A Cheese and Olive Board with crackers makes a great stand-around appetizer while this Vegetable Lasagna bakes. Serve it with a Layered Salad accompanied by Anise Breadsticks for a full dinner. Make the salad early in the day to speed things up at dinnertime. If your family doesn't like the flavor of anise, sprinkle any herb on the breadsticks.
Cheese and Olive Board
Place two or three cheeses and a bowl of olives on a board with crackers.
In a large glass bowl, layer chopped lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced cucumber, diced pepper, and shredded carrot. Refrigerate until dinnertime, and then toss with your favorite dressing.
Prepare a package of refrigerator breadsticks according to directions, but before baking, brush with water and sprinkle with anise seed. Bake as directed.