Wednesday, May 9, 2007

There's ALWAYS room for lasagne

On my last visit to the Ronald McDonald House, I asked Joshua Harden (the volunteer coordinator) if they needed more lasagne, and he replied with a big grin, "There's ALWAYS room for lasagne!"

So, here's what a bunch of single-serve lasagnes look like by the time I'm done with them. The fully baked lasagne is divided into freezer safe, snap & seal containers. The ingredient labels are printed on 3 1/3" x 4" white mailing labels (Avery template 5164) and slapped on the top of each container. This way people with dietary restrictions can figure out whether they can eat it or not. I stay away from things that kids traditionally object to, like big chunks of mushrooms, onion or peppers. There are chunks of tomato in the Bertolli, sorry kids. The goal is to provide quick energy on the fly, coverage for missed meals and comfort food for late nights.

What’s in the lasagna?

Organic Bertolli Spaghetti Sauce with extra seasonings:
Minced onion, minced garlic, oregano,
parsley, salt, pepper
Mozzarella cheese
Ground beef
Cottage cheese
Parmesan cheese


This is the specialized container that I use for transporting the frozen lasagne to Baltimore. It's lightweight, insulated and, best of all, ensures everyone sees me coming in the door.

Until next time, Lasagne Lady Elizabeth
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