Meatless Monday Dairy Free Vegetable Lasagna RecipeIf your family is new to Meatless Monday they might not be all that enthused with the whole idea at first. But I promise nobody will complain about the missing meat on Monday if you serve this rib-sticking roasted vegetable lasagna recipe. I know the idea of making lasagna can be a bit intimidating if you have never done it, but it really is such a super simple dish to make. And the roasted vegetables do wonders for giving the dish an incredible depth of flavor. It’s a small extra step to roast them, but so SO worth it!
Making a Dairy Free CLEAN LasagnaAlthough there are now some very tasty plant based nut cheeses on the market (I’ve included my line up of the best dairy free cheese brands here), for my dairy free vegetable lasagna recipe I went with the following two plant-based homemade nut cheese alternatives:
- For the creamy white sauce: I made a rich white sauce by pureeing a pasture-raised egg, water, garlic and cashews in my Vitamix. This sauce cooks beautifully and helps hold the lasagna together.
- For the Parmesan crumbled on top: I pulsed pine nuts in a mini food processor to make pine nut “crumbs” as a savory cheese alternative.
Less Meat = Better Hormonal BalanceIf you are wondering what the correlation between Dr. Gottfried’s book I mentioned above and meatless Monday might be the answer is estrogen balance. Less meat means less “bad” estrogen and better hormonal balance. Same goes for eating less dairy and adding in more fiber, vegetables and plant protein. And when it comes to pasta and grains, you don’t need to eliminate either one from your diet but rather make it a point to always eat more vegetables than you do pasta/ grain at any one meal. This vegetable lasagna recipe meets all of the hormonal balancing criteria by the way. It’s also good to know the same dietary principles that help balance a woman’s hormones also help balance a man’s. Although I am not vegan (here is why) and although I do still eat a little grass-fed, organic red meat here and there, reading Dr. Gottfried’s blog post titled “15 Reasons to Rethink Red Meat” will surely get you thinking! By the way, now that I am almost 43 years old I have recently gotten very interested in learning about women’s hormones. If this is a subject that interests you be sure to check out the blog post I did on DIM, the estrogen balancing supplement HERE.)
For those of you with diet restrictions, food allergies or food sensitivities, it’s good to know this Dairy Free Vegetable Lasagna Recipe meets the following dietary criteria:
Gluten Free / Dairy Free / Vegetarian / Bean Free
Gluten Free/ Dairy Free Vegetable Lasagna Recipe
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
- Yield: 10 to 12 1x
- 1 eggplant cut lengthwise into ¼ inch strips
- 2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into ¼ inch strips
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, divided
- ½ cup pine nuts
- 1 large organic, pasture-raiesed egg
- 1 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 ½ cups raw cashews
- 14 ounces organic extra firm tofu, drained, patted dry with paper towels and sliced lengthwise into ¼ inch strips
- 3 cups homemade or good quality store-bought marinara sauce (see notes)
- 9 brown rice lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions, rinsed with cold water and drained well (see notes)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Arrange eggplant, zucchini and onions on the parchment paper and brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt. Roast vegetables for 20 minutes, or until tender but not mushy. Remove vegetables from the oven and set aside to cool. Lower oven temperature to 375 degrees.
- Add the pine nuts to a mini food processor and pulse into “crumbs”. Set pine nut “crumbs” aside.
- In a high speed blender, add the egg, water, garlic and cashews. Process on high speed until mixture is smooth and creamy. Set cashew cream aside.
- Assemble the lasagna in a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish in the following order:
- 1 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish
- Arrange 3 noodles on top of the sauce
- Spread ½ cup of marinara sauce over the noodles
- Arrange ½ of the roasted vegetables on top of the sauce
- Spread ½ of the cashew cream on top of the vegetables
- Arrange all of the tofu on top of the vegetables
- Spread ½ cup of marinara sauce on top of the tofu
- Arrange 3 noodles on top of the sauce
- Spread the remaining cashew cream on top of the roasted vegetables
- Arrange the remaining 3 noodles on top of the cashew cream
- Pour the remaining 1 cup of marinara sauce on top of the noodles
- Scatter the pine nut “crumbs” over the top of everything
- Bake lasagna, uncovered, for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 15 minutes so that the juices can settle back down. Serve warm. (Note: Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Lasagna also freezes beautifully.)
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Store-bought Marinara: Nothing beats Rao’s brand!
Gluten-Free Brown Rice Noodles: I like Tinkyada brand brown rice lasagna noodles.
Friday 7th of September 2018
I am surprised to see you use soy in recipes especially when discussing hormones. I have read many articles that indicate soy is bad for both men and women. women who eat soy run a higher risk of breast cancer and other issues from the phytoestrogens in the soy milk used to make the tofu.
Sunday 9th of September 2018
Hi Shelly, I am so glad you wrote in actually because I debated whether to discuss soy in the blog post or not but I ultimately decided not to since it is supposed to be a recipe post. But my husband and I still stand firmly by our research published in our first book in 2005 that "whole" soy (which is NOT the same as taking soy isoflavones or eating soy protein isolate or soybean oil) is not only not harmful to hormonal health, but helpful. Please read this article by Dr. Joel Fuhrman: https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/eat-to-live-blog/137/dont-fall-for-the-myths-about-soy I hope this helps clear up any confusion? Also, as always, moderation with ALL THINGS is key....