Veggie and Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food and We Need It)

January 16, 2018
Veggie & Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food & We Need It) - This is a true (and healthy) weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces or noodles & it's so good!

I'll never forget the first time I attended an NA meeting

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A random weeknight in the dead of winter, I found myself sitting along the back wall of a church basement on a hard beige folding chair, wishing I drank coffee

The meeting soon came to order, and for the next hour, I quietly listened as people from every walk of life told stories.  They told stories of heartache as well as celebration, of the urge to use, and their often difficult relationships with friends and family

(the list goes on .. )

What struck me more than anything was their honesty.  There wasn't a hint of judgment or pretense, a sheer determination to live in the moment.

“This is who I am and where I am right now.  I may not be perfect, but I'm going to do my level-best today to be just a little bit better.”

Veggie & Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food & We Need It) - This is a true (and healthy) weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces or noodles & it's so good!

During every meeting, time is carved out to celebrate sobriety; with colored coins or keychains given to mark the milestones.

That night I watched him walk to the front of the room, the coin slipped into his pocket, a white keychain quietly handed to me as he sat back down beside me

“White, Mom; the international color of surrender.  It's given to anyone who comes to their first meeting, is back after relapse, or simply wants to give up their old ways for new.

Thanks for coming to support me.”

The shiny gold letters read

“Just For Today”

Veggie & Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food & We Need It) - This is a true (and healthy) weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces or noodles & it's so good!

It's been with me ever since

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A friend told me once (abbreviated); relationships, work, and wellness.  You get to pick two

I much prefer David Sedaris' version of four burners, retold in a beautiful (and old) piece written for The New Yorker.  Our lives are a stovetop of simmering pots – family, friendships, health, and work.  In order to be successful, however, we define the word, we must turn off one burner.  Better yet, two.

It's not hard for me to figure out which burner I have turned off in a small attempt to keep the rest of the pots bubbling well.  It's evident in my partially used 10-day passes at gyms all over town.  It's evident in my jeans that don't fit.  It's evident in my kickboxing gloves at the bottom of my gym bag, tucked away in the closet

2017 offered its share of reasons, of course – relationships strained, the gym I loved (and coached at) closed, I worked every holiday and had less than a handful of days of vacation at my career job, we lost our much-loved dog, tummy troubles and sleepless nights were discovered to be Celiac disease

There are always reasons, some better than others. But here we are, a body that is not well, yet not unwell and a burner in desperate need of stoking.

Veggie & Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food & We Need It) - This is a true (and healthy) weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces or noodles & it's so good!

One day at the grocery, I run into a friend who tells me about the gym she's found.  Kickboxing?  Yes.  Resistance training?  Yes.  I sign up and attend sporadically

That is, until today

This afternoon I sat in my car, keychain in hand as I readied myself to walk through the door for day one of their 10-week fitness challenges.  It feels terribly foreign.  I know no one.  Realizing the only way it will feel different, is if I keep showing up

I want to feel like my old self again.  I want my future self to look back at today and be proud.  I don't want to feel embarrassed or self-conscious about how I look when I see friends or family.  Most of all, I want to feel like I'm caring for and being kind to myself again, the same way I would a friend

Just for today, Mom.  Only focus on this one day; it's all we really have anyway.”

— — —

ps:  This is the start of a new series focusing on simple things we can do to give up our old ways in exchange for new.  Recognizing that we're not going to be perfect, but Just for Today we can try our best to be a little bit better

( much more to come .. )

Veggie & Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food & We Need It) - This is a true (and healthy) weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces or noodles & it's so good!

Every week a new recipe is available on the bulletin board at the gym, and I couldn't resist my own version of their turkey lasagna

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Making lasagna doesn't have to be an all-day affair.  This is a true weeknight lasagna.  No pre-cooking sauces, no pre-cooking noodles

Brown some turkey, saute veggies, mix them together with some tomato sauce, no-boil noodles, and bake.  Also, it isn't a cheese bomb.  It's the rare lasagna that's arguably healthy enough to make once a week, and still feel like it's working in your favor.

Very light on the cheese front, yet still hitting the lasagna mark.  Served alongside a good salad?  It's a nice payoff, with minimal effort

A couple of related tips?

Any noodle you'd like to use will be great. If you come across fresh pasta sheets, stock up.  You can freeze them, and then you always have them on hand.  Alternately, if fresh pasta is hard to find where you are, stock up on no-boil lasagna sheets.  It's hard to make the mental leap that they'll be ok.  It seems impossible because they're like dense, stale crackers, and no-boil?!  But I'm always pleasantly surprised

Also, a vegan version can be made by skipping the mozzarella altogether.  Instead, thin tahini with warm water, season with a pinch of salt, and garlic paste.  It a wonderful and creamy finishing drizzle.  If you like a cheesier lasagna, you can certainly add some ricotta throughout.  It couldn't be easier to adapt



ps:  This post is part of a series about the 10-week fitness challenge at the gym I belong to.  More stories from the challenge can be found here  

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~ Adapted from Half Baked Harvest

Veggie and Turkey Skillet Lasagna


  • olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 jar roasted garlic pasta sauce (any pasta sauce you like would be great)
  • 1 cup milk (I used nut milk)
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, more or less depending on your tolerance for heat
  • ½ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, oil drained
  • 8 oz no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 4 - 6 oz mozzarella
  • grated parmesan + more for serving
  • pesto, for serving (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 deg F
  • In a large skillet (or dutch oven) over medium heat, warm a glug of olive oil
  • Once hot, add the onion and turkey, sauteeing until the turkey is nicely browned
  • Remove the turkey to a bowl or plate, and in the same pan, add another glug of olive oil, along with the zucchini, mushrooms, and red pepper
  • Season with a pinch of sea salt and a grind or two of black pepper
  • Sautee 3-5 minutes, or until they have begun to lightly caramelize
  • Add the garlic and cook for another minute
  • Add back to the pan the browned turkey/onion mix, along with the tomato pasta sauce, milk, sun-dried tomatoes, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Break each lasagna noodle into 2-3 pieces and stir them into the sauce, making sure most of them have emerged
  • Cook until the noodles are al dente (~10-15 minutes)
  • If the sauce seems like it's getting too thick, add water or more milk to thin
  • Stir in the basil and spinach until they're wilted and incorporated into the sauce
  • Finish with the mozzarella cheese on top (or see notes above for a vegan version)
  • Place the skillet on a large baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and it's bubbly
  • Remove and let sit 5 minutes or so
  • Serve with basil pesto and fresh Parmesan
Serves: 8
Nutrition + Show
Calories 385
Total Fat 17.6g
Saturated Fat 6.3g
Carbohydrates 30g
Fiber 4.2g
Sugars 7.8g
Protein 25.7g
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  • Reply Janet January 16, 2018 at 4:30 am

    My friend passed along your blog and this is the first time I’ve visited. I think it might have been one of the best things I’ve ever done. I love your writing. You’re so real and it’s truly a pleasure to read. Can’t wait to follow along and catch up what I may have missed. xo

  • Reply Val January 16, 2018 at 6:02 am

    I have always loved comfort food. I have been battling depression (and losing many days) and find myself turning to comfort food. Hubby would enjoy this with the veggies.

  • Reply Beth January 16, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I’m thankful for this blog,and every delicious, poignant, delightful moment it has all brought me. I’m so grateful for all that I have enjoyed reading and eating because of you.

  • Reply Tomi C January 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

    5 stars
    Life has a funny way of past pains halting future gains but it’s so important to keep moving forward and be grateful for those small reminders – like that keychain – that remind of the where we were. Comfort foods is so aptly named as food really has a way of comforting the pains we harbor inside. Keep moving forward. One day at a time. One step at a time.

  • Reply Candy January 16, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I’m eating this right now. Made it with spinach pasta sheets. It’s ridiculously good!

  • Reply Amber Myers January 16, 2018 at 10:21 am

    5 stars
    Good luck with going to the gym!

    This lasagna sounds like something I’d enjoy. I don’t think I’ve ever had it with veggies and turkey, so I’m intrigued.

    • Reply Sarah Bailey January 16, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Lasagna is great isn’t it – just a lovely thing to do on a cold night, when you are feeling so good.

  • Reply Jeanette January 16, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I like that mantra of”Only Today”! Sometimes when things look overwhelming looking at just one day helps so that you can make it through. This meal looks delicious by the way.

  • Reply Jenn January 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I have read and loved your blog for many years, although I am a shameful lurker and haven’t commented much. Your writing (and your recipes!) have so much heart and soul. But your last post was something else. I can only add many thoughts of love and support. Thank you for sharing your fears and all that is wonderful and challenging in your life with such honesty and integrity. You are an inspiration. Truly. I look forward to following you as it unfolds! x

  • Reply Leah January 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I don’t know if they make gluten free lasagna noodles or not (i’m allergic), but if I can find them, I will be making this! It looks so easy to make! My kids would even eat this!! Maybe I will make this for the kids exactly as you have it listed and then make it for myself with something in place of the noodles…I’ll have to think about it. Though, there is gluten free everything now, so I bet they have gluten free lasagna noodles!

    • Reply Veggies By Candlelight January 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      I wasn’t sure either Leah, but low and behold, there they were. I found them at our grocery in the organic/health section, along with most of the other gluten-free things. Couldn’t taste any difference! x

  • Reply Sarah Bailey January 16, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t imagine what it must have been like sat there with them, the reminder that the keychain brought, the small things. It’s made me feel sad, but I am unsure why, there are tears in my eyes but I am unsure why. I’m rambling as I’m not sure quite what to write thanks to the mix of emotions this brought up.

    So I shall finish with thank goodness for comfort food.

  • Reply Brandy January 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I never thought of making a veggie and turkey skillet healthy lasagna option before. This really would hit the spot on a cold winter day, such as the one headed our way tomorrow. Thanks for this, will certainly be making this!

  • Reply Melissa January 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    5 stars
    Like many others, Ali, I’ve been reading your blog and making your recipes for years. Reading all the posts is amazingly special. You have always been open and honest in sharing your heart and I find you to be an inspiration.

  • Reply Heather January 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, this recipe looks so good! I think its interesting about the things we can choose to care about. I think I would choose relationships and wellness. Work, nah! By the way I just love the way you write.

  • Reply Jhilmil January 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    5 stars
    Yes, Only today! Better focus on this day, this is all that we have! Such a beautiful post which reminds me that we all have some sad memories, some relations turning sour, some losses. Indeed we need to chose 2 burners out of the 4 and its difficult and they change with time and experiences. I’m happy for your new gym as well. This Lasagna looks tempting!

  • Reply Pam January 16, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    My daughter has Celiac Disease and it’s such a life changing disease. Especially for you, as a Food blogger, I imagine.

  • Reply Nancy L. January 16, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious! My hubby was saying the other day that he has been craving lasagna. I don’t make it very often because I don’t eat meat (except birds). I’ve got to give this a try. Finally…I can eat lasagna with the family!

  • Reply Debra Hawkins January 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Ali, I’ve been reading your blog for several years now and I want to say that I love the honesty you bring. I come to The Veggies for a glimpse into another person’s life and it means a great deal that you are willing to share with us even when it must be raw. I need to do that more. Just focus on today. I am always worrying about tomorrow when today is all we really have.

  • Reply Joely Smith January 16, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    5 stars
    Another beautiful story and recipe. I love how you write and why you write! I always so enjoy reading your posts – thank you for that! I agree with ANY noodle can and will work and I do stock up when there is a great sale. I am loving this recipe and will give it a try but more so, I love what you said “This is who I am and where I am right now. I may not be perfect .. but I’m going to do my level-best today to be just a little bit better” That is simply beautiful and so true!

  • Reply Censie Sawyer January 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    First of all this recipe looks amazing. Lasagna is a favorite of mine but I know my recipe is not healthy. Second, I love this time of the year. So many options to start new and create amazing goals.

  • Reply DASH | MODE LILY ☀ January 17, 2018 at 12:19 am

    You are SO loved, Ali!
    SHINE ON ?

  • Reply Eva January 17, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Thank-you for your words, Ali. I hope you’re well. I NEVER post on blogs (and only follow two), so this message is a big deal for me. Wishing you best wishes and hoping you find your way back to yourself (we all get lost sometimes) xo

  • Reply Kavita January 17, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Hey Ali! I am a big fan of your posts 🙂 and must say this is another beautiful story and recipe. Lasagna is my fav and this recipe looks so amazing.

  • Reply Abigail January 17, 2018 at 2:32 am

    5 stars
    I like that phrase, “just for today.” There are so many things I wish i could do but I get tied down with other responsibilities. Sometime, I am going to do them all, even “just for today.”

  • Reply Rhian Westbury January 17, 2018 at 4:20 am

    My wellness and body is definitely an area I don’t keep the pot bubbling enough on. Great recipe x

  • Reply Renata Green January 17, 2018 at 5:24 am

    5 stars
    Cooking can be something really creative when done with passion. Eating can be so much more than just stuffing face when you are hungry. Both is much more when stimulated in the right way: Can you imagine a cook book without pictures? The ingredients would be the same, the result would be the same – still I bet nobody would follow that recipe no matter how outstanding and delicious. What I absolutely love about your posts is that you are stimulating and inspiring not only by pictures – as any good cook book tries to do – but with your colorful and deep texts: There is the story, describing a certain event (or as in former posts, a special atmosphere) that isn’t connected to cooking or food in the first place, I ask myself, where is she going with this?, already triggered by the fantastic pictures – and then – bam! – crescendo: I can follow you be cooking according to your recipe and revive the story you shared with me before.
    Big fan!

  • Reply Mommy Jhy January 17, 2018 at 5:35 am

    5 stars
    “Just for today.” That struck a chord in me. I don’t know but it’s something to think about. Thank you.

    Btw, hubby likes lasagna!

  • Reply Inbar Shahak January 17, 2018 at 5:54 am

    5 stars
    I don’t think that life is about “relationships, work, and wellness” choose 2 option, I do think that it is what you believe it is, meaning if you think you should choose it will become your reality. didn’t eat gluten for 20 years now, I should definitely try your lasagna in a gluten-free version as I miss lasagna

  • Reply Rosemary January 17, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Hi Ali,
    I have been a reader and follower of your blog for a long time. I found you because of your granola. Then the more I read, I realized that food was just a medium, it really is about your writing. You have a way with words and I have a feeling that whatever you do, I bet it’s as beautiful as your food writing has been.

  • Reply Ava January 17, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Firstly, this dish looks divine! And secondly, I agree with many people on this thread about your honesty. As a food blogger I find I struggle with getting too personal on Blog posts!

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay January 17, 2018 at 8:01 am

    THANK YOU. For the longest time, I thought I was the only one who was blasphemous for not wanting to do the whole lasagna process. Now I’ve got a great recipe to prove them all wrong. You’re the best!

  • Reply Sarah Honey January 17, 2018 at 8:23 am

    There is just something about comfort food in the winter that warm you up. This lasagna looks delicious. I either make veggie lasagna or meat. Never thought to combine the too.

  • Reply Emily Leary January 17, 2018 at 9:29 am

    This looks like a delicious lasagna recipe that I’ll definitely have to give a go. I really hope your fitness challenge goes well and you’re back to feeling like your old self again!

  • Reply Komal January 17, 2018 at 9:43 am

    The idea of the tokens and key chains is so cool and help keeps you accountable. Cheers to you! On another note give me that lasagna!!!! I could do with something cheesy and hearty right now!

  • Reply Cristina January 17, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Congratulations to your son with his recovery and thanks so much for sharing. It’s important to treat yourself to your favorite comfort foods when you’re feeling a little low and lasagne is also one of my faves! I’ve never tried it with turkey, though, which seems like a healthy alternative to mince! Thanks

  • Reply Kara January 17, 2018 at 10:37 am

    you are a goddess
    Easy and healthy skillet meals are on my list of peaks to climb this year. At first, I thought this lasagna was going to be a project with a capital P. Come to find out, you’ve done all the heavy lifting for us.

  • Reply Joanna January 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    5 stars
    I think that it is really hard sometimes to cope with life and everything that is happening around us. Sometime sudden things just change completely our worlds and we feel that nothing can be the same. Storm after storm, but when will the sun show up? It’s sway too cold… but then again, it’s up to us to find that strength in us and push forward that umbrella. What if you don’t know anyone at the gym? I didn’t either when I joined. Now I’m in the usuals, a group of 4 that we always hang out with the teacher after the class. And after 4 years, I’m walking away, starting again, moving to a new country. And I need that token cause I am scared of the new…. but I’m thinking it’s going to be same as at the gym.

  • Reply Katherine January 17, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    5 stars
    This really does look fabulous, just the kind of hearty warming food I love! It’s the kind of thing my kids would be happy to eat too so it’s defo going on the menu soon. My kids like most aren’t big vegetable eaters so I always used pasta dishes as a chance to sneak in some of the good stuff. I make my own pasta sauce with plenty of garlic, good quality San Manzano tomatoes, salt and olive oil… super simple and perfect for dishes like this! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Reply Marie Gizelle January 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I have been trying to eat better…I used to do sports and fitness a lot, but last year seemed so difficult for me that I gained a lot…so now I am slowly getting to a good routine, eating healthier (somehow) without limiting myself of the awesome food around. This recipe is something I would make, like you, the burner in my kitchen needs some use to it. 😀 (I’ve been eating out a lot) Thank you! I have also peeked into the 10-week program, I will look if I could somehow join. 🙂

  • Reply Mayah Camara January 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, I can imagine it was a tough one to right. You really opened up to us. It’s not always easy to hear the tales of woe and happiness other people have to share is it? With regards to the dish this looks amazing! I’m a vegetarian so I have some things I can substitute the meat with, thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next on the blog, I hope you have a fab year!

  • Reply Nadalie Bardowell January 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    5 stars
    This looks incredible! The last time I made lasagna, I packed it with lots and lots of different types of veggies and a homemade tomato sauce. I am now on the hunt for a recipe that doesn’t require cheese but perhaps a vegan sauce or dressing to coat the top and in-between layers.

  • Reply Sara Welch January 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    5 stars
    You have so many incredible dishes. I just want to hire you to cook for me every day.

  • Reply Sarah Ann January 17, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Okay, next time I’m in Iowa, it’s decided, we’ll be coming over to your house for this! Lasagna is my comfort food heaven. Just yum, especially on these cold winter evenings we’ve been having lately. Hope you’re staying warm!

  • Reply Laura Dove January 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    And this is why I love your blog so much! You write with such honesty and truth and draw us in with your stories, I love how this is so much more than a recipe, thank you lovely. xx

  • Reply hannah January 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Now this does look very good. Just looking at the photos makes me wanna eat it right now. I will have to try and make this sometime too. I also like how it has turkey in it. Think i will leave the parmesan out as not such a fan of that

  • Reply Danasia Fantastic January 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    4 stars
    Wow, I didn’t know what to expect from your post initially, but your transparency is authentic and the recipe looks amazing. It doesn’t seem like a lasagna that will be too heavy on our stomachs.

  • Reply Mellissa January 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    5 stars
    Ali – I’ve been a quiet part of this community for years. I really enjoy both your posts and the comments that follow. You, my dear, have sculpted space for people who cherish food, family, and beauty. I baked your adaptation of the birthday day cake last week. I was having a rough day and felt like I was failing at everything: work, being a wife and mother, being genuinely present in my life. The cake fell a little (due to altitude) but it was sweet and wonderful with a slightly crisp, caramelized edge. I ate two slices warm with tea. Thank you for sharing yourself here. I’ll continue to check in to see what comes next.

  • Reply Ankit Agarwal January 18, 2018 at 2:03 am

    5 stars
    It seems like I have been a fan of your writing(And recipes) and will be for a long time. The way you use words. I have a mountain and a ton of things to do. Maybe I will win them all and maybe I will lose. But let me try once just for today. 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea January 18, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Alison, you’re an inspiration! Reading this post has got me thinking of how I can change and replace things in my life. I always put things off until tomorrow but today seems like a much better idea. The here and now.

    Also, yummy yummy lasagne! I’m interested to try it out, I’ve onlt ever known lasagne made with beef mince. Turkey sounds like a nice change

  • Reply UtMinh January 18, 2018 at 4:01 am

    5 stars
    I’m so impressed! The amount of love you put into your cooking is truly stunning. I always feel like I’m standing in your kitchen right alongside. Over the years, you’ve inspired me to reconnect with food, something I think we are all a little too far removed from now, with all of the processed frozen meals and fast food. Keep on cooking from the heart, Ali!

  • Reply Ami Rose January 18, 2018 at 4:13 am

    5 stars
    I’ve never thought of doing a turkey lasagne, well I’ve never thought of doing anything other than beef/quorn but I can remember my Mum making a chicken one. I’ll have to try this. It looks so simple to make.

    Ami xxx

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose January 18, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Your bravery makes me feel so happy. It’s inspiring to have someone share so much of themselves in such a cool way, especially when you have such a following. I’ve read your blog since the beginning and have really enjoyed following along to see you grow in so many different directions. As for the lasagna, it’s definitely unique and looks mouth-watering. I’ve never had a lasagna with turkey before and now I want to try making your recipe as it sounds delicious!

  • Reply Bee January 18, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Okay! So I tried this for our lunch and though my kitchen was up-side-down, My husband and my son loved it. I’ll give it another try next week. Thanks for this.

  • Reply Nichola January 18, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Oh my goodness this looks so good. You’re right, we all need a bit of comfort food and this looks so good. Bookmarking it for the weekend, I need to bring lasagna back in to my life 😉

  • Reply Jemma January 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

    5 stars
    “Just for today”…I really love that. I think we all need that reminder to live in the here and now 🙂
    What a stunning lasagne recipe, comfort food at it’s very best!

  • Reply J. Hopkins January 18, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I used to make a more traditional lasagne; no longer! I still make a great meat sauce but only use bechamel over the top layer of pasta, every other layer is mozzarella only. Otherwise, it’s too epic; and life’s too short. 😉

  • Reply Aditi January 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Since yesterday, its been on my mind. I need to pause and respond to Alison on this post- a genuine heartfelt blog, much more than the awesome recipes that you post regularly.
    Keep writing!

  • Reply Sarmistha Goswami January 18, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Relationships, work, and wellness and about picking just two, that is so true. Just a year back I was stuck in a horrible job and was progressively getting unhealthy. I am glad I switched off right things at the right time and took control of my life. But I agree, choosing which areas of your life to shut down to make the rest of it work better is always a difficult choice. Good to hear you made your choices and started going to the gym. Thanks for the Lasagna recipe.

  • Reply Zoe January 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    3 stars
    Have you, by any chance, tried Ina’s turkey lasagna recipe? It’s really spectacular! Chevre + ricotta + the most amazingly cheesey filling that’s super rich and creamy. I’m not big on lasagna but this skillet version I bet is wonderful! The turkey sausage keeps it light and interesting. ps: Good luck on your challenge, I’ll definitely be stopping back to read about your progress

  • Reply Khushboo January 19, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Lasagna and soup are my comfort food. I am so glad that you have shared a healthy variant of lasagna. I think it will be very light on the tummy but delicious too 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie Sherlock January 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    5 stars
    This is a great idea. My lasagna is usually an all day affair that is so cheesy and dense that everyone in the house gains 3 lbs even though its made with ground turkey, which is its only saving grace. I, too, felt like you for the past few years, like I just wanted to get back to the old me. And guess what, I found the secret. Its a hard one though. Not for everyone. But I promise the energy and weight loss is amazing. I have lost 10 pounds with no exercise in 3 months and its all coming off the belly. It’s simple. Cut out sugar, all forms. No cookies, cakes, candies, honey, artificial sweeteners, juice, or alcohol. I still eat fruits, bread, dried fruit, and veggies, and meat. Honestly, I need to cut back on fried foods as well. I am not fanatical about finding and removing trace amounts of sugar, I just don’t eat sugar. My mental clarity and energy is amazing. I am sick right now but mentally alert. I haven’t felt this way in years.

    • Reply Veggies By Candlelight January 20, 2018 at 12:03 am

      Oh my gosh, Stephanie, that’s fantastic! Way to go with cutting out sugar and 10 pounds is a lot. I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling the best, but I know you’ve got two golden retrievers who are always up for snuggle duty! xx

  • Reply David Elliott January 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    2017 has been a crazy year for sure. And sometimes it’s easy to let slip goals and plans. You do whatever you can but you cannot control everything which happens around you. But I do love where you end up. You do little things one day at a time to make things better. I will be thinking and be praying for you and yours this year and that each day gets a little better, and things go well at the Gym. As for the recipe, it looks amazing. And its great that it’s so easily adaptable.

  • Reply Keianna Rae Harrison January 20, 2018 at 7:56 am

    5 stars
    I wish I would have said it long before now. Thank-you for investing the time and sacrifice to share these pieces of your heart. So many of your recipes over the years have become showstopper staples in our lives, and I have you to thank. Admittedly, I’m slow as molasses when it comes to trying new recipes. I worry we won’t like them or they’ll be too much effort, but you put those fears to rest with your beautiful writing. I’m really looking forward to making this one. So far my favorites of yours are the brisket, ginger cookies, greek yogurt pancakes, and chili. Your chocolate birthday cake is also on my list to make.

  • Reply Emma White January 20, 2018 at 8:30 am

    The stars have aligned! I have all these ingredients! (When does that happen?)

  • Reply Laura Dove January 20, 2018 at 11:21 am

    First of all. let me tell you that this looks DELICIOUS! You really do amaze me every time with your recipes, I am literally salivating! And secondly, I was telling some other bloggers about your blog this week, and how the way you write totally draws I’m the reader and reveals so much of your self. Another gorgeous post!

    • Reply Veggies By Candlelight January 21, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Oh Laura, thank-you so much for your kind words. Have a wonderful week .. big hugs to you and your family. xx

  • Reply Cassie S January 21, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I am always searching for healthy comfort food recipes and they are so hard to come by- well the ones that are actually healthy recipes. This looks amazingly delicious and would definitely help me get over my pasta craving. I also love the simplicity of the recipe. Will definitely be adding this to my recipe list! Thanks xx

  • Reply Kim January 22, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I love that, just for today, so simple but so powerful. Being mindful and living in the moment can be so powerful, don’t worry about tomorrow, you don’t know what’s going to happen and you can’t change the pass. I am really looking forward to reading more of this new series, I can’t wait to read more.

  • Reply Sarah Katherine Davis January 22, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I don’t usually leave comments on blogs, but this recipe was incredible and we needed that this week. Take care and thanks for being so honest and open about all that is happening in your life. I have a lot of respect for you and your courage

  • Reply Surekha January 22, 2018 at 9:17 am

    5 stars
    I like that word ”Only Today”! It’s simple to say it but it hard to just to focus on the present moment when you have all these overwhelming thoughts. I am a huge fan of your writing. I already said it many times but I can’t help it whenever I read your posts. Such honesty and depth you have in your writing. looking forward to many many posts from you!

    I love love Veggie Lasagna but I hardly find it Italian restaurants. Would love if you can write a vegetarian version.

  • Reply Fran January 22, 2018 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    What an incredible post! So much goodness in just one place! I hope everything goes well with your fitness challenge! Your recipes look delicious and so healthy!

  • Reply Elizabeth Weitz January 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    I like the part where you son said, Just focus on today…that’s all we are guaranteed anyway. I often look at all the days combined and get so overwhelmed. Breaking life into smaller chunks makes you achieve great things. What a beautiful post…delicious looking recipe as well. Good luck with your new goals for 2018. I hope you take that advice…one day at a time.

  • Reply Virginia Stiles January 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Beautifully written and heart felt. I’m so glad I came across this post today, as it’s something I needed to read and hear. Also, now I want turkey lasagna. 🙂

  • Reply Alicia January 22, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    This is why I keep coming back time and time again. Your cooking and writing are so beautifully intertwined with your life and that’s what makes your blog so special. I know it’s a difficult question and quite a responsibility to decide what and how to write about your child, what to let others see of him vs what he would choose to share with others. But do know that whatever you decide to write in this space will be respected and valued and loved. Thanks again Ali!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus January 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    You must have been proud of your son for having the courage to face his meeting and I liked that there was no judgement, just honesty. It must have been hard for them to face their issues with sobriety but I like that they were given a token that stated only today.It is such a powerful message, it reminds me to be a better person today and live in the moment. Sometimes we forget to live in the present or do the things that make us happy because we are so consumed with work.

  • Reply Jessica Montoya January 22, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    5 stars
    Squeal with delight because I almost did when I saw a brand new beautiful post here! And this simple lasagna? All of the ingredients are already on my grocery list. It seems like it would be so perfect for the season – red compliments the greyscale of the January sky so well. xo

  • Reply Jessica Montoya January 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Molly Katzen (the broccoli forest lady or whatever) has an amazing recipe for spinach pesto lasagna that is meatless, red-sauce-less, and deliciousioso. Oh, and it freezes well too. I usually make a big pan, cut it in half, live off one half and freeze the other half. Until my husband went on a get-healthy bender and I ran across your skillet recipe, I’d thought I’d only ever make Molly’s green lasagna.

    ps: I had to stop at the photo of the two eggs and say,”awwww!”

  • Reply Laura P January 22, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Ali, I have loved your blog for a while now, but never posted a comment. After this post I felt compelled to! This recipe looks like it could easily become a regular in the rotation. I think I’ll double up on the mushrooms because my husband loves them in his lasagna. In fact, there’s a wonderful “mushroom lady” at our local farmers market here in Tulsa who I just love to visit on Saturday mornings. Thanks for such a wonderful blog.

  • Reply Laura P January 22, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Wow! Do I ever love one pan meals, and this one looks spectacular! Despite my frequent urges to fiddle with recipes, I’m not going to change this a bit! Well, except for (maybe) adding some extra mushrooms because my husband loves them. I even have a jar of Herbes de Provence, so a little lavender can only help! Do I need to toss in those Nicoise olives in the fridge–humm…

  • Reply Heather Scott January 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I’m a firm believer that it’s nearly impossible for veggies, sauce, pasta, cheese, and a little salt and pepper to taste anything but amazing. Maybe a little sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano might be in order as well.
    (Bty, Ali, your recipe for daily granola has become a full-fledged staple at our house since I first made it a little over a year ago. I love that it’s not super-sweet, and you’re right. There’s nothing like baking a batch of granola to make the whole house smell heavenly)

  • Reply Minh January 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve been a long time reader and this is my first comment. I just love this simple take on a veggie lasagna. Lasagne is one of my favorite comfort foods but I always get put off because it takes so long and I’m always too hungry to wait. I’ve tried some of your pasta dishes before and they’ve all tasted great, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

  • Reply Sarah F January 22, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I’m new here so forgive me because I don’t want to come across as negative. I guess this is more background than critique – I’m Italian. This recipe, along with many others that I’ve seen, is what we would refer to as an English a Pasta Bake. A true Lasagne is the layering of ingredients, usually with large lasagne noodles because they are easier than putting layers on a strand of spaghetti. As a kid, I remember my mom making Pasta Bakes, especially when unexpected guests showed up and we didn’t have enough meat to go around.

  • Reply Stevie January 22, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    5 stars
    Ok.. I’m doing whole 30 this month and right now, there is nothing I want more than this Lasagna!!! Saving this for February so I can eat it all!!!

  • Reply Meghan R January 22, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story! You are a wonderful writer. This totally resonated with me — “Just for Today we can try our best to be a little bit better.” It’s hard with kids and a full time job and a passion project/side biz. But we can all try our best, even if just for today.

  • Reply Aida January 23, 2018 at 12:31 am

    This looks so good! Lots of healthier eating going on around this time of year and I can’t wait to try it. Looks like a good one for this week since it’s supposed to be cold here and this will warm the tummy. Thanks for all your great recipes, updates, and just for being you. {{{hugs}}}

  • Reply Amy January 23, 2018 at 1:42 am

    I love your writing style, Ali. It feels like we’re best friends… I’ll bet you get that a lot. This looks like the ultimate comfort food and perfect for a cold night! I have to admit lasagna is one of my favorite meals and I will be adding the recipe to my cooking list!

  • Reply Amy January 23, 2018 at 1:46 am

    4 stars
    Healthy comfort food this is defiantly my jam and lasagna just happens to be my personal favourite!

  • Reply Karthika January 23, 2018 at 7:49 am

    This is so amazing. The photos have been wanting to reach in and take a bite. I totally agree – being present and in the moment is the best way to have a mentally happy day. Nothing else matters – gorgeous post!

  • Reply Louise January 23, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I really loved this post. I like your writing. I feel as if I want to know more about you 3 lines in to your post. You really touched my heart with the focus on bubbling pots as I feel so like this most of the time. Trying to just keep everything going. Going to follow you for more inspiring words x x

  • Reply Meg January 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

    It’s always so nice when your voice shows up in my inbox. Your posts are so relatable and your recipes are deeply satisfying in their ease and quality. We’ve never met, but you’re always a source of inspiration in my kitchen. Thank you for doing what you do!!

  • Reply Alyssa Bouma January 23, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I loved reading this story about finding a healthy life. I am going through the same process right now. I have to give this veggie turkey lasagna recipe a try, because it sounds delicious!!

  • Reply Melissa January 23, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Oh gosh yummy! That looks so good but I’m so upset I found it during our Whole30 January. And I am totally going to read that New Yorker article. Thanks!

  • Reply Megan January 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    5 stars
    In my humble opinion, this is your best post ever. All of it. xoxo

  • Reply Olivia January 23, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    5 stars
    This lasagna, just like your writing, is so good. About the latter – thank you for your honesty. It’s refreshing, insightful and even inspiring to hear your perspective on parenting (and life). And about the former – Growing up, my mom made a version of this. So good, and I’ll have to ask her to be sure, but I think the recipe came from a Good Housekeeping magazine. xx

  • Reply Jennifer M. Outlaw January 24, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Sounds fantastic. On the third Wednesday of every month, I host book club and I’m going to be making it for everyone the next time we meet. Our corner grocery sells teeny tiny balls of fresh mozzarella and I’ve been looking for a good excuse to buy some. I bet they’ll look like little polka dots of cheesy goodness on top!

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy January 24, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    4 stars
    Everytime l read your blog is like reading a beautiful poetry. While the reading reflecting the real life story the recipe always composed beautifully, using healthy ingredients and for sure delicious.

  • Reply Emely January 24, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    5 stars
    Oh, yes, maam, this does sure look good. I can never figure out what is the rarer treat – your wonderful writing or the simple and glorious recipes you tell us about. I’m hoping to finally make it to the Co-op this weekend for fresh veggies and am excited to make it as a surprise for my husband. Again, a huge thank-you

  • Reply Jumoke January 24, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    5 stars
    Your writing is genuine, like every reader can tell its from the heart and true. I would be keeping updates on that series because truly I am learning g to accept myself and would love to be a part of your series on how to. Thanks for a great post. The lasagna sure looks yummy

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