Meatless Lasagna for Meatless Monday!

A little hesitant about joining the Meatless Monday movement? Well fear no more, you won’t miss a thing with this lasagna! Plus, your body will benefit from cutting back on the meat and increasing the veggies!

 


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Meatless Lasagna

Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 14 whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped eggplant
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 – 6 oz. packages pre-washed baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp. snipped fresh basil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 – 15 oz. carton fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cups finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 – 26 oz. jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • 2 cups shredded non-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. After cooking lasagna noodles according to package directions, drain them and rinse with cold water.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, eggplant and half of the garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Transfer vegetable mixture into a large bowl.
  • Using the same skillet, add the remaining oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and remaining garlic. Cook and stir until tender (about 5 minutes). Add the spinach gradually, stirring until spinach is wilted (1-2 minutes). Transfer spinach-mushroom mixture from skillet to another large bowl. Stir basil into spinach-mushroom mixture and set aside.
  • Stir together egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set to the side.
  • Using a 9 x 13-inch springform pan (If you don’t have a springform pan, a regular one is fine, just spray it with cooking spray as we did here. FYI it may not turn out quite as pretty, but it’s still delicious!), spread 1/2 cup of pasta sauce. Arrange one thin layer of noodles (about 3-4 noodles) over the sauce, trimming and overlapping if necessary.
  • Place half of the spinach-mushroom mixture on top. Then add half of the ricotta cheese mixture over spinach mixture. Then layer the noodles again. Next, spread half of the remaining pasta sauce. Top with all of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella cheese. Then, add another layer of noodles and then the remainder of the spinach-mushroom mixture and ricotta cheese mixture. Lastly, top with noodles and remaining sauce. Gently press down on the lasagna using the back of a spatula.
  • Place springform pan on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and bake for another 15 minutes. Set aside and cool for about 15 minutes. To serve, cut into wedges.

 

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1 small wedge (1/10 of lasagna): 256 calories, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 31 g carbohydrate, 19 g protein, 9 g sugar, 7 g fiber, 718 mg sodium

 

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Meatless Lasagna for Meatless Monday!
 
Servings: 10 Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 1 small wedge (1/10 of lasagna): 256 calories, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 31 g carbohydrate, 19 g protein, 9 g sugar, 7 g fiber, 718 mg sodium
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 14 whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped eggplant
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 - 6 oz. packages pre-washed baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp. snipped fresh basil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 – 15 oz. carton fat-free ricotta cheese
  • ⅓ cups finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 – 26 oz. jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • 2 cups shredded non-fat mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. After cooking lasagna noodles according to package directions, drain them and rinse with cold water.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, eggplant and half of the garlic. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Transfer vegetable mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Using the same skillet, add the remaining oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and remaining garlic. Cook and stir until tender (about 5 minutes). Add the spinach gradually, stirring until spinach is wilted (1-2 minutes). Transfer spinach-mushroom mixture from skillet to another large bowl. Stir basil into spinach-mushroom mixture and set aside.
  4. Stir together egg, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set to the side.
  5. Using a 9 x 13-inch springform pan (If you don't have a springform pan, a regular one is fine, just spray it with cooking spray as we did here. FYI it may not turn out quite as pretty, but it's still delicious!), spread ½ cup of pasta sauce. Arrange one thin layer of noodles (about 3-4 noodles) over the sauce, trimming and overlapping if necessary.
  6. Place half of the spinach-mushroom mixture on top. Then add half of the ricotta cheese mixture over spinach mixture. Then layer the noodles again. Next, spread half of the remaining pasta sauce. Top with all of the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella cheese. Then, add another layer of noodles and then the remainder of the spinach-mushroom mixture and ricotta cheese mixture. Lastly, top with noodles and remaining sauce. Gently press down on the lasagna using the back of a spatula.
  7. Place springform pan on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and bake for another 15 minutes. Set aside and cool for about 15 minutes. To serve, cut into wedges.

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