Monthly Archives: May 2012

Slow Cooker Spinach Lasagna

i returned to work full time three weeks ago, and have been doing quick cooking… i sure missed my slow cooker and the freedom it offered (translate: toddler whining and hanging on my leg the entire time i am trying to put dinner together quickly OR toddler scrambling up stairs halfway while i am trying to cut raw chicken… OR, you get the idea). This morning i decided i needed to get back to my easy breezy slow cooking, but it also had to have the most minimal prep because i needed to get out of the house before 7:30am / the trick is to use really tasty pasta sauce (i opted for puttenesca sauce because of the olives and capers, yum). The best part was coming home and just devoting play time to Asa, and then everyone sitting down to dinner happily. phew!

(note: my slow cooker is only 3.5 quarts, you should double the recipe if yours is 5-6 quarts)



1 16 oz-containers ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
10 oz chopped spinach (make sure it’s dry)
1 jars (24 oz) pasta sauce
6-8 large lasagna noodles, uncooked (i used no boil)


1. In medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and spinach.

2. In slow cooker, spread 1/2 cup pasta sauce. Layer 2 lasagna noodles, broken to fit, then 1/2 cup pasta sauce and 1/2 of the spinach/cheese mixture; repeat. Top with remaining 2 lasagna noodles and 1 cup pasta sauce.

3. Cook covered on LOW 5 to 6 hours (time depends on how hot your slow cooker gets)

4. Sprinkle with remaining (or more!) mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


I served this with a side of italian sausages… because we are really bad vegetarians.


My little ones planted a new garden for me

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms. May you enjoy your little one(s) and a little fun too.

I am so glad that I’m able to spend the day with my family. I was scheduled to fly out to Denver yesterday for the ASES Conference – completely forgot it was Mother’s day when I booked the ticket. Luckily I booked with Frontier (for the first time) and was able to change my plane ticket with very little change in cost. 

Dan Dan Mien 1 recipe (sesame paste noodles)

My dad’s recipe for one of my favorite dishes

Dan Dan Mien 1 recipe (sesame paste noodles)
Recipe type: Noodles, Chinese
Author: Juintow Lin
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 1
My dad’s recipe for one of my favorite dishes
  • Red hot oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Green onion and garlic: one, chopped
  • Sesame paste: 2 tablespoons, mixed well in 10cc of hot soup or water
  • Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons (reduce if the hot oil contain salt)
  • Red vinegar: 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped peanuts: 2 tablespoons
  1. Boil the water to cook noodles for 3-7 minutes.
  2. Put the above ingredients in a big bowl except chopped peanuts.
  3. Add cooked noodles to the bowl.
  4. Add chopped peanuts on top.


Dan Dan Mien 2 recipe (sesame paste noodles)

Another version of one of my favorite all time noodle dishes – this one is more colorful due to the addition of vegetables.

Dan Dan Mien two recipe (sesame paste noodles)
Recipe type: Chinese, Noodles
Author: Juintow Lin
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4
  1. half to one bottle of sesame paste, add warm water, stir
  2. pounds of dry noodles, boil to cooked, rinsed by cold water if serve cold, add 2-3 table spoons of oil, mixed
  3. add a few table spoons of soy sauce, 1 table spoon of vinegar, crushed garlic, chopped green onions, black or white pepper, 1 teaspoon of sugar, mixed into a bowl
  4. microwave bean sprouts (don’t over cook to remain crunchy)
  5. dice and slice pickles into the size of bean sprouts
  6. cook scramble eggs and sliced into the size of bean sprouts
  7. table spoon of crushed peanuts
  8. lay item 2 on plate, add items 4, 5, and 6 on top
  9. finally, add item 3 first, then items 1 and 7
  10. mix before eating