Who’s the Laziest of Them All?

dinner - gluten free

I’ve been wanting to use up my stash of rice paper for a while, but have been too lazy to make the spring rolls I originally bought them for.

Then, I noticed that these…

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…are the same size as this

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Immediately, I thought casserole. Asian casserole! A coconut curry sauce? Layers of bean sprouts and tofu? But I didn’t have any ingredients on hand for that.

Here’s what I did have

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Giada’s pasta sauce from Target

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I followed my recipe for lazy lasagna, using a package of frozen spinach (pressed), 3 TB egg whites, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 whole tub of cottage cheese

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Layer as usual – sauce, rice paper…

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…spinach mixture, rice paper…

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…all the way to the top (5 pieces) with a sprinkle of parm cheese

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45 minutes at 375 (covered with foil for the first half hour) – let cool for 10 before cutting

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“Laziest Lasagna”

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As you can see, it’s not really layers, more of a blob. In fact, you can’t really taste the rice paper at all – it sorta melts into the rest of the casserole, and adds a nice gooey texture. If you’re gluten-free and miss lasagna, try this – both Abe and I really liked it!

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Giada's marinara, by the way, is delicious.

I followed dinner with more gluten-free goodies

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Frozen fruit because I was too lazy to wash and chop anything fresh

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What should I do with the rest of those rice paper wrappers? Other than spring rolls (or lasagna)?!?

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    I want to do sandwiches or burritos with rice paper. I saw it done the other day on the Cooking Channel and am intrigued. They did some sort of pork sandwich I think.

  • http://discoveringcandace.blogspot.com Candace

    What a great use for the package(s) of rice paper in my pantry! It looks delish!

  • http://lifeisguud.blogspot.com Tracy

    That’s pretty ingenious of you to use the rice paper for lasagna!

  • http://skinnyjns4me.blogspot.com/ Silvia @ skinny jeans food

    I LOVE Giada’s marinara (and other) sauces! They are the best!

    Interesting lasagna with rice paper ;-)

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    What a creative use for the rice paper! Sounds yummy!

  • http://talkstotofu.blogspot.com Felicia

    Mm! That sounds delicious. Great idea!

  • Karen

    Try out soft rice paper rolls in Vietnamese style. Simple one for a lazy day~

    Video and recipe is below:
    http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipe/1641/Soft_rice_paper_rolls_with_prawns_and_pork/autoPlay/1

  • http://members1sttest.wordpress.com members1sttest

    This is the first I have seen rice paper for lasagna noodles. I love it!

    I would suggest making spring rolls but you advised against that. Hmmm..

  • http://savoryandsavage.blogspot.com Emily @ Savory and Savage

    Oh, I love any recipe that uses things like rice paper that I will buy for one recipe and then the bulk of the package just sits in the back of my fridge forever. Now I can use it up!

  • http://www.newlywednewlyveg.com Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg

    Oh man– I had a package of rice paper wrappers for the LONGEST time because I was too lazy to make spring rolls with them…which I eventually finally did :-) This “lasagna” looks delicious!

  • http://fancythatfancythis.wordpress.com Ameena

    I really love that Giada sauce – it is delicious!

  • http://www.lesouefsbrouilles.blogspot.com annie

    what a great idea!!

  • http://lowandbhold.wordpress.com lowandbhold

    Sounds great! I’ve never even made a lasagna, lazy or otherwise.

  • http://www.masterofherromaine.blogspot.com Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

    you’re so creative!! I can’t think of anything else to do with the wraps besides tear them up and add them to a brothy soup…

  • http://acaseoftheruns.blogspot.com nobel4lit

    Oh, interesting use of rice paper! I also have a bunch sitting around…

  • http://www.luvtoeat.wordpress.com lequan

    I don’t know if you consider these spring rolls or not. I just call them Vietnamese wraps. Could definitely do this with tofu and shredded cabbage or bean sprouts for Abe also. This is how I finish leftover meat or seafood from hot pot.

    http://luvtoeat.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/wrap-wraps/

  • http://www.DessertDarling.com DessertDarling

    Oooh- wow!! I want to try that lazy lasagna!!!!

  • http://www.thelittlefoodie.com Mariko

    That is such a good idea. I’ll tell my gluten-free friend too. Love all that green in there. Yummmm.

  • Walking E

    Does it really say “Course Ground Tomatoes” on Giada’s ingredient list?? Are those tomatoes prepared on the fairway at Pebble Beach or Riviera or something? ;-)

  • http://everythingfreerecipes.blogspot.com.au/ Layla Falcon

    Hi,
    I very loosely adapted this recipe. I soaked the sheets and made a completely different sauce and soaked the rice paper and use four sheets in sted of one to divide layers. Our family can’t have dairy so I used homemade homous insted of cheese. Oh My Gosh It was good! It’s my new favorite food :).
    And as for Ideas for what to use rice paper for…
    Deep fry it in hot oil . It puffs up beautifully. Mmmmmmmm…

    • http://www.theactorsdiet.com Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      Thanks Layla!!! I’m glad it worked out. Love the idea of adding bulk to the layers.