Is It Still Lasagna without Noodles or Cheese?

Zucchini, meat & fillingWhen it comes to diet modification, there is such a thing as “too creative.” When I was vegan half a dozen years ago, I once made a “quiche” out of rice, soy sausage, and tofu.There wasn’t a thing about it that even remotely resembled quiche, other than it being baked in a pie plate.

So can I still call this dish lasagna without the noodles or cheese?Lasagna–or lasagne–is pasta that takes the form of of a sometimes ruffled ribbon (thank you, Mr. Webster–I never before thought about what lasagna and 70s tuxedo shirts have in common until now).But the etymology of lasagna reveals that in Vulgar Latin, the word came from lasania–the actual pot the meal was cooked in. But go back a little farther and we find lasanum, Greek for chamber pot.So I suppose the answer to my question depends on what you think this recipe tastes like.

Regardless of what you call it, this pasta-less dish turned out well and is a great yeast-free, preservative-free, dairy-free, lower-carb, wheat-free entree. Cut into servings and freeze individually. Note that Whole Foods is a great place to get ground meats and sausages that are hormone-free, minimally processed without filler (e.g. corn) and additives (e.g. dextrose). If you want the extra low-carb option, leave off the sauce or use roasted red bell pepper in place of tomato paste.

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini, peeled

Filling

  • 1 cup frozen artichokes
  • 12 pitted kalmata olives (in brine)
  • 1 cup non-GMO soft tofu (about 1/2 a package)
  • 1 T fresh basil

Meat

  • 1/2 lb. organic ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1/2 lb. ground spicy sausage (pork or turkey)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

Sauce

  • 1 6 oz. can organic tomato paste
  • 3 sundried tomatoes (packed in olive oil)
  • 1 T oil from sundried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic pressed
  • 1 T dried oregano

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.You’ll need a 9×9 baking dish.

In a skillet brown the meat together and add the onion and garlic.Cook until the meat is done and the veggies are soft.Add the basil and set aside. Take a potato peeler or mandolin set to the thinnest setting and slice your zucchini lengthwise.

In a food processor, blend all of the filling ingredients until smooth.Transfer to a dish and set aside.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth.

Place a single layer of zucchini In the bottom of the baking dish. Next add meat mixture, and then the filling. Repeat zucchini, meat, filling. Add a last layer of zucchini and then top with sauce.Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Browse Culinary Arts Schools & Colleges

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
            • Programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts, and much more
            • Campuses in New York and Silicon Valley with nearby housing available
            Show more [+]
            4 Program(s) Found
            • Gives students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months or bachelor’s degree in the food service management field in 2.5 years through their year-round schedule.
            • Located in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
            • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
            • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
            • Has student housing available.
            • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
            Show more [+]
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Received the 2015 and 2013 “Cooking School of the Year” Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • Externship opportunities are available at numerous famous New York City restaurants.
            • Campus is located near downtown Manhattan, within walking distance of many popular attractions such as the Radio City Music Hall.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            3 Program(s) Found
            • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
            • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
            • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            2 Program(s) Found
            Virginia College , Baton Rouge
            • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
            • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
            • Presents the full tuition cost up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
            • Provides career services associates to help students review their resume, provide career counseling, help with job searches, and more.
            • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            1 Program(s) Found

            Lackawanna College is the premier, private, accredited two-year college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a focus on keeping higher education affordable and accessible to our immediate community, Lackawanna draws 80 percent of its student population right from our own region.

            With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.