Scripture to help us remember why we need to take care of our bodies!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. NLT

Friday, July 2, 2010

Vegetable Lasagna

I love making vegetable lasagna! It's work but worth it in the end. You can be in charge of what vegetables you want in your lasagna. In this version, I used
1 Red Pepper
2 Zucchini
2 Yellow Squash
1 Leek
1 container of mushrooms
1 Sweet Potato
Broccoli steamed
1-2 Cans of diced tomatoes drained or you can use fresh cut in small pieces.
Chop up all vegetables and fry them in a pan until cooked. I usually will fry up my squash, zucchini, red pepper together, put it in a big bowl, fry up my leeks and mushrooms, add them to the bowl, and then fry up my sweet potato until soft. You can use olive oil or I tend not to use anything. I add water to my sweet potato to help it fry up faster. When all your veggies are cooked toss them all together in a bowl.
You can be boiling your water and noodles at this time also and making your cheese mixture.
I try to buy the dry cottage cheese curds in a bag, most grocery stores will carry them. King Soopers does here in Fort Collins. I take the entire bag, and mix in some shredded mozzarella. If it's too dry I like to add regular cottage cheese. Other options for your cheese mixture, are ricotta, and I know some even add egg.
This is a lasagna that seriously is up to your creativity and your likes. I have yet to make a similar tasting veggie lasagna. Every time I make it, it's completely different.
When everything is cooked start making your lasagna.
I put spaghetti sauce on the bottom, just enough to cover the lasagna pan.
Cheese Mixture
Spinach (I just use fresh spinach and sprinkle it on top of the veggies)
Tomatoes (Canned or fresh)
Cheese Mixture
Top it off with one last set of noodles
Cover with Cheese and put foil on it and cook for 30 minutes on 350. Because you are using lots of water carrying foods, you may find your lasagna looking a bit soupy. Try to get as much liquid out of everything before you put it together. You can try to drain some of the juice out very carefully when it is done cooking. It is usually fine and after you let it sit for 15-20 minutes, it tends to all soak up and not be soupy. I find too, that it always tastes better the next day.
Be creative with spices if you tend to like them. It's really a lasagna you can form to your own tastes. You can always add a layer of ground turkey and tomato sauce if you want meat.
Good luck. Would love to hear if you try it out!
I prepped all my veggies the day before so it would not take as long during the process.
One thing that has helped me as a mom, is when I get home from the grocery store I prep all my veggies for my meals and then they are ready to go when I need to use them.

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