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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Vegetarian Lasagna

Lasagna Noodles
10 ounce Pack frozen chopped Broccoli
14 1/2 ounce Can Tomatoes
15 ounce Can Tomato Sauce
1 cup Chopped Celery
1 cup Chopped Onion
1 cup Chopped Green/Sweet Red Pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil crushed *
(*or substitute 1/2 t dried Oregano for 1/2 t of the dried Basil)
Bay leaves
Clove garlic minced
Beaten Egg
2 cup Lo-fat Ricotta or Cottage Ch
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Cook noodles and broccoli separately according to their package directions; drain well.  Set aside.

For sauce, cut up canned tomatoes.  In a large saucepan stir together un-drained tomatoes, tomato sauce, celery, green or sweet red pepper, basil, bay leaves, and garlic.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, uncover, 20-25 minutes or until sauce is thick, stirring occasionally.
Remove bay leaves.

Meanwhile, in a bowl stir together egg, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, and 1/4 t pepper.  Stir in broccoli. Spread about 1/2 cup of the sauce in a 13x9x2" baking dish.  Top with half the noodles, half of the broccoli mixture, and half of the remaining sauce.

Repeat layers, ending with the sauce.

Bake, uncovered, in a 350 deg F oven for 25 minutes; sprinkle with Mozzarella.

Bake 5 minutes more or till heated through.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
03/2008 - Source: Vegetarian Cook Book Recipes - www.cookbookclub.net

Best Golden Tips for Beauty Sleep

Sleep is essential to keep you physically and mentally healthy.  A good rest has always been called beauty sleep.  If you want beautiful sleep exercise every day.  Even 20 minutes of walking can help keep stress hormones from interfering with your sleep.  Avoid large meals just before bedtime.  An active digestive system can disrupt sleep.  Minimize light, noise and temperature extremes.  Do not read, watch television, or work in bed.  Use the bed only to sleep.  This helps prevent you from developing sleep disorders.  Avoid caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.  Regulate blood sugar levels.  Eating regularly will avoid swings in blood sugar levels.  Do not eat too many carbohydrates like breads or pastas, especially in the evening.  Avoid foods that you may be sensitive to.  It is good for beauty sleep.
Use a moisturizer after bathing: Seal in the moisture that the topmost layer of your skin has absorbed with a hydrating body lotion or cream.  Because you're going to bed--not pulling on a silk blouse or cashmere sweater--you can try a body cream that's richer than you would feel comfortable wearing during the day, such as Nivea Body Renewal Night Cream.  Just before bed is a perfect time to slather your feet--especially dry heels--with a healing, hydrating cream such as Aveeno Intense Relief Foot Cream And a sweep of Sally Hansen Beyond Perfect Healing Cuticle Oil on your nails will keep the cuticles soft and prevent tears.  For a final moisturizing touch, massage your hands with Dove Regenerating Hand Cream

Some cosmetic products are susceptible to sunlight and you consequently get more out of them if you use them before bed.  Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E will stay active on your skin longer if you apply them at night.

Avoid caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.

If you have trouble getting sleep, avoid the temptation of swallowing a sleeping pill.  These pills do not induce a relaxed and natural sleep.  After an unnatural and forced sleep, you get up feeling most unfresh and headachy.  More than just that, it does terrible things to your looks.

If daily stress is affecting your sleep patterns, try a relaxation meditation.  Many commercial tapes and CDs are available that combine soothing music, nature sounds and a gentle spoken narrative that guides you through a process of visualizing yourself in some peaceful and serene environment where all your cares are washed away, leaving you refreshed and relaxed.

When looking for an herbal preparation to help you sleep, look for herbs which are 'nervines' or 'sedatives'; nervines calm and tone the nervous systems, while sedatives are stronger in their effects on the nerves.  If muscle tension is a factor in your insomnia, look for herbs that are 'antispasmodic'.  Herbs can have one, none, or all of these properties.

Getting a good night's rest refreshes the body, mind and attitude.  It is as vital to our health as good food and exercise.  The phrase "beauty rest" is more than a quaint idea, it is a fundamental task in the quest for external and internal beauty.

It is important, therefore, to obtain an adequate amount of sleep each night, since sleep also helps the body metabolize free radicals, which are thought to accelerate aging and cancerous growths.

Peter Sams http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/best-golden-tips-for-beauty-sleep-348342.html

The Big Ten: Keys to a Healthy Heart

1) Don’t smoke.  There’s no bigger favor you can do your heart–and lungs!

2) Watch your weight.  Even relatively modest gains can have a big effect on your risk of heart disease.

3) Cut down on saturated fats and cholesterol.  This could help prevent high blood cholesterol levels, obesity, and heart disease.

4) Get moving.  Engage in regular physical activity.  A little is better than none; more is even better.

5) Lower you stress levels.  If too much stress is a problem in your life, try relaxation techniques.

6) Know your family history.  Inheriting a predisposition to high blood pressure or heart disease means that your heart needs extra preventative care.

7) Get your blood pressure checked regularly.  Knowing your numbers can alert you to a potential problem long before you develop any symptoms.

8) Tame your temper.  Hostility can be hazardous to the heart.  Look for other ways of releasing anger and frustration.

9) Find out your cholesterol levels.  You can’t know if your heart is in danger unless you know if your cholesterol is too high.  Get a blood test at your next physical, and discuss the results with your physician.

10) Take appropriate medications.  Those with high cholesterol or high blood pressure should seek their physicians’ advice.

Source: Based on Roizen, Michael. RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? New York: HarperCollins, 2000 - Invitation to Fitness and Wellness - Dianne Hales & Charleen Zartman

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