Christmas Recipes

Merry Holidays! Happy Christmas! I’m currently spending the last few days of December with my family in Pennsylvania, so please excuse the irregular blogging schedule. I’ve been enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation….

I was able to leave the city around 1:30pm on Christmas Eve and arrived home in time to help prepare dinner with my family. Vegetable Lasagna was on the menu!

Vegetable Lasagna



  • large onion, chopped
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups peeled, diced butternut squash
  • 24 oz. jar of marinara sauce (~3 cups)
  • 9 oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a 9″ x 9″ square baking dish
  • Spray a pan with cooking spray and saute onions about 4 minutes or until tender
  • Add spinach to onions and cook until wilted down
  • In a large bowl combine shredded mozzarella, salt, pepper, egg, and ricotta cheese
  • Place squash in a microwave safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, cook for 5 minutes on high
  • Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan, arrange 3 noodles over the sauce
  • Spread 1 cup of cheese mixture over the noodles, arrange squash over the cheese, spread 3/4 cup sauce over the squash
  • Arrange 3 more noodles over the sauce, spread the rest of the cheese mixture over the noodles
  • Arrange spinach-onion mixture over the cheese layer, add another 3/4 cup of sauce
  • Add another layer of noodles, the remainder of the sauce, and sprinkle the Parmesan on top
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes, uncover and cook for another 30 minutes
  • Allow to sit for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving

Christmas Eve Lasagna

With Junior’s Strawberry Swirl cheesecake for dessert. ‘Tis the season!

Junior's Cheesecake

Christmas Morning started off with coffee (of course!), a very ripe banana, and a smidge of peanut butter. At Thanksgiving time there was probably about 1 Tbs of pb left in this jar and I thought for sure it would have been eaten by Christmas. Nope, apparently I am the ONLY person in my family who eats peanut butter. That’s ok, I love peanut butter enough for all of them 🙂


Christmas morning tradition called for secret family recipe cinnamon rolls. YUM.

Cinnamon Rolls

With OJ! I only drink orange juice when I’m visiting my fam, so it always makes things seem like a holiday or vacation.

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Roll

And then the present opening began! Rachel and I took the requisite “matching pj’s” photo. This photo was taken with my old camera (a little blurry, eh?). Luckily I just received a brand NEW Cannon powershot camera. Thanks Mom Santa!

Christmas Morning

Kiwi likes wrapping paper.


The camera was much-needed, but the best gift award goes to the slankets sent by my Nana. The slanket is the snuggie’s much cooler cousin. Obvi.

The Slanket

And after weeks of too much delicious cookies and wine, the “Clean Eating” book I received from my mom was very much appreciated! The cookbook focuses on seasonal ingredients and farmer’s market produce. I’m very excited to try some of the recipes – tempeh veggie quesadillas, anyone?

Clean Eating

After the gifties were un-wrapped, I headed out the door for a 3-mile run. As I was lacing up my shoes, my Grandma said “It’s Christmas Day, do you have to go running?” I thought about it for a minute and replied “Nope, I don’t have to go running, but I want to. It makes me happy!” Those 26 1/2 minutes on the road were a Christmas present to myself 🙂

Much snackage occurred throughout the day (cheese! crackers! cookies!), so I was more than ready to eat some vegetables for dinner.

From Left to Right: homemade low-fat potato salad, vegetarian baked butter beans, potato roll with buttah, green beans, and ham with pineapple (yup, I had some meat – it’s a special occasion!). I’m not sure why we have baked beans and potato salad with our ham, but it’s an annual Christmas tradition!

Christmas Dinner

After din-din, sissy and I went to see Avatar. I’m not usually a fan of fantasy/sci-fi or animated films, but this movie held my attention for nearly 3 hours! We watched the 3-D version of the movie – very cool.

When we got back home, I was hungry! Obviously I needed to try a small-ish piece of both the chocolate cream and pumpkin pies. Delicious.


Question: What’s best present you’ve received (or given to yourself)?

Andddd check out my latest Running Shorts post – Will run for coffee!

  • My most anticipated present was probably my wii 2 years ago; love that thing 🙂
    That lasagna recipe looks great! I love lasagna but am not so much a meat eater and I think all our family recipes are beefy and fatty.
    That cookbook sounds cool; I’ll have to check it out with some of my gift certificates

  • I got a cannon powershot for christmas too! I can’t wait to take more pictures with it!

  • You’re going to love that book! I’ve made many a yummy vegetarian meals from it. I love the big tutorial she wrote about whole grains and which fruits and veggies are best to buy organic.

    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! I’m currently drooling over that picture of the pies.

    Also, Slankets are awesome. Just the word “slanket” pleases and amuses me.

  • I got a new camera for christmas too!

    i think the presents i’ve appreciated the most are the homemade ones…

  • I decided it was time I should post instead of just lurking on your blog! I have tried many of the recipes/foods you write about. All great, thanks so much! I think that I am going to try that Clean Food cookbook. It will be a nice change from the month of junk food I have been eating!

    I got three pretty great gifts for Christmas this year.

    1. My hubby gave me a Garmin 405
    2. My mom got us a Wii
    3. My dad gave me the I love running SIGG bottle I saw on your running shorts post… (I saw it when I was in San Francisco for my marathon and didn’t buy it, and I couldn’t find it online anywhere until your post).

    Enjoy your Slanket!

  • Hi Megan,

    merry Christmas! I’m writing from my iPhone on the way back from NYC where I saw pat play a show at rockwood music hall. Agnes was there. Thought I might see you too, but I guess you’re still at home. Anyway, your blog looks great, even on my phone. My favorite Christmas present this year was a pasta maker. Can’t wait to use it next week.

  • Hey There! The vegetable lasagna looks delish! I would have never thought to put butternut squash in that dish, but it looks and sounds great. My favorite present this year was a new yoga mat! For myself, I bough new ski pants (I ski every weekend and my old ones were from high school) and the Supernatural cooking cook book! Happy Holidays!

  • I got funny looks too for going running on Christmas Eve, but you’re right–it’s our gift to ourselves and we do it ’cause we love it!

    My favorite present was an e-ticket to see my sister in Puerto Rico for a long weekend! And the favorite self-given one was an i-pod (my first one, and happy to be over my old i-pod resisting ways–it rocks).

  • Oh I got that same cookbook too!! Don’t some of those recipes in there look AMAZING?!?

  • i got that book from my friend for my birthday! i am going to try the red curry tempeh something or other this week – the recipes look AWESOME!

    yay for fun christmas times – all your food looks delicious, and i wish a christmas present to myself would be a run. instead, mine was lazing my butt on the couch 🙂

    lots of love to you girl – enjoy the rest of your time with your family!!!!!!

    p.s. LOVE the slanket 😉

  • Hi! I just found your blog through Carrots & Cake, I live in NYC too and write a blog about running and healthy living. I’m definitely not as serious of a runner as you are, but I have found a love for it since moving to the city a few years ago.

    Can’t wait to read more of your blog! Happy holidays!

  • Sara

    Merry Christmas, Megan! Looks like you’ve had a terrific holiday, enjoy the R&R!

    My favorite Christmas gifts were probably the Ironman Timex watch my parents gave me last year (it has a plug-in for your iPod that allows you to control it from the watch itself! So useful) and a pair of earrings I received this year.

    And of course, running is the gift that keeps on giving!

  • Your lasagna looks fantastic! I’m definitely putting it on my list of things to cook soon!

  • Merry Christmas! Everything looks amazing. Family makes the holidays the best and it looks like you’ve really got a great family.

    Enjoy your time off!