If anyone here lives with the real-life challenges of eating with two dietary preferences, like us, should get an award! I’ll raise my glass (of lemon perrier) to that! But an award? I’m am not worthy!!! ;D
But what I am worthy of is trying to keep everyone happy. If anything, my husband deserves the award here, for putting up with me ;) 12 years we ate the same thing, we cooked the same foods we loved – life was easier back then. But just a little easier. I now have embraced a diet change and am really happy this happened. And although I was forced into this change, my health depended on it – I must say I am excited about cooking differently now!
The Mr.? Well, the Mr. is kind of used to having beans or tofu for dinner and OD’ing on veggies, but sometimes, once a while I make something that he loves and I don’t cringe. Yes, I put meat on the table!
Meet the super-amazing, two-ways, all Gluten-free, Dairy-free Vegan & Meat-lovers Lasagna!
It’a our how-to-keep-a-marriage-happy lasagna! ;D
GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN LASAGNA
THE VEGAN SAUCE
1 package of gluten-free lasagna pasta
1 can of spaghetti sauce, choose organic and/or with no artificial flavours or colours
2 zucchinis, sliced thin on a mandolin
2 large onions, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic
1-2 organic tomatoes, diced
2 sweet pepper – red/green/orange is fine, I used green in this recipe
1 tbsp of each, basil & oregano
sea salt & pepper to taste (+sea salt for cooking pasta)
olive oil for cooking
2 packages of Daiya cheese, 1 mozzarella, 1 cheddar
fresh basil for topping (I was lucky to pick mine from the garden)
VEGAN ADD-IN : 1 large can of lentils, organic if possible in a non-BPA can or pre-soaked and cooked before hand
THE MEAT SAUCE:
all of the above, except the lentils +
MEAT ADD-IN : 1 portion of ground organically raised turkey
Directions : Cook pasta as per instructions. Do not overcook gluten free pasta as it’s more delicate in nature than wheat pastas. Strain on a colander and drizzle with light tasting olive oil or extra virgin olive oil, mix gently around so that the pasta does not stick together.
While your pasta is cooking, on a large deep sauce pan, fry the onion, then garlic, stirring occasionally on medium low heat. Add the diced pepper and tomatoes. Season with basil and oregano and pepper (no salt yet as you will already get some in the sauce). Add the spaghetti sauce and now you’re ready to divide the recipe up!
Move 1/2 of this veggie sauce into another pan. Add in the meat and mix in well, cook thoroughly, season with more sea salt as the meat is naturally bland an will require a little more seasoning. Cover and simmer on medium low for a total of about 15 minutes.
Back to the first pot, stir in a rinsed can of lentils. Cover and simmer on low heat for roughly the same time. (but everything in this portion is fully cooked so you don’t need to worry about the specifics.
In a separate large pan, steam the zucchini slices (I used the same pot from the pasta as I don’t like to dirty up yet another pot! ;)).
Assembling : you will need two equal sized 8×8″ or so dishes. Smear the bottom with a little spaghetti sauce, layer pasta, layer the Vegan and in the separate dish, the Meat sauce, layer with steamed zucchini, layer with vegan cheese. Repeat two more times, until you finish with a topping of Vegan cheese. Bake in the oven covered for 30-40 minutes on 350F. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy! Watch everyone be happy, including the Mr! *Smile*
- you could sub the vegan cheese and use Mozzarella instead on the Meat Lasagna – but in this case I went with an easier way out and used one type of cheese only. But I’d go crazy if I made more adjustments – besides he was still happy ;)
This was good…. ;) I loved the Lentil Lasagna version myself (clearly as I did not eat the meat one – but my husband was happy with his ;D) I like to add a good source of protein to my dinner and the lentils were perfect in this combination of all these wonderful Italian flavours in this Gluten-Free and Vegan Lasagna! Yum! Top with fresh-from-the-garden basil! Buon Appetito!
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