Zucchini Walnut Lasagna

Zucchini Walnut Lasagna

Zucchini Walnut Lasagna

A Keto-friendly, vegetarian lasagna
Course Main Course
Keyword Keto
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 3 cups mushrooms chopped
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts chopped in blender
  • 2 tsp thyme dried
  • 2 tsp oregana dried
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper med-coarse grind
  • 750 g ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg ground
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan reggiano grated
  • 10 grape tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions

Prepare Zucchini

  • Slice zucchini lengthwise into 1/8″ thick slices.  Lightly salt & pepper both sides of each slice.
  • Lightly oil a cookie sheet, or line sheet with a silicon cooking mat, and arrange zucchini slices in a single layer.
  • Setting oven rack so that cookie sheet will be 3-4 inches from broiler.
  • Broil on high for 5 minutes, remove from oven, flip slices and pat dry, then return to oven for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Line a cooling rack with paper towel, and place zucchini slices on it.  Repeat these steps until all slices have been broiled, and set aside.

Prepare Ricotta

  • Mix ricotta, 1/3 of the chopped spinach, and nutmeg in a medium size bowl.  You can add a little salt & pepper if you like.  Set aside.  (I intended to add an eqq to this as well but forgot – the lasagna turned out fine without it.)

Prepare Sauce

  • In one skillet, add a couple tablespoons of olive oil, and saute the onions and shredded carrot until translucent. 
  • In a larger, deep skillet, heat up two tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of butter, and fry the chopped mushrooms along with the thyme.
  • When mushrooms are turning golden, clear a space in the pan and add the tomato sauce, dried basil and oregano. and stir well.
  • When the tomato paste starts to deepen in color, add the drained tomatoes, and the sauteed onion and carrots, and toasted walnuts.  Stir well.
  • The sauce is ready when most of any liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Assembly

  • Set cooking rack to middle of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly oil a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Put a very thin layer of sauce across the bottom of the dish.
  • Arrange one layer of zucchini slices
  • Spread one third of the sauce over the zucchini, followed by one third of the ricotta mixture.
  • Repeat the previous 2 steps.
  • Spread the shredded mozzarella, followed by the grated parmesan.
  • Arrange sliced tomatoes and fresh basil leaves over top.
  • Place lasagna into oven, and bake for 30 minutes, or until top starts to turn golden around edges.
  • Remove from oven when ready, and let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Chocolate Bourbon Latte

Felt like a warm cocktail the other evening, something that would fit in with the Keto diet that I’ve been on since July.

What I came up with was delicious!

Chocolate Bourbon Latte

Course Drinks
Keyword bourbon, coffee
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Author Me

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz 100 Proof Bourbon (I used Old Grandads)
  • 1 shot espresso (a double shot)
  • 3/4 cup 33% Whipping cream steamed
  • 6 drops Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Instructions

  1. Add a freshly pulled shot of espresso to your favourite coffee mug or cup, along with your favorite bourbon and the Bittermens bitters

    Steam the whipping cream until nice and hot, with good microfoam

    Add to your mug and enjoy!


Aquarium rebuild

After a tragic loss of all but 2 fish in my aquarium, I took it as an opportunity to try something a little different.

The 2 survivors are my stealthy Bristlenose Pleco’s.

The new occupants:

  • 9 Rummy-nose tetras
  • 6 Discus
  • 3 Botia dario loaches

Added a very large piece of driftwood to the tank, and also added a new LED light – MicMol 36″-48″ Planted tank lamp, with scheduling.  The lamp is very nice – but is a pain to program.  Just have to be patient 🙂

I have been finding snails to be a challenge to control, which was one of the reasons for adding the loaches.  Unfortunately, they don’t seem all that interested!
I’ve been reducing the amount and frequency of feeding the fish, although the discus I bought are young and growing!  One seems to be a runt.

Cold Brew Cocktails

Made up a tasty cold brew cocktail this evening:

2 oz. Old Grandad Bourbon

1 oz. Cold brew coffee

1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur

couple dashes Xocolatl Mole™ bitters

lemon peel

 

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a mixing glass half full of ice.  Pour over a large ice cube in your favourite whiskey glass and garnish with a strip of lemon peel.

New Host!

After many years with my previous web host, I’ve now moved everything (I think) over to Web Hosting Canada.

So far the site response has been excellent – much faster than my old provider, which was taking 30-45 seconds to load a page, or log into the wordpress admin console.  I also like the fact that this is a Canadian host, and the servers are in Canada.