Vegetable Lasagna

I *love* lasagna, and I really miss it. I love the flavors but if I’m having some grains, it is so NOT going to be on lasagna pasta sheets. But I got to thinking… what if I made it and just skipped the pasta part? Guess what – it is FANTASTIC and you really don’t miss the pasta at all.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4-6 zucchinis *raw* sliced into strips (mandolin is a great tool to get this done)
  • 1 jar favorite marinara/pasta sauce
  • 1-2lbs ground meat seasoned with salt, etc. to taste and cooked (turkey, pork, beef – whatever!) ground sausage works too – and is seasoned for you!
  • chopped grilled onions (mix with meat, this is optional)
  • chopped spinach (mix in with onions/meat and let cook a bit, get any water to evaporate)
  • 1 large container of ricotta cheese – add a teaspoon of salt, 1/2 t pepper, 1t onion powder, and 1t garlic powder to this
  • 2-3 eggs (mix with ricotta cheese)
  • 2-3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese to taste
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • a few teaspoons of olive oil

To assemble you just lightly put a bit of olive oil and about 1/3 of the sauce in the bottom. Then a layer of the zucchini, ricotta cheese mixture, and meat mixture. Then repeat again. On top of the second layer of meat pour the rest of the sauce. Then, top with the zucchini, mozzarella cheese, and slices of tomato. Adding in a sprinkle of parmesan would be nice too – I forgot. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes and you are set!

The amount of cheese per serving can

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be minimal – it’s mostly just veggies + meat in there. The really cool part to me is it tastes just as good if not better – we don’t miss the pasta at all. Which is awesome because I’m totally questing to replace a lot of grains in my house and eat more unprocessed foods, veggies, and good stuff. You could sub in other squash and veggies that you like in here too – I sneak the spinach in as a bonus because my kids don’t notice it.

Happy (healthy) eating!

Comments

  1. Have you tried Chocolate Lasagna??? There is a recipe going round on facebook and my DD made it yesterday it was a huge hit with the chocolate lovers round here.

  2. What a great idea! Sounds yummy. Thanks.

  3. Oh wow, that looks delicious; of course I’m always looking for new recipes. Thanks!

  4. This looks great! We, too, are on a quest to eat less processed, fewer simple carbs, and this would be perfect. I can’t wait to try it! Who knew…from scrapbooking to recipes! TFS

  5. I’m with you – veggie lasagna ain’t bad at all. I make a version that uses eggplant slices as the “pasta” instead of your zucchini – same idea. Think I found it in a South Beach cookbook.

  6. Looks fabulous! Whats not to like!

  7. You got me drooling-this is my kind of food!

  8. Sounds Yummy. I will have to try it. I have been eating this way for almost two years and at almost 50 yrs. old I feel better than I did 10 years ago. After I turned 40 I think my body gave up trying to process all the crap I was eating. I gained 50 lbs and felt MISERABLE. Funny how feeling miserable became normal. Here is another recipe try try http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/02/cauliflower-pizza-crust-with-bbq.html It is very good and you can change up the toppings.

  9. Aloha, thanks for sharing this great recipe. I’m for sure going to make this.
    Have fun!

  10. Yum, looks and sounds delicious!

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