Food Frenzy

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Try Vegan… Almost Effortless Lasagna

Guest Blogger ~ Joe Bell


July 15, 2016

Wow! I am so excited and honored to be guest blogging on my Aunt Lisa’s blog. Cool, right???

I’m a 21 year old, who made a drastic eating habit/lifestyle change to become a vegetarian a few years ago.  This vegetarian choice started as a self-challenge, because I have a tendency to start things, without finishing them.  I set a one-year goal to totally convert to vegetarian life, but when I accomplished that goal, I continued, and am completely happy with my choice! Possible next step — Vegan 🙂

Although not on the Vegan path just yet, I’d like to share a quick, inexpensive and tasty vegan recipe that I enjoy. The dish is called “Almost Effortless Lasagna”. If you have the right ingredients on hand, you can whip up this tasty, healthy lasagna in minutes before baking.


  • 3 cups (710 ml) pasta sauce.
  • 1 pound box of whole-wheat or regular lasagna (*use gluten-free)
  • 3 cups (600 g) vegan ricotta
  • 1( 12 oz. [340 g]) bag frozen cut leaf spinach (or about 2 pounds [907 g] fresh, sautéed and drained)
  • ½ cup (118 ml) unsweetened nondairy milk
  • ¼ cup (20 g) nutritional yeast

 As a recent former college student, these are the items that I purchase to achieve a great dish, on a college graduate budget….

vegan ingredients


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare Lasagna noodles in boiling water for 5-10 mins or until the consistency is right for you.
  • Layer the ingredients evenly in the baking pan, in this order
    • 1’2 cup sauce
    • Cooked lasagna noodles
    • ½ cup vegan ricotta of choice
    • Cooked lasagna noodles
    • ½ cup sauce
    • ½ of the spinach
    • Cooked lasagna noodles
    • ½ cup vegan ricotta of choice
    • Cooked lasagna noodles
    • ½ of the spinach
    • Mix the last ½ cup sauce with ¼ cup unsweetened nondairy milk and 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Cover with foil and bake for 40 to 55 minutes, until the noodles are cooked through

You don’t have to be a vegan (or vegetarian) to enjoy this wonderful vegan dish!



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