An important part of the yogic lifestyle is a vegetarian diet. When I found this out, I was highly concerned. How would I ever be able to give up meat!? But I am now nearly four-months clean and haven't really missed it. In fact, I was nearly sick last night watching my husband cut into a steak at dinner (Which I did not cook. I refuse to prepare or clean up after meat products.) I had to get up from the table!
Tonight, I decided to prepare a quick and easy vegetarian dinner: Spinach Lasagna. It's delicious and the best part is, it's meat free! Take a look at the recipe and give it a try. :)
Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna:
Oven Temp: 350
Cook time: one hour
What you will need:
8 lasagna noodles (I like to use the precooked kind)
1 (10 oz) packaged frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 (24-oz) jar marinara sauce
1 cup mozzarella
parmesan, to taste
*** I personally try to buy organic products. Also, you may want more or less mozzarella depending on your taste. :) I also use a small glass dish to cook the lasagna in... It's about an 8x8.
-Preheat the oven. Prepare noodles as directed on packaging (A great reason to use precooked!)
-Squeeze the water from the spinach and place in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
This is the order that I like to layer:
1. 1/4 jar of sauce
2. 2 noodles, 1/4 cup mozzarella, 1/2 of spinach mixture, 1/4 jar of sauce
3. 2 noodles, 1/4 cup mozzarella, 1/4 jar of sauce
4. 2 noodles, 1/4 cup mozzarella, 1/2 of spinach mixture, 1/4 jar of sauce
5. 2 noodles, 1/4 cup mozzarella
I also like to put a bit of parmesan on top, but you may not. Once you have it prepared, cover with tinfoil and cook for 45-minutes. Remove tinfoil and cook for 15 more minutes. And then voila! Served with a side-salad, you have a nice, healthy vegetarian dinner that was easy to make. And to make life even more simplistic, you can prepare the dish early, refrigerate, and bake later.
|Look at those delicious layers!|
Let me know if you decide to try this delicious meal. Om Namah Sivaya!