Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Clean Eating #69: Vegetarian (or not) Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetarian (or not) Vegetable Lasagna
(This makes 4 Large Pans, plus one 'casserole):
Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles
6 Zucchini, Shredded
6-8 Carrots, Shredded
1 Eggplant, diced
1 each, Red, Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers, Diced and Sauteed
8 Oz diced & Sauteed Mushrooms
1-2 large Onions
1-2 Heads of Roasted Garlic
8-10 Quarts of Marinara Sauce
32 oz bags of shredded Mozerella
2 - 32 Oz Tubs of Ricotta Cheese
3 -24 Oz Tubs of Low/Nonfate Cottage Cheese
1 Tbsp Parsley
1 Tsp Each:  Basil & Oregano
Optional Protein Choices:
TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)
Chopped Tempeh
Ground Lean Turkey
We made 5 Pans, 1 Tempeh, 1 TVP, 2 Lean Ground Turkey & 1 Vegetables only.
I always make half of the meat pans with extra mushrooms & green peppers and mark the side of the pan with a Sharpie.  I freeze all but two pans for later use when we're in a hurry and still want a hot homecooked meal.  Hopefully I can make these last and have one each week for the rest of the month.
Boil water and start cooking lasagna noodles until fairly tender (but not finished).

While that's cooking...
Mix up your cottage & ricotta cheeses
Add Basil, Oregano & Parsley
Add Shredded Carrots, Zucchini & Eggplant
set aside for layering.

Start Layering...
Sauce first
Top with preferred Protein Source.
Then Layer with cooked pasta
Add layer of the Cheese & Veggie Mixture
Another layer of noodles
Another layer of Cheese mixture
More noodles
Top with the rest of the marinara sauce & more protein if you like...
Cover with Foil & Bake at 375 for 45 minutes
Uncover, top with Mozerella Cheese & bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.

What I did with the extras:
I ran out of noodles, but had a bit of the veggie/cheese mixture left, so I cooked up two boxes of Whole Wheat Rotini Pasta and tossed it together with the remainder of the sauce and cheeses.  I added some TVP for extra protein and Viola!  Lasagna Casserole:)

What I'd Do Differently Next Time:  I'd sautee the eggplant before putting it in the lasagna.  My husband loved it, but I didn't care for the texture of it.  Oh, and I'd bake more than one pan.  I baked one pan last night and there was one small serving this morning.  *sigh*