Vegetable Lasagna


This Recipe of vegetable lasagna is always a hit with my family and friends.  It does require a bit of planning and grocery shopping.  The good thing is that it can be done in advance and then you can easily heat it up later.

Preparation Time: About an hour
Serves: 7-9 pieces

Ingredients:

9-10 Lasagna Noodles
1    Package/Ounces Frozen Spinach, thawed & drained
1    Medium Red Onion, chopped
1    Red & Green Bell Pepper, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
1    Tsp Oregano
Basil leaves, fresh & chopped
8    Ounces Ricotta Cheese
1/2 Slab Firm Tofu, crumbled
24 or 2 Ounces/Jars Pasta Sauce
     (I buy vegetables sauce &
     tomato garlic sauce)
2    Cups Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese


Directions:
  1. Boil the pasta with a touch of salt. Drain, add cold water and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add bell pepper, onion, spinach, crumbled tofu, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Mix it well and set aside.
  3. Cover the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch casserole dish with a layer of sauce.  
  4. Then add a layer of noodles.
  5. Now spread the mixture from the bowl over the noodles. Try to pack mixture little firmly and evenly.
  6. Now, in the same way, add a second layer on top of it. Add another layer of noodles. cover it with sauce and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  8. Then broil it for 5 minutes. 
  9. Let it sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Tips: Other vegetables can be added like broccoli, mushrooms, carrots and corn. Sauté the vegetables for five minutes before adding them to the mixture. Sometimes I open a can of black beans, rinse and add to the mixture, also. To speed up preparation time, pre-cooked pasta can be used.

ENJOY!

Serving Size is 1/4-1/2 piece.


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The Health Benefits of Lasagna 

From livestrong.com:


Prostate

No lasagna is complete without generous portions of tomato sauce. Tomato sauce and other tomato products are rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Antioxidants are special compounds in food that shield your body's cells from harm. A diet rich in tomato products reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer, reports Edward Giovannucci of Harvard University. A paper published in the January 2002 issue of the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute" found that consuming at least two servings of tomato sauce per week slashed prostate cancer risk by more than 25 percent.


Calcium

The cheese that often tops vegetable lasagna is loaded with dietary calcium. Regularly consuming calcium-rich dairy products significantly reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis. However, cheese can be high in total calories and saturated fat. Choose fat-free or reduced fat cheese that contains the same amount of calcium with less fat and calories.
 

Veggies

The eggplant, spinach or tomatoes that you put in your vegetable lasagna are a boon to your health. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables significantly reduces your risk of contracting chronic diseases like cancer, stroke and diabetes, the Harvard School of Public Health reports.
 

Whole Grains

Choosing whole wheat pasta to use as your vegetable lasagna base will make the dish much healthier than if you decided to use refined grains. Unlike refined grains, whole grains are loaded with dietary fiber. The dietary fiber in whole grains shields your heart from heart disease, MayoClinic.com reports. Check the ingredients list on the package to make sure that your whole grain pasta choice is really whole wheat. The first ingredient listed should be "whole wheat" or "100 percent whole wheat."



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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vegetable Lasagna


This Recipe of vegetable lasagna is always a hit with my family and friends.  It does require a bit of planning and grocery shopping.  The good thing is that it can be done in advance and then you can easily heat it up later.

Preparation Time: About an hour
Serves: 7-9 pieces

Ingredients:

9-10 Lasagna Noodles
1    Package/Ounces Frozen Spinach, thawed & drained
1    Medium Red Onion, chopped
1    Red & Green Bell Pepper, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
1    Tsp Oregano
Basil leaves, fresh & chopped
8    Ounces Ricotta Cheese
1/2 Slab Firm Tofu, crumbled
24 or 2 Ounces/Jars Pasta Sauce
     (I buy vegetables sauce &
     tomato garlic sauce)
2    Cups Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese


Directions:
  1. Boil the pasta with a touch of salt. Drain, add cold water and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add bell pepper, onion, spinach, crumbled tofu, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Mix it well and set aside.
  3. Cover the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch casserole dish with a layer of sauce.  
  4. Then add a layer of noodles.
  5. Now spread the mixture from the bowl over the noodles. Try to pack mixture little firmly and evenly.
  6. Now, in the same way, add a second layer on top of it. Add another layer of noodles. cover it with sauce and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  8. Then broil it for 5 minutes. 
  9. Let it sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Tips: Other vegetables can be added like broccoli, mushrooms, carrots and corn. Sauté the vegetables for five minutes before adding them to the mixture. Sometimes I open a can of black beans, rinse and add to the mixture, also. To speed up preparation time, pre-cooked pasta can be used.

ENJOY!

Serving Size is 1/4-1/2 piece.


Let me know what you think by leaving a comment! I love to hear from my readers!

Join my Newsletter here to be notified when a New Recipe has posted and receive a Healthy Cooking Tip right in your inbox!


This Week's Healthy Tip

The Health Benefits of Lasagna 

From livestrong.com:


Prostate

No lasagna is complete without generous portions of tomato sauce. Tomato sauce and other tomato products are rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Antioxidants are special compounds in food that shield your body's cells from harm. A diet rich in tomato products reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer, reports Edward Giovannucci of Harvard University. A paper published in the January 2002 issue of the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute" found that consuming at least two servings of tomato sauce per week slashed prostate cancer risk by more than 25 percent.


Calcium

The cheese that often tops vegetable lasagna is loaded with dietary calcium. Regularly consuming calcium-rich dairy products significantly reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis. However, cheese can be high in total calories and saturated fat. Choose fat-free or reduced fat cheese that contains the same amount of calcium with less fat and calories.
 

Veggies

The eggplant, spinach or tomatoes that you put in your vegetable lasagna are a boon to your health. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables significantly reduces your risk of contracting chronic diseases like cancer, stroke and diabetes, the Harvard School of Public Health reports.
 

Whole Grains

Choosing whole wheat pasta to use as your vegetable lasagna base will make the dish much healthier than if you decided to use refined grains. Unlike refined grains, whole grains are loaded with dietary fiber. The dietary fiber in whole grains shields your heart from heart disease, MayoClinic.com reports. Check the ingredients list on the package to make sure that your whole grain pasta choice is really whole wheat. The first ingredient listed should be "whole wheat" or "100 percent whole wheat."



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5 Comments:

At August 11, 2009 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Reena said...

How many servings does this make?

 
At August 12, 2009 at 4:14 AM , Anonymous Sveta said...

Same concern as Reena , please reply.

 
At August 24, 2009 at 11:28 PM , Blogger Jayshree said...

Approximately nine serving. sorry i missed mentioning in the recipe.

 
At October 20, 2009 at 1:44 PM , Blogger Sveta said...

Will make it on Thanksgiving Day , also want to see your Falafel recipe !
Please post at your convenience.

 
At December 2, 2009 at 10:34 AM , Blogger Urvi said...

My kids are lover of lasagna & I made it your way. It came out really delicious. Other guests at the party loved it too....
I cant wait to make it again

 

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