Gluten Free Vegetable Quinoa Lasagna

by Joanne on September 5, 2014

Nothing fancy happening this weekend except another 18 mile long run. It’s going to be a tough one though.  It’s one of those runs with faster middle mile pacing and to help me do that, I’m running 8 easy miles then a 10K race with a 4 mile follow up finish.  I have a sneaking feeling those last 4 miles are going to be torture. 

Have you ever put a race into your marathon training long run?

Did you run at marathon pace? half marathon pace? or were you unable to control it and raced all out at 10K pace?

A Garden Fresh Recipe.

Now all of you with gardens are bringing in the rewards of your hard work, here is a recipe idea credited to Chef Eric Stein from Sizzle, Winter 2013 edition.  Get ready to use up that squash and zucchini!

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Serves 8 – 10

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  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups rinsed and drained quinoa
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 25 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 15 oz can Fire Roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 15 oz Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium zucchini cut into thin rings
  • 1 large yellow squash cut into thin rings
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin.  *If you can’t slice it thin, you should sauté the slices in a little bit of olive oil first, just to soften, about 3 – 4 minutes otherwise the eggplant will be chewy due to it’s thickness and difficulty in cooking.
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Bring the broth, quinoa and salt to a boil.  Stir and allow to cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes.  Cover and remove from heat, allowing to sit for 5 minutes.

Place quinoa in a large bowl and add 3/4 of the jar of marinara sauce.  Pour the fire roasted diced tomatoes into the jar of the remaining marinara and mix up.  Set this jar aside for a minute. 

Add basil and cheeses to the quinoa mixture.  Stir.

Add 1/4 of the marinara – tomato mix (from the jar) to the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan.  Spread to cover the bottom.  Top with overlapped slices of zucchini, squash, eggplant.  Spoon 1/2 of the quinoa mixture on top.  Cover with another 1/4 of the jar mix (marinara- tomato) and repeat with more vegetables, then remaining quinoa and 1/4 jar of marinara mix.  Finish with the rest of the remaining vegetables then the sauce and finally sprinkle on the 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.  Cover loosely with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remover foil and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes. 

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Want more recipes for Vegetarian Lasagna?  Check these out!

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Do you have a recipe for vegetable lasagna?  Please share.

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  • At 2014.09.05 15:25, Tina@GottaRunNow said:

    I think those last 4 miles will feel great, actually, if you use them as a cool-down after the 10K race. Whatever you do, it sounds like a fun way to get a long run done.

    I like all of those ingredients so I’m sure I’d like your recipe!

    • At 2014.09.06 19:04, Mary said:

      I like that you added tips about slicing the eggplant very thinly or else pre-cooking it a little. Well-cooked eggplant is great but undercooked eggplant will ruin a dish like that! I also like that instead of trying for a gluten-free pasta, you just used quinoa instead to make this dish gluten-free. Probably a lot easier, and more nutritious than if you’d used a non-whole-grain gluten-free pasta.

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