Girl Versus Dough

lighter lasagna bolognese (+ a giveaway)

lighter lasagna bolognese

(This giveaway is closed.)

This lasagna, you guys. Oh, this lasagna.

It’s “last meal” worthy. It’s “fancy weekend date night at home” worthy. It’s “comfort food on a Wednesday” worthy. It’s “dinner party with old friends or new acquaintances you need to impress” worthy. And you don’t even need to bust out your fat pants for it.

Lighter lasagna bolognese, you guys. That’s where the pasta party is at, and you want to go to there.

creamy avocado cilantro sauce

creamy avocado cilantro sauce

I feel like I haven’t kept you well up to date with what’s going on in my life, lately. My apologies, if that’s something that interests you. If not, well, I’ve been doing just fine in your opinion, then. Good for me (and by proxy, for you).

But to those who are interested, I was initially going to say I’m about to disappoint you, because apart from this creamy avocado cilantro sauce situation that has, in fact, been a daily situation in my lunches and dinners of late, not much has been going on. But that sauce situation is pretty exciting, so…

salted caramel pear phyllo tart

salted caramel pear phyllo tart

Here’s what I want you to do: Drop everything Monday is asking for and make this tart. Seriously. It’ll change your day — nay, your week. Nay — your LIFE.

(OK that might be an exaggeration, but the point is it’s really tasty.)

Ever since I saw Deb’s gorgeous mosaic tart (ummm yes, “ever since” meaning like three years ago) I’ve been wanting to have a go at my own version. I’m generally more one for eating fussy, fancy desserts rather than making them — and as you can see by the rustic-ness of this tart, I need a lot of practice in the latter — but this one is worth every effort it takes to delicately arrange the thin pear slices in a circular design. And even that isn’t so hard.

Plus, in the end you get a stunning, caramel glazed tart with a sweet pear filling and a tender, flaky phyllo crust. It also happens to be super delicious, too.

fluffy coconut flour pancakes

fluffy coconut flour pancakes

IT’S OFFICIALLY FALL, Y’ALL. And I could not be more excited about it. The leaves, the crisp-cool air, the apple and pumpkin picking, the scarves and coats and sleepy weekend mornings in cozy sweaters and slippers… and these pancakes. So much yes.

To be honest, I’m not much of a pancake girl. I’ll almost always choose waffles over pancakes any day — unless they are these fluffy coconut flour pancakes. These pancakes might actually trump any waffles I’ve ever had (and even these pancakes, which have brie on them (!!)). So you know they’re good.

Even the little one likes munching on them, and I know this because while I was photographing these pancakes, she kept grabbing for the extras until I gave her one and she ran off with it. Then she proceeded to eat the whole thing — well, minus the crumbs that she scattered all over the living room. And the dining room. And the kitchen. Not cool, baby. Not cool.

twice baked sweet potatoes with bacon + chives

twice baked sweet potatoes

You guys, I’ve eaten so many sweet potatoes in the last few weeks that I might be turning orange. I know this happens with carrots. In fact my dad, when he was a youth, ate so many carrots every day for lunch that his skin did, in fact, generate an orange-y hue for a short time (or so my mother says, anyway). And now I fear the same fate for my own skin. And it’s not that self-tanning orange glow we’re going for — it’s like Violet Beauregarde, but as an orange instead of a blueberry.

Well just stop eating sweet potatoes, you say, and I laugh and laugh. I laugh because will you just look at these bacon, chive and sour cream stuffed sweet potatoes above? Topped with melty cheese and even more bacon?

Ah, yes. I see you’re laughing now, too. Soon you’ll also be worrying about orange skin.

40-minute honey wheat pretzel twists

honey wheat pretzel twists

Major health concerns aside, I’m fairly certain I would be happy to live on the following foods and beverages alone: Pretzels, ice cream and coffee. The pretzels take care of the salty cravings, while the ice cream takes care of the sweet. And I really don’t think I could make it long without coffee. Actually, YOU don’t want to see me make it long without coffee. It’s just not good for anyone.

These honey wheat pretzel twists, however, are not only good for everyone but they are both salty AND sweet. And they take only 40 minutes to make. So actually, I probably could just live on these pretzels alone.

Plus coffee.