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Monday, August 17, 2015

Gluten Free Eggplant Kale "Lasagna"

Eggplant Kale Lasagna

Isn't it great when friends and family have bountiful gardens and generous souls?  My awesome cousin gave us a big beautiful bunch of Kale, which I sautéed in Olive Oil with some sliced Garlic and Red Pepper Flake - YUM.  The plan was to just eat it that way, but then I spied an Eggplant on the counter, and the vision became clear:  Lasagna!  Double YUM.  What isn't good with Tomato Sauce and Cheese?  And also, easy-peasy!

If you like Eggplant and Kale, you will LOVE this; I did.  It goes together easy, bakes up nice and is super filling.  Also, leftovers are great for lunch the next day, served cool on a hot summer day!  And you have probably already heard how great Kale is for you (Antioxidants, Anti-Cancer and on and on).   So, here is my:

Gluten Free* Eggplant Kale "Lasagna" Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350.

1/2 cup + 1/2 cup Organic No Salt Added Marinara
1 Eggplant, sliced into 1/2 inch semi-circles
1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 bunch Kale, precooked in Olive Oil with Garlic & Red Pepper Flake
2 Tbsp water
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced into semi-circles (however much you wanna use!)

To Assemble:
Pour 1/2 cup Marinara into a casserole dish, brush it all over the bottom and sides of the dish.  Then on top form a single layer of the Eggplant slices.   Brush Olive Oil across the tops of the Eggplant slices.  Add the next layer:  the Kale.  Add another layer of the remaining Eggplant, again brushing them all on top with Olive Oil.    Pour water into corner of dish.  Top dish with slices Mozzarella, cover and bake for 40 minutes.  Check for doneness; you may  need to cook another 20 minutes or so depending on how deep your lasagna is and how soft you like your veggies.  Serve on plate with another 1/2 cup of Marinara, more or less to taste.  Enjoy!

Note: This would have been great with a layer of sweet onions in there too - I'm gonna add them next time!

*As always, if you follow a Gluten Free diet because of a serious medical condition, please be sure to double check the ingredient lists of all foods used in these recipes, as Gluten likes to hide in all sorts of things!!

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