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Sweet Potato Veggie Lasagna

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Here is one of the recipes that Rip Esselstyn gave me permission to share.  This lasagna is so good, Rip and his wife chose it to be the main dish at their wedding reception.

It does take some time...but it is worth it.  I LOVE the sweet potato layer...make sure you use A LOT of sweet potatoes.  This makes a THICK 9 x 13 pan...next time I might make 2 less thick lasagnas (just an idea).  The cashews on top make it SO YUMMY!!! Don't forget that step :)  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

 

Raise-the-Roof Sweet Potato-Vegetable Lasagna

 

Serves 10 to 12

1 onion, chopped

1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

1 head broccoli, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 can corn, rinsed and drained

1 package, firm tofu

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1 tsp rosemary

2 jars pasta sauce (look for NO FAT, low sodium versions)

1 box whole grain lasagna noodles

16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained

2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed

6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin

1 cup raw cashews, ground

 

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Saute the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan.  Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liquid.  Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon.  Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan.  Saute the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl.  Saute the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften.  Add them to the vegetable bowl.  Drain the tofu by wrapping in paper towels.  Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl.  Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.

 

To Assemble:

Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole with a layer of sauce.  Add a layer of noodles.  Cover the noodles with sauce.  This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy.  Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles.  Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce.  Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles.  Cover the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes.  Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce.  Cover the lasgna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes.

 

Cover the foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the oven for 15 minutes.  Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

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