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An interesting combination of flavours.

“Salsa Shrimp Rollups” are another creation of mine. Shrimp, tomato sauce, salsa, and cottage cheese are mixed into the filling, then wrapped in lasagna noodles, and sprinkled with deliciously salty feta cheese.

To serve as a main dish, give 2 to 4 rollups to each person, and as a side, one or two rollups. These will compliment garlic bread, soups, and a variety of chicken or fish dishes.

I used a ‘hot’ variety of salsa to ensure that the salsa flavour was in the forefront. With mild salsas, it will be merely an accent.

Time to Make: 45-50 minutes

Serves: 2, as written


  • 6 lasagna noodles
  • 200 g (7 oz) shrimp
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot salsa
  • 50 g (2 oz) feta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • sprinkle of garlic powder

What to Do:

  1. Boil shrimp in a pot on the stove.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, drain.
  3. When the shrimp are cooked, cut them into smaller pieces.
  4. Combine shrimp, cottage cheese, tomato sauce, and salsa in a small bowl. Add around 1/2 tsp of dried parsley.
  5. Lay out the noodles. Spread the filling down the entire length of the noodle, and roll it. Be careful not too roll it too tightly, or the filling will come out.
  6. Arrange the rolls in a small baking dish on a thin layer of tomato sauce. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on top as well. Sprinkle with feta and garlic powder.
  7. Bake in a 400 F (200 C) oven for about 25 minutes. Serve hot.


No shrimp? Use scallops, or if you dislike seafood, try ground meat. Ricotta cheese easily stands in for cottage cheese, as does parmesan for the feta. Feel free to use your canned or homemade pasta sauce of choice, rather than tomato sauce.


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Spicy fries make a nice treat.

These fries are quite simple to make, and certainly a healthier choice than the alternative, using only a few ingredients and giving you full control of the salt shaker.

The quantities that I’ve listed for the spices are approximate. Use however much you like. Remember, though, that the time in the oven will dull the spices, so don’t be too alarmed if you think you’re using a bit too much spice.

Time to Make: 40 minutes: 5-10 minutes prep, about 30 minutes in the oven

Serves: 1, as written, adjust as needed


  • 1 large potato – 200 g (7.5 oz)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • pinch each of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley

What to Do:

  1. Slice the potato into long, thin strips. If you like, cut wedges, but remember that those will take longer to cook.
  2. Toss the slices in oil. Make sure they’re evenly coated, so that the spices stick and they brown evenly.
  3. Season the fries. The exact quantities of each are up to you. I like the chili powder being the prominent spice, though they would be good with a strong garlic flavour, as well.
  4. Arrange the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 F (200 C) for about half an hour. Halfway through the cooking time, turn all of the fries over.
  5. Salt, and enjoy!

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