By Marcello Ghiretti

Serves 4

 

Each serving provides: 359kcal; carbohydrate 36.8g (of which sugar 10.9g); fibres 6.6g; fat 14.2g (of which saturated 4.2g); proteins 19.5g

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 200g organic carrots
  • 100g organic red onions
  • 100g organic celery
  • 200g organic curly kale
  • 60g organic almonds
  • 1 organic whole egg
  • 500g ricotta cheese low fat or cottage cheese low fat
  • 200g water
  • 200g whole wheat lasagne sheet
  • Sea salt
  • Black peppercorns
  • Tiny pinch ground turmeric

 

Method:

 

  1. Wash and peel all vegetables, chop roughly first and then quickly pulse in to the mixer blender until the result is finely chopped, add the almonds and a tiny pinch of salt, black peppercorns and turmeric then blend again.
  2. Mix the ricotta cheese with water and 1 egg (same if you choose to use cottage cheese but for smoother texture mix with the stick-blender the water, egg and the cottage cheese) add a little seasoning.
  3. Poor a couple spoons of cheese mixture as a base in to a lasagne pot or use a disposable lasagne tin. Sprinkle a reasonable amount of the chopped vegetables and cover with one lasagne sheet, repeat this process 2 or 3 times, ending with the chopped vegetable as topping. Gently press with your hand for make sure it all sticks together.
  4. Cook at 180C on pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  5. You can also make this dish easily in single portion, using smaller disposable lasagne tins, ready to be stored frozen for few weeks.

 

Nutrition benefits:

 

Reasonable amount of fibres and proteins (more whey protein from ricotta cheese and more casein protein from cottage cheese) as well as pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and curcumin. The synergy between turmeric phytochemical and black peppercorns boost the bio availability and blood levels of the antioxidant curcumin up to 2000%.

 

We must get all the essential amino acids (like tryptophan, histidine, leucine and lysine, for example) through our diets since we can’t create them on our own, but even other nonessential amino acids have many critical roles in the body. This dish provides a part of the daily amount of all of those amino acids, and in particular whole-wheat pasta contain tryptophan (like other cereals) which acts also as a mood regulator, and help reach deeper sleep. It has the ability to help the body produce and balance certain hormones naturally.