May 31, 2011

Looks amazing right?

Well, this is what I tried to make for dinner last night. Let me start by saying that I am a wannabe cook. I wish I had the time and wasn't so tired to make amazing dinners each and every night. Most people dread cooking, but to me, it sounds fun and healthy and a great way to save money.

So I have recipes sent to my email and I look at them on a regular basis. I print the ones I think I am able to make and hope that one day I will have a lifestyle where I can make dinner when I get home from work and not feel so tired or be eating when it is 8 pm.

So in looking at many recipes, it appears I confused two recipes and went to the grocery store yesterday after thinking I knew what I needed. I usually make a list of ingredients when I try a new recipe, but yesterday, I was out and thought I could do it from memory.

Here is the recipe:

1 lb extra-lean (at least 93%) ground beef
1 small onion, chopped (1/3 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic Italian herb pasta sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon ketchup
3 cups (6 oz) uncooked mini-lasagna noodles (mafalda)
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (4 oz)

1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.

2. Stir in remaining ingredients except cheese. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese.

What did I do? I purchased a rotisserie chicken, shredded mozzarella cheese, pasta sauce, olives and mushrooms (my own little addition).

Now mind you, my sister said healthful skillet lasagna, don't we need ground beef. Oh no, I tell her. This is with chicken. Little did I know.

We get home and I look at the recipe and said uh-oh. I confused two recipes. Combined the ingredients and thought I had the right one. So I prepped everything and put it in the skillet. I made it anyway, my way. It actually was not a total loss, it was good. However, my boyfriend did tell me to never make it with beef because he may like it better that way. But he did go back for seconds. That is always a sign it is good.

I did not take a picture of it, but if you like the idea of mixing it up, buy the above ingredients with a noodle pasta. I used quinoa elbow noodles (gluten free) and saute garlic and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil, then add the chicken (shredded like), olives, pasta and sauce and simmer until it is all blended well. Then top with the shredded cheese. Once it melts, serve. I made a salad to go with it.

For those that like to cook and are good at it; I thought you could use a laugh at my expense.

Happy cooking!


  1. That looks good!!! I think I'll try it sometime :D Maybe I'll use chicken, who knows?!? I love it when a mess-up tastes good!!!

  2. I am glad you are going to try this. I hope you like it...the goof up is good also. Thanks for checking in on my blog.