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Why is it that the more delicious a recipe is, the messier it is to make and clean up? I remember when I was little, I would watch my mom while she made dinner. Because she was cooking for eight of us, there would be food, pots and pans, spoons, ladles and the like spread out all over the kitchen. My dad would walk in and say, “Janie, it looks like a bomb went off in here!”. Once dad was out of hearing distance, mom would offer a few salty words in response! One of our favorite recipes was hands down, her delicious (and super messy) lasagna.
Why Are The Tastiest Recipes The Hardest To Clean?
I have made mom’s lasagna many times over the years and my family loves it. However, with our healthier lifestyle, I have been making a vegetable version of her classic recipe. I have tweaked her recipe so it is an easy to make Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Ups recipe. The only thing I hate about this recipe is how dang messy it is. When you bake a recipe that calls for a red sauce and cheese, you know you are in for an ooey gooey, sticky mess. Well, guess what? I have a solution that will have you jumping for joy, and heading to your nearest Target!
In the past, I have used a variety of tools to clean up my stuck on messes. Usually my husband jumps in and will put in his manly elbow grease and try and scrape the pan. More often than not, he will end up using a butter knife to scrape it clean. But now, I have a secret weapon I am excited to share with you. With the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth, I can easily clean my Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Ups recipe in no time!
Cleaning Made Easier With Scotch-Brite
With its unique scrubbing dots technology, the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth can handle any stuck on mess I give it! And because it does not scratch any surface, my expensive bake and cookware remain pristine. I have used Scotch-Brite® products in my home for years. It is a brand of sponges I can trust to go easy on my dishes but not on my messes.
With their newest product, I can take my cleaning to a whole new level and I LOVE it! Now I don’t fear getting down and dirty in the kitchen! Got a cheesy casserole you hate to make because it is a bear to clean? Make that sucker! Does the family love your spaghetti with homemade meatballs but you just don’t want to clean it up? With the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth, its “Scrubbing Power Makes Cleaning Easy! The fully washable, reusable and sturdy cloths are a premium fiber cloth that can handle your messiest of messes.
Cleaning The Kitchen Has Never Been Easier!
What I love about the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths is that I get the wiping and drying convenience of a dishcloth but with supercharged scrubbing power! Now I get the best of both worlds! On one side you have the textured fiber cloth on one side and Scotch-Brite® scrubbing on the other! Woot! Cleaning up the kitchen has never been easier!
I get my new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths from my local Target. They come in 2 packs in gray, mint, coral, and navy and they retail for just $4.99! Although there is not a Cartwheel offer currently, the Scotch-Brite brand frequently has coupons, so check your Cartwheel app often for the latest deals. You will find the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths in the kitchen tool area of my Target and not where the textiles are located. Be sure to stay social and follow Scotch-Brite on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Easy To Make Kitchen Shelf Keeps The Kitchen Tidy
Be cause I have a small kitchen, I don’t have a lot of space. I only have two cabinets, three drawers and two small counter tops. It is hard to keep the kitchen nice clean and organized when I have stuff crammed into every space I can find including all around the sink area. My husband suggested we make a simple shelf to store our stuff. This was a great idea! And because we have our Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths, sink stoppers, dish soap and plants. And with everything being elevated, it helps keep the ants away that we get here in the summer.
All you need to make your shelf is a piece of lumber, 6 wood screws, a drill or screwdriver, some stain, a cloth and a polyurethane sealant.
Step One: Measure the area where you want your shelf to go. We made ours 32″ wide (that is our top piece) a 10″ tall.
Step Two: We used a 1×6 and cut two pieces 9″ wide, which would be the sides and then the 32″ piece. We even have some spare lumber for my next project!
Step Three: Line up your first side piece under the end of the long piece. Drill or screw in 3 wood screws. Repeat on the other side.
Step Four: Using your cloth, dip in the stain and cover your wooden shelf completely. Allow to dry for at least two hours. Repeat if desired.
Step Five: Be sure to cover in your polyurethane to seal the wood and protect it from getting wet.
Step Six: Now you are ready to use your new shelf!
Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe
My family loves my Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Ups recipe! I mean, who wouldn’t love a lasagna noodle rolled up with your favorite sauteed veggies and cheese, smothered in your favorite pasta sauce! I have had people tell me they didn’t make lasagna because it was so labor intensive. Not so my friends!
First, gather all your ingredients. Notice all of those gorgeous vegetables!
First I toss my noodles in their salt water bath.
While I am cooking my noodles, I am prepping my veggies.
When I am done cutting the vegetables, I have the noodles are laying out and cooling off.
Next, I am cooking my veggies, which only takes about 5-6 minutes.
Before you know it, I am combining my cheeses and my egg and mixing in my cooked veggies. And then the fun part! I get to put my veggie/cheese mixture on my noodles and I am rolling my lasagna.
Next, snuggle up your roll ups in the pan.
And for good measure? Smother those suckers with your red sauce and pop them in the oven.
Just before you have your Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Ups ready to eat, sprinkle the cheese you have left on top for just 5 minutes.
Let them rest for 10 minutes and you are ready to eat! Yummy!
The only drawback to cooking my Vegetarian Lasagna Roll Ups is the mess! Cooking with all the cheese, olive oil and sauce can make an impressive mess and that is BEFORE I get to cook the dish! But with my Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth, I can just wipe up that spilled cheese and sauce with the fiber side. And when I am ready to clean the pan? I just flip over the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth and use the innovative scrubbing dots. Now cleaning the stuck on mess in my lasagna pan is easy peasy!
- 8-12 lasagna noodles, cooked according to directions
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 egg
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 zucchini
- 1 yellow squash
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup diced of each, yellow, red and green pepper
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1/8 cup diced garlic
- 2 cups of red pasta sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook lasagna noodles according to directions, Drain and lay flat on a paper towel.
- IN your food processor, finely chop all of your vegetables (except your spinach.) Combine into one bowl.
- In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add remaining vegetables, except for your spinach and cook for 4 minutes. Add spinach and cook until just wilted. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg and Parmesan cheese, Mix well. Add cooked vegetables and combine.
- In an 9x13baking dish, spread 1 cup of pasta sauce evenly on the bottom.
- Spread 1/4 cup of cheese/veggie mixture down the center of one lasagna noodle. Roll firmly and place seam down in baking dish. Repeat until baking dish is filled.
- Top rolled noodles with remaining cup of pasta sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take off foil and sprinkle with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 6-8 minutes.
- Take lasagna out of oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.
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