As someone who does not enjoy cooking ~ at all ~ I always find it ironic that I host most of the holidays. Big cooking for a big family, many of whom have dietary restrictions. Yay. Well, they say that with age comes wisdom and I believe that's true. The longer I do this, the simpler my holiday menus become, including this year, when I will be serving these easy lasagna roll up singles.
Christmas is always a mixed bag. The staple of the meal is usually some kind of red meat that my husband can barbecue or I can toss in the oven, like chateaubriand.
Of course, the vegetarians won't eat that.
They will however eat the mashed potatoes.
The gluten free crowd will eat them, too.
I do have to make a separate batch with soy milk and some kind of non-butter butter for the vegans, though.
Corn and sautéed green beans are generally acceptable veggies and the salad is ok, as long as the cheese is on the side, for the lactose intolerant crowd.
All in all, it's manageable, but you can see where a giant pan of ziti or lasagna could be a problem.
Because it's the food that's the problem.
Kidding. I love my family.
I kept seeing recipes for these cute little lasagna roll ups go by on Pinterest and I was intrigued. So a few weekends ago, I invited my kids and their friends over to taste test my own versions and they were a huge hit.
The best thing about them is that I can customize the fillings based on individual preferences and limitations. It doesn't really take that much longer than putting together a traditional pan of lasagna.
Plus, they're the perfect portion size.
Now, the exact ingredients are up to you. Spinach, chop meat, sausage, squash, chopped tomato. Whatever floats your lasagna boat.
For Christmas, I will most likely make a few of each, traditional, spinach and plain cheese....you know with and without the real cheese...with and without the egg...with and without the gluten.
Ok, so easy peasy, I boiled the noodles and then drained and rinsed them. Then I laid them down on wax paper while I mixed up my stuffing stuff.
I'm not a real recipe girl, so I scooped out some ricotta cheese, some shredded mozzarella and one egg. A dash of salt and pepper topped it off and I mixed it up and then spread my mixture out on the noodle and rolled it up.
The spinach ones were made exactly the same way. I just added a handful of chopped spinach.
I lined a baking dish with a thin layer of sauce, placed them inside, added more sauce and sprinkled mozzarella cheese over the top. I covered the dish with foil and baked them at 350 degrees for about 35- 40 minutes.
Super easy. Even for the girl who hates to cook.
And who doesn't eat tomatoes.
So I'll be adding a no sauce version to the menu, too.
What's on your holiday menu?
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