What are your plans for Christmas dinner? A few years ago I decided to make things easy for myself by serving an assortment of lasagnas. I made them the day before and simply popped them in the oven on Christmas day. They were a big hit. But the vegan option – while delicious and well received – was labor intensive. It was also quite different from the meat filled cheesy lasagna I favored in my pre-plant-based life. This Vegan Cheesy Lentil Lasagna recipe comes closer to the mark. With a little planning, it’s also easy to prepare.
Vegan Cheesy Lentil Lasagna
If you make a few key ingredients ahead of time, this Vegan Cheesy Lentil Lasagna can be assembled in mere minutes. Here’s what you’ll need:
You could make the Lentil Bolognese Sauce a day or two in advance. The Cashew Cheese and Vegan Parmesan come together more quickly.
I also like to use uncooked lasagna noodles. This shortens prep time, but extends cooking time. I find it easier to spread the ingredients on uncooked noodles. You can go either way with this recipe. If you opt to boil the noodles, simply shorten the baking time and maybe use a little less sauce. You’ll likely end up with a juicier lasagna…
If you are fond of gooey stringy cheese, you might want to include some Daiya mozzarella style shreds as the recipe suggests. I usually try to avoid these kinds of processed vegan foods, but sometimes it’s better to satisfy a craving in a healthier way than to deny yourself completely. Complete denial can lead to bingeing.
On the other hand, if you are immune to the siren call of gooey stringy cheese, the recipe works just fine without it!
The meaty Vegan Lentil Bolognese Sauce and garlicky Cashew Cheese work well on their own to create a satisfyingly hearty lasagna.
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