FIT hits the PAN Friday – Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna

Hello, my name is Jenn and I have a quinoa addiction. Whew! Glad that is out because now I can share this amazing recipe with you 🙂

Aside from the ease of preparation and the variety of recipes, quinoa is packed with health benefits!

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We have made this dish several times and each time we wish there was more in the pan! It is a great dish for company because it makes generous portions. Serve with a green salad and you have a complete meal!

I am not a vegan so I use real cheese. Cutting the zucchini is easiest with a mandolin. Otherwise, you get uneven slices.

 Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna (adapted from Peas and Thank You)

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)

  • 2 large zucchini, cut into 12 thin, 1/4 in. thick slices
  • salt
  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 c. vegetable broth (I use fat-free, low sodium chicken broth)
  • 1/2 c. tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c. minced onion
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 T. organic or non-dairy cream cheese (I use low fat cream cheese)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 jar organic marinara sauce
  • 1/2 c. organic or non-dairy cheese (I use regular low fat mozzarella)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • To prepare zucchini, cut a strip off of one side to make a flat base. Then, thinly slice zucchini into “noodles.” You’ll want 12 noodles in total.
  • Place noodles in a colander and sprinkle with salt, layering between paper towels.
  • Let this sit and absorb moisture while preparing the quinoa.
  • Combine quinoa, vegetable broth, tomato sauce, onion and oregano in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and lower heat, simmering for 20 minutes.
  • When quinoa has absorbed all the liquid, fold in cream cheese and herbs.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, and try not to eat the whole pot.
  • Pour enough of marinara in the bottom of an 8Ă—8 baking dish to cover the bottom.
  • Using a clean dry towel, blot remaining moisture and salt from zucchini and layer 4 noodles across the sauce.
  • Put a layer of quinoa across the zucchini, and cover with another 1/3 c. of marinara sauce.
  • Repeat with another layer of quinoa, sauce and zucchini.
  • Top the final layer of zucchini with remaining sauce and 1/2 c. of cheese, if using.
  • Bake lasagna for 30 minutes, until heated through and zucchini is tender.

For additional quinoa recipes, check out this link http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/ways-to-eat-quinoa-and-succeed-in-life

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