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Old 08-08-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Which entree?

I'm in a quandry....kids are coming to dinner on Sunday and I'm tuckered out and can't think of what to make...well, I've got it down to either lasagna or moussaka.....what say DH'ers? Appreciate all your answers, thanks

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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Which one is the most labor-intensive? If you are tired, I go for the one that requires the least effort.

My lasagna is a time consuming recipe, but it can be made well in advance and baked when needed. Not sure about moussaka as I've never prepared it.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:59 PM   #3
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I'm with Katie. My mom's favorite go to when I was a kid was simply spaghetti with red sauce. A lot cheaper than lasagna, easier than either that or moussaka. AND that was before you could buy red sauce in a jar. That, a tossed green salad and garlic bread (which is just fine purchased in the freezer dept of Wal Mart).

there is also nothing wrong with saying, "How about you bring xxxxx". Be it desert (I'm not a baker and I often ask people to bring desert) or an appetizer or the salad. I'm not familiar with your area, but someone can pick up a bag of greens and bottle of dressing, or some cheese and crackers.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #4
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If you want it to be really easy, just buy the ready to bake noodles, canned spaghetti sauce and grated cheese. If you want to make it seem homemade, dice up some onions, mushroomsm, peppers, half of a tomato, parsley, give them a quick simmer in with the sauce before assembling. Fresh cheese and parsley on the top and voila! They will think you slaved all day
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:19 PM   #5
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What's in your freezer? If you have some spaghetti sauce with meat, your lasagna is already almost made. I use cottage cheese mixed with egg instead of Ricotta, some mozzarella, and some grated spaghetti cheese. I always have the no cook noodles on hand.

It takes me less than 15 minutes to have it ready for the oven, (not including thawing time).
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #6
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Crock pot or skillet lasagnas are pretty quick and easy. I've made both, and they're good. You could use the jarred spaghetti sauce as well. I doctor it up. I'm with Claire, spaghetti is much less work than traditional lasagna, at least for me!
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:38 PM   #7
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If I were one of the kids, Lasagna with plenty of cheese.
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If you want it to be really easy, just buy the ready to bake noodles, canned spaghetti sauce and grated cheese. If you want to make it seem homemade, dice up some onions, mushroomsm, peppers, half of a tomato, parsley, give them a quick simmer in with the sauce before assembling. Fresh cheese and parsley on the top and voila! They will think you slaved all day
This is a good idea!
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:41 AM   #9
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Decision made!...lol.....Moussaka it is....now, how about sending me your T&T recipes.....t'will be greatly appreciated.....I'm also going to buy, not prepare, appetizers.....any ideas for that....maybe just 3 or 4.....we shall be 8 at the table
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If you are near a Costco, Ella, (or Loblaws), get some Mozza sticks and/or jalapeno peppers from the freezer section. A shrimp ring with sauce is always a big hit if people like seafood and no work to it!
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