1 package of Meal Starters "crumbles"
1 jar salsa
1 can refried beans
1 package Cottage Cheese
shredded mexi and cheddar cheese
Let me start by reminding you I'm a 95% vegetarian...(I do still eat a little dairy and our very own farm fresh, vegetarian fed, laid-in-my-barn eggs)...but my kids aren't, so I have to find the medium for our meals, but I had to fix and eat something that the kids would eat too, I was just VERY light on the cheese. You can easily substitute ground beef for the veggie "meat". Also, I don't usually follow a "recipe" per se. I usually just wing it. Whatever looks and tastes good goes in.
I don't like precooking lasagna noodles and I read once to just soak them in hot water while you are fixing everything else, so that's what I did. Just dropped them in a pitcher of hot water while everything else was cooking.
Then I threw the Meal Starters, the salsa and the refried beans in a large pot and heated it all up. After it was hot, I took it off the stove and added the cottage cheese. I decided to make two 8x8's instead of one 9x13, so I had to break my noodles so that they would fit in the pans. I just started assembling the lasagna pans like usual...meat, noodles, meat, cheese, noodles, meat, cheese, noodles, meat & cheese. I covered with foil, baked at 350 for 30 minutes, removed the foil and baked for another 5 minutes or so. This is what I ended up with...
I knew I was up against the wall when it came to the kids actually eating it...neither one really likes lasagna and I had to convince them that this wouldn't taste like any other lasagna they'd EVER tasted considering it was Mexican. Here's what I got!
Look at that clean plate!!!!
They ate it! Although Kaden got distracted by the camera and his fell off his fork mid-bite, he ate it! It was very good and so, so easy! And, the good news is I have half of one pan left for work lunches next week and...are you reading this Joe?...one for Joe to take back to work with him after the weekend!
I hope everyone tries this recipe. You can totally adjust it to your taste. If you do try it, let me know via comment how yours turned out!