Healthy Veggie Lasagna

Healthy Veggie Lasagna

Cooking at McFarland Creek Outdoors

Amanda Hatcher prepares hearty and delicious meals for guests at McFarland Creek Outdoors. Here Amanda shares a guest favorite, Healthy Veggie Lasagna.

1 box of lasagna

1 bag of thawed (Frozen) spinach

1 bag of chopped carrots (cooked)

2 bottles of Alfredo sauce

1 16 oz container of sour cream

1 16 oz ricotta 

1 medium bag of mozzarella cheese

Cook the lasagna, cook the carrots until tender, thaw the frozen spinach. Mix the container of sour cream and ricotta together. Then start the layers. Lasagna noodles on the bottom and then put a layer of the sour cream, ricotta mixture, spinach, carrots, drizzle the Alfredo sauce and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese. Continue to do the layers until the cheese is the last layer. Bake at 350 until the cheese is good an melted and the lasagna is heated completely through. About 45 minutes. 

Veggie Lasagna

Amanda Hatcher, who provides onsite meals for guests at McFarland Creek Outdoors and caters many special events throughout the region, has offered the recipe for one of her quick and healthy favorites to try at home.

 

1 box of lasagna

1 bag of thawed (Frozen) spinach

1 bag of chopped carrots (cooked)

2 bottles of Alfredo sauce

1 16 oz container of sour cream

1 16 oz ricotta 

1 medium bag of mozzarella cheese

Cook the lasagna, cook the carrots until tender, thaw the frozen spinach. Mix the container of sour cream and ricotta together. Then start your layers. Lasagna noodles on the bottom and then put a layer of the sour cream, ricotta mixture, spinach, carrots, drizzle the Alfredo sauce and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese. Continue to do the layers until the cheese is the last layer. Bake at 350 until the cheese is good and melted and the lasagna is heated completely through. About 45 minutes. 

Marinades for Meats and Vegetables

Marinades for Meats and Vegetables

Looking for Marinades for game, steak or chicken? Marinades can add a great taste to meats. They can be made up ahead of time and stored in the fridge in zip lock bags. Meats generally require at least one hour to soak up the flavors. Allowing for an overnight soak in your fridge makes flavors more robust. Turn the meat in the marinade several times to make sure that you soak all of the meat. Then grill or broil as you normally would.

Barbecue Favorite Marinade

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup garlic flavored BBQ Sauce

½ cup Vermouth

¼ cup Soy Sauce

¼ cup Wine Vinegar

1/8 Teaspoon Ginger

 

The Thanksgiving Marinade

½ cup cranberry juice cocktail

½ cup dry red wine

¼ cup oil

1/ tablespoon rosemary

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

½ teaspoon salt

 

A Little Sweet and A Touch of Hot

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon thyme

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon allspice

 

Summer Marinade

8 oz lemon yogurt

1 teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon coriander

This recipe was  provided to our blog compliments of Dee Reed, chef for the former Bill Hall Land and Lakes television show from WSM Channel 4 Nashville.

Venison Meatballs

Venison Meatballs

Another recipe from the Bill Hall’s Land and Lakes Nashville Channel 4 Television Show and chef Dee Reed was Venison Chili. Hall included a reminder to viewers that “you should never kill what you don’t intend to eat or share with others.”

1 ½ pounds ground venison

½ cup dry bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

½ cup mashed cooked potatoes

½ teaspoon brown sugar

Salt, Pepper, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cloves and Ginger to taste

2 tablespoons melted margarine

Combine venison with bread crumbs, egg, potatoes, brown sugar, salt pepper, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and ginger in bowl; mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Brown in margarine in skillet, turning to brown evenly. Simmer, covered for 15 minutes, Serve over rice or noodles or as appetizer. Yield: 6 servings.

Never making a secret of his diabetes, Bill Hall always included the Diabetic exchanges and dietetic information about all the recipes used on his program.

Approx Per Serving: Cal 228; Prot 28g; Carbo 10g; Fiber 1g; T Fat 8 g;32%Calories fromFat; Chol 131 Mg; Sod 226mg

Dietary Exchanges: Bread 1/2 ; Lean Meat 2.5

Santa Fe Spanish Rabbit

Santa Fe Spanish Rabbit

For decades Channel 4 personality Bill Hall took viewers on hunting trips to the great Tennessee countryside with his show, Bill Hall Land and Lakes. The show followed Hall and friends on fishing trips and hunting trips across middle Tennessee. In it, the hearty eater would brag about ribs, chops, ham, chili and other favorite outdoor foods. On the show, often with Tom T. Hall’s wife, Dixie, Hall would spotlight a favorite recipe as a routine part of the show. Hostess and outdoor cook Dee Reed was another frequent cooking segment guest. Below is her favorite on air recipe for Rabbit:

1 3-pound rabbit, cleaned

Salt to taste

¼ cup flour

Freshly Ground pepper to taste

4-6 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 stalk celery, chopped

4 tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

1 cup white wine

2 cups beef stock

10 black olives, cut into halves

10 green olives, cut into halves

Cut rabbit into pieces, discarding fat, sinew and larger bones. Soak rabbit in salted water to cover in bowl; drain. Coat lightly with mixture of flour and pepper. Brown lightly on both sides in hot olive oil in skillet; drain. Add onion, celery and garlic to drippings in skillet. Sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add tomatoes and oregano. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until tomatoes are tender. Add wine. Cook for 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by ½. Stir in beef stock and olives. Bring to boil; add rabbit. Simmer for 30 minutes or until rabbit is tender. Garnish with freshly roasted slices of red bell pepper. Serve with black beans and rice. Yield: 6 servings

Bill Hall made no secret of his battle with diabetes. All his recipes on the show listed the contents and dietary exchanges. Approx. per Serving: Cal 435, Prot 36g; Carbo 10g; Fiber 2g; T Fat 25g; 552% Calories from Fat; Chol 93mg, Sod 534mg. Dietary Exchanges: Lean Meat 4; Vegetable 1; Fat 3.5

Enjoy Dale Hollow Lake on Your Trip

Enjoy Dale Hollow Lake on Your Trip

We want you to spend as much time with us at McFarland Creek as possible on your visit here, but there’s a lot more going on in our area besides deer and turkey hunting. The region is known for its wide variety of outdoor activities. We’re fortunate that the reserve is near Dale Hollow Lake. Dale Hollow has long been renowned as a vacation and fishing spot, and lays claim to the World Record smallmouth bass.

Spend time on the water
Dale Hollow is most widely-known for its fishing, and that monster smallmouth caught by David Hayes back in 1955. The lake, and the Obey River directly below it, holds multiple records for other species. Dale Hollow holds the state record for lake trout (12 pounds, 13 ounces), and the Kentucky muskie title (43 pounds). The Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam has produced a state record rainbow trout (14 pounds, 8 ounces) and brown trout (26 pounds, 2 ounces).

A rainbow trout hatchery that stocks waters around the entire Southeast is located on the Obey River and is open to the public. If you want to fish for something else, there’s largemouth and Kentucky bass, walleye, crappie, drum and a variety of other species to choose from. If you would like some assistance from one of many experienced guides on the lake, we can help you make arrangements.

If you like to do something besides fish, boat-riding, skiing and jet-skiing abound. If you happen to be a diving enthusiast, divers come from hundreds of miles away to take advantage of the lake’s clarity.

The photo above was made at Sunset Marina on Dale Hollow Lake.