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Nettle Wisdom

Updated: May 28, 2020

By Susan James

Nettles have emerged with spring and we are blessed to have them growing all over! Though we often steer clear of them due to their irritating burn when touched, once they're cooked, pureed, steamed, or used as tea, the sting dissipates and they are a superfood with many health benefits! 

Rich in Vitamin A, C and several B vitamins · Contains iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium  · Antioxidant properties · May decrease inflammation, blood pressure & Hay Fever! · Improves circulation  Read more about nettle health benefits from Healthline and enjoy this fun recipe to try at home. 

Nettle Goat Cheese Gluten Free Lasagna - Susan James INGREDIENTS: 29 oz. can of diced organic tomatoes 12 oz. organic tomato paste 1/2 t. thyme 2 t. honey 1/2 t. oregano 1/4 t crushed red pepper 1 bay leaf 1/4 t. garlic powder or garlic salt 2 eggs 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. pepper 1/3 c. organic parmesan cheese 16 oz. goat cheese 4-6 cups of fresh stinging nettles 16 oz of shredded organic mozzarella cheese 1 10 oz. package of brown rice lasagna noodles (or regular wheat noodles if you like) DIRECTIONS: Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, thyme, garlic salt/powder, oregano, red pepper, and bay leaf to simmer in a saucepan for 30 minutes.  *Make sure to discard bay leaf when spreading the sauce for the lasagna.   While sauce is cooking, cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions.   In a 9x13 greased dish (I use coconut oil to grease the dish) arrange half of the cooked noodles overlapping to fit.   Using  a food processor, combine  eggs, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, pepper, salt, and fresh  This pureeing will disable the stings in the nettles, and that will also happen when they are cooked.   Spoon half of the nettle goat cheese puree over first layer of noodles.  Then add half of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top, then half of the tomato sauce.  Repeat for another layer with noodles, goat cheese spread, mozzarella cheese, and sauce.   Bake at preheated oven of 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  Allow lasagna to set 10 minutes before serving.  If lasagna has been made up and refrigerated beforehand bake an extra 10 minutes.  Serves 12.​

Article Submitted by:

Sue Steindor, Owner, Physical & Yoga Therapist

Dayaalu Center

159 Wyatt Way NE, Bainbridge Island


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