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Momma Braga’s Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is a popular dish and one that originated in Italy. Even though I am not Italian and do not claim to be a lasagna expert, but I do enjoy making this dish for my family and friends to eat.

Since this is one of the dishes that my friends request when I host a dinner party, I decided to share Momma Braga’s lasagna recipe with all my readers and fans! Enjoy!

Lasagna

INGREDIENTS

  • Ground Chicken (or Ground Turkey or Ground Beef)
  • 1 Onion
  • Half of a tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • Lasagna Pasta
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons of red wine

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your meat (which ever one you prefer to do. We love the ground chicken as it tastes much lighter) prior to cooking. I usually do this the night before to have the meat soak in the juices for more flavor.
    • Wash meat well.
    • Place meat in a bowl and add the following ingredients; salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, 4 teaspoons of red wine (the wine added is what sets this recipe apart from many). Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Leave the meat covered and in the fridge for the next day cooking.
  • The following day you can start cutting up your onions and tomato.

  • Once the onions and tomato are cut, place them in a pan with some olive oil. On low heat cook the onion and tomato until the onions are a golden color. Then add your meat.
  • With ground meat you will need to keep breaking it apart and stirring it to ensure it gets cooked. Once the meat is cooked remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon to ensure that the olive oil is drained.
  • Place the ground meat in a bowl and mix some tomato sauce.
  • In another pot, fill it with water and add a drizzle of olive oil and the add your lasagna pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and fill it with cold water to cool down the pasta.
  • Then the layering begins. Start with some tomato sauce and spread to cover the bottom of the lasagna tray. Layer with lasagna pasta, tomato sauce, ground meat and mozzarella cheese. Continue layering until all ingredients are used, reserve 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese for the top of the lasagna. *Tip: Use cheese on the first layer and the layer before the very top.

  • Bake in preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes (or until the cheese is melted to your liking). Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s lasagna! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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Bifanas (Beef Sandwich) Recipe

Bifanas is a popular dish in the Portuguese community and I learned how to make it recently with my mom. To my surprise it was really simple and didn’t take too long to make. Normally this dish is done using pork but we use beef instead.

I know that simple and easy to do dishes is always ideal for families and hopefully you will all enjoy this as much as we do.

BIFANAS

INGREDIENTS

  • Beef (Thin cut is best)
  • 3 onions
  • Red Pepper (or Green or Yellow)
  • Tablespoon of butter
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Half cup of wine
  • Half cup of water
  • Buns

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your beef prior to cooking. I usually do this the night before to have the beef soak in the juices for more flavor.
    • Wash beefs well.
    • Place beefs in a bowl and add the following ingredients; salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, half cup of wine and half cup of water. Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Leave the beef covered and in the fridge for the next day cooking.
  • The following day you can start cutting up your onions and bell peppers to be cooked which will be used in the sandwiches.
  • In a pot add the onions, bell peppers and the beef (without the sauce that it was in). Also add a tablespoon of butter.

  • Let it cook and stir as its cooking.
  • Once it is cooked, add your favourite tomato sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • After the 5 minutes, it is ready to be served.
  • Take buns and place the beef, onions and bell peppers in them.

And there you have it, bifanas in the simplest way! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Momma Braga’s Portuguese Style Rice Recipe

Being a daughter of Portuguese parents I have been exposed to the world of Portuguese cuisine and I am a fan of it. I truly enjoy Portuguese food and even though I am not a food expert there are a few things that I have learned to make such as the rice that is usually accompanied by many Portuguese dishes.

Rice is a favorite in my household and goes well with many of the foods that I make. It is always a favorite when I am hosting guests for dinner and when I shared a photo of the latest rice dish I made, I had a special request to share my recipe. I have never done a recipe before as I usually eye and taste my food as I am cooking it. That is a trait that I got from my mom as she has always eyed her ingredients.

So here is my first recipe blog post and hopefully your results will taste as yummy as mine do. However, do keep in mind to considerate your own normal measurements for ingredients as some people may like more salt for example then what I suggest.

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Portuguese Style Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of parboiled rice, wash and drained (feeds up to 6 people)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or salt whichever you normally use)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 cube of knorr of chicken
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • Optional: tomatoes, red pepper or shrimp

Directions

  • First wash and drain the rice. Once washed and drained place the rice in a pot.
  • Add the following ingredients to the rice: finely chopped onion; 3 minced garlic cloves; 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt; 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper; 1 teaspoon of paprika; 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 cube of Knorr of chicken; 1 teaspoon of butter. Once all the ingredients are added, then you add the 3 cups of water. *Tip: If you only make two cups of rice then you would only use 2 cups of water. Always match the amount of rice and water.
  • Optional: Many people also add tomatoes, red pepper or shrimp into their rice and it adds that extra flavour. You can add all of them but I would recommend picking just one of those ingredients into your rice. For the tomatoes and red pepper, just finely chop them up before adding them to the pot.
  • Once all your ingredients are all in the pot, stir it.
  • Place on the oven and put the heat on medium.
  • As the rice is cooking, keep stirring to make sure that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the plate. Tip: Rice sticks fast and when the rice sticks to the bottom it smells and taste horrible. So it would be a waste of food. I have done this in my trial and error of cooking.
  • Once the water is almost all gone then the rice is done.
  • Remove the rice from the pot to a serving bowl and wait until it cools down a little before serving or just warn your guests of some hot rice.
  • If you want to add some kick to your rice you can squeeze lemon over the rice (my personal favourite) or you can add some Portugallo Sauces (you will learn more about this awesome product soon on Momma Braga). You can also add some olives on top for a little extra 😉

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There you have it, the very first Momma Braga recipe! It is very simple to make and tastes delicious!

Let me know if you tried it and how it turned out. Share your photos too as I would love to see it! If you enjoyed this type of post and would love to hear more recipes, comment below.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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