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A Mom’s Guide to Planning Ahead & Being Prepared This Holiday Season- Family Size

Who Knew A Family Size Lasagna Could Make A Difference This Holiday? – This Mom Does I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and advertiser.2013-12-07 15.41.23 Each year my holiday wish list is the same:

  1. I wish I had more time.
  2. I wish I was more organized.
  3. I wish I were better prepared.

In the past, this is the time of year for me when my best intentions give way to just getting through the holidays. It’s also the time of year when I want to schedule that holiday play date for my kids best friends, or invite my friends over for a girls night. But when “just getting through the holidays” becomes the best you can do, next thing you know it’s February and time to wish for a more organized next year. This year, I’ve decided to plan ahead and share my guide to being prepared this holiday with the help of Nestle #PlanAhead solutions at meals.com. So, for all my fellow busy moms out there who want more time to enjoy the holidays with friends and family this year, I’m sharing these simple steps.

Step 1:

While decorating for the holidays early in December, set out all of your most festive serving ware as if you were decorating for a party, and keep it that way throughout the month. I always like to have my table and buffet set with my best holiday party dishes.


Step 2:

Keep easy and delicious meals in the freezer so that at a moments notice, you can have hot and healthy food to serve to guests. No more planning a menu for that play date or cocktail party, or running by the grocery store on your way home from work or dance class to pick up days-old veggie trays. Here are a few items I picked up at Walmart to keep on hand this year:

Stouffer’s Party Size Macaroni & Cheese

Stourffers Family Size Macaroni and Cheese

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Stouffer’s Party Size Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Family Size Lasagna

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Digiorno Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza

Family Size Pizza

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Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream in A Very Merry Eggnog and Peppermint Wonderland

Peppermint Ice cream

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Step 3:

Serve food on your most festive holiday platters, plates and bowls. The table and buffet are already set with your best holiday dishes, so why not use them? This is the one time of year to use those beautiful red glasses, so go ahead and get them dirty!

Peppermint Ice cream

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The desire to be prepared during the holidays is something I share in common with every mom I personally know. The old saying “a stitch in time saves nine” has always resonated with me because I know that just a few simple steps to plan ahead will create a ripple effect that saves me nine times that in the end.


Walmart shopping trip to #PlanAhead

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Fallsagna (Vegetable Lasagna)

Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

Fallsagna (Fall Vegetable Lasagna)

Fallsagna (Fall Vegetable Lasagna)


  • zucchini & yellow squash- 1, sliced into 1/8 inch slices
  • fresh baby spinach lettuce- 12 oz.
  • lasagna pasta- 1 lb (use corn tortillas for a gluten-free version)
  • olive oil- 3 tablespoons
  • butter- 1 tablespoon
  • minced garlic- 1 teaspoon
  • fresh or dried parsley- 1 teaspoon, or use Herb Ice Cubes
  • For Sauce, mix together:
  • ricotta cheese- 8 oz.
  • Parmesan cheese- 1 cup
  • 1 egg
  • - or -
  • Instead of using ricotta, parmesan egg mixture, use 1 jar alfredo sauce


  1. Boil pasta in salted water until tender.
  2. Heat olive oil, butter and garlic and herbs in heated or non-stick skillet.
  3. Saute zucchini and squash in oil and butter until slightly soft, approximately 3 minutes.
  4. Add spinach and saute until reduced, approximately 3 more minutes.
  5. Drain pasta.
  6. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Drop a spoonful of sauce in the bottom of the casserole pan, then place layer of pasta noodles on the bottom over the sauce.
  8. Add a layer of vegetables on top of the pasta.
  9. Add a layer of cheese sauce over the vegetables.
  10. Keep layering noodles, vegetable and sauce, then cover completely with a layer of noodles topped with some sauce and sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese
  11. Bake until brown and cooked thoroughly, approximately 40 minutes.


Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

saute zucchini and squash until slightly tender


Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

add spinach and saute until completely reduced


drain pasta


layer pasta and then sauce


then layer vegetables


top with a layer of pasta, sauce and Parmesan cheese before baking


When I think of Fall Recipes, I think of casseroles, slow-cooker favorites and Fall vegetables like spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, zucchini and squash.   This week’s Weekly Meal Plan from The Organized Cook highlights many of my favorite Fall vegetables starting with Fall Vegetable Lasagna- or as I like to call it- “Fallsagna”.

Meal Planning For Busy Families

Meal Planning

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