Author Archives: naturalkosher

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Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

lasagna noodles (about 10)
1 jar marinara sauce
8 oz. Natural & Kosher shredded mozzarella, divided


1 15oz. container ricotta or reduced fat cottage cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup Natural & Kosher shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup Natural & Kosher shredded Parmesan
1/2 tsp lemon zest, optional
salt and pepper, to taste
1 10oz. pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove water
fresh basil, for garnish


Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and lay the noodles onto parchment paper or aluminum foil (so that they don’t stick together). In a bowl, mix all the filling ingredients until incorporated. Spread the filling onto the lasagna noodles and roll them up. Pour some marinara sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and top it with the roll ups. Pour additional marinara over the roll-ups and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake, covered, at 425 degrees until heated through (about 20 minutes). Uncover and bake until the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned around the edges. Garnish with basil.

YIELD: approximately 10 lasagna roll-ups

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Rollatini Rose Pie

1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 small eggplant
2 cups Natural & Kosher ricotta cheese
8oz. Natural & Kosher shredded mozarella, divided
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Natural & Kosher grated parmesan, divided
1 egg
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 cups marinara sauce
Special Equipment: 9.5″ deep pie dish


Using a peeler or a mandolin, slice the eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash into ribbons of equal thickness (see note). They should be thin enough so that they are pliable, but not too thin that they will fall apart during cooking.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta, 3/4 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan, egg, basil, and oregano.

Pour the marinara sauce into the bottom of your pie dish and sprinkle with remaining shredded mozzarella cheese from the bag. Working one at a time, spread a thin layer of the cheese mixture on the vegetable ribbons and roll up. Place the rolls, standing up (with the peel facing up, if trimmed), in the marinara sauce and continue until the pie dish is full. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese.

Bake, covered, at 400 degrees for approximately 40 minutes (depending on thickness), or until the vegetables are tender. Uncover and bake at 450 degrees until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

This pie does not freeze well. To make in advance, prepare the pie as per directions and refrigerate (unbaked) for up to one day. Bake and serve.

VARIATION: For a no-tomato version, place the rolls directly into the pie dish, without the sauce and continue as above. You may also make the pie inside a pie crust.

NOTE: Look for squash and eggplants that have a straight edge and are roughly the same size,  otherwise, you may have to trim it down, as I did with the eggplants (or look for Japanese eggplants that are naturally narrow). If the vegetables are not too wide, a peeler works great for making ribbons. You’ll need about 1/2 of each vegetable (depending on how large it is), so if you have leftovers, you can make a second pie (with or without the filling) or chop it up for homemade ratatouille.

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Cauliflower Nachos

1 head cauliflower
olive oil
kosher salt
1 red pepper
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup feta, optional
harissa nacho cheese (recipe follows)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Separate the cauliflower into florets, taking care not to break them apart too much. Cut each floret into slices, 1/8″ thick. Lay the slices out on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Roast for 20-30 minutes, until browned and crispy.

While the cauliflower is roasting, place the pepper on a baking sheet and place in the oven along with the cauliflower. Roast the pepper until blistered all around, turning every 5 minutes or so.  Remove the pepper from the oven and wrap in foil or place in a ziploc bag to steam for a few minutes. Unwrap the pepper and peel back the skin. Discard skin and seeds and slice the pepper into strips.

Arrange the cauliflower chips on a platter, top with artichokes, olives and red pepper strips. Garnish with scallions and feta, if desired. Drizzle with harissa cheddar cheese sauce.

NOTE: If you’d like the cauliflower chips to be very crispy, leave them to roast for an additional 10-20 minutes. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.

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Cheesy Chipotle Buns

Roll out 1 pound dough to the size of a baking sheet. Cover with slices of Natural and Kosher Chipotle Cheese (the more, the cheesier). Roll up, jelly-roll style. Slice 12 buns and place in a 9-x13-inch pan. Bake at 425ºF for 20-25 minutes.

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Cheesy Garlic Knots

Roll out small pieces of dough, 8 inches long and 3 inches wide. Place a strip of Natural and Kosher Garlic Basil Sliced Muenster Cheese on the strip. Seal it, pinching the edges together, to enclose the cheese inside the strip. Tie dough strip into a knot. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 475-500ºF  for 7-9 minutes or until edges golden.

Immediately after removing from oven, brush on olive oil mixed with dried basil and garlic powder. That’s it! Eat while still hot. A cheesy garlic knot with flavor inside and out!

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Parmesan Caesar Flatbread

The wholesome and balanced way to enjoy challah dough…with a salad on top! Stretch dough into rectangle, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and some garlic powder. Top with shredded mozzarella. Place on baking paper and bake directly on the rack in the oven preheated to 475-500ºF. Bakes in 8-9 minutes, until edges are crisp and bottom is golden. Add Romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, and grate some Parmesan cheese on top (either grate it fresh from the wedge or use pre-grated cheese).