Vegetarian Lasagne à la Mamyne

My mother in law loves cooking! She says it relaxes her. Chopping and stirring is her way of meditating. Yesterday we made a vegetarian lasagne and we want to share the recipe with you. It is very simple and very healthy! 

Here is what you need:
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 branches of Celery
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Tomato sauce (make sure you use one without added sugar or make your own)
  • Olive oil
  • Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • As lasagne plates we used eggplant slices. We used frozen already pre-made ones, but you can totally make your own. Just slice the eggplant, add seasoning and oil, put in oven at 180 degrees for about 15 min., depending on your oven.
  • Mozzarella 500 g 
Directions:
  • Cut the onion, carrots, red pepper, zucchinis and celery into very very small cubes. They have to be so small that children wont notice them. 

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  • Add Olive oil, a pinch of salt and the onions into a pot and let them melt for 5 min. 
  • Add the carrots and thyme, let simmer for 5-10 min.
  • Then add the garlic, red pepper, zucchini, celery and tomato sauce (we used a pre-made sauce but you can easily make your own, I love Jamie Oliver’s tomato sauce).
  • Stir over low heat for 15-20 min. Add ground pepper and salt to taste.

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  • Slice the mozzarella and you are ready to assemble the lasagne.
  • Put a little oil in the bottom of the oven dish and add a layer of eggplant, then a layer of cheese and a layer of sauce. Continue until the dish is full. Finish with cheese.

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  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Place dish in oven for 20 min or until cheese is nicely melted and has this beautiful brownish colour. 

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Voilà! Et Bon appétit! 

 

 

 

 

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Health Expert Series 1

Everyone has a different opinion about health and what it means to them. I am starting this monthly series to open up the discussion about what health means to you and maybe to learn from other people and their point of views.

This month I am starting with myself. I have interviewed myself and you can find the answers below. Every month I will interview a new person that I think has something interesting to say about health and what it means to them.

I hope you will enjoy this series and will participate in the discussion. Health affects us all, also you! This is a subject you should have an opinion on 😊

Here we go:

 

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Name, age, occupation: Anne Louise, 35, Holistic Health Coach & Boxercise Instructor

What does health mean to you?

Health, to me, means being happy and feeling good about all areas in my life. Everything from eating the right foods and exercising, to having healthy relationships and the right career needs to be in balance before I would call someone truly healthy. I need to be happy with myself on the inside and on the outside

How do you achieve this level of healthy?

I try to eat healthy and exercise regularly. But this is not enough. I constantly work on self-development and try to improve areas in my life that I am not happy about. I clean up my toxic relationships. I find ways to handle stress and to get a good night sleep! If I find that a job or project is draining my energy, then I need to find a way to change it. When you come home from work, you should feel happy and energised! If you feel down and drained, then maybe the job you’re doing is not right for you!

Why is it important to be and live healthily?

I think it’s important to feel good in your body and to be able to live life to its fullest every day. I think too many people settle in life and don’t know that life could be so much better if they changed a few things. I don’t ever want to settle in life. What’s the point of living, if its not going to be a good and happy life?

Finally, I think it’s important to live healthy to prevent disease and aches in the future. We are getting older, and older, but what about quality of life? When I get old I still wish to take care of myself and to be active. In old age, I want to be self-sufficient and I believe by living healthy now I up my chances of that happening.

Why are you an expert?

I started my student career in nursing school and though I quickly found out that this was not my calling, I still learnt a lot about health and disease-care. Thereafter, I studied biotechnology engineering, where my main focus was how nutrition affects the body. In other words, I studied what happens in the body when we eat and when we change what we eat. Finally, I studied Health Coaching, where I learnt over 100 dietary theories and studied the world’s top health and wellness experts. My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention.

I now work as a Health Coach, where I help my clients find balance in their life and teach about how nutrition and lifestyle affects health and overall wellbeing.

What is your top health tip?

Health can mean so many things and the important thing is to find out what it means to you. How do you feel good in your body and what needs to happen so you become truly happy and well balanced in your life? You are important! Remember that and always be kind to yourself and others!

Do you want to be part of my Health Series? Please email me. I would love to hear from you!