This post was originally published in December of 2011. I thought I would share it with you for two reasons.
First, I think you know that John and I are pretty average, real people. And, you know we love our Schwann's man. Once a month (formerly twice a month), he visits our place and we buy some ice cream treats for our freezer. We find that although these aren't super healthy, all-natural snacks, we save a lot of money this way rather than visiting the DQ down the street a few times a week.
Second, it's pretty cool to take advantage of certain grocery home delivery services, while also saving money by making some of the items yourself at home.
The Schwann's man is a bi-weekly visitor to our home, and for that, friends, I am thankful. He fills our freezer with ice cream treats and fun finger foods. (How's that for alliteration, language arts people?)
As I was flipping through this season's catalog, I saw this lasagna roll-up.
MMMMMMMM...it looks SO DELICIOUS, doesn't it. All that ricotta cheese, a splash of pasta sauce, spices. Lordy.
So, as directed, I flipped to page 35. Lo-and-behold, the Lasagna Roll Ups were $8.25. Ok. A little steep, but not bad, I guess. Wait a minute.
That's $8.25 for FOUR Lasagna Roll Ups! And they don't even come with the pasta sauce!
Screw that. I'm makin' my own, baby! Join me in the kitchen, please, while I take you through my Saturday morning of making a more affordable, but equally tasty lasagna roll up.
|Get some regular 'ol lasagna noodles and cook 'em. I cooked a whole package, since I was making a pan for John and I, and two pans for the freezer.|
|While the noodles were cooking, I whipped up the filling. I read the Schwann's catalog description of the filling and made my own, containing: Ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, basil, parsley, eggs, and garlic powder.|
|Ok. Noodles are done and drained, so lay 'em out on a cutting board.|
|And then spread some of your cheese mixture on the noodles. Leave about an inch and a half open on one end. Begin to roll up the lasagna toward the empty end, since the filling will smush it's way down to the empty end.|
|Pack your noodles into a pan.|
|And cover your noodles with home canned pasta sauce from your summer garden. What? You don't have home canned pasta sauce? Then get yourself a little garden! Boom.|
|Since a package of lasagna noodles yields a lot of, well, noodles I made a small pan for the freezer. A disposable bread pan was the perfect size for four lasagna roll ups.|
|I ran out of filling after the first pan, so I whipped up some more, but added slightly less garlic powder.|
|Ta da! Three pans. One for dinner, and two for the freezer. Perfecto!|
Do you partake in a grocery home delivery service like Schwann's? Do you have any knock-offs or money savers? What conveniences are you NOT willing to kick to the curb?