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Wednesday Weigh-In: Gluten-Free Kale & Sweet Potato Lasagna

As I work to get my body back in 2014, I will be sharing healthy recipes, tips and my journey each Wednesday this year. You can see this week’s progress at the end of the post.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato & Kale Lasagna | A gluten-free recipe from FrannyCakes

Is it seriously Wednesday already? I don’t know how on earth it keeps coming so fast, I can’t keep up. It might have something to do with the snow. Or the newly renamed Chiberia.

I might have indulged in a double dirty chocolate soy chai to cheer myself up about my commute. Or warm myself up from the winter. Either excuse works.

The indulgence was totally worth it, because, believe it or not, I cooked kale! First broccoli. Now kale. I think the world might be ending. Or something. If I ever start thinking that kale chips are better than potato chips, please stage an intervention. For now, though, I am ok with these new veggies in my life.

Gluten-free lasagna recipe

Also, don’t think I grew up too much. I turned it into a lasagna and had myself a winter weather pity party. It could have only been improved by some Hot Chocolate Cupcakes or some Hot Lemon Ginger Rum Punch.

This recipe was inspired by my favorite man ever, Jamie Oliver and the Spinach & Squash Rotolo in a recent copy of his magazine. I didn’t have any squash or spinach, but I had a can of sweet potato puree (I was planning to make a pie…) and a big ol’ bag of kale. And the more I thought about it, the better and better the idea was sounding. Besides, lasagna is un-fussy food at its best. Which makes it perfect for me.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato & Kale Lasagna | A gluten-free recipe from FrannyCakes

{Gluten-Free} Kale & Sweet Potato Lasagna
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Mary Fran Wiley
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 8
Swapping out sweet potato puree for the ricotta typically in lasagna, you can make an easy, delicious and even healthy upgrade. Kale packs a vitamin punch to help balance out the cheese that is left.
Ingredients
  • 1 package gluten-free lasagna noodles* or 1 recipe [url href=”http://frannycakes.com/recipes/fresh-gluten-free-pasta-with-pink-vodka-sauce”]gluten-free pasta dough[/url] rolled out into sheets
  • 1 can sweet potato puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4-1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 4 cups chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 18 slices provalone or 2 cups shredded mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix together the sweet potato puree, egg and grated parmesan cheese. If your tomato sauce has parmesan in it already, use the lesser amount.
  3. In a 9×13″ pan, spread 1/2 cup sauce over the bottom. Line the bottom of the pan with 1/3 of the noodles – it should be enough to cover the bottom in one layer.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the sweet potato mixture over the noodles. Top with 1 1/2 cups of the kale.Dollop another 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce over the kale and top with 1/3 of the cheese.
  5. Add another layer of pasta and repeat the sweet potato, kale, tomato sauce and cheese.
  6. Add the final layer of pasta, spread the remaining sweet potato mixture on top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of kale, dollop on the remaining tomato sauce and top with the last of the cheese.
  7. Bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for 15 minutes more – until the cheese is bubbly and golden around the edges
Notes
*I used RP’s fresh gluten-free pasta sheets, and this recipe is best with fresh pasta if you can get it. If not, par boil your gluten-free lasagna noodles (cook them about half way). If you don’t pre-cook your GF lasagna, it will likely not cook properly.
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Progress:

  • -.2 lbs this week, -9.4 lbs total
  • New step goal: 9,000 steps a day.
  • Fitness goal: 15 minutes of deliberate fitness each day
  • 64 ounces of water each day (I am at 32, making progress!)

4 comments

  1. That looks fantab! I’m definitely going to have to make this.

    And work that body, girl! I’ve been striving for 10K steps, but it’s been a slow progress ever since I no longer take the Metra. I could easily crank out 12K steps with those long walks to and from the office (to from the station to my car)!

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