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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Why not try something new?

I love the month of May! The weather is getting better, the flowers begin to blossom and people start smiling more on the street. Have you noticed?

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I especially love May because I was born in May! Actually, many people I love are born in May: my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, my brother-in-law (yes I promise you!) and many of my friends. My baby-daddy’s rock-band is even called Born In May!

I used to love my birthday! I loved that I had a day where everything was about ME!

Now it’s different. When you are a mom, it feels like nothing is about me anymore. I didn’t even get to open my presents by myself!

But why should I complain? I had a wonderful day. The weather was spectacular and I was in great company! I invited a few friends and their kids over for a BBQ lunch. 

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When I was planning the menu, I was trying to decide whether I should serve meat or not. I prefer not to eat meat, but I know that not everyone shares this preference. And especially when you are invited to a BBQ, you expect meat, right?

My baby-daddy did not agree with me! He thought I should make a veggie dish for myself and serve everyone else meat! But I wouldn’t have it. My child-like attitude towards my birthday came back to me: “It’s MY birthday and I’ll do what I want!”

I therefore served a delicious vegetarian meal!

A quinoa veggie burger on homemade wholegrain buns, corn on the cob, salad and barbequed sweet potatoes

Quinoa veggie burger on homemade wholegrain buns, corn on the cob, salad and barbecued sweet potatoes

Happily, I can report that everyone really enjoyed it and there was no complaining ☺️

I realise that being a vegetarian can annoy some people and I don’t like to be “in your face” as some people are. I do eat meat sometimes, but I prefer not to. My friends were able to try something they would normally not have tried and I think it made them an experience richer.

So my message to you is to not be afraid to try something new. Who knows, you may surprise yourself! Maybe make this month, the “say YES!”-month and try something new?

When was the last time you tried something new? Let me know in the comments below!!