Have you ever had one of these days: you roll home at 6:00 pm with no plan for dinner. Your kids return from practice, hungry and asking “What’s for dinner, Mom? I’m starving!” Is your answer “I don’t know” or worse, “Takeout, again”?
I have been there so many times that now I always make sure I have a few key items in my kitchen. It allows me to respond to my hungry teenage son this way: “We’re having lasagna”. Now everybody is happy — who doesn’t love lasagna? Typically, when you hear the word lasagna you think: big prep time, and a heavy, fattening, cheesy meal. It doesn’t have to be that way. I have created a lasagna that is light, healthy and easy to prepare. SO easy that when when I’m really running behind, I call and have the kids start the prep. Yes, teens cooking!
What you need on hand
- In the fridge: Baby spinach, parmesan cheese, shredded Mozzarella cheese, egg
- In the pantry: Barilla No Boil lasagna noodles (you will never go back to the thick curly ones), a jar of pesto, a jar of spaghetti sauce, silken firm tofu (non-GMO) — I like the Trader Joe’s shelf stable or Mori-Nu Silken Firm at Stop & Shop
While the lasagna is cooking, prepare a salad and have the kids set the table. Before you know it, you are enjoying a warm comforting meal together and everybody is happy 🙂