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Old 01-02-2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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Vegetarian week at our house... got a TNT veggie lasagna to share??

We are planning out a veggie week at our house. One week with no meat in any of the dishes we make for supper.
The trick is it can't be 'blatantly' veggie to the point my son won't eat it. I think we have most of it hammered out with some Thai and Indian dishes as well as a veggie burger night and eggplant Parmesan night. Oh and found a recipe for veggie chili that looks real good too.
But, I am still looking for a good veggie lasagna recipe to try out. Not one of those from the store that is drowned in white sauce types, but a good flavorful one preferably still with a tomato based sauce to it and plenty of cheeses in it and yes veggies as well.
Anyone got a good one to share??

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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Mav, I'm late seeing this thread, but there's a good eggplant lasagna I have. I know you've already put eggplant Parmesan on your menu, but this might be an addition that would work.

In short, the eggplant is sliced very, very thinly (like on a mandolin) and used in place of the pasta noodles.

Quite good and a real fooler for non-meat eaters. I'll see if I can find the recipe for you.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:07 AM   #3
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Cool, thanks!
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:12 AM   #4
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When I make lasagna, being a veggie myself, I use MORNINGSTAR FARMS® MEAL STARTERS™ GRILLERS™ RECIPE CRUMBLES™ " in place of the meat layer. A few additional cheese layers, red sauce ( of course) and coming from someone who likes to eat, it taste pretty good.

Morningstar Farms® - Morningstar Farms® Meal Starters™ Grillers™ Recipe Crumbles™

easily founfd in our local grocery store frozen section.
Just have to be careful, there are a few different varieties that are bagged very similarly. Make sure to read the package and grab the right one . Ive grabbed the wrong one a few times..

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Old 01-03-2009, 12:15 AM   #5
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Mav, when I was cooking for 20 vegetarians at camp, and we had lasagne once a week during the summer, I got very creative.

I made a marinara sauce and then layered regular noodles, mushrooms and onions, cottage cheese mixed with an egg and mozzarella (you can use ricotta instead of cottage cheese), roasted peppers chopped and mixed with roasted garlic, and the sauce. I did once used eggplant as a layer but in addition to, not instead of, the noodles.

Don't know if that helps.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:17 AM   #6
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Mav, when I was cooking for 20 vegetarians at camp, and we had lasagne once a week during the summer, I got very creative.

I made a marinara sauce and then layered regular noodles, mushrooms and onions, cottage cheese mixed with an egg and mozzarella (you can use ricotta instead of cottage cheese), roasted peppers chopped and mixed with roasted garlic, and the sauce. I did once used eggplant as a layer but in addition to, not instead of, the noodles.

Don't know if that helps.
Yer like me, you need to start writing this stuff down when you do it, LOL!
Yes it helps.. thanks!
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Mav, when I was cooking for 20 vegetarians at camp, and we had lasagne once a week during the summer, I got very creative.

I made a marinara sauce and then layered regular noodles, mushrooms and onions, cottage cheese mixed with an egg and mozzarella (you can use ricotta instead of cottage cheese), roasted peppers chopped and mixed with roasted garlic, and the sauce. I did once used eggplant as a layer but in addition to, not instead of, the noodles.

Don't know if that helps.
Sounds great, Laurie. I'm not a vegetarian but all your ingredients sound wonderful. There's not one I don't like 'cept cottage cheese. Not that I don't like cottage cheese, but I much prefer the creaminess of ricotta in this application.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:26 AM   #8
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I like cottage cheese with canned fruits, especially peaches and pears. Just put a cup of cottage cheese in a bowl and add four peach, pear, or naval orange slices on top and eat!
Uh, anyway... yea so ricotta cheese I like on lasagna. I got time, so while I wait for other ideas I will fiddle with this list of ingredients and see what I come up with for recipe ideas.
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Have to give you kuddos for doing the vegetarian "week." However, perhaps a full week might be too much for your meat-eating family at the beginning. Buck was a real meat-eater and loved his meat and taters meals.

I always liked to provide variety to my family and planned menus to include beef/veal, poultry, pork, fish/seafood, lamb, meatless.

The family was always receptive to all I have listed until the last category. However, after much recipe and nutrition searching, I was able to win them over.

You might want to try this in baby steps instead of "whacking over the head" method. Over time, they might not even realize they're eating meatless meals twice a week.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:37 AM   #10
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Oh we eat veggie only dishes on a regular basis, especially when making Thai (Pad Thai with tofu) or Indian (first try was a curry with spinach and some sort of white softish cheese - I can't remember off the top of my head what it was called; second time was a curry with tofu and chick peas) dishes.
This is just the first time we decided to do a whole week. In fact a lot has changed over the years. Used to be I could count on one hand how many meals were NOT made with red meat, now I can count on one hand how many ARE.
The only challange in the family is my son, he does not like veggies at all. But we sneak em in on him all the time and do what we can to encourage him to keep trying as opposed to forcing him. Seems to be having a more positive effect.
Still boggles my mind he doesn't like corn (not even corn on the cob), after all I am from Iowa!!
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