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Showing posts with label vegetarian. Show all posts

Vegetarian Lasagna with white sauce or Bechamel sauce

This is a nice vegetarian dish that you can make even during Lent.  You can substitute the lasagna noodles with gluten free lasagna noodles.  You can also omit the mushrooms.  My daughter doesn't like mushrooms, so if I make this dish when she is coming over for dinner, I will omit the mushrooms altogether.  Enjoy!

Ingredients (Makes 12 servings appr. 8.5 oz each serving)
8 oz. lasagna noodles
3 tbs. olive oil
1 cup diced onions
1 tbs. chopped garlic
1 cup diced carrots
8 oz. mushrooms
12 oz. frozen spinach defrosted and drained of all the water
16 oz. cottage cheese
2 eggs
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
3 ¼ cup shredded mozzarella

White sauce or Bechamel sauce
3 tbs. butter
3 tbs. flour
3 cups skim milk
½ cup parmesan
¼ tsp. nutmeg

Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions.  When cooked drain the water and set aside to cool. 
In the meantime, peel and wash the onions and carrots.  Dice them and set them aside.  Peel and dice the garlic.  In a large sauce pan, add the olive oil and sauté the diced onions and garlic. Add the diced carrots, mushrooms and spinach. Season to taste.  Remove from heat, let it cool, then add the cottage cheese, eggs and 1 cup shredded mozzarella. Set aside.

Make the white sauce:
In a pan, melt the butter and add the flour, to make a roux.  While stirring with a whisk add the milk and nutmeg, and continue cooking till it thickens, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add the ½ cup Parmesan. Mix  well together and set it aside.

Layer the lasagna, by putting some of the white sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 oven proof pan, then the lasagna noodles, the spinach filling, some of the white sauce, and repeat. On top finish with noodles, white sauce and 2 and ¼ cups shredded mozzarella. Bake at 350° F for about an hour till the cheese is all melted and it’s heated through.  Remove from the oven and let it cool before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (235.8 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321
Calories from Fat 151
Total Fat 16.8g
Saturated Fat 8.4g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 73mg
Sodium 562mg
Total Carbohydrates 21.2g
Dietary Fiber 1.3g
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 21.7g

 The stuffing

The layers with the stuffing....

.....and the noodles....

....with the shredded mozzarella before it goes in the oven

The final product... ready to eat.  Enjoy!

Baked Butter Beans

Here is a vegetarian dish that I learned from my mother in law.  You will notice that I don’t cook too many meats.  I try to stay away from red meat as much as possible.  On occasion, during summer, I might grill a steak on the BBQ.  A couple of times during the week, I will make dishes without any chicken or pork.  That is also very common in Greek cooking.  The Greek diet does not consist of the three food categories, as is with the American diet.  It is very common here to have the three food groups, meat, starch and vegetable, than it is in the Greek diet.  There are plenty of vegetarian dishes that are rich in protein without having to eat red meat.  An example of that is the baked butter beans.  Beans are also rich in fiber. 

Butter beans are bigger in size than cannellini beans.  They are also meatier, if that’s the correct word.  I went a step further and simplified this dish by using canned butter beans instead of dried butter beans.  Dried butter beans have to be soaked in water overnight, and then cooked for a couple of hours before they come into the soft consistency as the canned beans.  It’s a lot easier to open up a can of butter beans than cooking dried beans.  I make sure and rinse the canned beans under cold water so any sodium will be washed away.  This way I have control of how much salt I can put in the meal.  I still take it easy with the salt, since no matter how much you rinse them off, some of it still stays with the beans. 

You can enjoy this vegetarian dish with a side salad; try a salad with my Ranch dressing with Greek yogurt and some fresh bread.  Then your meal is complete.  

Baked Butter beans

Six servings (approximately 15 oz per serving)

1 cup diced onion

½ cup olive oil

½ cup parsley chopped

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup diced celery

3 15 oz cans butter beans

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

1 cup tomato sauce

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 cup water.

Turn oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Peel, wash and dice the onion. Set aside. Clean and slice the carrots. Dice the celery. Chop the parsley. Open up the cans of butter beans and rinse under cold water to get rid of any extra sodium.

In an ovenproof pan, add all the vegetables along with the butter beans and the olive oil. Add the salt, pepper, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and water. Stir with a spoon to coat everything evenly. Place the pan in the oven. Let it bake for an hour to an hour and a half. All the liquid will be absorbed and the top will be lightly browned and crisp. Remove from the oven, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 15.764oz(446.9g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 447
Calories from Fat 182
Total Fat 20.2g
Saturated Fat 3.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 656mg
Total Carbohydrates 53.2g
Dietary Fiber 13.4g
Sugars 8.8g
Protein 16.6g