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i’m no fool

August 30, 2011

I tend to exaggerate.

Keith calls me his little CEO (Chief Exaggerating Officer). This doesn’t sound nearly as endearing as you might think.

I don’t think I’m that bad.

Am I mom?

But I do exaggerate a smidge [she holds her thumb and pointer finger an inch apart]

But only a smidge.

And sometimes exaggerating is a life necessity.

Like how somehow Keith got the crazy idea that I slaved over the stove in the 110 degree heat [yes we have AC but it makes the story more dramatic] to make him the perfect man meal. Boiling, chopping, and browning…

I don’t know how he could have ever gotten that idea.

No clue.

The [No Exaggeration] Easiest Lasagna

  • 8 ounces no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jar (about 16 ounces) spaghetti sauce, your favorite
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack park skim cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, brown beef and onion; drain well. Stir in spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, salt, oregano, and basil.

In a 2-quart baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray, layer 1/3 of the lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the sauce and 1/3 of the ricotta cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat layers twice.

Bake lasagna at 350° for 60 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and bubbly. Let stand for 8 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Serves 6 to 8.

But when Keith thinks I’ve worked hard he is awfully giving with things like back or foot rubs.

I may be a CEO but I’m no fool.

Do you make a seemingly complicated dish that is in actuality really easy to make? (Leave links!)

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2011 8:08 am

    I love using the no boil noodles for lasagna. It really does make it so much easier. I can’t wait until it’s cool enough (in my non air conditioned kitchen) to make lasagna.

  2. August 30, 2011 8:13 am

    My friend has a veggie lasagna recipe using the same noodles. I’ll have to put it up on the blog soon since she gave me the recipe. :)

  3. August 30, 2011 8:24 am

    I am totally posting a lasagna recipe this week too :) I made a big pan for my brother & sister-in-law since she just had a baby and it’s so easy to throw together! Except my husband was pissed he didn’t get any so I have to make it again this week.

  4. August 30, 2011 8:46 am

    Yes! The lasagna I made last week was super easy — it took some time, but the process itself wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

    • August 30, 2011 9:09 am

      I know! Lasagna sounds so much harder than it really is…especially when you use the no boil noodles!

  5. August 30, 2011 8:55 am

    I would absolutely exaggerate the difficulty of a dish. I do on occasion actually. :)

  6. August 30, 2011 9:15 am

    Oh my gosh that looks absolutely incredible. And even though I can be a CEO at times as well, with my food, I tend to always stick to what’s easiest so I definitely can’t claim that anything I make is super complicated! Haha

  7. August 30, 2011 9:27 am

    Questions – what type of no boil noodles do you use AND what type of spaghetti sauce do you use? We’ve always used Ragu b/c Brent likes it, but I’d like to find something healthier…

    • August 30, 2011 6:38 pm

      I used the GF Deboles noodles and I think I used Newman’s Own sauce but I use Ragu Organics all the time.

  8. August 30, 2011 12:17 pm

    My lasagna recipe is super simple too. Love love love it!

  9. August 30, 2011 1:55 pm

    Lasagna is so easy and so addictive!

  10. August 30, 2011 2:17 pm

    Haha, I’m such an exaggerator, too. Especially when I hurt myself…like “I almost chopped off my hand” when I get a paper cut. Things like that.

    • August 30, 2011 6:39 pm

      Oh yeah! I think that was why Keith didn’t immediately react when I DID cut my finger off. I think he thought it was another papercut situation. You would think I would have learned my lesson…um…nope! ha!

  11. August 30, 2011 7:06 pm

    Hey, I just found your site its so lovely! I love lasagna so much, and no boil noodles are the best invention ever! My new husband grew up eating pasta every sunday with his family – I’ll have to make this for him with a few modifications because I hate ricotta (I’m a bad half Italian).

  12. August 30, 2011 8:12 pm

    I don’t have an easy dish like that…but I may have to borrow yours! That’s making me drool!

  13. August 31, 2011 12:00 am

    If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times, DON’T EXAGGERATE!
    (that’s my dad’s old joke)

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