With a growing number of people transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle and others trying to make an impact following the Meatless Mondays movement, there's an increasing audience for vegetarian and vegan variations on classic dishes.
This collection of vegetarian and vegan lasagnas will help you find the perfect dish for a dinner with family and friends to which some guest might be vegetarians or vegans. You'll find dishes that use cheese and dairy, and others that don't.
These dishes will convince you that you don't need meat for flavor and that veggies alone can carry a beautiful dish.
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Whole grains carry great health benefits and they're more filling, so you'll certainly require a smaller portion of this lasagna than you might think. Although no tomatoes are used, this lasagna is rich and juicy with spinach and three kinds of cheese that making a hearty filling.
Mozzarella, Parmesan, and low-fat cottage cheese are standard, but replace Parmesan with pecorino if you'd prefer a more pungent flavor.
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This simple and easy vegan lasagna recipe is full of healthy spinach and eggplant. As a cheese-less lasagna, it's low in fat, with less than 5 grams per serving.
Eggplants, technically a berry, are treated as vegetables in the kitchen and are surprisingly versatile in vegetarian and vegan recipes. Filled with fiber and lots pungent flavor, eggplants make a great lasagna filling when paired with the tomato sauce because they provide the texture you might be looking for in a meatless lasagna.
Serve with this mushroom and shallot mixture, and keep it vegan just by replacing the butter in the recipe with vegan margarine.
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Skip the noodles entirely and make this delicious zucchini lasagna. The zucchini is cut into long, thin strips that are used to create the layers It's an idea you can use in any lasagna recipe, especially when you have a bounty of zucchini from the garden or market.
Other than that switch, it has all the classic lasagna fixings, including ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses. The recipe is low-carb and gluten-free, and a fantastic veggie dish the entire family will enjoy.
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Tofu is one of those ingredients that puzzle newcomers to the vegan world. Just think of it as a blank canvas full of possibilities. Tofu is adaptable and can take on any flavor you add to it. Baked, sauteed, grilled, blended, cooked or raw, it's a nutrient-packed soy that fulfills your protein needs with fewer calories per similarly sized servings than its meat counterparts. Not to mention fats or trans fats.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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These vegetarian rolls rest in marinara sauce and are filled with a pesto sweet potato mash. The unusual ingredients pair beautifully together. Although time-consuming, you can roll and leave ready in the fridge to bake the next day.
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If you've heard about the Engine 2 Diet, this is promoter Rip Esselstyn's "Raise the Roof" sweet potato vegetarian lasagna with tofu and plenty of healthy veggies.
This recipe is really fantastic because it proves that no cheese nor meat is needed to get a full serving of all the nutrients you need, and you avoid the cholesterol and empty calories. Broccoli, corn, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, and lasagna noodles are layered with pasta sauce and topped with thinly sliced Roma tomatoes.
Serve with "cheesy" vegan garlic bread.
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This meatless ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan lasagna features a sage and pumpkin cream sauce in place of the usual marinara and is layered with sautéed mushrooms and onions.
With 17 grams of protein per serving, this is also a high-protein option for vegetarians. Add other veggies like broccoli or sauteed kale; there's simply is no wrong way of making this dish.
Serve with raw figs topped with vegan cashew cream, arugula, and olive oil.
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If you have friends over for lunch, take 10 minutes out of your morning to put together this crockpot lasagna, leave it baking for 6 hours, and voilá! A no-sweat meal is ready. There's nothing more to do than layer spinach, tomato sauce, and a tofu cheese-less sauce with lasagna noodles and leave it to cook.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Cashews are one of the most used nuts in making vegan cheeses and sauces because of their creaminess and mild flavor. For this vegan take on lasagna, we use a cashew-based sauce and layer it with seasoned spinach.
It's a simple dish and suitable for people with nightshade sensitivities and dairy allergies. If you want to check off a few extra boxes, use gluten-free lasagna noodles, or replace the noodles altogether using grilled zucchini and eggplant as your "pasta" layer.