Aubergine Lasagne

I made this yummy veggie lasagna for my family, when I visited my parents – and it was lovely 🙂

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 800 g chopped tomatoes (2 boxes/cans)
  • 1 eggplant, sliced (if you want it easy, cut the eggplant into cubes, and add it to the sauce)
  • 2 carrots, cut into cubes
  • 250 g mushroom, sliced
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons of tomato puree
  • Some fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper (or chili)
  • 2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 250 g of grated cheese (I used grated mozzarella)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven at 180°C degrees (on convection oven)

First, let’s make the tomato sauce:

In a pan, heat the olive oil, and add the onion and garlic, and let it cook till it turns golden and soft.

Now add the cut carrots, mushrooms (and if it’s the easy version, also add the cubed eggplant here), and let it cook for another 5 min., and then add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper and 2 dl of water. Stir and let it cook for about 15 min. on low heat. Now add the basil leaves.

The non-easy version: While letting the sauce cook, you can use this time for roasting the sliced eggplant till they turn soft. Alternatively they can also be grilled. Once roasted, put it aside.

Now it’s time for layering the lasagna:

  1. Layer 3 lasagna noodles in a 25 x 35 cm baking dish
  2. Add the sauce (let it cover, you should use half of the sauce)
  3. Add the eggplant slices (the non-easy version)
  4. Add some lasagna noodles
  5. Add the rest of the sauce
  6. Add the cheese

Let the lasagna bake for about 35 min (do check, the cheese should be melted and golden).

Buon appetito! 🙂

~AJ

 

One Pot Tomato and Chickpeas Deliciousness

This delicious one pot dish has loads of protein and some yummy veggies. You might know, that I really love aubergines and tomatoes too, so I decided to make a mix with these. It is actually something I tried at a cafe long ago, and I liked it so much. So I decided to make something like that – on my own, and you now what? The dish came out very well! 😉

I actually madk a large amount of it, so that I also can have it some for my colleague W and I, for the lunch at work too 🙂

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Overnight Chia-Oats Pudding

Experimenting with food is something I love to do. You get so many different tastes and very lovely dishes out of this way of cooking. Honestly, cooking was definitely not my cup of tea until I turned 22-23 years old. Really don’t know why, but I thought it was difficult and very boring to live alone, and be cooking only for myself. But later, I changed a lot, and cooking became a kind of hobby to me. Many people ask me, if I have any difficulties in being a vegetarian, as they think it’s limited how delicious food vegetarians can make. But they’re wrong! There are many ways of getting nutritious, and at the same time lovely food being a vegetarian (or vegan). Experimenting with the flavours is the way 😉

Today I tried something new with the chia pudding for breakfast; I’ve earlier shared a recipe for a simple pudding. I actually used this pudding today, but added some other healthy things into it, and made this delicious chia-oat pudding instead 😉      Continue reading “Overnight Chia-Oats Pudding”

Simple Chia Pudding

My attempt for a healthier lifestyle has now included breakfasts too. Since 2014 I actually didn’t eat breakfast everyday, as I used to have a kind of “fasting” to keep myself away from eating too much of calories. I have had several ways of controlling myself from eating too much calories, which included an “8-hour” diet for 3 months, and afterwards a 4-months “no sugar”-period, and later a “5 day morning-fasting” period for a year. I felt this actually helped me a lot, and I didn’t gain weight. Beside these kind of diets I also went to fitness, but unfortunately I haven’t trained the past few months due to mental and physical health issues. BUT since the beginning of 2016 I decided to go another way: eat normal instead of controlling myself from not eating on specific times or specific items 😉

So why did I chose not to continue my diets?

I have 2 major reasons for this:

  1. I am a vegetarian (almost vegan). This means I don’t actually eat meat or fish, so almost everything I eat is actually “clean products” – I believe that clean-eating means no animal; my body is not any graveyard! 😉
  2. I don’t drink any kind of alcohol – so no unhealthy calories from here.

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