Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

Today I have a little treat for you guys! Recently, one of my new blog friends offered to write a guest post for my blog! I love introducing you guys to new blogs, so I happily accepted. To make it a little more interesting, I challenged this meat-eater to make a vegetarian recipe…to step outside her comfort zone in the kitchen and see what happened!

Below is the result. I’d call it a success! Check out the recipe and then go check out her amazing blog!

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Hi Lean Green Bean readers! My name is is Miriam and I am one of the writers of Bellaspire, a healthy living blog that focuses on aspiring for beauty in all aspects of life. I am so excited to be guest posting today and have a delicious recipe to share! Lindsay put me to the challenge to come up with a great vegetarian recipe, which certainly forced me to step outside my comfort zone. Boy am I glad that I did!!

I wanted to create a recipe that was simple and easy to prepare. Since I knew I wasn’t using meat, I wanted to use another protein source to balance out my macronutrient ratios. I decided on a veggie lasagna using cottage cheese in place of the standard ricotta. I went to the grocery store and stocked up on a medley of veggies along with typical lasagna staples.

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I layered everything into the slow cooker and let the magic happen. Although this was vegetarian, my tastebuds were entirely fooled and the results were a cheesy savory heaven!

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It was nearly 80 degrees in North Carolina today so naturally dinner was enjoyed outdoors. After dinner I enjoyed catching up on my Google Reader and checking in with my new Blends. As a new blogger I am so excited to network with so many individuals with similar interests! I am endlessly inspired and motivated by blogs like Lindsay’s. Health, happiness, and friendship are truly beautiful things :)!

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Veggie Lasagna

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Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, sliced into ½ inch slices lengthwise
  • 8-oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 5-oz container baby spinach leaves
  • 29-oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 4-oz uncooked lasagna
  • 4 cups (16-oz) shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cups small curd cottage cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

In a medium bowl combine sauce, water, paste, salt, pepper, oregano, fennel, garlic powder, and basil. Mix well.

Spread 1/4 of the sauce in an ungreased slow cooker.

Arrange 1/3 of the noodles over sauce (you may need to break noodles to fit size of the slow cooker).

Combine cheeses and spoon 1/3 over the noodles.

Layer 1/2 of the eggplant, mushrooms, and spinach over cheese mixture.

Repeate layers once.

Layer 1/4 of the sauce, remaining noodles, and then remaining cheese. Top with remaining sauce.

Cover and cook on low for 5-8 hours until vegetables reach desired consistency.

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Now it’s your turn! Tell us…what’s your favorite vegetarian crockpot recipe??

–Lindsay–

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Comments

  1. I’ve never tried making lasagna in my crock pot, but this post has definitely inspired me! It looks sooo delicious. Thank you for sharing! (:
    My favorite vegan slow-cooker recipe is a spicy lentil chili that I make all the time. It’s super simple and delicious! Plus, the slow-cooker does almost all the work. You can’t beat that!
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  2. This looks incredible…and uses some of my favorite ingredients.

    Silly me, however…I don’t have a slow-cooker. :)

  3. Love this!! We’re staying in a hotel right now, and I’m pretty much using my slow cooker exclusively. So I’m always on the lookout for recipes! ;)
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  4. Guuuuurl… if only I HAD a slow cooker. This looks fantastic. :)
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  5. my husband would kiss me FULL ON THE MOUTH (for a longa**while :)) if I surprised him with this one.
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  6. That looks really tasty! I don’t have a slow cooker, sadly (I need to get one), but making lasagna in one would make things so much easier!
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Foods I’m Loving

  7. Love to hear about meat-eaters diving into veg cooking – and look how good this turned out?! :) Great combo of veggies too!

    I’m not much of a slow cooker person, it’s more of a rare occurrence in our house. :)
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    • i have found myself using it less now that i’m vegetarian because some stuff just gets too mushy..but there are some good recipes out there!

  8. I would have never thought to do a lasagna in a crock pot :o

    Sounds and looks good, though :)

    I have a black bean stew I have been wanting to try out in the crock pot :) But with the warm weather happening now I think it will have to wait!?

  9. Looks fantastic! I love veggie lasagna, but have never had one made in a slow cooker.
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  10. Yay!! Lindsay thank you so much for having me and for being an awesome blend :) !
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  11. I love my slow cooker and am always looking for easy, crock pot meals. This one looks like a winner! :-)
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  12. I’ve never tried making a veggie lasagna before, after seeing this I realize I need to get on it…and in a slow cooker too; genius!! Although I hate mushrooms, so I will be leaving those out!

  13. I’m not vegitarian, but I do LOVE my crock pot!
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  14. I always am so pleased by vegetarian meals and tell myself that I could def go vegetarian. This recipe proves why! Will have to try it out. Thanks!
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  15. This sounds delicious! I made a veggie tomato sauce with chicken sausages a few weeks ago that was incredible! I think that will become a new favorite, especially when I can get fresh, local eggplant and zucchini.
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  16. I totally need a slow cooker!
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  17. I don’t have a slow cooker, but want to try this in a steamer or pressure cooker. Not sure how it will turn out, but bears experimenting!

    thanks!
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  18. Ooooohhh I need to make this! Is there a non-dairy type of cheese that could be used in place of the cottage cheese?
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