Everyone 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 kraftfoods.com 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!