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1.30.2014

Chicken and Spinach Lasagna Rolls

What up what up, blog-heads!  It’s me again!  Avery!


Soooo… I’m 7 months old now.  That’s, like, 14 months in dog years!  I figured it was time for an update.  It’s been a great life so far, it really has.  I have so much going on these days!

First of all, I laugh and smile, like, all the time.  Well, unless I’m crying.  Sometimes I cry for no reason!  My sock ruffle tickled my ankle.  All of a sudden my Sophie-the-Giraffe teether is REALLY annoying.  I burped and it tasted like apples.  I haven’t had apples since breakfast, what’s up with that?  Stuff like that.

But boy do I love to laugh.  Especially when my parents do ridiculous things.  They think they’re hilarious so I humor them.  Like, the other day Mommy waved Daddy’s pajama pants at me with such a look of hope on her face that I had to laugh.  What a bunch of crazies!  You should see her face when she tells me that the kitty says meow.  Just ask her what the piggy says, LOL. 

And I gotta bring you up to date on the sleep situation.  When I was three, four, and five-months-old…I slept through the night every night.  I was totally missing out!  Thankfully, now that I’m teething and since I’ve caught a few germs from my buds at day care, I’m totally up for partying at 2am again.  Mommy will stand over my crib for hours shhhh-ing, and Daddy will change my diaper and try to rock me, (ha, yeah, like that has a chance), but I stick it out.  See, here’s the thing.   Parents don’t really need to sleep.   It’s just a habit that they’re in because they’ve been doing it for, like, 30 years.  I cannot stress this enough: consistency is key!  If you let them sleep through the night even just once they will expect it every night.  Athough, I forgot about my master plan the past three nights and ended up going all night without training them.  I’m starting to wonder how this will set them back.
I’ve made some alliances at day care, too.  I usually hang with the 9-monthers.  They can really get around, and they bring me all the best toys.  And I’ve learned to stay away from Lily*.  The other day I caught her licking my favorite maraca, and now I have major sniffles.  That B.
I’m LOVING carrots.  I do this long, drawn-out grunt/growl thing after every spoonful because I just cannot get enough.  GET IN MA BELLAY.  Oh, but one time Mommy made banana puree from scratch and it took all my will not to hurl all over my tray.  Seriously, what do you people enjoy about her cooking?  I’d rather eat my foot.

And finally, you should see all my rolls.  I’m 16 pounds now!  Speaking of rolls, Mommy made something for dinner last night that was so good** and she made me promise to mention it here in exchange for chatting with you.  Chicken and spinach lasagna rolls or something?  Anyway, the recipe is below.  Mommy and Daddy made a noise that sounded like a carrot grunt after each bite, so I’m thinking they liked it.  Sounds like you should give it a try.
Until next time, blog lovers!
*name changed to protect her when word gets out she’s a toy-licker
**cannot vouch for this.  Again, her banana puree was supposed to be “so nummy-num!”.


Chicken and Spinach Lasagna Rolls
Adapted from Gina's Skinny Taste
serves 4-5
Ingredients:
32 oz tomato sauce, divided
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
15 oz fat-free ricotta cheese
1/2 c Parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg
Salt/pepper
12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked
Part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (as much as desired)
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Ladle about 1 cup of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish, and set aside.

Combine the chicken, spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, and salt/pepper in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

Set out a large piece of wax paper, and lay out the lasagna noodles.  Make sure they are dry.  Evenly spread 1/3 c of the spinach and chicken mixture over each noodle.  Roll each noodle carefully, and place each seam-side-down into the baking dish.

Ladle the remaining sauce over the noodles, and top each with mozzarella cheese as desired.  Cover the dish with foil, and bake for 40 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

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