So I was in the kitchen with my mum the other day when she was pulling out all the ingredients she needed to make a big, hearty lasagne, when she just stopped and sort of... took it all in.
She said to me; 'Steph, my lasagne would never have looked like this if it weren't for you!' She was holding some no-added-salt tinned tomatoes and a tin of lentils as well as a drained tin of chickpeas on the counter and some grated carrot and zucchini too.
It's comments like that, that really make me smile and feel like I am having a positive affect on people. It makes me realise that's what I want to do when I grow up- share my knowledge and ideas to help people lead a healthier and happier life! So thanks mum, it really means a lot :)
Also, the amazing smell and appearance of my mum's lasagne prompted a serious obligation to my yearning stomach to make a lasagne of my very own! It's also your lucky day because I'm sharing my favourite lasagne recipe with you- secret ingredients and all!
Steph's Packed Full o' Veggies Lasagne!
1/4 large brown onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 large carrot, grated
3 button mushrooms, chopped
4 cherry tomatoes chopped
1/4 tin lentils, drained and rinsed
1/4 tin mixed beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tin no-added-salt diced tomatoes
sprinkle of dried oregano and basil
2 x 0.5cm slices eggplant (doesn't really matter how thick- just not too thick)
1/2 zucchini sliced into thin rings
1 1/2tablespoons hommus
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon water
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Place a single serving bake dish to the side for later use.
2. Place the chopped onions, garlic and oil in a medium fry pan and heat on medium heat for around 5-10 mins until golden and translucent:
Start with some eggplant slices:
If you're like me, you'll actually leave it out to cool entirely before popping it in the fridge so it's cold when you go to eat it for dinner! I also find that it's a bit more together? Easier to flip out and eat! I can taste all the different ingredients too a little better than when it's hot.
And that's my LASAGNE!
What was the secret ingredient?
And a whole lot of that hommus sauce :)
What about you?
Have you influenced your family in any way to make healthier choices?
Are you a fan of lasagne? I wasn't as a child but thankfully grew to love it! The cheese sauce always tasted weird to me...
Lasagne- hot or cold? Someone else must agree with me out there that it tastes better cold!
That's all from me today folks- make sure you have a lovely and [hopefully] relaxing Sunday, maybe make some lasagne! Smile lots and tell someone you love them- it just might make their entire day! Bye friends! :D