Veggie Lasagna

4 Servings
1 hr

For a long time now, I've been trying to reduce my meat intake and incorporate more veggies into my diet. At first, I wasn't a fan - I was raised eating fatty, meaty meals and was convinced that was the only way to go. With time though, I realised that the variety of foods used to make a delicious vegan or vegetarian meal is so much greater than that used in a traditional meaty meal.


This is how I began replacing meat in traditional recipes for vegetables. And believe it or not, I definitely prefer the vegetarian option for all of them. This lasagna is no exception. It's lighter than the traditional one, and so much more flavourful!


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The beauty of making a veggie meal is that you can usually substitute most of the vegetables with others. I've made this lasagna multiple times, and every time there is at least one ingredient that I don't currently have at home. Not to worry! This is a classic clean-out-the-fridge meal.

You don't have sweet potatoes? Use regular potatoes! Maybe add more carrots for the sweetness! Or maybe you have a beetroot lying around? I'm sure that would work great!


No shiitake mushrooms? I don't blame you, they're expensive and you don't usually have them in the fridge. Just use any other mushrooms you like.


You get the idea, the world's your oyster.

Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 45 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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Ingredients


  • 400g sweet potato
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium-large zucchini
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 100g shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 can (240g) baked beans in tomato sauce
  • Seasoning to taste - salt, pepper, marjoram, oregano, chilli
  • 180g lasagna noodles
  • 90g sour cream / greek yoghurt / vegan yoghurt alternative
  • 100g mozzarella / vegan cheese alternative

Instructions


Grate all the vegetables - an electric grater definitely helps here, but the end result is so worth the extra arm workout if you don't have one!
Preheat the oven to 180 celsius (356 fahrenheit)
Place the veggies and beans in a large pan, season, and cook on a medium heat until fairly soft, about 10 minutes
Place a layer of lasagne noodles on the bottom of the tray - then a layer of veggies - continue until you run out of filling For me it ends up being about 4 noodle layers. The last layer should be veggies, not the noodles.
Spread the cream or yoghurt on top of the last veggie layer, then top with grated cheese
Sprinkle with salt and oregano at the end
Bake for 35 minutes

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