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“Guilt-free” Lasagna Recipe

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MC3(SW) Michæl Starkey
Added: Sunday, October 19, 2008


1 package (2 lb) Tofu
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 Red Onion (chopped)
1/4 Green Pepper (chopped)
1 large tomato (chopped)
10 mushrooms (sliced)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
5 oz Cabernet (optional or any other red wine)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 can tomato paste
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
3 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 can tomato basil pasta sauce
1 package Lasagna noodles
1 package cheese alternative (optional)

Drain Tofu and Crumble so it resembles ground beef, set aside

In a medium skillet, add olive oil and set to medium heat

Add onion, garlic and mushroom to olive oil and allow to sauté, adding green pepper after 10 minutes or so.

Transfer to larger pan and add tomato, vinegar, wine, tofu, tomato paste, cumin, crushed red pepper, black pepper, chili powder. Turn heat to medium and slowly bring to boil stirring constantly. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency (like a sloppy joe mixture).

Allow to cool (keeping overnight in fridge works best). This mixture can be used for a variety of things besides lasagna. It make delicious sloppy joes served on a hamburger bun, it can be thickened with oatmeal, flour, and nutritional yeast and then grilled in olive oil to be used as a delicious healthy burger alternative. It can replace most recipes that call for ground beef such as tacos, chip dip, etc. It also makes a great dip for chips by itself.

To continue with the lasagna, preheat oven to 375º F.

Boil lasagna noodles to package directions (or use no-boil noodles and skip the boil step)

In medium sized glass casserole dish, add thin later of pasta sauce. place noodles over top of sauce, and then add a layer of the tofu mixture created earlier. Add cheese alternative, I recommend Follow your heart vegan gourmet “mozzarella”. Optional, add a dash of cumin and black pepper. Add another thin layer of sauce. If sauce is too thick, dilute with water. Repeat layering procedures until dish is full, the top layer being noodles, and then sauce, followed by cheese alternative.

Bake at 375º F for 1 hr to 1 hr 15 mins.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

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2 hours
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This recipe is one that I created and have never exactly used measurements. It’s a fun way to discover the versatility of tofu. I usually use a lot more spices that called for here, especially the cumin and chili powder. Feel free to omit or add other ingredients. I strongly suggest keeping at least the Tofu, tomato, and tomato paste.




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