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Archive for April, 2013

Healthy Recipe for Vegetable Lasagna. By Our Foodie and Pharmacy Student, Emma Robinow.

I read food blogs like it’s my job and I always love to try new recipes. Living on a student budget, I don’t have much money to spend on food, so I love recipes that are healthy, taste good, and make a lot of food. I try to bring leftovers for lunch every day so that I have a satisfying lunch at a minimal cost that I know I will enjoy. Here is a recipe for vegetable lasagna that I love to make on the weekend – the prep and cooking time together take about an hour and a half and the result is amazing!

Vegetable Lasagna


1 jar of pasta sauce (I typically use Newman’s Own Tomato and Basil sauce)

16 oz 2% cottage cheese

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

9 whole wheat lasagna noodles

8 oz grated mozzarella cheese

4 cups mixed vegetables (I like to use spinach, mushrooms, carrots and broccoli)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray an 11 x 8 glass baking dish.
  2. Place three uncooked noodles in the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Cover with 1/3 of pasta sauce, 1/3 of cottage cheese, 1/3 of mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of vegetable mixture.
  4. Repeat until all ingredients are used and then sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.

I hope you enjoy this vegetable lasagna as much as I have. On days when I have a little extra time and energy, I like to make roasted red pepper, artichoke, and rosemary focaccia to serve with it (see the photo below) – there’s nothing better than soaking up the sauce from the lasagna with fresh bread. Enjoy!


Recipe slightly adapted from: www.katheats.com

ASE Feed and Supply’s Customer Appreciation Day is Saturday, April 27.

ASE Feed and Supply will be on throwing a customer appreciation breakfast celebration on Saturday, April 27. Ken Jewell and his wife, Teresa, purchased the feed store and mill in 2001 and renamed it ASE in honor of their three daughters–Amy, Stacy, and Emily. They have been serving the Plain City community for twelve years!

If you stop by on April 27, you can get a pancake breakfast from 8 am to 1 pm. There will also be a 10 percent discount on anything purchased in the main store and a ten percent discount on gates and tanks. Additionally, you can register in a drawing to win 1 year of FREE Blue Buffalo dog food (12-15 pound bags).

The customer appreciation event ends at 2 pm when the store closes.

I have to thank Ken and everyone at ASE for supporting Black and Orange Cat Foundation for the past six years (or more). Carol Gaul helped Ken get the feral cats that were living around the mill and shop fixed and vaccinated. These cats kept the mice under control around the mill, but also tended to cross the street to the Gaul’s shop and often met unhappy fates on the road. After being fixed, they didn’t wander so much and Carol stopped worrying about them. Ken was also very glad to have the cats around.

Ken kindly donates food to Black and Orange every month, which we then distribute to people in need. Additionally, Ken donated a dog house to us a few years ago for Peggy Meadows, who runs a small dog rescue (Happy Tails of Central Ohio), here in Plain City. We cannot thank Ken and ASE enough for all their generosity.

ASE Feed and Supply is located at 211 S. Jefferson Avenue (Route 42) in Plain City (they are across the street from McDonald’s). For more information, including hours of operation, products and services, visit their web site HERE.

You can also “Like” ASE Feed and Supply on Facebook HERE.

Madison County Red Cross is Looking for a Few Heroes.

Beth Pothast from the Madison County Red Cross Board recently sent an email looking for a hero–five heroes, to be exact.

The Madison County Red Cross Board is in search of individuals in the Madison County area who strive to help their community. These individuals will be honored at the annual Hometown Heroes award ceremony on Thursday, June 20 at Der Dutchman from 7:30 to 9 am.

The Madison County Red Cross Board is looking for nominations for: Adult Hero, Education Hero, Youth Hero, Workplace Hero, and Lifetime Achievement Hero.

All nominees must live or work in Madison County. Please submit the registration form to the left (click on it to enlarge it and then print it out) and supporting information to the address or email listed on the form by April 26.

If you have questions, you can also call Beth at 614-746-6165.

This is a wonderful award. Last year, in 2012, Joe was honored as the Workplace Hero.

Five Tips to Build a Healthy Diet. By Our Pharmacy Student (Who is Also a Dietician, so You Better Listen!), Emma Robinow

Eating healthy is hard, especially with the hectic schedules that most Americans have today. Here are five tips to help you build a healthy diet:

  1. Make at least half your grains whole grains – look for the words “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat” in the ingredients section of the food label. Another easy way to spot whole grains is to look for the whole grain stamp on the front of the package. A simple way to increase whole grains in your diet is to choose brown rice instead of white.
  2. Satisfy your sweet tooth – save sweet items such as yogurt or fruit for the end of your meal. This will help you increase dairy and/or fruit intake and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. Some tasty dessert options include grilled peaches or yogurt topped with fruit and granola.
  3. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet – try to fill up half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal. Choosing a variety of colors will help ensure you get a variety of vitamins and minerals. Frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh vegetables and are an easy way to keep vegetables on hand at home.
  4. Choose lean protein – there are many ways to incorporate lean protein into your diet. Good choices include lean beef or pork, chicken, turkey, beans, peas, or tofu. Try to eat at least two servings of seafood, such as salmon, trout, or herring each week.
  5. Use a smaller plate and savor your meal – eating slowly and truly enjoying the taste, color, and texture of your meal will help you to feel satisfied and may keep you from eating too much at one sitting. Using a smaller plate (a salad plate instead of a dinner plate) can also help control portions and keep you satisfied.

For more information such as healthy eating on a budget, menu and recipe plans, and a free food and physical activity tracker go to www.choosemyplate.gov.

Join the Union County Humane Society on Saturday, April 20, for their 9th Annual Top Hat and Tails Gala Event.

On Saturday, April 20, the Union County Humane Society will celebrate “Top Hat and Tails,” their annual fancy dinner and auction. This year, they will also be celebrating their 100th birthday! Tickets are $60 and you can reserve your seat by paying online HERE. The gala, which is in it’s 9th year, will run from 6-9 pm at the Catholic Community Center in Marysville, 1033 West 5th Avenue.

Mark and Angie in the Morning will serve as emcees. The Phillips and Kerns Band has just returned from the Grand Ole Opry and will play during the social hour, which begins at 6 pm. Dinner and awards are at 7 pm.

Der Dutchman is catering the dinner. There will also be appetizers by The Smiling Daisy in Milford Center. There will be a silent auction, as well as a raffle.

Additionally, you can also donate to the humane society’s online auction, which runs from April 3-17, become a gala sponsor, or view all of the current auction items by clicking HERE.

Honda of Marysville recently donated a 2001 Honda Civic EX 5-speed with 96,921 miles for the auction. The car is valued at over $7,600. If you need a car and would like to support the animals, you can’t lose with this!

To find out more about Top Hat & Tails, visit the UCHS web site HERE.

Get your tickets soon. They are going fast!!

You can also get up-to-date info on the Gala by keeping an eye on the Humane Society’s Facebook page HERE. Please Like them when you stop by.