Dinner and a Movie

by Ally- Life as I know it, 7:00 AM
DINNER
I had been wanting to make a true Vegetable Lasagne, not veggies in the lasagne, veggies in place of noodles, and finally got around to it this week. It was truly delicious. I was worried that it might be bland without meat and pasta noodles but the cheese and homemade tomato sauce made up for it. Not only was this good, it was very healthy. Although it had a good bit of cheese in it, it had tons of veggies to make up for it. Plus a little bit of cheese never hurt anyone, right? I shredded the cheese myself rather than buy bags of shredded cheese because unfortunately bags of shredded cheese contain cellulose aka wood pulp and honestly shredding it yourself tastes SO much better. Try this one night in place of normal lasagne!





Vegetable Lasagne 

Ingredients

1 jar (24 oz) strained tomatoes
1 white onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg
1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon dried italian herbs
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
1 large zucchini sliced long in 1/2 inch pieces
1 large yellow squash sliced long in 1/2 inch pieces
4 cups baby kale, spinach, or other dark leafy greens

Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Saute onions in olive oil for 5 minutes on medium heat in a pan.
Once onions are tender, add garlic and saute 2 more minutes.
Add tomatoes, red pepper, and salt and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
Allow tomatoes to cook for at least 10 minutes.
In a bowl combine egg, ricotta cheese, and herbs and stir well.
Place 1/3 of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish.
Layer zucchini on top of tomato sauce.
Spread 1/2 ricotta mixture on top of zucchini.
Layer with 1/3 more tomato sauce.
Layer squash on top of tomato sauce.
Spread 1/2 ricotta mixture on top of squash.
Layer greens on top of squash.
Top with remaining sauce, shredded cheeses and bake covered for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and and cheese is slightly browned.
Allow lasagne to rest for 10 minutes before serving.




Enjoy!



MOVIE

So I've got to admit, I fell asleep during this. It wasn't very good, in my opinion. Although Theo said he liked it, which really surprised me, must of been the guy humor. It was one of those movies that could have been really, really funny but missed. Rose Byrne was in it and I normally like her acting but in this movie all she did was copy everything Seth Rogan said. Watch it for yourself, maybe you'll think differently. Personally I think this a Wait for Netflix kind of movie.


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  1. i've always wanted to try to make lasagna with pasta noodles! i need to get on it! bummer about the movie -- i never saw that one. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. I've been wanting to try a lasagna like this but do the veggie "noodles" get soft while cooking or do they stay crunchy? That's the only thing I can't get past... but I guess I should just try it and see, ha. And really good to know about the shredded bags of cheese, I had no idea!

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  3. Ohhh that lasagne looks amazing!!! And I agree, a little bit of cheese definitely never hurt anyone. :) We need our daily dose of dairy!!!


    <3, Pamela
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  4. That looks delicious. I have made individual lasagnas like than but never a whole pan! Bookmarking the recipe.

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  5. I love your recipe - definitely going to try it!! I hated neighbors and was so happy we only spent $4.99 at home to watch it...I wish I had fallen asleep lol!!

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  6. veggie lasagna yumm!! and i didn't like the "this is the end" movie - i thought it was horrible, so i'd probably fall asleep too.

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  7. I have been meaning to try a lasagna like this, I made one ages ago and it was pretty horrible - didn't turn out very good. I haven't seen neighbors yet, doesn't look like my kind of movie.

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  8. That lasagna sounds REALLY good! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I'll have to try the lasagna with veggies as noodles next time. And then toss a loaf of french bread in the oven in its place ha. I liked Neighbors but Trey didn't so much. Funny how that goes.

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  10. I made veggie lasagna like this once and loved it!! Unfortunately I have to make a mini batch since Steve won't eat it.. haha its almost more effort than its worth. Maybe I'll just start joining you guys for dinner, I'll take all the hand shredded cheese I can get :)

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  11. I had this on my list to watch. Hmmm.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  12. This looks so so good!! Now I'm craving it and my mouth is watering :)

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  13. I look forward to these posts so much every week! That lasagna sounds sooo good, I'm sometimes funny about ground meat (which is usually whats in lasagna I think) so a veggie version sounds perfect!

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