Why you Should Make 3 Dinners Today Instead of 1

lasagna

I could tell you there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to do everything you want to do – and do it well…because you already know this.  Have you ever really thought why this is the case?  Why is our time so taxed and why do we seem helpless to slow it down? We  even have all these modern conveniences that help us with general household chores – and yet we are more busy than EVER!

Think about your washing machine, hair dryer, dish washer and vacuum cleaner. They all help a little (okay, who are we kidding, they help TONS). There is no way I’d be able to get out of the house if I didn’t have a washer (and dishwasher…okay and a hair dryer, flat iron, indoor plumbing, oven, stove top, air conditioning… okay I’ll, you get the picture).

Why aren’t these modern marvels give us more time?

Well, technically they are, we are just using our time we saved to do other things. These other things is what is sucking us dry.  We are all given a certain amount of time on this earth. Sorry to be depressing, but it’s true.  But let’s not stop there.   We should take this as a challenge and motivation!  If we only have so much time to ‘do everything we want to do’ then what are we waiting for? We need to do it!

I had all my ingredients to make lasagna, and as I looked at everything on my counter, I thought how it would be more efficient to make 2 instead of one. I mean after all, there are enough noodles in the lasagna box to make 2 right (actually I found out there are enough for 3). Once I realized this, I took an extra 5 minutes and was shocked at my efficiency.  And at that very moment, way better than than any of my needed modern machines.

This literally took me about 5 extra minutes and now I have 3 dinners made instead of 1.  And honestly, I just shaved off tons of time – to do more important things. Things that matter, like going and playing a board game with my kids (I love the game Patchwork – 2 player game for 6 yrs and up). Our modern conveniences help us save time, but think for a minute if you didn’t have these machines. We would cherish our free time so much and make it a point to soak in every minute and make the most of our precious limited time here on the earth.

Today My Challenge is Two Fold:
1. Challenge yourself to double up on something like; do 2 loads of laundry today and don’t do any tomorrow, read a little farther today and less tomorrow, make 3 dinners instead of just 1, or buy 2 weeks of groceries instead of 1 (you are at the store anyway).

2. Challenge yourself to do something completely worthwhile with the time you saved from doubling up.  Be literal about it! Soak it in and enjoy your precious time.

I’m rooting for you – and can’t wait to hear how it goes.


3 Pan Lasagna Recipe (just in case you wanted it):

  • Lg Pkg. Whole grain Noodles (Healthy Harvest by Ronzoni)
  • 2 Jars organic spaghetti sauce – any flavor
  • 2 pounds ground beef and or sausage (optional – but I use meat)
  • 3 tomatoes – diced
  • 2 green peppers – diced
  • 7-8 large mushrooms – sliced
  • 1 zucchini  – shredded or sliced
  • 1 lg. container cottage cheese (optional)
  • 1 lg. container ricotta cheese (optional)
  • 6 cups shredded cheese (your choice)
  • Seasoning: 6 fresh basil leaves, 2 stems fresh oregano, some salt and pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 (to cook 1 of these pans)

Take three 9×9 pans, spray.  Brown the meat and add the spices, veggies and tomato sauce (I used 2 skillets for this).  Layer the uncooked noodles, (cottage cheese and ricotta), meat sauce, shredded cheese.  Repeat 1 time.  (this means only 2 layers per pan)

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