Prep Time

FOOD THANKSGIVING-LEFTOVERS KCEveryone who loves trying to think of something new for supper please raise your hand!!  Yeah, that’s what I thought!  It’s hard trying to decide what to make for supper let alone coming up with something new that your family might try and actually like.  And then to try and find the time to prepare it and get it on the table before hell freezes over is another challenge!

That’s what I set out to change a couple of weeks ago.  It was time to try something new so I set out to to see what there was to see.  (Or eat in this case!)  I found a snazzy little recipe that sounded de-lish and had like 6 ingredients, was fast to make and sounded like something my kids would eat without making faces.  Ha ha ha, was I wrong!!!!

The recipe is Easy Lasagna Roll-Ups and having easy in the name should have been my first clue, but I trudged on anyway.  It’s really just lasagna noodles rolled up with the meat and sauce.  Prep time is 15 minutes with a bake time of 35 minutes.  Great!!!  15 min prep is just what I’m looking for.  Whoever wrote the recipe was on crack!  15 minutes my *%^!!!  No no no.  Not 15 minutes, not 20 minutes, but 45 MINUTES later I finally had all 12 roll ups made and in the oven baking!  For monkey’s uncle are you kidding me?!  You have to cook the meat, cook the noodles, strain the noodles, cool the noodles and make your sauce and mix it all together.  Well, I didn’t make my sauce b/c I think sauce from a jar is just as good and a lot less hassle!  Then, you take the mixture and slop it on 12 individual noodles, roll them up and put them in the pan without loosing any of it!  Maybe if I was Iron Chef of America it would have taken me the 15 minutes like the recipe said, but I am not (can you believe it?!).

In the end, they were worth all the hassle and mess.  Everyone liked them and they were just as good as leftovers.  I have learned that when it says “Prep Time  such and such time” that I should at least double it.  It helps with the headache and frustration that comes along with cooking dinner!

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19 Responses to Prep Time

  1. Perez Christina says:

    nice read

  2. Vicki says:

    I am always in search of new good easy recipes, recently ive also looked at the they come up with some good ones sometimes..what i like about the kraft is these are ingredients you probably are going to have on hand or atleast know what it is they are asking for. Jason found a really good stuffed pork chop from Kraft, its with a cranberry mixture..mmmmm
    Have you ever checked out Racheal Rays 30 minute meals?Jenny really cooks (or used to) alot from her cook books and i think they are pretty good.

  3. SKL says:

    When I feel my kids need to try something different, we go to a different restaurant!

    For me, a 15 minute meal means boiling some frozen veggies, heating a can of something, and serving fruit for dessert! My kids need to have something to complain about when they go to college, so it might as well be my “cooking.” (Besides, I have a tot who eats maybe 1 out of 10 or 20 “new foods,” so why should I punish myself?)

  4. javajunkee says:

    ROFLMAO….ok lasagna with more work! hhhhmmmm

  5. Laura (LS) says:

    I’ve learned that “prep time” usually means, “FINAL prep time, not including the location of ingredients, boiling of noodles, or mistakes made by a chef that has not attended Cordon Bleu”.

    That said, I found a really good recipe in the Kraft magazine (you can get it by signing up at – it’s free) for “Chicken Bruchetta”. Chopped chicken breast, coated (my addition) in olive oil, basil, salt and pepper, then layered in a casserole dish under a bunch of mozzarella cheese, and topped with a mixture of chopped tomatoes and stuffing mix. The recipe is on the back of the Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix box/can.

    And it’s yummy…. AND it really does only take about fifteen minutes to assemble… after you clean the chicken.

    A quicker way to do lasagne, I’ve found, is frying-pan lasagne (takes maybe 30-40 minutes start to finish):

    cook the meat, drain it, and “deglaze” the pan (make pan really hot, pour in some water and scrape the bottom to get up the little bits. Usually, you use this technique with wine or broth when making sauce, but this time, you’re cleaning off the pan) Add a can of diced tomatoes (with the liquid), throw in some spices (salt, pepper, oregano, GARLIC, basil), break up a bunch of lasagne noodles into it, cover and let it simmer for a bit as the noodles soften. Add more liquid (keep a can of tomato sauce handy) and adjust spices as necessary. When the noodles are soft and the sauce is the thickness and taste that you want, remove from heat and drop in a couple generous dollops of Ricotta cheese. Stir once just to mix it in a bit. Divide to serving dishes, and sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. (you can also add veggies at the “simmer” point, if you want them in your lasagne). Easy and tasty. I must warn you… it kind of looks a bit like vomit. But it’s WAY yummy!

    Serve with garlic bread, because you cannot possibly have enough garlic. Sleep in separate beds that night.

  6. Joy says:

    I have to say this was really good. It kind of reminded me of a type of manicotti. I’d love to have it again. Sometimes you make new things and you don’t like them or want to change something but I really liked this.

    I hate when directions are wrong or they “round” things down. I know when something says it takes 15 minutes to make, it will take me way longer because I’m a putz but I hate it when you buy something ready to bake and that time is off. I know that I buy Simek’s lasagna every now and then and it’s frozen solid as a rock. If you dropped it on your foot, I think your foot would break and it says it will cook in 90 minutes. There is no way it’s done in that amount of time. It takes almost double that time. That’s what I really can’t stand. You plan your timing out and then nothing is ready together and you just kind of stand around waiting. But I do know this now and plan accordingly but when you’re young and starting out, how do you know these things?

    I’ve also found some really good recipes on

    I love talking recipes and food. I hate deciding what to make.

    • Sue says:

      Oh, that’s another one that’s irritating! When it says cook for x amount of time and it’s not nearly done! Makes me wonder if everyone’s ovens are that different?! This was a good recipe and I’d make it again. It wasn’t hard, just putzy.

  7. Gary says:

    ROFLMAO!! I found about two years ago and found some recipes there I really liked. I too noticed that the prep time and finish times are all fu&*ed up!

    Thanks for making me feel better this morning Sue! Here I thought all this time I was reallly slow or something. Good to know I’m cooking at “normal” speed. LOL

  8. Just a Mom says:

    I never look at the prep time. Cooking time yes, prep time no! In most cases I have to double or even triple the prep time! I figured out why this is…the recipe makers don’t account for forgetful husbands or whinny kids!

  9. nikki says:

    I don’t look at prep time either. I’m home and I start whatever I’m going to make by 4. Well 3:3O on practice days b/c Bailey has to be at the field by 5pm. That’s getting everything together and heating the oven. I’m a total putz but I like to putz with dinner. I enjoy cooking. That recipe sounds very good. I’m always trying to find new things that I think Jason will like. His taste buds are finally maturing and he’ll eat more things. Only took 33 years!! LOL I got so sick of the same 5 things every week! I’ll check that Kraft site out.

  10. Lucy says:

    I actually attempted to make a similar recipe a couple weeks ago. But instead of meat and sauce I tried to use veggies and sauce. The recipe seemed simple enough…but the rolling part was impossible. Everything ended up falling out and making a huge mess. I gave up and just ended up making regular lasagna with several layers.

  11. I never sure of what’s for dinner. That’s soooo bad that it took that long, but the do sound delisch!

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