Thursday, April 10, 2008

Herbed Tofu Lasagna with Zucchini

I LOVE Vegetarian Times!! This recipe made me weak in the knees! I know that a lot of vegetarian lasagna recipes can be really boring or have the same old ingredients but when I saw this one, there was something right away that intrigued me. Normally when I see lasagna that doesn't include meat they substitute all of the meat with a lot of cheese, and that means a lot of calories!! This has a great fresh taste and that special something that you can't put your finger on. I served this to a few hungry college students and they couldn't get enough! A side note, this recipe does make a LOT of food so it is best for parties or if you want to have a lot of leftovers so be prepared! While yes this is a little high in calories, you still need to let yourself have some guilt-free days! And trust me....this lasagna is worth the few extra calories!

Serves 10

2 14-oz. pkg. firm tofu, well drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 Tbs. olive oil
4 medium-size zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 3 cups)
5 cups marinara sauce
16 no-cook lasagna noodles (9 oz.)
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine tofu, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt, red pepper flakes and sugar in food processor; blend until smooth and similar to ricotta in texture.
  • Put oil and zucchini in large nonstick skillet. Sauté 3 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat, or until just tender.
  • Spread 3 Tbs. marinara sauce over bottom of prepared baking dish. Cover with layer of noodles, overlapping slightly, half of tofu mixture and half of zucchini mixture. Top with another layer of noodles, remaining tofu and zucchini, and 1/2 cup sauce. Finish with another layer of noodles and remaining sauce.
  • Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information
Per Serving:
Calories 314, Protein 18g, Total fat 12g, Carbs 36g, Sodium 617mg, Fiber 6g, Sugars 10g

What is your favorite Italian recipe that you can't seem to get enough of? I love anything with noodles :)

1 comment:

Kimi said...

Yum! So good and no guilt! I will be making this soon, especially since we still seem to have some cold temps hanging around!

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