Monday, August 19, 2013

Cheesy Vegetable Goodness

Cheesy, vegetable goodness. That's what crossed my mind when I took my first bite of this "lasagna".


I put lasagna in quotes because it tastes nothing like lasagna to me. It did, however, taste pretty darn good. It was filling, bursting with vegetables and so very tasty!


The "sauce" in this dish is a cauliflower alfredo sauce. It was pretty easy to make, and I felt good about it being relatively healthy. New recipe number 11 of 26 was a success!

I found this recipe here: http://pinchofyum.com/veggie-alfredo-lasagna

Ingredients
 
For the cauliflower Alfredo sauce
  • 3 heaping spoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
For the lasagna
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups cauliflower Alfredo sauce
  • 5 cups frozen veggies
  • 3 cups mozzarella shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. For the cauliflower sauce: Saute the garlic with the butter in a large nonstick skillet over low heat until the garlic is soft and fragrant. Boil the cauliflower in the water for 7-10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Do not drain. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cauliflower pieces to a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup cooking liquid, sauteed garlic/butter, salt, pepper, and milk. Blend or puree for several minutes or until very smooth.
  2. For the lasagna: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Boil the lasagna noodles for a few minutes until they are just starting to soften but still stiff and cool enough to handle.
  3. Spread a spoonful of cauliflower sauce on the bottom of a 9 inch square glass baking dish.. Layer lasagna noodles, ½ cup sauce, one fourth of the veggies, a good sprinkle of salt, ½ cup cheese, and ¼ cup sauce. Repeat layers 4 times, ending with noodles. Cover the top noodle layer with ½ cup sauce and the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  4. Cover with greased foil and bake for 25 minutes. The liquid should be bubbling along the sides of the dish. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown to your liking. Cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.
 

 
 
I tested this lasagna on my in-laws last night when they came over for dinner. They both said that it was pretty good. My father-in-law and my husband both had seconds! Men eating more vegetables, that's what happens when you make this dish!
 
 
 
 
Last night, we ate dinner by the pond. My awesome sister-in-law gave me her patio table and chairs, so my husband and I ended up spending most of our day and evening on the patio. It was the perfect way to spend our Sunday. It was the perfect way to recover from running the Color Run the day before, too!

2 comments:

  1. You have such a beautiful backyard! This recipe looks good too!

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  2. Awesome recipe! I may have to make it soon :)

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