After work, I was tired, and I had two choices: 1) go home and lay on my couch or 2) walk to Trader Joe’s, buy groceries, and make something delicious and healthy. Now, this is where having a blog comes in handy because then I said to myself, “Well, what will my readers think?” and that motivated me to choose the latter and get cooking!
First, lets get the boring stuff over with. For snack today, I munched on some Smart Food Popcorn and, a couple hours later, on a reduced fat “string cheese” from TJ- but it didn’t string very well!
And, for dinner, I decided to make homemade lasagna. I love this dish because it is healthy (if you choose the right ingredients), filling, and cheap (because it makes a ton and lasts for lots of meals!).
I always buy “no boil” lasagna noodles, which makes the process so much easier. If you haven’t tried them, you must! They are sold at pretty much every grocery store I’ve looked in, and are made by all sorts of brands, including Barilla. I also used some 96% lean Beef from TJ”s and tomato sauce that looked tasty (and was!).
In addition to noodles, I bought an eggplant to layer in the dish. I sliced in very thinly. It was huge!
I also bought some chopped frozen spinach, which I warmed on the stove, drained, and added to about 1/2 a container of ricotta that I had left in the fridge. I sprinkled the mixture with salt and pepper.
I preheated the oven to 375. And then I basically just layered everything:
-first layer: tomato sauce
-second layer: noodles
-third layer: eggplant
-fourth layer- meat and tomato sauce (pictured)
-fifth layer: noodles
-sixth layer: eggplant
-seventh layer: spinach + ricotta mixture (pictured)
-8th layer (getting close!): noodles
-9th layer: tomato sauce
-10th layer: a lot of grated parmesan (i bought this delicious hunk today!)
It all went into the oven for 45 minutes.
And came out looking quite nice!
Mmmmm… bubbly cheese.
My portion (it would have been great with some red wine, but, alas, I have to do some work!).
It was sooooo good!
The pan after our first serving- Loren had 2 more huuuge pieces after this!
This meal was so worth making. So, big thanks to you guys- you made me cook! I’m already looking forward to the many leftovers I’ll have this week. 🙂
The whole process of browning the meat, chopping, cooking, mixing, and layering only took me about 40 minutes. And once it was in the oven, I was able to relax. If you try this at home, you can add or substitute any of the ingredients to suit your palate. Please let me know if you give it a try!