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Hip Foodie Mom Tackles Dinner with The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook

Alice made our recipe for Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant Lasagna, and thinks it's the best she's ever eaten.

Published Sept. 28, 2017.

The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook is America’s Test Kitchen’s first all-purpose make-ahead cookbook. It's packed with 500 fresh recipes re-engineered by the test kitchen to work around your busy schedule. Each of the 250 recipes are kitchen-tested and exceed expectations every time. 


Getting dinner on the table every night of the week is a challenge for most home cooks. But with The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook, Alice from the Hip Foodie Mom blog found inspiration for her weekly meal prep in our recipe for Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant Lasagna.

“I flipped through the book and immediately knew I wanted to try this Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant Lasagna first!” exclaims Alice. “I love that this recipe uses roasted zucchini and eggplant and it can be made ahead. You can also bake it and freeze the leftovers! This would be great to make and enjoy now while you still have all that summer zucchini and eggplant!”

I couldn’t believe how flavorful this lasagna was. If you love zucchini and eggplant, you must try this recipe!

For a lasagna with savory depth of flavor, we roast the eggplant and zucchini to caramelize the vegetables and drive off excess liquid that would otherwise water down the sauce. To maximize cheese flavor (and gooey texture), we use mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and build the lasagna using no-boil lasagna noodles to make quick work of the assembly.

Omitting the ricotta from this hearty vegetable lasagna lets the flavor of the roasted vegetables shine.

“This is what I love about recipes from America’s Test Kitchen,” writes Alice. “You know the recipe has been tested over and over again and made all different kinds of ways in order to find the best recipe for us! And I’ve been cooking from America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks for some time now and there has never been a recipe fail.”

No guesswork. No mistakes.

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What’s your favorite make-ahead meal? Let us know in the comments! For the recipe for Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant Lasagna, read Alice’s post. For more make-ahead recipes, go here. And for more from The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook, read these posts:

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