A delicious lasagne recipe filled with beef, tomato sauce, zucchini, spinach and feta. Simple, yet the perfect dinner! Includes a step-by-step video.
When I was a kid, lasagne was my all-time favourite food. For years. Not pizza, fries or pancakes: no, I wanted lasagne for my birthday. Filled with vegetables and all! Now, years later, it still is one of my favourites. Today I share an ‘updated’ version, that includes spinach and feta for the perfect dinner dish.
First, I’d like to start with a bit of a personal story. Since I’ve taken a break from my education, I have a lot more time on my hands. Luckily I’m never bored: I’ve got my blog, cooking, writing and household chores to keep me busy! However, I’ve been thinking about ways to contribute to society. Volunteering, as a matter of fact.
You may be wondering how this all started. To be completely honest I’m not sure I’d be suited for, for example, volunteering in an elderly home. I’ve visited those quite a few times, and it always makes me very sad! However, I am still looking for a way around the elderly homes – apparently, many of the elderly today are very lonely.
You see, a few days ago I was doing my grocery shopping and there was this old man in front of me at the cash register. The only things he was buying: porridge, and two microwave meals. He dropped his bag and he looked so happy when I picked it up for him – I started wondering if I was the first person he spoke to all day. It broke my heart!
Unfortunately school isn’t the only thing that stresses me out due to my anxiety: I get stressed by everything. So, when I was looking into ways to e.g. become a “buddy” (you visit a person just like that old man once a week, and you can e.g. help them with grocery shopping) I felt overwhelmed and decided to leave it for now. Stupid!
No, I’ve learned that I should be more kind towards myself. It’s not stupid, the fact is that my anxiety causes me to worry that I won’t be ‘suitable’ to be a buddy. What if the person doesn’t like me? What if I don’t know what to say? But I’m determined to make it work. Maybe not today, but it’ll definitely be one of my goals for the new year!
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So, that’s my rambling for today! Let’s start talking about this lasagne, shall we? 😉
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My version of a lasagne is loaaaaads of filling/sauce, and only little layers of pasta. My brother likes it the other way around: the more pasta, the better! You can of course adapt this to your preference.
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- Lasagne sheets, at least 6
- Minced meat, 500g (seasoned)
- Spinach, 300g
- Puréed tomatoes, 500g
- Feta, 100g
- Zucchini, 1 large
- Onion, 1 yellow
- Garlic, 1 clove
- Salt, pepper
- Mini tomatoes, 150g
- Grated cheese, 100g
- Cut the onion into small pieces. Heat up a pan with some oil, and cook the onion until soft.
- Finely chop up the garlic, and add this to the pan.
- Now, add the seasoned minced meat and cook until it is almost browned.
- Cut the zucchini into small pieces and add this as well.
- Start adding the spinach, one hand at a time. Add the next when the water has evaporated from the previous batch.
- Drain the excess water in the pan. Add the puréed tomatoes. Add salt and pepper, and stir.
- Now it's time for the layering! Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- Start with a layer of the sauce. Top that with some pasta sheets, and crumble feta over those. Repeat until your dish is full.
- Finish with a layer of sauce. Cover this with the small tomatoes chopped in half, and add the grated cheese.
- Place this in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!