Caprese Sandwiches

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Description :
These quick and easy to make sandwiches are a great snack. Full of flavor with a creamy basil mayo and mozzarella cheese, these sandwiches are bound to become a hit!

Preparation Time :
10 minutes

Servings :
4-6 sandwiches

Ingredients :

For the Pesto/Basil Mayo:

Basil leaves, roughly chopped-6
Mayonnaise- 1/3 cup
Garlic- 2 cloves
Salt and crushed black pepper to taste
Crushed red pepper- 1 teaspoon
Olive oil- ½ tablespoon

1 loaf bread
Tomatoes- 2, sliced
Mozzarella cheese- 8-10 ounces, sliced

Directions :

Roughly chop the basil leaves and garlic cloves. Blend all of the ingredients for the pesto/basil mayo in a food processor.

Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Slice the loaf of bread and toast if desired.
Toast slices of bread if desired.

Assemble the sandwiches by spreading the basil mayo on one slice of bread. Place two tomato slices, a slice of mozzarella cheese and top with the second piece of bread. Halve and serve.


Vegetable Lasagna

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Enjoy this rich cheesy lasagna loaded with vegetables, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese. Featuring special guest, my cousin brother Puneet Gupta! 

Preparation Time :
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Servings :
6 – 8

Ingredients :

1 package lasagna pasta (about 15 strips) 
Pinch of salt
Boiling water
½ tablespoon oil

Vegetable Mixture:

2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 medium onions sliced
10-12 ounces package frozen spinach or ¾ – 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
10-12 ounces frozen vegetables or ¾ – 1 cup fresh chopped vegetables (broccoli, red peppers, mushrooms)
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 jars Marinara Sauce
16 oz shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
16 oz tub Ricotta cheese

Directions :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
If using frozen vegetables, thaw them well before cooking.

Cook the pasta in a large pot with boiling water and a pinch of salt. Boil for 10-15 minutes or according to the directions on the package until lasagna pasta is ready.

In a heated pan, put the olive oil and saute the onions until translucent and slightly brown. Add the frozen or fresh vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the spinach and cook for another 3-5 minutes until all vegetables are well cooked. Add the 1 tablespoon oregano, salt, and pepper and mix well. Keep aside.

To assemble the lasagna, in a baking dish, layer the bottom with marinara sauce. Place the pasta strips side by side with little overlapping until the bottom of the dish is covered. Again layer with marina sauce and evenly spoon half of the vegetable mixture on top of the sauce. Spread one third of the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly on top of the vegetables.

Take the lasagna pasta strips and spread 2-3 tablespoons of the ricotta cheese on top. Cover one side of the lasagna strips, and cheese side face down, layer the strips side by side with a little overlap on top of the mozzarella cheese.

On top, layer with marinara sauce and on top of that evenly spoon the other half or rest of the vegetable mixture. Then add another layer of the mozzarella cheese and another layer of the lasagna pasta with the ricotta cheese. Lastly, top it off with the marinara sauce and the rest of the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with the 1 teaspoon of dried oregano.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and put in the heated oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Serve hot and enjoy!


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Take a bite into crunchy bread topped with creamy tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, and goat cheese. Yummmy!

Preparation Time :

10 minutes

Servings :

6 – 8

Ingredients :

1 loaf French baguette bread
2 tomatoes
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1-1 ½ tablespoons fresh basil chopped
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces goat cheese
salt and pepper

Directions :

TSlice the French Baguette loaf into ½ – 1 inch wide slices. Brush each slice with a little bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toast the bread until light golden brown.

Chop the tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil and put into a bowl. Slice the goat cheese to create little pieces or chunks of the cheese. Mix the goat cheese together with the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and basil. Pour 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix everything together.

Put a little bit of the bruschetta mixture on top of each slice of the toasted French baguette bread. Serve and enjoy!