Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lasagna before 7am

Let me start off by saying that I am not a consistent cooker and its probably because I don't know my way around the kitchen as well as my husband does. What takes him 45 minutes to prepare usually takes me 2 hours and every utensil in my kitchen is dirtied in the process; and who wants to eat dinner at 9pm with a dirty kitchen?? Not me!

There are some days that I have popcorn and wine for dinner because I can't stand the idea of cooking in my newly remodeled kitchen (a DIY project my husband and I completed have almost completed, which I will soon tell you guys about) and there are other days that I wake up in the mood to make a gourmet meal. When I'm not in the mood to cook, it's not because my kitchen isn't beautiful, its because I don't want to spend 2 hours making an "okay-tasting" meal (my words, not his).

Today was one of the latter days, I prepared lasagna before 7am! Some people may not call lasagna gourmet, but do you remember when I said that my mother (Mami Saravia) has a few amazing dishes that she only makes a few times a year? Well her lasagna is one of them! Everyone in my family always asks Mami Saravia to make her lasagna for family gatherings, special events, etc. and then everyone proceeds to ask for leftovers! She doesn't have a recipe but I will tell you that two of her special ingredients are pepperoni and sour cream :)


My lasagna doesn't compare to Mami Saravia's but I woke up at 5am this morning in the mood to make it and here is what I did:

INGREDIENTS
1 lb of ground turkey
Onion
Mushrooms
Green pepper
Orange pepper
Minced garlic
Italian seasoning
Tony's cajun seasoning
Prego spaghetti sauce (or anything BOGO at Publix)
1 box of oven ready lasagne 
Mozzarella cheese
Ricotta cheese
Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
Finely chop onions, mushrooms, green pepper and orange pepper. Sauté ingredients in a medium-sized pot on medium/high heat for 5-7 minutes and add minced garlic. Then, add ground turkey and cook until brown. Lower heat. Season with Italian seasoning and Tony's until desired taste and add spaghetti sauce. Simmer for 30-45 minutes for flavors to settle.

Spread one-third of meat sauce in a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; layer with 3 noodles and half each of ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. (The ricotta cheese layers will be thin.) Repeat procedure; spread remaining one-third of meat sauce over mozzarella cheese. Tightly cover baking dish with 2 layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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My sister/brother-in-law gifted me a new apron for Christmas (we celebrate Christmas 3 weeks early in the Ganey family) and I totally forgot to put it on this morning! So after my lasagna mission, I headed to the shower, spent some time fixing up my hair and proceeded to take a photo to show off my new apron!

Disclosure: this photo was taken
many hours after the lasagna mission

Happy Thursday!

xo
Stephanie


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