Keep your spinach lasagna simple

Keep your spinach lasagna simple and think about the goodness rather than the texture; cook it in a fraction of the time.

A typical lasagna uses spinach obviously, noodles and tomato; some herbs and various cheeses of your choice. You also need about an hour of preparation time; and another in the oven.

Two hours in total is needed and a lot of electricity for the oven to bake Bon Appétit's excellent spinach lasagna[1]. If you have the time and the patience; I don't.

So let us make a simple spinach lasagna in half the time; it's twice as good in any case.

Spinach lasagna on wholemeal bread

Decent loaf of bread

Start with something better than grocery store lasagna noodles if you want a nutritious meal; they are little more than all-purpose or cake flour with a big mark up in price. Refined carbs are highly fattening too.

Buy or bake the very best wholemeal loaf of bread; already you are streets ahead of Bon Appétit's spinach lasagna.

This easy sourdough bread recipe takes only five minutes of your time if you have a little oven; and a fraction of the electricity. Cyan zone folk make every attempt to care for both themselves and the planet.

Bread loaf in pan

Ingredients for six large helpings

  • Three large over-ripe or canned red tomatoes
  • Half a corm of garlic
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Two peppadews, or half a chili minus the seeds
  • A large handful of fresh spinach
  • Half a cup of cream
  • A cup of cottage cheese
  • 30 grams of cream cheese
  • 30 grams of Ricotta cheese
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil

Go for it; 60 minutes in total

  1. Pour the olive oil into a large saucepan together with the onion, tomatoes and peppers; the garlic and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir and cook for at least twenty minutes.
  2. Steam the washed, chopped spinach including the stems if young in a little water for five minutes; drain.
  3. Combine the cheeses and cream in a bowl.
  4. In a large baking dish layer thin-slices of buttered toast to cover the bottom; the cooked spinach, tomato sauce and half the creamy mixture.
  5. Cover with more thin slices of buttered toast and again the mixtures.
  6. Place thin slices of raw tomato over the mixture.
  7. Sprinkle with a generous helping of the Parmesan cheese.
  8. If you like your food moist then pour half a cup of the liquid used to cook the spinach over the dish.
  9. Pop under a hot grill for fifteen minutes.
Simple most spinach lasagna

You can make this simple spinach lasagna using wholemeal sourdough bread instead of pasta in under an hour, including picking the greens from the garden.

I am unashamedly infatuated with Blue Zone longevity. The thought of living to a strong and zestful ninety, taking little or no medication appeals to me; it means growing and eating as much of your own food as possible.

That one hour doesn't include baking the bread obviously.

Keep your spinach lasagna simple

Keep your spinach lasagna simple; focus on the nutritional content.

Pasta by and large is made from all-purpose or cake flour; it is highly refined and tasteless. This simple spinach lasagna on the other hand by using wholemeal sourdough is rich in flavour and nutrients.

The greens

I made this simple spinach lasagna in midsummer when many greens were mildewed; so kale and other herbs like sweet-basil came into the reckoning. They all count in the effort to enjoy 7 or more coloured foods every day; and improve the flavour.

We always recommend tailoring your food according to your tastes and what is available from your own green garden; but keep it nutritious and simple.

Wholemeal flour

Making the decision to give up refined carbs for ever is not easy but the benefits are stupendous. Using only wholemeal flour with all the germ, bran and essential fatty-acids means a far smaller likelihood of having a malignant breast tumour or a catastrophic cardiovascular event; that's not small beer.

It's all about the lignans and vitamin E.

"Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by; and that has made all the difference."

- Robert Frost

100% wholemeal flour from our Hawo mill.

Having your own little mill and bread oven means you can bake the best sourdough requiring less than ten minutes of your time; for under half a dollar.


Only 1% of folk suffer from a severe wheat intolerance called Coeliac Disease; yet 40% of Americans are buying gluten-free products. Such is the power of the next food fad.

The power of sourdough is that the gluten, the protein in flour is predigested even before you eat it.

Don't eat ultra-refined noodles; buy or make your own sourdough bread.

Let your food be your medicine

Researchers have found that by a complete overhaul of lifestyle most type-2 diabetics can put their disease completely into remission without the use of medication. It does mean giving up a typical pasta for ever.

Frankly this spinach lasagna using no pasta whatsoever is superior in every way to that which is made traditionally; the taste and texture are unbelievably good. 

Fortunately researchers now have proven that the animal fats like cream and cheese do not affect our blood cholesterol levels; it's the refined carbs like all-purpose flour and sugar that are the problem.

Nearly 20% of those enjoying typical grocery store food are suffering unknown to them from Fatty Pancreas; until the sudden onset of crippling pain. Refined carbs and seed oils are the villains of the peace.

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Our newsletter is entitled "create a cyan zone" at your home, preserving both yourself and Mother Earth for future generations; and your family too, of course. We promise not to spam you with daily emails promoting various products. You may get an occasional nudge to buy one of my books.

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  • Lifestyle and ideal body weight
  • What are ultra-processed foods?
  • Investing in long-term health
  • Diseases from plastic exposure
  • Intensive lifestyle management for obesity has limited value
  • A world largely devoid of Parkinson's Disease
  • The impact of friendly bacteria in the tum on the prevention of cancer
  • There's a hole in the bucket
  • Everyone is talking about weight loss drugs
  • Pull the sweet tooth
  • If you suffer from heartburn plant a susu
  • Refined maize meal and stunting
  • Should agriculture and industry get priority for water and electricity?
  • Nature is calling
  • Mill your own flour
  • Bake your own sourdough bread
  • Microplastics from our water
  • Alternative types of water storage
  • Wear your clothes out
  • Comfort foods
  • Create a bee-friendly environment
  • Go to bed slightly hungry
  • Keep bees
  • Blue zone folk are religious
  • Reduce plastic waste
  • Family is important
  • What can go in compost?
  • Grow broad beans for longevity
  • Harvest and store sunshine
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