Sometimes when I am feeling ambitious, or guilty, I pull out all of the stops and make a show stopping meal. I seldom do this on a school/work night however, but this week I made an exception.
I had tortured my family with 3 consecutive bad meals and I felt a bit bad about it. This morning when I made my kids breakfast, I haphazardly poured a bowl of Cheerios and a glass of milk and placed it on the table. My son’s reaction?
“Nice, Basilmomma….REEEEAL nice! Going to blog your cereal pouring technique today? You should..it’s a real winner!”
Yes, I reprimanded his rudeness. Yes, I turned and laughed inwardly. It was funny. Maybe not at 6 am with NO coffee in my system yet, but funny it was.
So at lunch today I researched the ultimate dinner. What my family feels is a real reward meal. They know that it takes a bit of time to prepare and they actually appreciate it.
I made…Lasagna. Not just any lasagna, but one with a silky , smooth Bechamel and a meaty red sauce. I emailed my husband a shopping list and when he walked in the door at 4:30 carrying grocery bags he was actually excited!
My kids watched me chop, mix and layer with eager anticipation. They were giving me 100% of their attention. I was thrilled!
Then it hit me: They were starving. Hence the full attention.
1 hour later I pulled this steaming dish of goodness from the oven, let it rest and plated it for my family with roasted broccoli and a lightly dressed salad.
I have made many lasagna recipes in my short little life, but this one was by far my favorite. I wish I could take the credit though, but I found it on the Readers Digest Canada website under 4 Reader’s Digest Lasagna Recipes. This makes a full pan of lasagna, enough for an army ????