Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Veggie Summer Lasagna

One more meatless weeknight meal...one more healthy recipe. I love meat, but sometimes we really have full meal in front of us that we do not need any meat, such as this summer lasagna.
To tell you honest truth my kids didn't even come near this. Unlike me they don't like roasted veggies, they don't like mushrooms or eggplant. I will remind them in few years when I hope they will appreciate good and healthy dinner. I am sure many parents have the same problems. 
Veggie lasagna can have endless possibilities, and you can roast veggies and then put in it or just add as it is. 
Since I used eggplant, tomatoes and mushrooms I did roast them before just because they tend to leave a lot of liquid after they are baked. 
I found this recipe in the Pasta cookbook, and fell in love as soon as I saw the pictures, so I had an idea going though my head to try making my own version.
Also if you own the pasta roller you can make dough yourself, but if not just use like I did homemade rolled dough lasagna from the store. 
I would like also to add that it was delicious and easy, but hard to take it out of the pan...so this is more for messy eaters that don't care if the lasagna falls apart while trying to put it on the plate. 

Veggie Summer Lasagna
Serves 4-6 
ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 pk. homemade rolled lasagna dough
  • 1/2 Large Aubergine Eggplant, sliced thinly
  • 3-4 Basil leaves
  • 2 Large Tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 6 baby Bella mushrooms
  • 3 Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 pk. Fresh Mozzarella
  • 2 Tbs. Parmigiana Cheese,
  • Sprinkle of Italian Mixed Dry Herbs, 
  • Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Directions:
  1. Wash all the veggies and slice in a thinnest slices possible. 
  2. Preheat the oven on 375F or use your grill to cook/roast your veggies.
  3. Place all the veggies on the roasting pan, sprinkle with minced garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper, dry herbs and drizzle with bit of Olive oil {I used parchment paper so my veggies do not stick}. Do not roast fresh basil!
  4. Place in the oven or on the grill to get them softer and to get rid of the unwanted liquid that veggies will produce while cooking.
  5. Boil large pot of water with 1 tsp. Olive oil and sea Salt; drop the lasagna dough in one at the time; Boil for 5-7 minutes if it is homemade, if it is regular than 12-15 minutes.
  6. Once the lasagna dough is done, drain and wash with the cold water; try to shake it a bit so it does not stick one to another.
  7. Take the veggies out of the oven or off the grill and take a paper towel to dry them a bit.
  8. Grease the baking pan and start layering lasagna staring first with dough, than eggplant, mushrooms, onions, add bit of salt; one layer of tomatoes with sprinkle of freshly minced basil; Add cheese on top and cover with another layer of dough and so on until you used all the ingredients.
  9. The last layer it is optional, I used mozzarella cheese and cheery tomatoes before placing it in the oven. You can use just parmigiana cheese,  mozzarella or any cheese that you desire. 
  10. Bake on 375F for 10 minutes, just enough time for cheese to melt. 
Let it cool down for 5 minutes before serving it.

Enjoy!!!

Notes*
or rather tip: Let your lasagna cool down completely, place it in the freezer for 30 minutes, cut and it will come out perfect, if you want to photograph it. 


Enjoy your week and weeknight dinners!!!!

Your friend,
Sandra


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39 comments :

  1. I love veggie lasagna! This looks so delicious, Sandra. What a perfect use of summer vegetables!

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  2. I love meat but in summer dishes like these always make me more happy inside out!!!
    lovely flavors!!
    I love ur tip for cutting clean piece ...

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  3. The photos are so beautiful, for the first few seconds, I thought the first one was a painting! Good job Sandra, I admire your food styling.
    My son is not a "vegetable" person too, it's a problem I'm yet to solve, you're not alone :)

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  4. This looks wonderful, Sandra. With so many veggies, this is a completely nutritious and tasty meal. Loved the picture!

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  5. This is a lasagna up to my taste, NOM NOM :) I can understand you, my two nephews toally refuse to eat roasted veggies as well... No chance to make them eat them :(

    Love your pictures!♥

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  6. I love meatless meals at least once a week, sometimes just need let my digestive system rest. your veggie lasagna looks light & healthy! How wonderful to be able to get homemade lasagna sheets from the store..

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  7. This looks so amazing!!! I'm drooling !

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  8. Thank you Ladies so very much! xoxo

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  9. This is such a beautiful and healthy dish. I've never had a meatless lasagna and my kids would dive into this in a heartbeat. So would I!

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  10. Your lasagna looks really fresh and delicious :) And how fresh are those ingredients! They look super juicy :)

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  11. I cleaned my kitchen/patry area for hours and found lasagna (dried). I was about thinking what I should do with it. Roasted veggies sounds wonderful and I would love 120% but my kids as well as my husband are not into veggie only dish. Huh...so hard to deal with. Either I put some kind of meat, or I cook veggie version and have to prepare some kind of meat. If so, my kids probably not touch the veggie lasagna. I'm facing similar problem with you Sandra. They eat veggies, but have to be prepared in certain way (more like Asian way?). So picky!!! My favorite veggie is eggplant ans so happy to see it in this lasagna!

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  12. This lasagna looks incredible my friend, absolutely love it :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. Yes I have that problem with my kid.... he doesnt eat anything way after the time that he should. I love vegetables and what better way to eat them. Thanks for the recipe Sandra

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  14. If I make this, I would have to eat it all myself, my sons avoid vegetables if they can! Lovely looking lasagna, Sandra...you really put in much effort to cook your food:)

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  15. this is a dinner dish by my heart. I love roasted veggies and I can never have enough pasta dishes.
    simply delicious and beautiful Sandra!

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  16. What a beautiful and healthy lasagna!! I would totally dig into this. :)

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  17. This lasagna is so perfect and yummy! And good for you. And the pics are amazing, full of light and color. I think you are ready for an art gallery exhibit :-)

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  18. I mush honestly say that this is the most appealing veggie lasagna I've ever seen, Sandra! Too bad your kids didn't like it. My daughters love roasted veggies, and they will love this too!

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  19. How you sliced your eggplants that thin, I do not know! You have skills, girl!

    Like your kids, I don't think mine will go near this as well! Except maybe my two-year-old who will pick those gorgeous grape tomatoes on top!!! I'm a meat eater also, but a veggie meal is always welcome!

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  20. I am SOO making this - thank you! What a fun way to use summer vegetables.

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  21. ohh delicious...love all the veggies you used!

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  22. Delicious recipe Sandra, I could live on veggie lasagna;-)

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  23. My hubby is like your kids, but I could eat this veggie lasagna night after night. Both beautiful and delicious!!!

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  24. My veggie lasagna recipe is a little saucy, my kids love it but sometimes I want them to try a different variety since I am gradually introducing them to the different flavors of veggies.
    This is a must try!

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  25. Your photos are amazing they make me soooo hungry!!!

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  26. I love a good lasagna, but it's quite a heavy dish, love this lighter version :)

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  27. Sandra, that lasagna is so colorful--I really don't think the meat would be missed! And I agree about not eating too much meat. We've really tried to cut back at our house too.

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  28. colourful delicious lasagna looks wonderful

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  29. What a fabulous photo and Cudo's to you that is watermarked SMART GIRL!

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  30. This lasagna is so beautiful and I love that you used homemade lasagna dough! I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks for creating such amazing food…

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  31. this looks absolutely lovely, sandra! what a gorgeous combination of colors + flavors. to me, this is the perfect meatless meal! =)

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  32. Oh wow, that looks so good! I am fortunate that although my boys are meat eaters, they love the veggie stuff to :) Really delicious Sandra...going on my menu :)

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  33. This loooks just perfect! I love vegetable lasagna, and your recipe is a nice change up from my go-to method and I'm so excited to try it! Have a great weekend!

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