I really like to give personal gifts! I think it means so much more when you put thought into something that the recipient would really use or like. Ryann’s kindergarten teacher loves to run and completed her first 5K earlier this fall! And while I’m sure teaching small children is super rewarding…I’m positive it’s also […]
Category: Personal/Professional Balance
Since becoming a pescatarian 6 weeks ago I’ve been searching for meatless meals that are filling and have great taste. I’m still craving meat and lasagna is one of my best dishes…so I’ve been missing it.
A mom friend of mine shared a veggie lasagna recipe from inspiredtaste.com and it looked delicious. I used it as a jumping off point but tweaked it a bit to better suit my family’s tastes and get in a few more veggies.
Here is my modified version! It’s delicious and hearty. We had plenty left over so we’ll be feasting on veggie lasagna for the next few days!
12 Lasagna Noodles
2 Red Peppers
2 Yellow Squash
2 Large Carrots
4 Garlic Cloves
1 Heaping Handful Baby Spinach or Baby Kale
1 28oz Can of Tomato Sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp sugar
2 15oz tubs of Ricotta Cheese
3-4 Fresh Basil Leaves
3 cups Mozzarella Cheese
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp Avacado Oil
1. Cook Lasagna noodles adding salt and 1tbsp avocado oil so noodles don’t stick together. Once cooked set aside.
2. Chop all veggies and mince garlic.
3. Add 1 tbsp avacado oil to a nonstick pan. Sauté carrots and peppers on medium high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and continue saluting for 1 minute. Add zucchini, squash and chopped spinach. Sauté until all veggies are soft.
4. Add Tomato Sauce, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, dried basil, thyme and sugar. Stir until combine well. Bring to a slow boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
5. While sauce is simmering. Combine ricotta and eggs. Chop fresh basil and add to ricotta mixture. Set aside.
6. Preheat oven to 375.
7. In a 9×13 baking dish layer sauce, noddles, ricotta mixture, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Repeat 3 more layers.
8. Cover dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
9. Serve with green salad, garlic bread and wine. Milk or juice for the kids!
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