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I’m still getting used to this blogging thing. I can’t tell you how many times over the last few weeks I have started taking pictures as I prep a new recipe but forgotten to shoot the final product. Practice makes perfect? I hope so.

Lasagna is one of my favorite meals, but I haven’t had any since I removed gluten from my diet in May 2009.  So, you can imagine how excited I was when I found Tinkyada brown rice lasagna noodles at Stop and Shop.  They had been sitting in my cupboard for a couple months until I finally decided to make a lasagna last weekend. I tend to prefer vegetable lasagna, but my fiance requested some meat. I suggested ground turkey, he suggested sausage, so we compromised with turkey sausage from Whole Foods.

To get started, I removed the casing from three turkey sausage links and browned it in a non-stick pan.

I wasn’t going to make a lasagna without a healthy dose of veggies so once the sausage was browned, I set it aside and sautéed some vegetables. I looked at this lasagna as a chance to use up some vegetables that were on their last leg in my fridge–in this case I used onions, carrots, broccoli, and spinach.

As the veggies were cooking, I plopped a pint of part skim ricotta into a large plastic bowl and added oregano, marjoram, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and one egg. I mixed this together and set  it aside while I cooked the lasagna noodles.

This, my friends, is where I stopped taking pictures. I will get better I promise! Once the noodles were cooked, I sprayed a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and then spread a few spoonfuls of store-bought (Trader Joe’s?)  tomato sauce on the bottom. I then added a layer of lasagna noodles, a layer of ricotta,  a layer of veggies and sausage, and a few more scoops of tomato sauce. I repeated this twice and topped the whole mess with some shredded mozzarella.

This recipe made a lot. In fact, I actually made two lasagnas, one in a 9 x 12 pan and one in an 8 x 8 pan. I partially cooked the 8 x 8 pan of lasagna and then popped it in the freezer for an easy home-cooked meal in the future.

The final outcome…delish! Tikyada lasagna noodles are tough to find, but I will keep my eyes peeled. And next time, I promise there will be pictures of the final product.



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