April 30 14

The internet yelled at me this week.

For hiding cottage cheese in my lasagna.

Interestingly, they didn’t yell at me for lying to my son about a food he’s afraid of—”there’s no, none, nada cottage cheese in there NOW EAT YOUR DINNER!”

The thing, though, is this.

All three of my kids eat it.

Do you know how rare that is? My kids manage to take issue with almost all food groups, and I have one who is a stone’s throw from becoming a vegetarian, if only there was no meat in steak.

So, I lie to him a little bit.

For the sake of a dinner that ends with full bellies and no tears.

But no one cares.

Because I put cottage cheese in my completely and totally not-claiming-to-be-authentic weeknight meal.

(I know, I know, all of the Italians just passed out. Sorry about that.)

The moral of the story is this: Lie to your kids, you guys, but don’t dare put cottage cheese in lasagna.

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They may never forgive you for that.

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  1. I put cottage cheese in my lasagne. My family recipe calls for it!

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    Comment by Jenn on April 30, 2014
  2. I have no kids, but I make spinach lasagna w/ tofu instead of ricotta.

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    Comment by Mari on April 30, 2014
  3. It’s not lying. I prefer to refer to that sort of thing as “The truth as you needed to know it at that time.” It’s like when I told my kids that the wording on the package of gum said “Unwrap Only At Home” when it really said “Trident.” It’s the truth as they needed to know it at that time. ;)

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    Comment by Devra on April 30, 2014
  4. You gotta do what you gotta do, mama.

    Also, just fyi, I read this and didn’t pass out. :)

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    Comment by aly on April 30, 2014
  5. My mom still lies to my dad about if there’s cottage cheese in the lasagna :)

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    Comment by Jenn on April 30, 2014
  6. I’m totally on team cottage cheese! And team ‘don’t tell your kids what’s in it, if it won’t hurt them’

    Jenn

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    Comment by Jenn on May 1, 2014
  7. There are a lot of recipes out there with cottage cheese in lasagna. I am sure it is not “authentic”, but I think it is rather normal.

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    Comment by Kristabella on May 1, 2014
  8. TEAM COTTAGE CHEESE! I think lasagne is too dry with ricotta.

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    Comment by Laura on May 1, 2014
  9. I’m Italian and grew up eating cottage cheese in my mom’s lasagna. Yum!

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    Comment by monstergirlee on May 15, 2014
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