Spinach~Tempeh Lasagna

Cheryl Kopcak

By
@Mrs_JFK

This is so yummy, satisfying, and GOOD for you! Can be made either vegetarian, or completely vegan, with minor alterations. Served with crusty bread, drizzled with olive oil and a field greens salad...its pretty much VEG HEAVEN!


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Serves:

Approx. 8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

4 Hr

Ingredients

1
medium onion, quartered
1 c
fresh basil leaves
1 Tbsp
dried oregano
2 clove
garlic-peeled
1 clove
garlic-minced
1
8 oz. pkg, tempeh-cut into chunks
1 can(s)
28 oz. fire roasted tomatoes (can sub same size can diced tomatoes)
2 Tbsp
olive oil (plus more for oiling slow cooker crock)
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
ground black pepper
2 pkg
(10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
8
oven ready lasagna noodles
1 jar(s)
(16 oz) fire roasted red peppers, drained & rinsed
1
container (16 oz) low-fat ricotta cheese **
1 c
swiss cheese, grated & divided **

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Place onion, basil, oregano, and 2 whole garlic cloves in food processor; pulse 6 times, or until onion and garlic are chopped. Add tempeh, and pulse until tempeh is ground. Add tomatoes, oil, salt, and pepper; pulse until chunky sauce forms.
2
Combine spinach and minced garlic in bowl, and season with salt and pepper.
3
Coat bottom and sides of 4-quart slow cooker with oil. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce over bottom, and cover with layer of lasagna noodles, breaking them in pieces to fit around edges. Spread 3/4 cup spinach mixture over top. Place 1 layer roasted red peppers over spinach, and top with 3/4 cup ricotta. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce over ricotta. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup Swiss cheese. Repeat, layering noodles, spinach, peppers, ricotta, Swiss cheese, and tomato sauce. Top with 1 more layer noodles and remaining spinach, tomato sauce, ricotta, and Swiss cheese.
4
Cook 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Let stand uncovered 10 minutes before serving.
5
Many folks do not realize that their crock from a slowcooker is ovenproof and can go directly into a pre-heated oven! Avoid sudden temperature changes, however. Be sure to pre-heat the oven or broiler when placing a very warm or hot “crock” in there.

This recipe can be popped under the broiler for a few minutes to give the top that nice golden brown, slightly crusty finish!
6
** To make this recipe completely vegan, omit the cheeses and for the ricotta, substitute firm tofu, mashed. For the dairy Swiss, substitute a vegan Swiss cheese which is soy or nut based.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #Dish, #main, #Vegan