Stove Top Vegetarian Lasagna

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I'm always on the search for a good, simple weeknight meal that can be knocked up in less than no time. This Stove Top Vegetarian Lasagna certainly falls into that category, you'll never believe how easy it is to make.  You'll have this piping hot dish on the table in less than 40 minutes and feel super smug at the mountains of veg hidden within the folds of pasta.  The best thing about this dish, is it's cooked entirely on the hob.  No baking for hours on end, just 30 minutes on the gas burner and you're good to go. What a treat!

A fantastic, quick midweek meal made without even switching on an oven.

I absolutely love making this lasagna, it's such an undemanding dish and can be customised with whatever veg you have lying around.  My favourites are mushroom, peppers, courgettes and aubegine. 

A fantastic, quick midweek meal made without even switching on an oven.

If, like me, you have a bit of a weakness for crispy cheese, you can pop the lasagna under the grill for a few minutes before serving but it's completely up to yourself. There's no need to turn the oven on at all. Perfect for when the nights get warmer and the thought of switching on the oven fills you with dread.

A fantastic, quick midweek meal made without even switching on an oven.


Stove Top Vegetarian Lasagna
(Recipe addapted from Two Peas and their Pod)


Ingredients
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 aubergine, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2tsp dried basil
  • 1/2tsp oregano
  • 5 lasagna sheets
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes with herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 125g ricotta cheese
  • 150g mozzarella
  • 25g Parmesan, grated
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large casserole dish with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper, courgette, mushrooms and aubergine, and cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Snap the lasagna sheets into large pieces and fit them into the casserole dish, overlapping and piling them up a bit. Pour tomatoes over the pasta sheets making sure all the pasta is covered with the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the dish with a lid. Cook for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and dot ricotta cheese around the dish, cover with torn chunks of mozzarella and replace the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes until the cheese has melted. If you like a crispy top pop the dish under a preheated grill for 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and delicious. Serve piping hot with grated Parmesan cheese.
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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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Banana bread is one of life's great pleasures. I love everything about this simple little loaf cake, the intoxicating fug it creates while baking is enough to make me weak at the knees.  I'm guilty of buying bananas with the sole purpose of allowing them to go black and gooey, just so I can mash em up and bake them into my absolute favorite cake. There's a reason we rarely serve up a banana bread in Pet Lamb, it's because I'll eat it all. No lie!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread, the best way to use up over ripe bananas.

There are so many versions of this cake all over the internet, it's amazing how versatile banana bread can be. This double chocolate version is so totally indulgent and rich that I only try to bake it on special occasions, I seriously have no control when it comes to this baby. 

Double Chocolate Banana Bread, the best way to use up over ripe bananas.

This particular loaf was whipped up so I could have an extra naughty birthday breakfast of dippy eggs followed by a slab of double chocolate banana bread, heated up in the oven of course.  Get that chocolate all nice and melty, it's no fun unless you get it all over your chops.  The perfect fuel for a busy day.

If you're a banana bread addict like me, check out my other favorite incarnation Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. It's a more sophisticated take on this loaf but equally as delicious!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread, the best way to use up over ripe bananas.



Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients
  • 50g (1/4cup) Butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 60ml (1/4cup) Sunflower oil
  • 3 Over ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 150g (3/4cup) Light brown sugar
  • 1 Large, free range egg
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 125g (1cup) Self raising flour
  • 60g (1/2cup) Cocoa powder
  • 1tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 150g (1cup) Chocolate Chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 175C and grease a loaf tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. In a large bowl mix together your mashed bananas, melted butter, oil, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until combined. Sift your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt over the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir through 3/4 of the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the prepared tin. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips and bake for 60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out mostly clean. Remember there are chocolate chips in there so you may have to test the cake in a few places to ensure you're not just hitting melted chocolate.
  3. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing from the tin and placing on a wire rack to finish cooling. Slice while still warm and sticky, enjoy and try not to eat the whole thing.
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