Being home with my parents can be a little difficult when it comes to making dinners. I’m usually home for a weekend at a time, so we usually cook one big meal, and have others over, or end up eating out. Since we’ve had to plan a bunch of dinners, there have been some challenges! I don’t eat meat, so of course a lot of options are knocked out right there. My father LOVES meat, and while he will eat vegetables without a problem, likes to have meat or poultry with dinner. My mom is allergic to wheat (not celiac’s disease, just a wheat allergy), so that limits us in some ways. Time to get really creative, huh?
We found a great solution for dinner last night! My mom picked up this really cool lasagna pan that was perfect for making dinner for 3 people with very different likes and needs.
There are some things we could all agree on for dinner.
1. We like our tomato sauce spicy!
2. Cheese was a necessity (ricotta, an egg, minced garlic, oregano and lots of red pepper flakes mixed in)
That’s pretty much where the similarities ended! My father had a somewhat more traditional lasagna with ground beef (and the dogs ended up having a delicious dinner of drippings and beef). I managed to sneak some veggies into his, and either he didn’t notice, or didn’t say. My mom had a lasagna that was a mix of mine and dad’s-a little bit of meat, lots of veggies, made with rice lasagna noodles! My lasagna was inspired by something Meghann made a few weeks ago, and had no noodles. Instead I used slices of zucchini and squash. I also threw in some artichoke hearts, and went really light on the cheese.
Look at all of that delicious burnt cheese! Mine was yummy, but I think next time I would thaw out some frozen spinach to mix in with the ricotta. I loved using veggies for noodles, and I bet this would be awesome if the veggies were roasted first, like I do for eggplant lasagna!
I also got one of these pans, and I can’t wait to experiment with it! It could be a lot of fun for making different dips and maybe different fruit cobblers? I don’t know, but my head is swimming with ideas!
How do you cook for people who all have different tastes? What are your tips and tricks for making everyone happy?
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