has a delicious chocolate taste. Another one I will be making again.

Aldi’s Has No Gluten Chocolate Brownie mix

I have a few more to make. I will put up the results once I have made them!

Thank you for reading my blog posts.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Vicky 🌻

Vickys Handcrafted Designs

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated nor paid by anyone for my opinions. These are my own opinions and products I chose to trial are my own decision to buy and trial them.

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Nutrimetics Mud Mask

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This mask is perfect if you have oily skin. It draws out all the impurities leaving your skin feeling fresh. It’s natural ingredients help calm your skin.

I truly love using the Nutrimetics products. Today I received the beautiful Apricot cream which I will talk about in another post.

The mud mask is on sale for a limited time only for $14.90. And with free shipping until 14 February 2020. Perfect for that romantic valentines dinner. Be romantic ready in minutes!

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