Today was a dreary, gloomy day.
It’s hard to get excited about a Monday when it looks like this.
But I sucked it up and it was actually a pretty good day. After work, I went for my first visit with a chiropractor. I have never been to one before. I have thought about going, especially since I had some back pain and muscle spasms not too long ago, but it was one of those things I thought about but never did. Last week, a local chiropractor came to our school and did mini massages for us, so I booked an appointment at their office. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
(By the way, that’s my nervous face. I’m not picking my teeth.)
Today wasn’t scary, though. I just had x-rays and scans today. I’ll go back soon for the results.
I did realize after I took my shoes off that I accidentally wore two different socks. Oops!
When I got home, I got busy cooking. I knew I had seen a recipe for Lazy Lasagna recently on a Food Network show. After some Google research, I located this recipe and remembered watching Rachel Ray make it not too long ago. This is one of the first RR recipes I have ever made. Lots of times I am intimidated by her recipes because sometimes they have long ingredient lists. This one did have more ingredients than I would usually use, but I had most of it on hand, so I decided to give it a go.
I made only a few adjustments. I only used 1 lb. of beef. I also cut the wine and stock back just a little bit, to keep it from being too soupy. I also used 1% milk instead of whole milk to save on calories.
The verdict? The dish was very tasty. I really loved the flavor of the meat sauce. It has a much different flavor than your basic spaghetti sauce, mainly due to the wine and beef broth. I saw that there were mixed reviews about the béchamel sauce. I honestly feel that it could be left out. It didn’t add a lot of flavor. It gave it more creaminess, but I honestly think the dish could be just as tasty without it. I also swapped the cloves and nutmeg for fresh basil, parsley, and oregano. I just thought those herbs made more sense in this dish.
I also think it is funny that this is called “Lazy Lasagna” because it took me 3 pots AND a baking dish to prepare this. I was prepping and cooking for about an hour or so. I don’t know that you could call that “lazy.” I guess Rachel and I interpret that word differently. :) And I did manage to pour boiling water over my hand in the process. (OUCH!) But like I said, it was pretty tasty! Thanks for the recipe, Rachel!
Alright friends… I am going to relax a little. I am afraid I might be getting an ear ache! I just mentioned that to Ryan and he said, “You are falling apart!” Bless my little heart.