Healthy New Year from my Las Vegas kitchen! My name is Kathey Raskin, and like most of you, I usually start my year off by making a resolution to eat healthier. And also like most of you, I slowly creep back into my old habits. The problem with “eat right” resolutions is eating well doesn’t always mean eating the most delicious foods. If you’re thinking of vegetable dishes as bland, think again because they don’t have to be. Although, when prepared correctly, simple favorites like steamed and grilled vegetables are delicious, you can do a lot more with your veggies than offer then up as side dishes!
Want to try a vegetable main course so satisfying that you won’t feel like you’re missing a thing? Then you’ve got to try my Vegan Lasagna! It only takes 2-3 hours from start to finish, and it’ll be a healthy family favorite!
Kathey Jo’s Vegan Lasagna
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped white onion
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh basil chopped finely
2 tbsps minced garlic
4 cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup parsley chopped finely
1 tsp each salt and pepper and another ½ tsp of each separated
16 ounce package lasagna noodles
2 pounds extra firm tofu
2 tbsps minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
To make the sauce: In a large, heavy saucepan heat the olive oil on medium. Place the onions in the saucepan and saute them until they are soft. Add the garlic and cook for fivr more minutes. Place the other ingredients, including the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and fresh, chopped parsley in the saucepan, add salt and pepper, and simmer for an hour.
While you’re doing that, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and follow the directions on the package of noodles.
You’ll want to cut the tofu into cubes and add the parsley, garlic, and basil, along with the rest of the salt and pepper.
You assemble this lasagna the same as you would any other, so layer the noodles, sauce, tofu, and veggies, then pour the sauce over it. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 400 for 30 minutes. It’s that easy!
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Feel like grilling instead? You’ll love these tips for grilling perfect veggies from The Domestic Geek!