Sicilian Parmigiana DiZucchine {Gluten-Free}

Sicilian Parmigiana DiZucchine

Out of all the vegetables sold in our supermarkets on Virgin Gorda, zucchini is one that you can find consistently. And unlike most other vegetables that loose their freshness, zucchini is one that maintains its form and deliciousness even after days of travelling on ships coming from the mainland.

Sicilian Parmigiana DiZucchine

This Sicilian Parmigiana DiZucchine is a classic Italian recipe. I found it in my current favorite cookbook, The Green Kitchen, which is written by the authors of the popular (and one of my very favorite) food blog Green Kitchen Stories. It is similar to lasagna, but instead of using lasagna noodles, you use zucchini slices in their place. What makes it incredibly delicious is a classic tomato sauce flavored with hard-boiled eggs, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, and fresh herbs like mint and basil generously spread in between layers. The combination of all these delicious yet simple ingredients end up being a healthy and filling meal that can be made easily anytime of the week.

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