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Save your carbs

This Valentine’s dinner was a zucchini and eggplant lasagna.  I used the vegetables in place of the noodles for the lasagna.  I also made a quick tomato sauce (crushed tomato, a little extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and basil).


  • 3 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 15oz of part-skim ricotta
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 12 basil leaves, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, grated on top of the lasagna
  • quick recipe tomato sauce

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Put a layer of sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.  Add a layer of zucchini.  Top zucchini with the ricotta mixture (ricotta, salt, pepper, basil).  Add a layer of eggplant.  Add some sauce and another layer of the ricotta mixture.  Add a layer of zucchini.  Top the zucchini with ricotta and sauce.  Grate Parmesan on the top.  Bake the lasagna for 25-30 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Vegetable lasagna

And of course you save your carbs for the molten lava cupcakes.


  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 4oz of semisweet chocolate
  • pinch of chipotle powder
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup of confectionary sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • additional confectionary sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 400F.  Line a cupcake pan with liners (recipe makes 6 cupcakes).  Add a small amount of granulated sugar to the bottom of each cupcake liner.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate.  Stir in the chipotle powder, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Once incorporated set aside and allow to cool.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, eggs, egg yolk and vanilla extract.  Whisk to combine.

Slowly add the melted chocolate mixture to the flour mixture and whisk to combine.

Spoon into the cupcake liners.  Bake at 400F for about 10 minutes, until top is firm.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes.  Dust with confectionary sugar.

Molten lava cake

When you cut into the cupcakes, the molten lava filing is the surprise.

The perfect ending to dessert


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This entry was posted on February 14, 2012 by in Peter Waterman's posts, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , .
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