If you are trying to reduce, or completely cut flour from your diet, a good start is "faking it." Preparing a flour-free version of a pasta meal you enjoy is the first step in the right direction and zucchinis do the job. For this faux-pasta dish we've replaced traditional lasagna's pasta sheets for thin slices of the summer squash, which is botanically a fruit, also called courgette.
Originally from Italy, zucchinis make a great substitute for pasta, and it's incredible how they look and taste alike. To make this filling layered meal we've combined them with eggplant slices, spinach leaves, raw tomato sauce and caramelized onions and mushrooms for a rich texture and deep flavor. Enjoy!
1. Gather the ingredients
- 2 medium zucchinis
- 1 big eggplant
- 1 onion
- a bunch of spinach
- a few mushrooms
- extra virgin olive oil
- marine salt and pepper
- sesame seeds for garnish
Raw tomato sauce:
- 1 big tomato
- 1 garlic clove
- fresh parsley
2. Cut the eggplants
Cut the eggplants into thin layers, place them inside a colander and sprinkle some marine salt, so they start sweating the excess moisture, removing bitterness.
3. Cook the eggplants
Cook the eggplants for 5-10 minutes until tender, under the grill and on both sides.
4. Make the raw tomato sauce
Chop the tomato into cubes and mix with garlic, olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and a bunch of fresh organic parsley.
Cut the mushrooms and onion and sauté in a pan with a bit of oil.
6. Slice the zucchinis
Use a peeler or mandolin to thinly slice the zucchinis. You will need roughly 20 slices.
7. Get everything ready
Get everything ready on the table: the cooked eggplants, the raw spinach and zucchinis slices, the mushrooms and onion, and the raw tomato sauce.
8. Start building up!
Start layering your faux-pasta lasagna with the eggplants as a base and continue with the mushrooms and then the zucchinis. Make sure you place them in a different direction than the eggplant, so all the ingredients mix up into one big-layered meal.
Repeat the process until you run out of vegetables or space, and top it with the raw tomato sauce and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots