Healthy Vegetarian Lasagna

Lasagna has gone from a delightful Italian dish into something that the whole world knows as one of the best and the most versatile dish. It’s easy to cook and you can stuff it with ingredients you prefer. There are many versions of this dish; from meat lovers to vegetarian, you’ll never ask for more. Ground beef or pork, ham, and cheese are great ingredients for people who love to eat meat. For vegetarians, there are a variety of vegetables that they can choose to stuff in the lasagna recipe. Vegetarian lasagna is quick and easy to prepare and you won’t have to spend lots of time perfecting this craft.

Many people discuss its origins, either from an Italian cuisine or Romans. One thing is for sure, it’s a great meal to serve on dining tables. It’s so versatile and you can stuff it with anything you want – you just have to be concerned about the flavor it may result. If you opt for vegetarian ones, it’s best to have in your healthy lifestyle. Take some time to research about the best combinations of ingredients in lasagna recipes. That way, you won’t have to worry about leftover food!

Most people prefer to eat vegetables only because of many reasons. Some would like to live longer and some likes to lose some weight. With all of these motives, one thing is for sure – vegetables are healthy and it will always result into something good. There are lots of benefits of vegetables if given priority in your daily food servings. If you like to try it, the vegetarian lasagna recipe is a good way to start. It will also provide a different feel for your kids if they don’t like vegetables a lot.

Vegetarian lasagna may be one of the healthiest meals to serve for your family. You should know that your kids might not like a specific type of vegetable so you need to be careful in choosing your ingredients. If your kids like cheese, then pump it up with parmesan and mozzarella cheese! There’s always a way to introduce healthy meals for kids. Many turn to this kind of dish simple because they’re on a diet. Actually, this is a great escape from processed and fast food that you used to eat before you took dieting measures.

Making vegetarian lasagna is not so different from meat lasagna recipes that you used to cook. You only need to have a different set of ingredients. In addition, you should pick vegetables that are fresh or away from its expiration date – you’ll know this by checking its packaging or asking the seller. In most cases, lasagna noodles won’t have to be boiled before baking. Most people prefer to prepare it with all of the ingredients in the oven. In this case, you’ll have to boil your lasagna noodles first before you bake it with cheese and vegetables. You should boil water first, put some oil in it (about 2 – 3 tablespoons), and cook the noodles for about 10 – 15 minutes. It’s really good to get a firm texture before you bake it with the ingredients. Now, you can proceed with baking your lasagna recipe vegetarian!

If you decide on baking it raw, you will need to bake it much longer and the vegetables might be overcooked. If the ingredients also take some time to be cooked, then you can bake it raw for 20 – 25 minutes. Now you have an easy vegetarian lasagna for your family whom you want to get away from diseases and other health issues. For kids, you may want to overdo the cheese sometimes!

 

Vegetarian Lasagna

  • 1 1/2 quarts spaghetti sauce (jar spaghetti sauce is fine)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 6 cooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 (16 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (thaw and drain)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix carrots, oregano, and spaghetti sauce together
  3. Mix Ricotta, spinach, and eggs together in separate bowl
  4. Spread ½ cup spaghetti sauce in bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  5. Layer 3 lasagna noodles, ½ remaining sauce, ½ Ricotta mixture, ½ chopped broccoli, ½ sliced mushrooms, ½ Mozzarella, and ½ Parmesan
  6. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients
  7. Bake in 350 degrees oven for about 45 minutes