If you’re looking for a way to spruce up salads, look no further! These buffalo quinoa-white bean patties actually make me look forward to my lunchtime salad. Plus, the recipe is easy, makes a lot, and is healthy. I like to make a batch on the weekend, and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a convenient addition to my workday lunch.
What better way to use up the abundance of summer vegetables in your refrigerator than in a cheesy, crowd-pleasing pan of lasagna? No need to stick with the veggies I used; incorporate your favorites or whatever you have on-hand.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander, and let cool.
In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, egg, salt, pepper, and parley. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add all of the vegetables (zucchini, pepper, onion, mushrooms, eggplant, spinach, and garlic), and cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove lid and add the wine. Bring to a simmer and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, until the wine has reduced and the vegetables are tender. Season with the salt and pepper.
Grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
Ladle about 3/4 cup of sauce to the bottom of the pan. Add four lasagna noodles, overlapping them slightly. Spread a third of the cheese mixture on the noodles. Top the cheese with a third of the vegetables, and then drizzle with about 1/2 cup of sauce. Repeat two more times.
Add the final four lasagna noodles, and top with the remaining sauce.
Cover and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven, uncover, and top with the remaining cup of mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven, and bake for 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
After a weekend full of “cheat-day” foods, I was in desperate need of a healthy dinner tonight. This quinoa is loaded with veggies — red pepper, zucchini, eggplant, and onion — and keeps you feeling full thanks to the protein and fiber from the chickpeas. Add in super flavorful basil pesto and a sprinkle of feta cheese, and you almost forget you’re eating a healthy meal.