Skip to content

Zucchini Pesto Lasagna And A Kale Lentil Salad

IMG_4944

Here are a quick couple of recipes that I have made that turned out well and I wanted to share them with you. We had 2 days where the temps were under 90 woo hoo!! We are back up almost at 90 again but I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. I harvested my basil from the garden and made a big jar of pesto, also working on harvesting my herbs and drying them so I have for the winter. The lasagna uses some of the pesto and the zucchini I got at the farmers market. It’s so simple to make and really delicious. I haven’t been eating meat lately, I can’t bring myself to eat it right now. The Kale and lentil salad provides protein from the lentils and cheese and pistachio a very nice substitute and delicious. The lighting was weird on the photo of the lasagna, it was daylight but I guess the natural light wasn’t sufficient, the pan is sitting on a white cloth that looks purple or blue.

Zucchini Pesto Lasagna

Serves 2

1 or 2 large zucchini cut into thin strips approxmately 1/4 inch thick

roasted tomato (you don’t need much it’s only for the bottom of the pan)

2-3 tbs pesto

mozzarella

ricotta

grated parmigiana or romano cheese

olive oil

Heat oven to 375, brush the zucchini strips with olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and roast until lightly browned, it only took about 20 minutes. If you don’t have roasted tomatoes you can make those at the same time. I used an oval roasting pan and placed some tomato at the bottom, add a layer of zucchini, spread some of the pesto on each zucchini slice, dollop on some ricotta, a little grated or sliced mozzarella and sprinkle with grated cheese. Repeat and top with mozzarella and grated cheese. Bake at 375 for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.

lentil and kale salad

kale and lentil salad

Lentil and kale salad

Serves 2

1 cup dry lentils washed

1 carrot cut into pieces

1 shallot

3 sprigs of thyme

water to cover the lentils

salt and pepper

In skillet sauté the shallot and carrot, add the lentils and water, salt and pepper and cook until lentils are al denté, add more water if you need to during the cooking. Rinse the lentils and set aside.

Assembling the salad

Kale leaves washed (as much as you want)

some crumbled feta (again as much as you want)

handful roasted pistachio chopped

tomato chopped.

Place the kale in a large salad bowl drizzle with olive oil and massage until softened. Add the lentils, tomato pistachio and feta. To dress just whisk a little honey, thyme leaves and white wine vinegar together and pour on the salad. Keeps beautifully even until the next day.

In closing I made another parfait, I love eating them, they are delicious and for me guilt free. This is just Carr’s whole meal biscuit, greek yogurt, peaches and blackberries. Thats it!!

IMG_4932

 

Advertisements
82 Comments Post a comment
  1. The food looks “magickal” happy 🌷 dining

    August 24, 2016
  2. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Everything looks delicious. Wouldn’t you want to salt the lentils? Just wondered.
    Thanks! Happy cooking and eating healthy!
    Maria

    August 24, 2016
    • Hey Maria, I didn’t but yes you can and I will add as an option. I added feta, salted the dressing and it was enough for me but I think I should add it thanks so much.

      August 24, 2016
  3. I love these two recipes. The parfait would be tasty without the guilt, too. I’m right there with you. Thanks for making it easy to eat healthy, Suzanne.

    August 24, 2016
  4. HA! Triple YUM!

    August 24, 2016
    • Thank you so much.

      August 24, 2016
      • I had a giant zucchini that would have made great lasagna…if only…but made something else 🙂

        August 24, 2016
  5. I have never had lasagna any other way than the more traditional kind and this sounds like one I could definitely go for. The kale and lentil salad and parfait look delicious 🙂

    August 24, 2016
    • Hi Marisa, me too, but I actually liked this just as much and maybe a little better, it’s lighter. Thank you so much.

      August 24, 2016
  6. Both of these recipes look amazing! We have had a temp drop as well. High 80’s and low 90’s with rain. Very strange but we love it! The end is in sight!

    August 24, 2016
    • Yes it is, I am starting to see signs of Fall and that makes me happy. Thanks so much Michelle.

      August 24, 2016
  7. Bravo Suzanne-proud of you-all sound delish!!! xo

    August 24, 2016
    • That means so much to me thank you.

      August 24, 2016
      • As the temps drop to a normal pace for you-keep being inspired to create-it is a lot of satisfaction in doing so. Much more hearty and healthful- xo YAY!

        August 24, 2016
      • Yes, I think this is the change I needed to come up with something a little different and new and even though still hot out I can feel that it’s changing and I love that. The changing of the seasons inspire me, we just got a new farmers market only a couple of blocks from my house on Tuesdays, it’s so convenient, very happy about that.

        August 24, 2016
  8. All look great! Will have to try them 🙂

    August 24, 2016
  9. Looks so so good!

    August 24, 2016
  10. LB #

    Zucchini lasagna is delicious! Lasagna is also amazing when made with roasted eggplant. Definitely my two favorite pasta swaps. Your salad also looks lovely!

    August 24, 2016
    • Using eggplant is next LB, thank you so much. I love eggplant and it’s terrific using instead of pasta.

      August 24, 2016
  11. Thanks for proving to me “healthy” isn’t “yucky”. 😉 Great trio of recipes, Suzanne!

    August 24, 2016
  12. I have made zucchini lasagna before, it’s awesome! But never with homemade pesto, what a great idea! Is it the heat that doesn’t want your body to eat meat? Or just your gradual sense of wanting to eat healthier? Just curious, lol! All three of these look fabulous, Suzanne, they really do. I’m glad you are getting a break from the heat to cook up some fab food. xoxo

    August 24, 2016
    • Thanks Kathryn, no it’s not the heat or health. I am doing so much right now with animals I don’t feel like I can consume meat for now. Just taking a break. Thank you so much, I had never made it before with zucchini and it’s wonderful.

      August 24, 2016
  13. All the dishes look so tasty and fresh. Very creative! 🙂

    August 24, 2016
  14. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Both the salad and the Lasagna look scrumptious.

    August 24, 2016
  15. I have to laugh at myself… I am not a picky eater, but nobody likes everything. So I cringed when I saw the title (not a big fan of kale or lintel)… but they I realized, “If Suzanne made it, it’s got to be good!” When I got to the photo, my jaw dropped — that is a gorgeous salad! OMG. Yes, I’d try it and probably eat every crumb. Everything looks delicious in this post, my friend. Plus, I would have never expected a beautiful parfait to be that easy.
    Time to get ready for the office. Wishing you a thriving Thursday! Mega hugs.

    August 25, 2016
    • Teagan you make me laugh, LOL, the lasagna was delicious and the salad as well, I had it two days in a row. I have to be honest, I am not a big salad eater, wish I were but for me a salad must have a lot of flavor and so many don’t. Just seeing this today, Friday, sorry have a great weekend.

      August 26, 2016
  16. Zucchini lasagne with pesto!! Awesome, very creative. Love both the recipes. Thank you Suzanne.

    August 25, 2016
  17. You’re coming up with some great alternatives Suzanne. Loving the 3 different ways you’ve cut back on the fat and calories. I didn’t realize you cut out meat as well? People say once you do that, you could never go back to meat again. Has that happened for you yet?

    August 25, 2016
    • I haven’t become vegetarian just cut it out for the time being. I like meat and eat it but not all that often. Thank you so much Loretta and hope you have a great weekend.

      August 26, 2016
  18. I love all three of these dishes. I crave veggies a lot more than I do meat and even John is turning from his caveman ways. That parfait looks like decadence and I like that there certainly wouldn’t be any guilt eating it. I’m working on making pesto too. My plants will not be around much longer and I’m stocking up the freezer.

    August 25, 2016
    • I also don’t eat very much meat, more vegetables definitely and added rice or pasta but now that I am not eating the carbs I have to get creative in order to make a satisfying meal. Thank you so much Julie.

      August 26, 2016
      • Bulgur Suzanne! It’s loaded with protein and will fill you up. It might have some carbs, but you need some to burn calories too.

        August 26, 2016
      • I love bulgur, tabbouleh is one of my favorite salads. Thanks Julie!

        August 26, 2016
  19. I love how your kale and lentil salad incorporates protein from non-meat sources. Since I don’t particularly love meat, I find that I’m always struggling to get a good amount of protein in my diet. Hope that some cooler weather comes your way again soon Suzanne!

    August 25, 2016
    • So looking forward to the cooler weather we had a 2 day teaser with really nice temps and low humidity but now we are back in the 90’s it’s sticky and hot. YUCK. Thanks so much, I love eating lentils, now my favorite lentil soup has smoked kielbasa in it but having the lentils cold in a salad was delicious. Thanks so much Heather.

      August 26, 2016
  20. Loving the salad!! 💚💚

    August 25, 2016
  21. Sandhya #

    I love all 3 dishes,Suzanne. I love parfaits too- gives me a good size portion of dessert without the guilt.

    August 25, 2016
    • Thank you so much, yes the dessert was almost guilt free, the cookies had carbs but low.

      August 26, 2016
  22. What a wonderful recipe. Looking forward to trying this at home. Have a fantastic weekend. Emma xx

    August 25, 2016
  23. Yum! What time is dinner?

    August 25, 2016
  24. Not a fan of kale but the rest looks super.

    August 25, 2016
    • I am not a huge fan of salads, the kale was overpowered by everything else I added. Thanks so much Jacob.

      August 26, 2016
  25. We love any form of lasagna around here and this looks delicious (and pretty healthy!) Suzanne! And hooray for cooler days!! We’ve been down in the 80’s this week and I’m loving it! Fall has got to be around the corner! take care friend…

    August 25, 2016
    • Today it’s blazing hot and humid out, Cool crisp weather, bring it on. Thanks so much Rhonda.

      August 26, 2016
      • Stay cool Suzanne!! (more of that strawberry milkshake smoothie!!) xo

        August 27, 2016
  26. Suzanne, can you make me all of that yummy food? I need more energy to pump me up after the heatwave attack me.

    August 26, 2016
    • Yes the oppressive heat drains you and this food was a real pick me up. Thank you so much Mochi.

      August 26, 2016
  27. Wonderful recipes to share! Very nice Suzanne! It is cooling down over our way as well xx

    August 26, 2016
  28. These recipes both sound yummy and healthy!

    August 26, 2016
  29. All those fabulous extra veggies – so nourishing for the body! I need to follow in your footsteps here Suzanne… M.xx

    August 26, 2016
    • Hey Margot, thank you so much. Yes I am getting my daily vegetables and it feels good.

      August 28, 2016
  30. I’ve noticed this trend of using zucchini instead of pasta in lasagna, though I haven’t tried it yet, it sounds like a delicious way to reduce our carb intake. The kale and lentil salad with feta and pistachios sounds delicious!

    August 26, 2016
    • Yes, in an effort to reduce carb intake using zucchini or other vegetables instead of pasta is a great alternative. It’s lighter and more healthful. Thank you so much Fida.

      August 28, 2016
  31. I’ll have to pass the zucchini recipe along to my mom – they have more zucchini than they can handle from their garden (this happens every year, yet my dad doesn’t seem to plant any fewer zucchini!).

    August 27, 2016
    • It’s a great way to use zucchini for sure. My two plants died, no zucchini in my garden this year. Thank goodness for the farmers market. Thank you so much.

      August 28, 2016
  32. I had swapped pasta for eggplant in lasagna but never did it with zucchini. I just bought some new ones, I was going to use in a quiche, but I think your idea is wonderful! Will it work if they are about 4″ inches long? I have about five this size. I´m trying to eat as healthy as I can too, and your recipes are such help, they are a great source of inspiration!!

    August 27, 2016
    • Sorry just seeing this Viviana. Yes you can use any size zucchini and cut to fit, thats what I did since I made only one portion. Thank you and let me know how you like it.

      August 28, 2016
      • I made these Suzanne with my tiny zucchinis and it came out delicious! I placed them in individual souffle ramekins and they looked gorgeous, I should have taken a photo to show them to you, but they disappeared before I could think about it!

        September 3, 2016
  33. The lasagna looked delicious, but I must admit it was the yogurt parfait that really grabbed my attention. Yummy!

    August 27, 2016
  34. All your dishes look delicious Suzanne. I love lentils in soups and salads. I didn’t eat meat for 12 years not because I didn’t like it but from knowing where the meat came from.

    August 28, 2016
    • Yes I am steering myself away from meat, I won’t say I am vegetarian because I”m not just plan on having it on occasion and only from humane sources. Thanks so much.

      August 28, 2016
  35. Three fantastic dishes Suzanne, thank you 🙂

    August 28, 2016
  36. Many very tasty recipes, dear Suzanne! I love them all! I am just making your zucchini recipe,…I can’t wait to taste it too! 🙂 I would like to savour your dessert too, please! 🙂

    September 4, 2016

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: