This is a favorite to all my vegetarian friends and carb watchers too. Sometimes on the weekend we tend to indulge on food and drinking. During the week I like to eat light; or at least try too. This recipe is great. You get some many nutrients in 1 dish. My kids loved it so that made me happy, and of course the husband approved too. Everything in this recipe except for the baby kale and cheese are from my garden. I know a lot of people who make a ricotta mix with spinach but I wanted to bump up the nutrients and use baby kale. I hope you enjoy.
3 to 4 Zucchini’s, cut into strips (thin or thick it’s up to you)
12 to 14 oz bag of Baby Kale, sautéed
Italian seasoning, to taste
1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
15 oz of ricotta cheese
5 oz of shredded Asiago cheese
24 oz of Homemade crushed Tomato sauce or Store bought
3 Portbella mushrooms, sliced
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Basil for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 to 400 degrees
In a large grill pan add some olive oil to medium heat. Add the baby kale and cook that down. Should take about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally . If need, add a bit of water to steam it, so the kale can wilt. When down place aside to cool.
Next, place some paper towels in a large dish next to your stove; when you cook the veggies, transfer them to the paper towels to drain all that moisture.
In the same large grill pan on medium-high heat add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add zucchini, and portabella mushroom, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes per side. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the kale and ricotta cheese with garlic powder, Italian seasoning. Mix well and place to the side
Evenly coat the bottom of a baking dish with some olive oil and about half of the crushed tomato sauce. Evenly layer some of the Zucchini strips than add the ricotta mix, then mushrooms, Asiago cheese and crushed tomatoes; repeat. For final layer, reverse the asiago cheese and crushed tomatoes layers so that the cheese is on top.
Bake in the oven until lasagna is hot and the cheese melted, about 30 minutes.
Let cool slightly, cut into pieces, and enjoy!