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You guys, I am SO excited because it’s my favorite time of the year. The next two months of my life will be filled with family, celebration, food and fun. Because now that it’s officially November, it’s the holiday season. I seriously wait all year for this two month period and I plan all year as well because I know that very soon my home will be filled with family members and that we’ll all be gathering around the table for amazing meals and then sitting in front of the fireplace sipping hot chocolate late into the night.
Because of the fact that I love this time of year so much, I do everything I can to make it extremely special. That means stocking up on family favorites and finding simpler ways to serve them. And I’m seriously about to rock your world with the idea I’ve come up with this year for simple meal that is ready to be served whenever my guys (or my guests) are hungry.
Now, it’s only fair to tell you that when the holidays began to approach, I immediately head to Walmart to stock up on food. Between my three boys, my brother and nephew and the various friends the kids have in and out of the house over the holiday season, we go through quite a bit of food. And honestly, I’m fine with that. In fact it’s always been my dream to have a home that is bursting at the seams during the holiday season. And the one item that is always on my shopping list is STOUFFER’S® Lasagna. It’s one of my guy’s favorites and over the years it’s become a tradition. Whether it’s the night before Thanksgiving, the day after or really any other day of the month, it’s an easy meal that my guys have come to expect. So when I recently saw that the family size portions were on rollback at Walmart (until December 31st) I just knew I had to stock up.
After picking up my entree, I got to thinking. My family is in and out of the house so much during the holiday season. Whether we’re outside throwing the football or running to parties and plays, having a quick and easy meals and sides on hand makes life so much easier. And where in the past we’ve planned for STOUFFER’S® Lasagna dinners together, I began to get a fabulous idea that would make it even simpler to serve this meal that has become a holiday tradition.
I quickly headed across the store and picked up this Southern girl’s staple…Mason jars….and headed home to create a simple holiday hack that would leave my family drooling.
Once I arrived home, I surveyed what I had on hand. Then I thought about what goes perfectly with Stouffer’s Lasagna and got ready to really change that way we look at our favorite meal by creating and easy to grab, easy to heat and easy to eat dinner in a jar!
To start my meal, I simply opened my STOUFFER’S® Lasagna box and cooked it according to the directions.
The best part of this was that I could go ahead and cook my meal while I was cleaning the house, catching up on work and even putting up my decorations (shhhh, don’t tell). There was no need to wait till my family was ready to eat because this idea was one that would revolutionize the way we looked at quick and easy meals.
While my lasagna was cooking, I sat down and quickly created some cute Printable Tags for my Mason Jar Lasagna. Since I have family and guests alike in my home for the holidays I wanted this addition to my meal to welcome them and to also provide heating instructions for perfectly preparing their lasagna when they were ready.
With my tags ready and cut out and my STOUFFER’S® lasagna still cooking to perfection, I whipped up a simple mason jar salad (I’m consistent with my theme y’all) to go along with my single serving lasagna jars. I really wanted my salad to be colorful and reflect the feel of the season so I was careful with my selection of ingredients.
To make my salad, I first had to whip up a simple homemade salad dressing. To do this I squeezed two lemons into a bowl and then added a half of cup of olive oil, 2 minced cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard and salt and pepper and mixed it together.
Once my salad dressing was done, I set it out along with all of my chosen salad ingredients.
Then I added two tablespoons of the homemade dressing on the bottom of my mason jar.
Next I place in diced yellow peppers,
pomegranate seeds for color,
sunflower seeds and feta cheese.
The best part about this side is that I was able to customize our salads to include exactly what my family likes and create an easy yet delicious way to complete their quick meal.
With my salads made, and the timer on my oven letting me know that my lasagna was ready, it was time to assemble and store my simple holiday meal.
I started by opening my smaller mason jars and spooning a serving of my STOUFFER’S® Lasagna into them.
Then I closed the lid, tied on my printable and a plastic fork with a piece of twine and set it aside.
I continued this process until all of my jars were full and all of my lasagna was nestled into my cute little jars.
Then I paired each lasagna jar with a salad jar and stored them together in the refrigerator.
I have to admit that once my jars were complete, I was so excited for somebody (anybody) to come home and see what I had done. Because now I knew that the craziness of the holiday season wouldn’t slow us down. Instead we could quickly and easily have one of our favorite holiday meals anytime we wanted.
I plan to continue making my STOUFFER’S® Lasagna and salad jars throughout the season because not only will it ensure that there is always food ready in my home but it will guarantee that my guys and my guests always have a meal they love at their fingertips.
So this holiday season, follow my lead and learn to simplify. Head to Walmart today and pick up STOUFFER’S®, the easy solution to feed your family during the busy holiday season, on great rollback prices. Then bake it up, dish it up and discover that having simple delicous single serving meals on hand can free up your time, fill up their bellies and truly make this season merry and bright!
Need more delicious ideas to make your holiday season tasty? Be sure to check out more delicious recipes to pair with STOUFFER’S® Lasagna at the Flavorful Moments Pinterest board and then tell me how you’ll make your family’s favorite dish extra special!