This easy zucchini ricotta bake is reminiscent of a hearty lasagna without the noodles or all the work!
Have we talked about the recent infestation of pantry moths I dealt with? No, I don’t think we have. Unless you heard some screaming last Friday afternoon coming from a kitchen in NY.
Guys, omg guys, it was so freakin’ disgusting.
There I am about to grab something for lunch when I open the one cabinet we keep some nuts and grains in that we use frequently (instead of everything else that resides in the pantry) and I see a tiny worm crawling up the inside of the cabinet.
Ok gross, I think and grab a paper towel to deal with it.
Then I see another, and another, and holy shit, they’re on the glass container of the cashews and the almonds and INSIDE THE EFFIN’ millet. Shit = officially lost at this point.
See I’ve already dealt with an infestation before. Last year actually at this very same time, saw tooth beetles took up residence in the brown rice I had purchased from the bulk bins and literally invaded my entire pantry. I don’t get it. This kind of stuff should be happening to those slobs on hoarders, not me. My house is clean. I have a dog I’m allergic to and therefore literally vacuum and dust and clean like every other damn day. How do I end up with beetles and now worms/moths?! Why???????
So I freaked, threw out at least $100 worth of food in containers infested with worms, threw every glass jar in my cabinet in the sink with loads of bleach and spent 2 hours bleaching, disinfecting, vacuuming and stalking out worms in the crevices of my kitchen. I still haven’t been able to close the cabinet doors where they were and will randomly walk by, get up on a chair and inspect every inch of the cabinet for ones that might’ve eluded me the first time around.
It was so repulsive.
So, I’m off grains for awhile. 1. I‘m never buying from bulk bins again as I know the beetles came from there and I’m pretty sure these moths/worms did as well and 2. I hear they can even be in packaged/store bought grains as well. I don’t even want to think about how many of these disgusting little things I inadvertently consumed and I refuse to ever deal with this again.
So…no grains for now until the disgustingness of this whole situation wears off. If time heals all wounds, it better buck up and heal all worm infested memories too because there’s only so long I can go without a big bowl of mac ‘n cheese.
And I swear this sort of relates to the zucchini ricotta bake I’m shoving in your face today.
Well, when trying to figure out what the heck to call this thing the best descriptor that kept coming to mind was lasagna. This is completely like a vegetarian lasagna. Just minus the noodles. And subsequently, any disgusting grain infestations that may occur.
I think I’ll take my lasagna noodleless for now.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pour the breadcrumbs and almond meal into a shallow dish and add salt & pepper to taste, mix until combined.
- If using the eggwhite, dip the zucchini rounds in the eggwhite and then coat in the breadcrumb mixture. If using cooking spray, spray both sides of the zucchini and then coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
- Place the zucchini rounds on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping once half way through.
- Remove zucchini from the oven, spray an 8×8 (or similar size) baking dish with cooking spray and cover the bottom with a layer of the baked zucchini rounds.
- Add dollops of ricotta over the zucchini and then pour sauce over the entire layer of zucchini,
- Repeat the layering process until the zucchini are gone.
- Bake in the 400 degree oven for another 10 minutes.
- Remove, garnish with basil and serve warm.