Roasted Vegetable Lasagna & Cake Balls

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Aldi Sales for Oct. 10-Oct. 16.

* I was wondering if you all can help me out here. Those of you who shop at different Aldi stores, do you EVER notice that the prices I have listed are different from those in your store? Do you skim over the price and just look for the “special buy” item itself and IGNORE the price? I don’t NEED to type the actual price if it is not helpful OR if it is not a nationwide price, ya know?? Just wondering…… I will keep it as I always do for this week, patiently waiting your help! ūüôā

* Oh, PLEASE note if you plan on trying the Butternut Squash Soup PLEASE re-check the recipe. It calls for CHICKEN bouillon not BEEF. Oops. Thanks to a friend for pointing that out!! ¬†Thanks! On that note, please let me know if you ever see typos or if a particular “link” does not work! (Or the occasional bad word…..sorry!)

 

Let’s talk “special buys” and “seasonal items”!

* It IS that time of year again, when all the wonderful “seasonal items” come out. Time to STOCK up for that holiday and winter baking! I am JUST sharing some of the items. I could not list them all and I am sure there are some in the store that are NOT in an ad.
Peanut Butter (40 oz. for $4.49), Light Corn Syrup (32 oz. for $2.49), Coconut Flakes (14 oz. for $1.49), Baking Powder (8.1 oz. for 99¬Ę), Baking Cocoa ($2.49), Assorted Varieties of Sprinkles (3-5 oz. for 99¬Ę), Blueberry Pie Filling (21 oz. for $2.49), Apple Pie Filling (21 oz. for $1.49), Almond Bark, chocolate or vanilla(24 oz. for $2.49). (Has anyone tried the Chocolate Almond Bark?? How is it?)

* Look for a recipe below that used both Cake Mix (a 16.5-18.25 oz. box is 99¬Ę) and Frosting¬†(16 oz. container is $1.29).

* Now is a good ¬†time to grab Powdered Sugar and Brown Sugar ~ 32 oz. bags are $1.39 each. AND Evaporated Milk is 65¬Ę for a 12 oz. can.

* APPLES. 3 lb. bag for $2. 49 ~ probably a few varieties to choose from. Honey Crisp are $2.99 for a 2 lb. bag. Don’t forget a 3 pack of Caramel Apples for $1.29!!

* I love that Aldi has lasagna noodles (16 oz. box for $1.29), I always like to have a box in my pantry. ESPECIALLY to make Roasted Vegetable Lasagna.

* MUCH MUCH more in the ad! Check it out here!

Do you shop at Aldi? If so WHAT is YOUR favorite “seasonal item”??

(My favorite is the Vanilla Almond Bark. For sure. Well, and the different varieties of chocolate chips ~ last year they had bittersweet, or was it dark chocolate? Either way I was giddified.)  

Recipes:

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Sharing recipes is a VERY important part of cooking/baking. My friend shared this recipe with me. Her family enjoyed it A LOT, ¬†I knew my family would eat this…but would they eat it happily AND want it again??!?!!?? Well, I was pleasantly surprised, they all CLEANED their plates, it WAS FANTASTICALLY delish. I hope you too enjoy sharing recipes with your friends AND trying new unique things!! ¬†This recipe has become a favorite around here. I hope your family enjoys it too!!!

¬†I was a little nervous about serving a meatless lasagna dish, especially one with¬†eggplant¬†*ugh*, and veggies that my kids usually push around on their plates. SURPRISE! No one asked ” hey, where’s the meat???” or “what IS this vegetable?!?!?!?” My kids can be picky, but they ate this great…..why not try it out on your family too?!!!

* I did not use “no cook” lasagna noodles. I just cooked the lasagna noodles I had, though I did cook them for about 2 minutes LESS than al dente.

* I had no Asiago cheese, I just used all Parmesan.

* I chopped my veggies small (to “hide” them a bit), the recipe tells you to slice them. That being said, I hid all my veggies IN the lasagna leaving none for the top. IF your kids are not vegafobiacs, then save some to sprinkle on the top for a much lovelier presentation.

* Remember to let your lasagna set for 15 minutes before serving or I PROMISE, it WILL be runny!

* Please don’t be scared by the list of ingredients…….it was NOT difficult!

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna 
1 small eggplant
2 small zucchini
5 plum tomatoes
1 red pepper
1 onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c. olive oil
3 TB. fresh basil (I used about 1 1/2 tsp. dried)
3/4 tsp. salt, divided
1/4 tsp. pepper, divided
2/3 c. Greek olives, cut up (I skipped…but WILL try it next time I make this)
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
2 3/4 c. milk
1 bay leaf
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
5 TB. Parmesan cheese
2 TB. Asiago cheese (I skipped cause I did not have)
3/4 c. mozzarella cheese ( oh… I used MORE! about 1 1/4 c.)
6 no cook lasagna noodles (I used regular and cooked them under al dente)

(If cooking your noodles, then cook them to about 2 minutes under al dente, drain and let set till ready to assemble.)

Slice the veggies (into slices, chunks, chopped ~ however your family would like them), toss with the oil, 2 TB. fresh basil (or about 1 tsp. dried), minced garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper. Roast @ 450* for 20 minutes till tender.  Add the olives.

Melt the butter in a  medium sauce pan, add the flour and stir till smooth. Add the milk slowly and stir with a whisk over low heat. Add the bay leaf and nutmeg too. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes or till thickened.  Add 3 TB. of Parmesan cheese, the Asiago cheese, the rest of the fresh basil (or about 1/2 tsp. dried), 1/4 tsp. salt and some pepper to taste. Stir to melt the cheese, take off the heat and REMOVE the bay leaf.

Put 1/4 of the sauce down in a 7″ x 11″ pan. Add about 1/3 of the veggies (if saving some for the top, or use about 1/2 of the veggies), 1/4 c. mozzarella cheese and then lay down noodles. Repeat that layer one more time. Then, top with 1/4 of the sauce, the rest of the veggies, rest of the mozzarella cheese, remaining sauce and 2 TB. Parmesan cheese.

Cover and bake @ 375* for 30-40 minutes. Take out and let set for 15 minutes before serving.

Serve with salad and bread. Serves 6.

Recipe from Taste of Home (thanks Kathy for telling me about it!).

Do you have a recipe your family LOVES??? I would love it if you shared it here at favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com. I would be happy to make it and post it to share with others :). (Giving you or your recipe source the credit OF COURSE!) Thanks!

Cake Balls

About a year ago, little more than that, I was busy making these will my soon to be sis-in-law for her and my brothers wedding. That was fun. We had some practice nights and then a big baking night. It was fun. Use whatever combo of cake and frosting you like, then either dip in vanilla or chocolate almond bark.

* Almond Bark works the best for this. I know because I recently  tried it with the  chocolate chips  I had on hand and it was a near catastrophe. IF you are using chocolate chips, MAKE SURE  you have some parafin wax (found in the baking isle, near the chocolate chips)  on hand to  melt in~ it makes is smooth and easy to dip. 

* I HIGHLY recommend that you make this with STORE BOUGHT frosting (mother get back on your chair, I am sure I shocked you off of it…..). You may never hear me say that again, that stuff is not my favorite. ¬†It just works better. I have made it with homemade frosting, but it makes ¬†for a more “starts with “m” and rhymes with “hoist” ” cake ball, which sounds like it would be fine, but really isn’t right. IT is still good, just not “right”. ¬†I will let you know when I find the right homemade frosting for this…..cause I WILL keep trying……

* Use any cake mix flavor, any frosting flavor and either vanilla or chocolate almond bark or chocolate or vanilla chips. Have fun with different varieties! (The one pictured is yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Well… and the bad chocolate melting malfunction…… FYI.)

Cake Balls 
1 cake ¬†mix (9″ x 13″ size)

ingredients needed for baking the cake
1 container of frosting
almond bark  (at least a 24 oz. package, maybe more)

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions. Let cool about 20 minutes.

Frost with frosting. Stir it all up, cake, frosting and all.  (When it is still warm.) Let this chill in the fridge for about an hour or two.

Scoop into balls. (I use my Pampered Chef cookie scoop).  If you cannot roll into a ball, just chill the  mounds of cake numminess till it is cold and will let you roll it into a ball. 

Freeze the balls. 

Melt the chocolate of choice. Dip the balls in. Let set till chocolate has hardened. 

Enjoy. Have fun with it. 

No idea where this recipe came from.  Kristen?? Do you remember?

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About Bobbi

I am a wife to my wonderful husband. I am a mom to 5 wonderful/busy/crazy/noisey/happy snappy boys. My hobby is cooking and baking, I love to read recipes and organize the recipes I have. I enjoy making food for people and sharing recipes. My husband is not picky and will eat almost anything, my kids are not quite as easy, they can be picky eaters, which has lead me to try to make more ‚Äúfavorite family foods‚ÄĚ. I am hoping that through this blog some of my friends and family, or anyone for that matter, will share their favorite recipes too!!! Feel free to email me at favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com if you have any questions, suggestions or recipes you would like to share. I look forward to hearing from you! Bobbi

2 responses »

  1. I got so excited when I saw this post! Such fun memories ūüôā And sorry to say, I do NOT remember where that recipe is from, I know we scoured several sources. I’ll post if I come across it. Still so thankful for all the work you did for those!

    • Great memory…FOREVER to be treasured for sure!!! I am THANKFUL that you asked me to do those with you. I LOVED it. I remember making John run up and down the stairs a zillion and one times with all those trays. What a hoot.:)

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