Great nutritional greens combine with ricotta and mozzarella for a lovely light dish that works as a main course or side dish. It’s easy to make but does take a little time…and it’s worth it! Serve to your vegetarian friends and get a five-star review!!

Makes 8 servings

2.5lbs              zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise

2 Tbs               Extra Virgin Olive oil

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

4 cups              fresh ricotta

½ cup               milk

1 cup                oregano leaves, finely chopped

5                       scallions thinly sliced

8                       store-bought marinated long-stem artichokes, thinly sliced

9 cups              kale, stems removed, leaves shredded and blanched 
                         squeeze to remove excess water

1 cup                grated mozzarella

½ cup               grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place half the zucchini on two large baking trays lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with two teaspoons of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 12-15 minutes until tender. Repeat with remaining zucchini, salt and pepper.

Place the ricotta, milk, oregano, scallions, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to combine. Lightly grease a     oven proof baking dish layer with half the zucchini, half the artichokes, half the kale and spread over half the ricotta mixture. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients and top with mozzarella and Parmesan.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the top is a deep golden color.

Sue Taggart

As a child growing up in Kent “The Garden of England”, I thought that every family grew their own vegetables. I would help my grandfather in the garden and loved pulling potatoes and carrots out of the soil. These early experiences have given me a great appreciation for where our food comes from and a discerning palette for fresh, seasonal produce. As an avid reader, writing and storytelling is a passion that has only deepened over the years together with a growing concern for the health of our oceans and planet. We are facing serious issues with climate change and the clock is ticking…so it’s up to all of us to nurture and protect our home planet.