My sister Melissa just gave birth to my newest nephew Sean Arthur. As a first time mother who works, I know that meal planning is very important to her. In order to help her out and other busy men and women out there I have decided to post a series on Yummy Make Ahead Meal Recipes! These will be recipes that you can make a head and freeze.
Make Ahead Meals: Lasagna
2 pound ground turkey or beef (I use a combination of both)
2 boxes of Lasagna (I use one box of whole wheat, one regular)
3 cups frozen veggies (thaw)
2 pounds of ricotta cheese
4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
4 large jars of tomato sauce or 12 cups of Home Made Sauce
12 small foil pans I use 7x5 pans that are 3 for a $1 at DollarTree
Cook Ground Turkey/Beef until well done.
Cook Lasagna Noodles according to the directions on the package. I actually cook the whole wheat separate from the regular noodles but I don't think it is necessary.
Place thawed Veggies in a blender/food processor with 2 cups of Tomato Sauce. Blend until smooth. Mix veggie paste with the rest of the tomato sauce. Add well cooked meat to this sauce.
In a medium bowl, mix 4 eggs with 2 pounds of ricotta cheese.
Take your foil pan and ladle in enough tomato/veggie mix to cover the bottom of the pan.
Cut two noodles to size and place them on top of the sauce I alternate whole wheat and regular noodles
Scoop 1/2 cup of ricotta/egg mixture and spread on top of the noodles
Scoop 1/2 cup of sauce mixture on top of the cheese
Repeat this until the the pan is filled.
Pour 1/2 cup of sauce on top of the last layer of noodles
Sprinkle 1/2 of mozzarella cheese on top of sauce
This isn't the best picture, this is the last one I made so the cheese is probably only 1/4 cup instead of 1/2.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.