Baked lasagna cups are my attempt to make dinner feel like dinner – yet easier, please. Dinnertime in the current state of the world looks a little differently than this same time last year. For example, Americans are now eating 93% of their dinner meals at home compared to 81% in Spring 2019. Eating out at restaurants has slowed down due to closings and new restrictions. Staying at home to eat means that as a whole we’re cooking more, we’re doing more prep, and we are choosing more involved recipes.
Maybe this is a good thing? But, in hearing from clients, they are SO tired of cooking, so maybe we’re asking too much of ourselves? For some, it starts with asking ourselves: What do we consider an acceptable family dinner? Must it include a “recipe?” Must it be “homemade?” Where did the definition of dinner come from? Our own experience with dinner growing up? What social media portrays as healthy?
Lowering our bar might be the first place to start. These baked lasagna cups feel like dinner without any heavy dinner meal prep. PLUS, the most important piece of family mealtime is that we eat together – it has less to do with what is served, but who you eat with.
McDaniel short-cuts have been more important than ever in our family; we love these baked lasagna cups made with store-bought flavorful chicken meatballs. They are simply prepped, but also fun to eat. We use these meatballs to make a flavorful meatball cup that is similar to a lasagna cup, but has more protein and less fat! These are perfect for a dinner that feels high quality, but doesn’t take as much time as a full classic lasagna.
Check out last week’s McDaniel Short-Cut Recipe: Rosemary White Bean Soup