Yummy Vegan Lasagna
Don't allow the long list of ingredients to scare you off of this truly delicious vegan lasagna. It's well worth it and not as intimidating as it looks at first glance.
12 lasagna noodles
1 medium eggplant, chopped
1 medium sliced zucchini
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon Italian herbs
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup dry cooking sherry
1 red pepper sliced small
8 sliced mushrooms
2 12-ounce cans of Italian tomato sauce
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
2 dashes tabasco sauce
1 can (medium) refried beans
1 cup salsa
1 bunch fresh spinach leaves (chopped) or 1 package of frozen spinach
Heat oil in a stir fry pan, add eggplant, garlic and salt. Stir fry until eggplant is just about tender (not too soft). Note: you may have to add a little water if oil is sucked up by eggplant.
Add zucchini, basil, oregano, Italian herbs and stir fry for about 2 minutes more, then add dry sherry, red pepper and mushrooms.
Cook for another 2 minutes, then add tomato sauce, paste and tobasco sauce; cover and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, in a small pan heat the refried beans and salsa until warm.
Cook lasagna noodles as per package directions. When noodles are done, preheat oven for 350 degrees.
Spread some of the eggplant mixture on the bottom of the lasagna dish, place 4 noodles over this. Add one layer of eggplant/zucchni sauce, cover with 4 more noodles; spread refried bean and salsa mixture over noodles, add chopped spinach over mixture and add a small amount of sauce over it. Place last 4 noodles over spinach and spread the final amounts of sauce over the noodles (cover it).
For the cheese topping:
Chop 2 bunches of cilantro (chinese parsley), sprinkle over last sauce layer of lasagna, then sprinkle some nutrional yeast over the cilantro, and then add Soymage's non-dairy parmesan cheese over all of it and place Vegan Yummy Lasagna in oven and cook for 35 minutes.
Honorable mention: July 29 is National Lasagna Day.
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The bonus benefit of a vegan diet is the ease of kitchen clean-up after preparing a hearty meal. Unless you are using an excess of cooking oils, plant-based foods are not naturally greasy, the pots and pans will not be greasy, and the kitchen sink will not be greasy.