Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

This tasty veggie lasagna will fill you right up.

Your search for an easy vegetarian lasagna stops right here! This particular recipe, which features spinach lasagna with a healthy dose of broccoli, three cheeses, basil, and your favorite red sauce (store-bought or homemade marinara sauce work perfectly!) will make you forget all about meat. We opted for frozen veggies because they are already cooked, but you can load this lasagna with other vegetables, too. Sauté peppers and mushrooms, and then stir into your tomato sauce for an extra boost of nutrients. We also picked Pecorino Romano instead of your classic Parmesan for a sharper flavor (no bland vegetarian recipes, thank you very much!). P.S. If you’re looking for the best meat lasagna, try our favorite lasagna with meat sauce.

 

 

YIELDS: 4                      TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 50 mins

 

 

Ingredients:

1 10-oz package frozen leaf spinach, thawed
1 10-oz package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 16-oz container part-skim ricotta
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
6 oz. part-skim mozzarella, grated (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1 1/2 c. marinara sauce
6 no-boil lasagna noodles
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Directions:

Heat oven to 425°F. Squeeze spinach of excess moisture and pat broccoli as dry as possible. Chop both and place in large bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, basil, 1 cup mozzarella, and ¼ cup pecorino and mix to combine.

Spread ½ cup marinara on bottom of 8-inch square baking dish. Top with 2 noodles. Spread one-third (about ⅓ cup) of remaining sauce over top. Dollop with one-third (about 1 cup) of ricotta mixture. Repeat. Place remaining 2 noodles on top; spread with remaining sauce and dollop with remaining ricotta mixture.

Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella and 2 Tbsp pecorino, cover tightly with an oiled piece of foil (to prevent sticking) and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until noodles are tender and top is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

 

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Anyone’s New Year’s resolution involve dieting?  I know at our house it does.  Yes, now that the holidays have been put away it’s time to get back to normal eating and perhaps back to a diet.

To my husband that means eating low-carb and even Keto.  Whenever he went on one of his strict no carb diets I always ended up making 2 different dinners, no or low carb for  him and normal for the grandkids.  Well not this year!  I decided that low-carb or Keto friendly doesn’t mean that those not on diets can’t enjoy the same foods.  Seriously!  So I embarked on a journey to find dishes that would meet my husband’s needs and be tasty enough for the whole family!  I’ll be sharing recipes as I go!

My first keto friendly dish enjoyed by everyone in the house are these Zucchini Pizza Boats.  They are absolutely delicious, even for those who don’t particularly care for zucchini.  (That would be the grandson who refused to eat anything “green”! But he loves these Pizza Boats!)

This is such as easy recipe to make and it is seriously yummy!  It’s a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

They’re a meal on their own, but feel free to serve them with Garlic Bread if you feel the need for carbs.  I serve them with a nice crisp salad of mixed greens with Italian dressing.  Very nutritious!

The recipe calls for Marinara Sauce, you can use store bought, your favorite homemade sauce, or try some of my yummy homemade Marinara Sauce.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Ingredients:

3 Large Zucchini

1 Tbs. Olive OIl

1 Lb. Ground Beef

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning

2 Cups Marinara Sauce

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cooking spray

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Heat oil in frying pan.

Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

Cook until meat is crumbly.

Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes.

Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside.

Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise.

Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses.

Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan.

Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat.

Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.

Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. Heat oil in frying pan. Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Cook until meat is crumbly. Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes. Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside. Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses. Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan. Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim. Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.  Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.
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Scampi Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti

Scampi Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti

Thanksgiving is next week, so in preparation for the holiday I’m going to share my Scampi Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti recipe.  What?? Have I gone mad? Pasta for Thanksgiving?

No, I haven’t gone mad and no I’m not suggesting you serve pasta for your Thanksgiving meal, although you absolutely can if you want to!  It’s just that with we all know that our kitchens are super busy between now and then (pies, sides dishes, and other things), and that we’ll be eating turkey for days (leftovers!).  So in the days leading to the great feast I like to make easy meals and avoid making anything with poultry.  And one of the easiest things to prepare is pasta, not only is it filling it can feed a crowd!  And what can be farther from roast turkey than a spicy shrimp pasta dish?

So what exactly is Scampi Fra Diavolo? Well that depends on the country you’re in and the language you speak.  In America we often think of Scampi as a shrimp dish, in Italy Scampi usually refers to langoustine which is a type of edible lobster that is found in the Mediterranean and the Northeast Atlantic.  (Shrimp in Italian is gamberetti).  As for the Fra Diavolo it literally means Brother Devil, in culinary terms it’s usually a red tomato based sauce that’s seasoned with spicy peppers and used with pasta and seafood.

So let’s keep it simple and say that Scampi Fra Diavolo is Shrimp in Spicy Tomato Sauce.  That works right?  Of course you can make this dish with prawns, lobster, or even squid.  And you can use any type of pasta you prefer, spaghetti, fettucini, penne, or whatever.  But whatever shellfish and pasta you use this dish is delicious!

To make it easier I use my basic homemade Marinara Sauce as the base.  I always keep jars of it on hand to use whenever I need it.  Click here for my Basic Marinara Sauce recipe, it’s really delicious!  If you have a preferred Marinara Sauce recipe you can use that too and in a pinch, I do mean in a big pinch, you can use a store bought pasta sauce.

This dish is really easy to make and can be done in less than a half an hour.  Perfect when you’re trying to get dinner at on the table while prepping for a big Thanksgiving meal!

Scampi Fra Diavolo

Ingredients:

1 Lb. Large Shrimp (13-15 count) – Peeled with tail on, de-veined

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

2 Tbs. Crushed Red Pepper (you can adjust this to your taste)

2 Tsp. Salt

1 Tbs. Garlic, minced

2 Cups Marinara Sauce

4 Cups cooked pasta

1 Cup reserved pasta water

1 Tbs. Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions:

Cook Pasta about 1 minute less than the cooking time on the box or if you’re using fresh pasta cook just before it gets to the Al Dente stage.  You want your pasta mostly cooked but firm.

Drain pasta and reserve 1 cup of the water you used to cook it.

As the pasta cooks heat 1 Tbs. Olive Oil in a heavy skillet.

Add Shrimp, garlic powder, and 1 Tbs. Crushed red pepper.  Cook until shrimp turns pink.

Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.

Add remaining Olive Oil to skillet and saute fresh minced garlic until it starts to turn brown.

Add remaining crushed red pepper and Marinara Sauce.

Simmer for about 5 Minutes.

Stir in Pasta Water and combine well.

Add back shrimp and stir until shrimp is heated.

Add pasta and toss with shrimp and sauce until heated thru.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Served with a green salad and some garlic bread this dish is deliciously filling!

Buon Appetito!

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