“Throw your recipes out the window!”

…or, if you wish, shred them or throw them into the compost pile. (Yes, paper is biodegradable.)

You saved your dirty dishes from yesterday, right? Good. Now, fill the lower rack of your dishwasher and add the soap. This way you’re committed and can’t back out!

Today, you will find out how to make “Double Dare Dishwasher Spinach Lasagna.” First and most important, find a KID to lead. He or she will understand exactly what to do, even if it doesn’t make sense to grown-ups.

The first dare is the spinach. Once it gets mixed in with everything else, it won’t taste like spinach. Trust me, you’ll love it. The second dare is to put this meal in…the…dishwasher! That’s right, it’s time to cook food using the dishwasher! I know your mom might think you’ve gone crazy, but tell her to trust you on this: it will be delicious. Yes, a grownup can work with you, if they dare!


Remember, with The Chef‘s recommendations, don’t worry how much of which ingredients you put in, even if this puts you off-kilter.

  • Pasta sauce
  • Cooked and drained lasagna noodles
  • Small ball of Mozzarella cheese
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh spinach, or frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • Dried onion flakes
  • Garlic salt
  • Dry Italian seasoning


Place a long piece of aluminum foil, folded over two times, in glass baking pan. Spray with canola oil. Place half slices of cooked lasagna noodles on the bottom. Add a mixture of cheeses, spinach, onion and spices. Spread half the mixture over the noodles.Then pour on half the pasta sauce. Add half of the shredded Mozzarella cheese.Repeat layers, finishing with a good sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on top.

Cover with another double-folded piece of foil. Seal the two foil squares by bringing up the sides to the top piece and double fold tightly. Ask an adult to check your seams! This is a super important step.

Place the foil package on the top rack of the dishwasher—the bottom rack gets too hot. Run the dishwasher cycle all the way through rinse and heat dry. (For the doubters, it’s really okay to skip the dishes and soap.)

(While you’re waiting for the dishwasher to get done, you can feed your pets, do the dishes, or sweep the floor. No wasted time here!)

When the dishwasher cycle is over and the dishes are hot and dry, move the foil packet onto a plate—but be sure to use oven mitts. Open the foil package carefully to drain off any water collected in the folds. Watch out for the steam! Transfer to a serving dish and cut into squares. Dinner is served!

Pro Chef Tip

A salad with tomatoes and Ranch or Italian dressing goes well with lasagna. Crunchy garlic bread is a bonus. If you have regular sliced bread, toast it and spread on garlic butter.

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