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HEALTHY

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna

Layers of butternut squash puree sandwiched between tender baby spinach and creamy cashew cheese filling, and topped with crispy panko (Japanese bread crumbs)!

Non-dairy, no soy and can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free lasagna. This butternut squash and spinach lasagna will surely satisfy your winter comfort food cravings with all the goodness from nuts, legumes and vegetables! Make this butternut squash and spinach lasagna for your next potluck/party. I guarantee it will be enjoyed by your vegan and non-vegan friends and family!

This lasagna uses vegan cashew cheese that is quick and easy to make, and only takes 5 minutes. For the cashew cheese recipe click here. The cashew cheese recipe calls for cashews that are soaked for at least 2 hours, but to make this lasagna, you can use un-soaked cashews as these will be baked for 40 minutes.

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INGREDIENTS :

Butternut Squash Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 14 oz (400 g) or half butternut squash (diced ½ inch or 1.5 cm thick)
  • 4 oz (115 g) canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained.
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon mushroom seasoning or vegetable bouillon
  • Pinch of fresh or dry thyme
  • Pinch of pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup cashew or almond milk

Spinach and Filling:

  • 2 cups of cashew cheese
  • 2 cups of fresh baby spinach or 1 cup or frozen spinach
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper

OTHER :

  • 9 oz (255 g) oven ready lasagna sheets (pre-cooked for 7 minutes)
  • 2 cups of panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or gluten free panko
  • Pinch of fresh or dry thyme
  • Pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large skillet, add oil, butternut squash, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), and saute over medium heat for 6 minutes.
  2. Add salt, mushroom seasoning (or vegetable stock), thyme, pepper, water and simmer with lid for another 4 minutes, or until the butternut squash is soft.
  3. Transfer into food processor.
  4. Add cashew or almond milk and blend until smooth.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
  6. In a bowl, add all spinach filling ingredients together, mix well and set aside.
  7. Grease bottom and sides of baking dish (9 ×13 inch) lightly with oil.
  8. Add ⅓ butternut squash filling and spread on the bottom of baking dish.
  9. Add lasagna sheets and spread half spinach filling on top.
  10. Spread another layer (1/3) of butternut squash filling.
  11. Add another layer of lasagna sheets and spread other half of spinach filling on top.
  12. Layer again with lasagna sheets.
  13. Spread the final layer (1/3) of butternut squash filling.

You can find complete recipes of this Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna in veggiecravings.com

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HEALTHY

Skinny Spinach Lasagna

Skinny spinach lasagna? It’s got thick layers of sauce, noodles, ricotta, spinach, and Mozzarella.

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More accurately, we got a Costco membership so we could get a TV.

HOLD THE PHONE I know I know I know. If you’ve been a reader, a) you just got 100 sweet friend points, and b) you already know our TV dilemma.

The dilemma goes something like this –> We wanted to watch the Olympics. And the Superbowl. And the Bachelor Finale. And any movie not on our laptops. But we didn’t have a TV and we didn’t want to buy one.

The backstory to all this is that Bjork grew up without a TV and, maybe as a result or maybe just because? he “turned out” to be so awesome. I really mean that. He is SO awesome. Please gag right now. But honestly, it seems like not having a TV by default must impart some kind of extra creative cool juice into people, and yes to that.

The dilemma continued to get complicated being that we didn’t want a TV, but we actually loved (and still love, presently, now) watching TV. We would watch TV even when we didn’t have one, except we’d just be forced to watch it on our laptops via Netflix since we were too stubborn to actually get a TV.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • 2 lbs. ricotta cheese (I used 1 lb. whole milk and 1 lb. nonfat)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (optional, to taste)
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 24 ounce jar of spaghetti or marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s tomato basil)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and thyme; saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach; saute until just barely wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, salt, nutmeg, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Transfer some of the mixture to a food processor and pulse a few times to break up some of the spinach pieces (totally optional, but makes for a really nice texture).

You can find complete recipes of this Skinny Spinach Lasagna in pinchofyum.com

Categories
DESSERT

White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna

White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna is perfect summer dessert recipe- light, easy and no oven required!!! It starts with Golden Oreo crust and just keeps getting more delicious with every layer- cream cheese, blueberries, white chocolate and blueberry pudding, cool whip and a generous layer of white chocolate curls on top! Everything’s just better with chocolate, right?!
It’s the middle of May and I’m already all into summer recipe ideas. And summer simply means SIMPLE, REFRESHING, NO BAKE DESSERT RECIPE!!!
I have whole collection of lasagna dessert recipes on my blog. My Lasagna obsession started with Chocolate Lasagna, than I made Pumpkin Lasagna and Key Lime Pie Lasagna. I thought, “I had to make it into a blueberry version” and that’s exactly what I did. That’s how my White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna was born. And it is quite amazing, too.
So let me introduce you to this tasty treat.
First layer of this Blueberry White Chocolate Lasagna is mixture of crushed Golden Oreo cookies and melted butter pressed into bottom of the pan. It’s amazing no-bake crust and perfect base for every mouthwatering dessert. It’s followed by yummy cream cheese, butter and cool whip mixture boosted with blueberries. I had to use frozen blueberries because fresh is still not in season, but I think it would be great with fresh berries.
At first I thought to use vanilla flavor for pudding layer, but I decided to go with white chocolate instead , because like I said, everything is better with chocolate!!! I added pulverized freeze dried blueberries into pudding mix to get beautiful purple color and enhance blueberry flavor in my lasagna.
On top is just a simple layer of cool whip, but to make this easy summer dessert a little bit fancy and suitable to show off at any party, I shaved whole block of white chocolate and cover my Blueberry Lasagna with a bunch of crunchy chocolate curls. If you do not have time or patience to make the chocolate curls you can use white chocolate chips instead. It will work just fine as well.

INGREDIENTS :
For the Crust:

  • 36 Golden Oreo cookies ( whole cookies with filling )
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter-melted

For Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese-softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup Cool Whip
  • 1 to 1 ½ cup blueberries fresh or thawed (I used 1 ¼ cup frozen wild blueberries)

For Pudding Layer:

  • 2 – 3.9 ounce packages White Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 2 oz. freeze dried blueberries- powder (pulse blueberries in a food processor to make the powder)

For Topping:

  • 1 ½ cup Cool Whip
  • white chocolate bar to make the curls (or sprinkle with 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips)

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a food processor ground whole Oreo cookies with the filling to get fine crumbs.
  2. Combine Oreo crumbs with 6 tablespoons melted butter and stir until evenly moistened.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of 9 x 13 inch dish. Set in the fridge to firm while making the filling.
  4. In a bowl mix together cream cheese, ½ cup softened butter and powdered sugar and beat well.
  5. Mix in 1 ¼ cup Cool Whip. Fold in blueberries.
  6. NOTES: If you use frozen blueberries you must thaw them first and rinse with water if you don’t want to get dark purple color for your filling than drained them well at several layer of paper towel!!!
  7. Spread the mixture over the crust.
  8. In a medium bowl combine white chocolate instant pudding with 3 cups cold milk.
  9. Whisk for a few minutes until the pudding starts to thicken and mix in pulverized freeze dried blueberries.
  10. Spread over cream cheese layer. Set in the fridge to firm.

You can find complete recipes of this White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna in omgchocolatedesserts.com