Recipe offers meatless option for lasagna

Vegetable lasagnaIn the rush of the holidays it’s easy to indulge and pass up on the foods and nutrients you need. Try this vegetable lasagna recipe for when you want a meatless dinner option.

With this lasagna recipe, it’s easy to add vegetables to the filling. This version adds chopped spinach, chopped cauliflower, and shredded carrots to the filling, and the tomato sauce serves as a vegetable of its own.

It’s also easy to modify the recipe by adding extra ingredients to the filling, such as chopped onions and mushrooms.

Vegetable lasagna recipe

 

Ingredients

For lasagna filling
  • 15 oz. container ricotta cheese [full fat or part skim]
  • 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower florets, defrosted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 tbsp. each: dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder
Other ingredients
  • One packet no-bake lasagna noodles
  • 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce [purchased or homemade]
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese [mozzarella or combination of Italian cheeses]

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Use 9 x 13″ baking pan
  3. Mix together filling ingredients
  4. Spread 1 cup sauce in bottom of pan
  5. Add a layer of noodles, then filling, then sauce [use 1/2 of the filling mixture, and 1/2 cup sauce]
  6. Top with another layer of noodles, then filling, then sauce [other 1/2 of filling mixture, and 1/2 cup sauce]
  7. Cover with noodles, then 1 cup sauce
  8. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese and cover tightly with foil
  9. Bake 35 minutes, then uncover and bake 5 minutes more

Additional Resources

Recipe: Tacos paired with vegetables

Check out more recipes and health advice

Vegetarian diets: How to get sufficient nutrients

-By Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine

 

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