Cooking-For-One Week: Vegetable Lasagna Roll-Ups

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My friend Katie Schmidt, who blogs over at Whole Nourishment, (an awesome food blog that really embraces whole foods and healthy eating, two things that I also love!) came up with the idea to put together this great series called Cooking For One.  And I was really excited when she asked me to be a part of it!

 She gathered up seven other bloggers, and the idea is that each of us a post a recipe that falls under the category of cooking for one (schedule of recipes at the bottom of this post).  I love the idea of this blogging series because cooking for one can be harder than it sounds!

Katie came up with a bunch of great tips when it comes to cooking for one that you can find here.  I won’t repeat everything that Katie said, but I will mention my two favorite things about cooking for one: leftovers and the fact that I can cook anything that I want to cook!

Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking for my husband and I, but we don’t always have the same tastes in food.  When I’m gone and he has to cook himself dinner he will always get a pizza.  But when he is gone and I get to cook myself dinner, I get so excited because I get to eat things like quinoa and kale, anything and everything Mexican, and roasted vegetable rice bowls.  So, embrace the fact that you are cooking only to please your own tastebuds and get creative!

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I know there are some people out there that absolutely won’t eat leftovers, and I think those people are completely crazy, no offense!  I’m kinda of obsessed with leftovers and would much rather pack a Tupperware full of leftovers for lunch than make something special in the morning.  I make a lot of large salads that I post on this blog and you better bet that I bring it for lunch the entire week until it is gone!

Here is a great post from The Kitchn about cooking for one.  My favorite tip that they give is to re-purpose leftovers.  I think that it is so important for people to understand that they don’t necessarily have to eat the same thing five days in a row if they have leftovers.  For example, if you make a protein and a roasted or steamed vegetable one night for dinner you can easily turn that same meal into a delicious stir-fry, taco, or burrito the next night.  I always have either brown rice or quinoa pre-cooked in the refrigerator so that I can easily throw it into something like a stir-fry or a salad after work.  Also, when I steam broccoli or roast sweet potatoes I always make way more than I would need because I love to have both to throw into my scrambled eggs in the morning, or a quinoa or taco salad in the afternoon.

So, my advice to you when it comes to cooking for one is to make something that you love to eat, make extra so that you have leftovers, and get as creative as you want with your meals as well as your leftovers :)

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When Katie asked me to participate in this series I thought way too much about what I would make.  I’m usually a fly by the seat of my pants type of gal, but I wanted this recipe to be really special.  I finally decided that I wanted to make something that someone who is just cooking for themselves probably doesn’t make a lot.  I usually only make lasagna when we are having friends over and I need a recipe that will feed a lot of people.  Lasagna roll-ups are the perfect way to get your lasagna fix without having an entire tray of leftovers that you couldn’t possibly eat all of even if you are a leftover lover like myself.

I used green pepper, red pepper, broccoli, zucchini, and onion in mine, but you could use any kind of vegetables that you have on hand.  This is the perfect way to use up extra vegetables you have or to use up leftover cooked vegetables you might have lying around.  I was originally just going to use onion and red and green peppers, but I had some cooked broccoli leftover from last night’s dinner and 1/2 a zucchini in the fridge, so I threw them in there too.  Are you sensing a theme here?!

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As I said before, I love leftovers so this recipe makes six roll-ups which should end up being 2-3 servings, depending on how hungry you are!  Enjoy and make sure to check out all the other Cooking-For-One recipes from the fabulous bloggers below!

Day
Friends
Sunday, October 5th
Katie @ Whole Nourishment ~ Green Quinoa Bowl
Monday, October 6th
Kellie @ Food to Glow ~ Grilled Shiitake Kimcheese
Tuesday, October 7th
Isadora @ She Likes Food ~ Vegetable Lasagna Roll-ups
Wednesday, October 8th
Dearna @ to her core ~ Roasted Pumpkin and Peanut Soup
Thursday, October 9th
Lynsey @ lynseylovesfood ~ Roasted Root Vegetable Calzones
 
Sarah @ Highgate Hill Kitchen ~ Spicy-Roasted Chickpeas, Herbed Freekeh & Moroccan Carrot Salad
Friday, October 10th
Grace @ Earthy Feast ~ Marinated Mushroom Sandwich with SautĂ©ed Greens + Avocado + Egg
Saturday, October 11th
Teri @ Nourished Roots ~ Curried Red Lentil and Roasted Delicata Squash Soup
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Cooking-For-One Week: Vegetable Lasagna Roll-Ups


  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2
  • Category: Entree, Gluten Free, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 6 sheets of lasagna noodles, I used brown rice lasagna
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, almond ricotta recipe below
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, non-dairy or dairy
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup small diced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup small dice red pepper
  • 1/2 cup small diced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons small diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • basil leaves for garnish, if desired

Almond Ricotta Recipe:

  • 1 cup slivered almonds, soaked in water overnight or at least 6 hours
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Recipe: place the almonds in a food processor with the water and blend for 1-2 minutes, until a creamy texture is reached.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water until aldente. Drain and lay out on a sheet pan covered in parchment paper.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat and coat the bottom with a small amount of olive oil. Add all of the diced vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Let cook for a few minutes. Then add the garlic and the oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Cook for a few more minutes until vegetables are softened.
  4. Assemble the roll-ups: place about 1 cup of tomato sauce into the bottom of an 8 inch baking dish. Spread about two and a half tablespoons of ricotta cheese on each noodle and top with a spoonful of vegetables. Sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of shredded cheese and roll lasagna noodles. Place them roll side down in the baking dish. Once you have rolled all of them and placed them in the baking dish, cover with about 1 cup of tomato sauce and sprinkle with the rest of the shredded cheese.
  5. Bake roll-ups for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and roll-ups are heated through. Garnish with thinly sliced basil leaves, if desired.

 

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  1. says

    WE’ve been trying to reduce dairy in our household so seeing the idea of almond ricotta was a welcome one. I love lasagna and have really been missing it so this is a great option. Thanks for sharing.

    • She Likes Food says

      I just fed these to my husband without telling him that I used almond ricotta and he had no idea! It really does resemble regular ricotta so much! So glad you like this recipe :)

  2. says

    I also love this almond ricotta? Of course you know I am a leftovers fan as well but I love the idea of re-purposing leftovers so they’re not the same all week. And you’re so right, Izzy, lasagna is something I think we’d all love to enjoy more often but isn’t that everyday sort of food. But you have made lasagna accessible to our everyday meals now. Thank you! Which brand of brown rice lasagna do you use?

    • She Likes Food says

      You should try the almond ricotta out! It is so easy and I just fooled my husband with it :) I just threw some leftover sweet potato fries into a taco salad and it was so good, I need to practice re-purposing my leftovers more too! I used a brand called De Boles, they are also oven ready which is really nice when you are making a big tray of lasagna! Thanks again for inviting me to be part of such an awesome series, Katie!! I had a lot of fun doing this post :)

  3. says

    I’ve told my boyfriend on many, many occasions that if we weren’t together, my blog would probably be called “What can I eat with a grilled cheese?” because that’s my go to meal when I’m alone. Unfortunately, that’s not something that generates leftovers because I’m a big fan of eating the same tasty meal multiple days in a row. I don’t even have to repurpose it. These roll-ups sound so good — how have I never made lasagna roll ups?!

    • She Likes Food says

      I love grilled cheese too, in fact I just had one as a late night snack a few days ago! Haha, definitely no leftovers when grilled cheese are made! Even if I had some extra I probably couldn’t resist to eat all of them! I’m pretty good at eating the same exact meal for days in a row too, I guess I don’t get bored easily! I had never made roll-ups before either, but I think they will be seen in my kitchen a lot more now :)

  4. says

    Love these lasagna roll ups! I could def. eat these up all week long. My husband won’t eat leftovers after 1 day which to me is a crime! I will eat everything until it is ALL gone. Wasting food is a no-no, food is expensive! Plus a lot of times the flavor gets better as time goes on :-)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Katie! Why won’t he eat them?! Throughout the week we practically live on leftovers! Food really is expensive and I always feel so guilty when I have to throw some of it out. I totally agree, the flavor always seems to get better and better!!

  5. says

    I love this series, Izzy! Such a great idea to share recipes for cooking for one. And I’m the same as you, whenever my husband is gone, I make whatever I want, and love it! These lasagna rolls sound delicious! I love the zucchini and peppers in here. Looks like the perfect meal!

    • She Likes Food says

      Isn’t it so nice to just cook for yourself sometimes?! My husband can be so picky and demanding at mealtime, haha! These roll-ups were so good and my husband actually loved them too so unfortunately I didn’t get too many leftovers :) So glad you like these, Gayle!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I’m sorry for tempting you! They aren’t too unhealthy though so you should totally make them :)

  6. says

    So now I’m feeling like a lazy girl, because when my husband isn’t home for dinner, I’m usually getting takeout, ha! But I should really cook myself some yummy dinner that I would especially love. These lasagna roll ups sound delicious! And they’re so pretty!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I would probably do that more often if I wasn’t so cheap! I usually don’t even grocery shop when my husband is gone and just eat random things in the cupboard! He always exclaims that we have no food when he returns! My husband can be kind of demanding when I cook for him and he wants all kinds of sides and desserts, haha, so sometimes it is more calming to cook when he isn’t around :)

  7. says

    Ooo I love this! I’m single and almost always cook for one, and fortunately I like leftovers. Some meals make 6 or more servings and I just get burned out though. I love having something like this lasagna that I can make and not have to eat it for weeks on end. What a great idea!

    • She Likes Food says

      Leftovers are the best! I always purposefully cook way more than I need just so I can have some leftovers! I do get a little burned out sometimes though, so it is nice to have the option to cook smaller portions. I’m so glad you love this idea, Leah :)

  8. says

    Oh I so agree! Before I met the husband I was usually just cooking for myself – and it was so hard!! haha I find it so much easier now with the two of us! Love all these tips too!

    And I’m so filing this away for when the husband is away for dinner! I love to make roll-ups – these sound fantastic!

    • She Likes Food says

      It really can be so hard! You don’t want to cook too little and you don’t want to cook too much! I love cooking for two as well, but I also have so much fun when I get to cook whatever I want! This was the first time I made roll-ups but it definitely won’t be the last :)

  9. says

    I can’t lie when my husband is gone I usually slack and make frozen meals or pick something up to eat. I definitely need to change that because these look delicious! I love Italian inspired dishes, these look great!

    • She Likes Food says

      I do that too sometimes, but sometimes I get some energy and love to cook big meals for myself! These are also pretty easy to make and you can make as many as you want so they are great cooking for one options next time the hubby is away :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It is a lot of fun cooking two, but sometimes I love to just let loose and cook whatever my heart desires :)

  10. says

    Oh my goodness, I love this series Izzy! I am a fan of leftovers too and love when I get to choose what to make for myself since the hubs is a meat and junk food kind of guy while I love veggies, quinoa and fruit :) These are such great tips and I am totally swooning over these incredible roll-ups, they look fabulous!!

  11. says

    This looks like a simple but very delicious idea! I love the veggies you used and the almond ricotta sounds interesting :) This cook for one series seems to be fun! Pinned!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Mira! The almond ricotta is actually really similar to regular ricotta, I even tricked my husband with it :) Thanks so much for pinning!

  12. says

    I’ve totally forgotten how to cook for one, but I always wind up making too much no matter what. These roll-ups look great! And I love the collaboration with other bloggers!

  13. says

    Isadora this looks so delicious and love that this recipe cooks for one person also!! I love that last pic – that little cute cat seems brave!!

  14. says

    What a great idea for a series! My daughter is a vegetarian so I am always looking for new vegetarian recipes to try. These lasagna rolls look delicious!

    • She Likes Food says

      I bet she would love these! My husband was complaining a little that there was no meat, but that is the great thing about these is that you could put meat in some and keep the others vegetarian :)

  15. says

    What a great idea! I have to say that I am the opposite of you when my husband is gone…I have no motivation to cook for just myself! But I love your tips for having things stashed in the fridge so it is easy to whip something up. And love these lasagna roll-ups, have been meaning to try roll ups forever!

    • She Likes Food says

      I definitely don’t always have the motivation to cook something elaborate, but sometimes I get really into it! Roll-ups are my new favorite way to eat lasagna because I don’t have to make a huge pan and my husband and I can add different fillings to our own :)

  16. says

    Just-for-one recipes are such an awesome idea! I love a good veggie lasagna, and it’s probably a good idea that this only serves one, as I most likely wouldn’t be able to stop eating it! Plus roll-ups are just the CUTEST. 😀

    • She Likes Food says

      I know! I feel like a pan of lasagna is always my downfall! I keep opening the fridge and just eating the leftovers out of the tray with a fork! Haha, I totally agree, they really are so cute!!

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