Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 7: Vegetarian Lasagna

In addition to the Turkey Paprikash from the previous post, I made Vegetarian Lasagna for our guests on Sunday. I think I woke up at about 5:45am to get this started. I gathered up the ingredients:
I sliced an eggplant and salted it. I let that stand to reduce some of the bitterness:
While that was standing, I cooked some whole wheat lasagna noodles:
After the eggplant was rinsed and dried, I drizzled it with olive oil, and browned it in a skillet:
Meanwhile, I combined a container of ricotta cheese, 6 oz. shredded Jack cheese, and 1/2 c. Parmesan:
When the eggplant was done, I removed it to a plate, then added some onion and mushrooms to the skillet. I cooked them until softened:
To the skillet I added a jar of pasta sauce and a tsp each of dried basil and oregano:
Then I started the layering in the crockpot. I spread 1/3 of the sauce in the bottom. I layered that with one third of the lasagna noodles, half of the eggplant, and half of the cheese mixture:
I repeated those layers, and for the last layer I used the remaining noodles, the zucchini, the remaining sauce, and topped with 1/2 cup of Parmesan:
I covered and set it to cook on low for 6 hours:
I served it alongside the Turkey Paprikash. The lasagna is in the back:
Our guests seemed to really like the food. They told me they enjoyed being Guinea pigs.
DH is on the right.
And we had a delicious dessert of strawberry shortcake.

The lasagna was very good! I would definitely make it again, but DH didn't even try it. He said he would never eat vegetarian lasagna on principle. He doesn't know what he's missing.

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