Aside from being known as a meat recipe with high calories, lasagnas are also known to take time in preparation. These may not always be true. A vegetarian lasagna recipe simply breaks all the old concepts about lasagna.
Why You’ll Love It
A typical vegetarian lasagna recipe is not only tasty, it is also very nutritious depending on the mix of ingredients that you use. This is therefore a good dish to serve if you have picky kids who may not get enough nutrients in their bodies.
Some variations of a common vegetarian lasagna recipe will also be very convenient for you to prepare since some recipes can be frozen and then heated later without destroying the taste. The important thing to always remember though is who you are cooking for. Be sure of what kind of vegetarians you are preparing the meal for so that you can cut the dairy products if you need to.
How to Cut the Time
Preparing a delicious vegetarian lasagna recipe can be easy. One useful tip is to just do away with boiling the noodles by using oven ready lasagna noodles instead. You can also always have bunches of pre cut and diced vegetables in your storage bin so that all you have to do every time you prepare a vegetarian lasagna recipe is to add the pre diced vegetables and the sauce on oven ready noodles.
The truth is that there are probably hundreds of variations to a typical vegetarian lasagna recipe. The key therefore is to come up with a mix of vegetable ingredients that suites your taste. You can use only the vegetables which your family usually loves to eat. It would be a great idea to follow someone else’s vegetarian lasagna recipe first and then you can attempt to make modifications to the recipe according to your taste.
Some recipe variation techniques include dicing and chopping vegetables very finely to come up with a more packed vegetarian lasagna recipe. You can also just simply experiment with the amount of ingredients that you include. You may for example increase the cheese and sauce if you love a creamy vegetarian lasagna recipe. Or you can add other non typical lasagna vegetables like the slightly bitter spinach for a different taste.
Sauce and Spices
Sometimes the key to a truly tasty vegetarian lasagna recipe is to be creative and generous with the sauce and spices. You may for example add more crushed tomatoes instead of just placing tomato sauce to improve the texture and taste. You can also add white vegetable cream sauce instead of tomato sauce to change the taste.
As for spices, you can increase the amount of pepper, basil, rosemary or oregano for a more flavorful and distinct taste. Expert cooks also recommend using only fresh ingredients including fresh cheese which they say makes a big difference in the taste.
* Lasagna was one of my favorites growing up. Probably because I only had it about twice a year, because we only had the frozen Stoffer’s kind from Sam’s Club. Nothing to write home about, I don’t even think it was Olive Garden quality. Today I am going to make the lasagna fresher, vegan, and vegetarian.
Vegan/Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe
7 ounces vegan cream cheese
2 tablespoons almond milk
1/3 cup pitted black olives
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups jarred pasta sauce
1 lb lasagna pasta, cooked
3 medium sized zucchini, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup tahini
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small bowl, mix together vegan cream cheese, almond milk, black olives, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Spread 1 cup of pasta sauce across the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
Add a layer of pasta, then zucchini and red bell pepper, then vegan cream cheese mixture.
Repeat layering, finishing with pasta then sauce.
Drizzle tahini evenly across the top.
Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 more minutes to brown the top.
Let the lasagna stand and cool for 10 minutes to set, but serve hot.
Enjoy your vegan lasagna.
Vegan Lasagna Recipe – Olive Garden Vegetarian Style
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