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December 1, 2010

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P��� 30 ���.D�����M��������.��� Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna GOOD HOUSEKEEPING We substituted veggie crumbles for greasy ground beef to cut the fat without losing the protein in this super-easy vegetarian lasagna. 1 jar (25- to 26-ounce) Marinara sauce 1 can (14 1/2-ounce) diced tomatoes 1 package (8- to 9-ounce) oven-ready (no-boil) lasagna noodles 1 container (15-ounce) part-skim Ricotta cheese 1 pkg (8-ounce) shredded Italian cheese blend or shredded mozzarella cheese 1 package (10-ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1 cup frozen veggie crumbles* 1. In medium bowl, combine marinara sauce and tomatoes with their juice. 2. Spray 4 1/2- to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon 1 cup tomato-sauce mixture into bowl. Arrange one fourth of noodles over sauce, overlapping noodles and breaking into large pieces to cover as much sauce as possible. Spoon about 3/4 cup sauce over noodles, then top with one third of ricotta (about 1/2 cup), and 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Spread half of spinach over cheese. 3. Repeat layering 2 more times beginning with noodles, but in middle layer, replace spinach with frozen crumbles. Place remaining noodles over spinach, then top with remaining sauce and shredded cheese. 4. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook as manufacturer directs on low setting 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on high setting 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until noodles are very tender. Makes 8 main-dish servings *Veggie crumbles are a heat-and-serve vegetarian meat substitute found in your grocer’s freezer. If you prefer, you can substitute 8 ounces ground beef, browned, for the crumbles. Each serving: About 415 calories, 17g total fat (8g saturated), 37mg cholesterol, 1120mg sodium, 41g total carbohydrate, 6g dietary fiber, 24g protein. For thou- sands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at recipefinder/. (c) 2010 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved STRANGE BUT TRUE tor Al Franken who made the follow- ing sage observation: “Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mis- take, which, at least, others can learn from.” Those who study such things say that By Samantha Weaver It was comedian-turned-U.S. Sena- 1 percent of the world’s lizard species have no males. The females reproduce by parthenogenesis, which produces off- spring that are clones of their mothers. Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony’s eReader -- it seems that everywhere you look these days people are reading onscreen. You may not re- alize, however, just how long digital books have been around. The first e- book was manually typed into a com- puter way back in 1971, when Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Guten- berg, chose the Declaration of Inde- pendence to be the first literature so digitized. A woman in Tennessee was once ar- rested for biking while intoxicated -- and she was on a stationary bike at the gym at the time. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if you’re like the average D������� 1, 2010 American, you drink 22.7 gallons of coffee every year. The surprising thing about that statistic isn’t how much it is, though -- it’s how little. It seems that in the 1940s, Americans were drinking twice that amount of java. If you consider surface area covered rather than population, the world’s largest city is in Inner Mongolia, where Hulunbuir covers more than 160,000 square miles. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. DON’T MAKE DUI PART OF YOUR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES (ARA) - If you were to conduct a poll of Americans, it’s likely that a vast majority would associate New Year’s Eve with drunk driving. But the reali- ty is the danger of being hit by a drunk driver or receiving a citation for DUI (driving under the influence) is actu- ally far higher between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). While many Americans have become conditioned to take extra steps to avoid drinking and driving on New Year’s Eve, many fail to recognize the danger that exists throughout the hol- iday season and the big football game in February. With office holiday parties, holiday get-togethers thrown by friends and family, and a myriad of professional sports events, the opportunities to consume alcohol seem nearly endless this time of the year. Throw in factors such as poor driving conditions due to winter weather, shorter daytime driv- ing hours and other holiday season driving distractions and you’ve got all of the ingredients of a potential trag- edy on the road. Being convicted of a DUI can have serious ramifications. If you do go to court, it’s essential to hire a defense attorney who has experience in DUI matters. To locate a lawyer in your area, search PUZZLE PAGE (page 34) ANSWERS

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