I've learned a lot from my mom over the years. She never did teach me to cook though. I was always encouraged to help out, but when I would, they'd just push me aside and tell me I was doing it wrong and to go play with my brother and sister instead. Now that I have my own kitchen, it's been a bit better. I had to woo them with Maple Mustard Pork Chops with Grilled Apples and Fiesta Cornbread first though (thanks to Rachel Ray for that one). Now, we share recipes which is nice. But, the one lesson my mom taught me that I value a lot these days is how to coupon shop. As a kid, I remember each time she'd come home with about 15 bags of groceries and brag about how she paid a few dollars for all of it! There were even a few cases where she'd tell me that thanks to double coupons and things being already on sale, sometimes the store would have to pay her to take groceries home! Yes, she was/is quite the coupon queen. Now, I'm not nearly as good as that yet. But, I do clip coupons in every Sunday paper and I do try to use them when things are on sale. Unlike mom, I usually steer clear of buying pet food if it's on sale and I have a coupon, because I don't have a pet (neither do my parents), but you take some habits, leave some behind.. it all evens out. What does this have to do with lasagna?
Well, I made the lasagna because I had so many lasagna product coupons! I'd say the entire lasagna cost around $20 to make, which is bad in my mom's standards, but good for a beginner like me.
The biggest cost was my extra lean ground turkey. It was around $6 something.
The second biggest cost were the cheeses. I used ricotta, cottage cheese, fresh parmesan, and mozzarella. I had a coupon for *almost* all of these.
Usually, I'm a bit skeptical when it comes to the "no bake" style noodles, but I was cooking in a hurry, since we had tickets to see The Darjeeling Limited and I went for it. After eating the lasagna, I still like my noodles cooked a little bit before I put them in the lasagna. Brian didn't seem to mind them, but I thought they were a little undercooked. We both agreed that the lasagna tasted better the next day.
I baked it coverd for an hour, then I sprinkled some cheese on top and let it bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.
I think it could have used another 15 minutes, but we were running late to the movie, so we had to rush it.
All in all, it was a good lasagna. I think it's getting better with each day too, which is good because it's my lunch all week long!