On the Menu: Dine-In Date Night

October 12, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

My fiancé is a golf professional, which means that weekends are basically just a continuation of the standard workweek. His days off are mixed up week to week and the hours can be pretty difficult to work around. That being said, we have to get creative with our date nights.

I’ve been on a constant cooking kick ever since I started working at MyRecipes so I thought what better way to have a date night than to cook a brand new dish and actually sit down at the table together and enjoy a meal. My experiment? Turkey Sausage Lasagna accompanied by a simple romaine salad, garlic bread, and a recipe for So-Good Brownies.

Turkey Sausage LasagnaIn the midst of my cooking prep for the Turkey Sausage Lasagna, I discovered how to do 3 things for the first time:

  1. Chop an onion–I did, in fact, reference the how-to video on our site for chopping an onion. Very helpful!
  2. Peel and mince garlic cloves­–I made the shocking discovery that a CLOVE of garlic is actually one of the numerous sections of a massive BULB of garlic. Major “light bulb” above my head moment, folks. No pun intended…
  3. Remove casings from Italian sausage–I kind of stared at the sausage for a while wondering if there was some easy way to just start peeling the casing off similar to the onion and garlic but alas, I had to use a knife and cut a line down one of the sides to begin to pull it off. Who knew!

After feeling accomplished from conquering these simple cooking techniques, I popped the lasagna in the oven, soon removing it in all of its cheesy glory, and ultimately concluded that it tasted nothing short of sheer greatness. I was pretty darn proud of myself!

turkey-sausage-lasagnaMy fiancé said that it was “seriously one of the best meals he’s had a in a long time,” and I am confident that this recipe will reappear in our kitchen in the future.

On a dessert note, the brownies were a huge hit as well. Served alongside two scoops of vanilla ice cream, it was the perfect way to end such a delicious date night.

So-Good BrowniesSo next time you think about dining out, why not dine-in instead? Our brand new Easy Meal Maker cookbook does all of the thinking and decision making for you to ensure your entrée, side dish, and dessert all compliment each other and make a memorable meal.

Follow along as we make the meals using the 150 top-rated recipes featured in our newest cookbook, Easy Meal Maker. Want to get in on the fun? Get your copy of Easy Meal Maker, available now, and tweet us @My_Recipes using #MealMaker.

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