Eggplant & Lentil Lasagna

Eggplant & Lentil Lasagna

We love Eggplant Parmesan in our house. I’ve shared my famous recipe with you all. But this new recipe, a lasagna, is a delicious lighter version, with several twists in ingredients. Everyone I have made it for just loves it. The eggplant is very soft and the flavors of the lentil sauce (or “meat” walnut mushrooms), roasted eggplant and the cashew (or tofu) ricotta cheese is absolutely delicious and super flavorful.

I know this seems like a lot of work, but I assure you it is delicious whichever of my modifications you use.

To healthy eating!

Melissa

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Eggplant & Lentil Lasagna
This recipe is gluten, dairy and grain free ... but not short on flavor. I served it to a large crowd, and it got rave reviews! I have made it twice and the second time I made with roasted walnut mushrooms "Meat", instead of lentils. I will include this modification as it's a great option, especially if you love mushrooms like I do!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Passive Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Eggplants
  • 2 medium Eggplants Sliced 1/4" slices or lengthwise
  • sea salt Salt eggplant, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off and pat dry
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil Optional
Sauce and Lentil
Cashew Ricotta Cheese
Alternate: Tofu Ricotta
"Meat" Walnut Mushrooms - Alternative to Lentil Mixture
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Passive Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Eggplants
  • 2 medium Eggplants Sliced 1/4" slices or lengthwise
  • sea salt Salt eggplant, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off and pat dry
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil Optional
Sauce and Lentil
Cashew Ricotta Cheese
Alternate: Tofu Ricotta
"Meat" Walnut Mushrooms - Alternative to Lentil Mixture
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Eggplant: preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2-3 baking pans with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. Layer each tray with the eggplant. Bake 20 minutes, then flip over and cook another 20 minutes.
  2. Make the lentil filling: add diced onions in a large pot with a splash of water or veggie broth. Sauté over medium heat 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add carrots, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot, stirring well. Once everything is well incorporated, add the lentils and vegetable broth, basil and oregano.
  3. Bring everything to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Stir frequently so as not to over cook.
  4. Make the cashew ricotta cheese: take soaked cashews, and all ingredients and put in your food processor.
  5. Make the "Meat": Using a food processor, pulse the garlic a few times, if using fresh. Then add the nuts and spices, and pulse again. Then add the mushrooms and tamari and pulse until there are no longer any big pieces of mushrooms left. Depending on your food processor, you may need to do this in 2 batches, as you don’t want the mixture to be too fine. However, don’t be too worried about it, because even if over mixed a bit, this mixture will still turn out well.
  6. "Meat" continued: next, place the meat mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet or use silicone sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Then remove from the oven and fold and turn the mixture over. Place back into the oven and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked and dark brown in color.
  7. After all the parts are prepared, Layer the Eggplant Lasagna: Spread 1/2 the Marinara sauce over the base of a large casserole dish.
  8. Then cover with 1/3rd of the Eggplant, try to overlap as tight as possible.
  9. Layer 1: spread 1/2 of the cooked Lentils OR Walnut Mushroom "Meat" across the Eggplant, followed by the Cashew (or Tofu) Ricotta.
  10. Layer 2: repeat with Eggplant, remainder of Lentils or Walnut Mushroom "Meat" and another 1/3 of the Ricotta.
  11. Top it off with the remainder of the Eggplant to the casserole, followed by the rest of the Ricotta.
  12. Pour 1 cup of Marinara Sauce over the dish, swirl with Ricotta.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. It will bubble when it is done. Let sit for 10 minutes before you cut and serve.
Recipe Notes

Melissa's Modifications: While your making this recipe, consider doubling and then freezing for later use. After cooked, lasagna will last 4-5 days in the fridge.

Nutritional Values:

Eggplant Lasagna with Lentils & Cashew Ricotta: 265 Calories; 9.6g; 0 Cholesterol; 541mg Sodium; 7g Fiber; 24 Carbs; 9.6g Protein

Tofu Ricotta: 55 Calories; 2.3g Fat; 0 Cholesterol;57.5mg Sodium; 1g Fiber; 1.4g Carbs ; 5.7g Protein

Walnut Mushroom "Meat": 68 Calories; 5g Fat; 0 Cholesterol; 199mg Sodium; 1g Fiber; 3.6g Carbs; 3.2g Protein

 

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