Friday, October 12, 2007

Who liked dinner tonight?

We Do!

I don't know about all you other ladies but in my attempt to make healthy food that takes less than an hour dinner is not always "palate pleasing". Tonight dinner got an enthusiastic 'Thank you' and I can't tell you how nice that was!

(Just as a note, after 1 year of marriage I recieved 4 cookbooks for Christmas, 2 from Phillip and two from his mom ... that should tell you something about my cooking.)

Since I never use recipes I thought I'd write this one down while I still remembered what I did.

Vegameatarian lasagne:

ground beef
can spaghetti sauce
any kind of summer squash
garlic, milk, butter (or 1 can alfredo sauce)
lasagne noodles

1.) The Noodles:
Cook them in a large pot according to package directions. The will take about 10 min to al dente. Don't bother draining them, by they time they are all cooked you will need start assembling the lasagne and you can just fish them out with tongs.

2.)The Meat Sauce:
Cook the ground beef until almost done, add one jar of spaghetti sauce and set aside to simmer until you are ready to use it. I wish I had used a leaner ground beef but .. whatever.

3.)The Alfredo Sauce: (this is instead of ricotta and egg)
Put a couple of tsps minced garlic and 2T butter or extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and roast until light brown. Warm 1 1/2cup of milk in the microwave. Add about 3T of flour (I used whole wheat) until most of the oil is absorbed and it is the consistency of peanut butter. Slowly add the warm milk and whisk until smooth. Stir constantly until it thickens back up. Alfredo sauce usually has parmesan cheese too but I didn't have any and didn't miss it.

4.)The Veggies:
Cook summer squash in a skillet (skip this step if you want your lasange to crunch a little). Don't bother cooking the spinach.

teeny bit of white sauce on the bottom to keep the noodles from drying out
spinach leaves
summer squash
white sauce
meat sauce
meat sauce
cheese to top it (I used mozerella)

375 in the oven until the cheese gets brown. The kids were starving so we pulled it out after the cheese melted (about 10min). Everything is cooked already so even putting it in the microwave for a few min instead of the oven wouldn't hurt.

1 comment:

Joy said...

sounds delicious! and it is such a challenge to make balance cost, health, flavor and kid-likability when cooking. it never used to be this hard! i'm glad the kids really liked it!

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