I cannot believe it’s Friday again. Somehow the space between Thanksgiving and December 25 vaporizes. The kitchen partner finally broke down and baked his first pumpkin pie yesterday. I’d been promising him one since the weekend and still hadn’t got to it. So much to do, so little time. Why not add in a major flu outbreak at work and spread on a layer of unaddressed Christmas cards? It’s December 16 and I haven’t made a single cookie yet people!
Eating on the run has been the name of the game these past few two weeks. There’s just not time for complicated recipes or slaving over a steaming pot. When life starts to resemble the 12 Days of Christmas song (all its leaping, drumming, piping chaos included), I look for meals that can be made easily and have enough leftovers to last 2 or 3 more meals.
My pick for Find it Local Friday this week tops my list of quick and hearty meals, a Minnesota local lasagna, first posted on 20Food.net. It’s filled with Minnesota-made ingredients (which I can find at most Metro co-op and Kowalski’s stores) and it’s fully customizable (add extra veggies, ground beef or italian sausage, or your own secret sauce).
Minnesota Local Lasagna
1. Start by boiling a box ofÂ Dakota Grower’s lasagna noodles according to the package directions.
2. Prep the sauce on the stove top. I use aÂ jarred sauce we made earlier this summer, but if you’re in a pinch try frozen Sunrise Creative Gourmet Sauces from Hibbing, MN. Add in whatever seasonal veggies you like (squash, broccoli, beans, corn, mushrooms) and heat until warmed.
3. Prep the cheese filling. Â Thaw a bag of SnopacÂ organic frozen spinach from Caledonia, MN and place in a large bowl. Â Mix in a carton of Westby CreameryÂ small curd cottage cheese with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella and 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheeses. I substitute whatever local cheese I have on hand. In a pinch, cheese is cheese.
4. Assemble the lasagna in layers and bake for 45 minutes. Eat and enjoy. Don’t be afraid of the leftovers either; I’m convinced it’s even better out of the refrigerator the next day.
**For a complete printable recipe, see Local Lasagna on 20Food.net