Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tasty Tuesdays!

Here we are again.....its' Tasty Tuesdays! Today I have a little lesson to go with my recipe. The lesson starts like this.......say it with me......Double your trouble! We do so many things in the kitchen that are repeated throughout the week. I used to cut up celery for the kids every other day. Then it hit me to cut up the whole bunch, stick it in a baggie in the fridge, and only have to deal with it once a week. The same concept goes for casseroles. Really, it doesn't take much more time to double the casserole and freeze the second one. You are only making the mess once, so it cuts back on your clean up time as well. When my sister in law Tiffani does her Enchilada's, she will make a batch of 7 casseroles, and freeze them. Yes it's one big mess, but it's a great time saver. I know it's summer and casseroles are not on your mind, but it's great to start thinking ahead and finding some of the ingredients on sale. Take a rainy day (like today) and double your dinner. You will be thankful you did on some busy night when you don't have time to cook. Here's one of my lasagna recipes that freezes well. You can substitute meat for the Bocca burgers if you are not a fan of them. This is also a great way to hide veggies!! Good luck!

Vegetarian Lasagna

3 meatless Bocca burger patties

1 small zuchinni, finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped onion

½ cup sliced mushrooms, broken into small pieces

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 tbsp itialian seasoning

6 oz tomato sauce

1 cup small curd cottage cheese

1 cup sour cream

1 egg

8 lasagna noodles

8 oz sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup parmesan cheese

1 cup water

Heat bocca burgers in large skillet with olive oil and veggies. Break bocca burgers into small chunks. Add sauces and Italian seasoning. Mix cottage cheese, sour cream and egg together. In a greased 9x13 pan, layer ½ sauce, noodles, sour cream mixture, then cheeses. Repeat layers. Pour water around edges of pan, cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, remove foil, bake for 15 minutes longer.

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