It’s the end of the week and you’re overwhelmed. Between everything you’ve already done, and the uncompleted to-do list you’ve yet to finish, there is hardly any time to think, let alone breathe. It seems that everyone wants a piece of you. You can’t sit down and have a moment to yourself during the day because just when you see that light at the end of the tunnel, someone asks for something. Someone demands something of you. You’re required to get up and do even more work. You juggle so much already. Between, dropping off the kids at school. Taking care of pets. Going to work. Or maybe even doing daily household chores and errands all day. Long trips to the grocery store. Long lines at the post office. Those inevitable waits at the mechanic. Picking up the kids. Going home to prepare a meal at the end of a long day just seems grueling and demanding. It’s unfair. Why should you have this added stress? You start to wonder how you’re ever going to accomplish making a satisfying dinner for your family or friends, without losing your mind. And then suddenly it hits you! A ray of hope starts to trickle down into your mind and train of thought. You seem pleased with yourself. All of a sudden you’re smiling and giddy, and for reasons all unknown to you, you start to laugh. Why? Because you’ve just realized you sort of planned ahead.
Thank goodness earlier in the week you made a Grilled Vegetable Lasagna! For when you made this lasagna, this clever blogger was thinking of you. You? Yes, you. Only you. All those you’s out there who don’t have much time during the week and are dead tired at the end of it; the last thing you want to do is slave away for hours in the kitchen. And now the question arises, how did I help you? If you followed the previous blog post to the “T” you would have noticed that part of the instructions were to save the heaping amount of leftover Marinara Sauce. I advised you to store it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge for another time. I also promised there would be a follow up post to it, where I would show you what to do with your leftover sauce from the heavens. Well, I wont tell you what to do with the sauce, for if you have other ideas, please by all means use it. I’ll just inform you all on what I used my leftover sauce for. A delicious pasta dish that I and my family couldn’t get enough of. After their first serving, they came up to me and said, “Please sir, can I have some more?” Naturally my response was, “Moooooooooooooooooooooooreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?!?!?” And then I refused to give them any and ate the rest all myself. Of course, you might be more generous than I was and share.
Now, I know what you all are thinking. Braising takes hours, how can this be an easy, stress-free meal? Well the answer to all your problems is in this little word, braising. Yes, braising. Braising is your friend. He’s there to help you on those days when the last thing you want to do is be stuck in the kitchen. The beauty of braising is that its a cooking technique that cooks food low and slow. The slow cooking marinara sauce is finished, so all you have to do is sear the meat, pour the sauce in, cover the pot, reduce the heat, and forget about it for several hours. No fuss no muss. Sure you stir every once in a while, but big deal, anyone can do that. Shall we get started?