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Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna 

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Lemon Almond Cheese
 
Ingredients:
2 cups soaked almonds
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp water
4 tbsp olive oil
1 freshly squeezed lemon
  
Directions:
Place the almonds in a bowl, cover with water and soak for 24 hours
Drain and rinse the almonds before removing their outer skin. Try pinching the almond and the almond skin will slip off
Place the almonds into the food processor along with the remaining ingredients
Process until a smooth texture like goat cheese. If too dry add more olive oil so it’s sticky and moist
Can store in fridge for up to 5 days

The next thing to do is make the pasta sauce.

Spicy Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

Don’t Mess with Ness Spicy Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
½ large eggplant, diced or 1lb ground turkey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
8-10 large tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
pinch red pepper flakes
1 tbsp dried or fresh oregano, minced
1 tbsp dried or fresh parsley, minced
½ tsp dried or fresh thyme, minced
1 cup fresh basil, torn in ½ or smaller
pinch salt and pepper
 
Directions:
In a large pan over low to medium heat add your olive oil, garlic and onion. Stir frequently and let cook until the onions are soft and caramelized in colour. 
Stir in the peppers and let cook till almost soft.
Add the eggplant or turkey and continue to constantly stir until the eggplant or turkey is almost done cooking.
Pour in your tomatoes, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano, parsley, thyme and salt and pepper. Stir.
Bring to a boil before reducing the heat to a low simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Once the tomatoes have broken down and all the ingredients are mixed together well remove from heat, add your basil, stir and ENJOY!

While your pasta sauce is simmering I suggest you cook your spinach and cut or slice your zucchini noodles. Once you are 100% ready to start layering your lasagna go ahead and set the over to 350°F. Now, it’s time to build this baby!

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Pour 1 cup or more if needed on the bottom of your dish

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Layer your zucchini strips overlapping one another ever so slightly so the sauce doesn’t seep through. If there are gaps around the edge of the dish fill them with little pieces of zucchini

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Separate your cheese into three portions. Apply your first portion evenly over your zucchini strips

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Separate your spinach into two portions. Apply your first portion evenly over your lasagna dish

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Add a thin layer of pasta sauce

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Layer your zucchini strips again

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Apply the second portion of cheese

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Apply the rest of your cooked spinach

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Add your final thin layer of pasta sauce

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Finish with your third and last portion of cheese covering the top of your lasagna

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients:
Lemon Almond Cheese 
Don’t Mess with Ness Spicy Spaghetti Sauce
5 to 8 zucchinis depending on size
4 cups spinach
Directions:
1) Make your Lemon Almond Cheese
2) Start making your large pot of Don’t Mess with Ness Spicy Spaghetti Sauce
3) While your letting your spaghetti sauce simmering for 10 minutes, get your spinach cooking in a small pan on low. Keep a close eye on this and once they are completely cooked take off the heat to let cool so its easier to handle later.
4) Slice your zucchini strips, a mandolin slicer works best. I unfortunately don’t have a slicer so I cut each slice as evenly as possible but you’ll want to use a slicer if you can for more even cooking and better presentation.  Slice or cut each noodle the same thickness as a lasagna noodle. Your not making these slices too thin or too thick so use a regular lasagna noodle as a reference if needed.
5) Now that your ready to start layering turn your over onto 350°F
6) Spread one cup or more if needed on the bottom of your lasagna dish. Layer your zucchini noodles, sprinkle 1/3 of your lemon almond cheese, evenly spread 1/2 of the spinach over the cheese and cover with a thin layer of spicy spaghetti sauce. Zucchini noodles again, second layer of cheese, the rest of your cooked spinach, thin layer of tomato sauce and the remainder of your cheese can now be spread overtop.
7) Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Check on your lasagna after 35 minutes to ensure your cheese is browning nicely and not burning. If your unsure if it’s cook just carefully poke the lasagna noodle to make sure they are soft. Remove from oven, cut very carefully and serve!

* There may be liquid in the dish but its just because zucchini contains a large quantity of water but not to worry!

Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna