Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Garden Lasagna

During the summer I can't get enough Zucchinis. I decided to make a Summer Garden Lasagna with the ingredients from our garden last night and it was pure success! It had Jonathan going back for thirds. I started off by:
Preheating oven to 400
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, onion, and carrot; saut√©  until lightly browned. Remove from heat; stir in corn, basil, sea salt and pepper.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels    
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt   
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Place flour in a large saucepan; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cottage cheese, Parmesan, nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 1.5 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
    Spread 1/2 cup white sauce in bottom of an 11- x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange noodles over sauce; top with half the vegetable mixture (about 2 cups) and one-third of the remaining white sauce (about 1 cup). Top with noodles, remaining vegetable mixture, half the remaining sauce, and more noodles. Spread the remaining white sauce over noodles. Cover with foil and bake at 400° for 25 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with mozzarella, and bake an additional 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes.
    Cooking spray
  • No-boil lasagna noodles (such as Barilla)
  • 2 cup preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • I served this delicious meal with a nice side salad, a nice glass of wine and some infused lemon water. The windows were open with a warm summer breeze blowing in, my handsome husband next to me, Miss LunaBella poking her little nose over the table with reggae music in the background. Pure summer serenity!! I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family did!! Summer vegetables courtesy of Oliver Farms!

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