Monday, January 19, 2015

Delivering Dinner: Lasagna

 Do you ever deliver dinner to your friends or family?

I have several friends who have new babies right now.  I've decided that I cook dinner most night so I could easily double my recipes and bring dinner to someone else.  It wasn't too much more work for me, I felt like I could really help my friends out and I had everything planned out to make things simple.

My dinner delivering tips:
-Deliver all food in containers that don't have to be returned
-Write out reheating directions and the menu
-Ask ahead of time about food allergies and preferences
-Be clear about the time you will be delivering the food
-Don't stay long when you deliver it - make it a quick visit
-Make a family favorite recipe that you know will turn out
-Put all the flimsy containers on cookie sheets for transport 
and then take your cookie sheets home with you.
-Buy enough to make the exact same meal for your family 
- saves time planning and it's easy to make it all at once.

I included a little bit of everything for this family of 5.

 Good thing I made enough for us both to have dinner.
 I have a great NO COOK NOODLE lasagna recipe to share with you.  A parent gave it to me one of my first years of teaching and I've been making it for 10 years.  It's so easy and delicious!!  I always think the worst part of making lasagna is boiling the noodles and trying to layer HOT noodles.  This recipe cuts out all the noodle boiling and tastes like you spent tons of time preparing the noodles.

No Cook Noodle Lasagna
1 box uncooked lasagna noodles
1 lb ground beef
1 yellow onion chopped
24oz cottage cheese
1 T parsley
2 beaten eggs
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan
3/4 c water
32 oz Your favorite spaghetti sauce (Ragu Tomato Garlic Onion)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground beef with chopped onion.  Drain and add in water and sauce.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  In a separate bowl combine cottage cheese, eggs, parsley.  

In a 9x13 pan layer
meat sauce
cottage cheeese mix
shredded cheese
(repeat until you are out of layering materials - end with mozz cheese on top)

Makes one 9x13 pan.
Bake at 350 for 65 minutes covered in foil.
Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes to brown the top.
Let cool for 5 minutes, cut and serve.

What's your favorite dinner to deliver??


  1. Thanks for the tips AND the recipe! A family in our Sunday School class is due to have their first any day, and I was just thinking I should take them a meal after she arrives.

  2. NO COOK lasagne!?!? I will probably make lasagna now. That makes it so much easier!! PS how long did it take you to type lasagne each time? It's just not a word that I type easily haha.


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