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Being lactose intolerant has had me missing out on certain foods. Craving lasagna yesterday, I was inspired to come up with the following recipe:

Vegetarian (or not!) Spinach/Tofu Lasagna (c)ChefUptothePlate-2013

8 oz oven ready lasagna (the kind that does not need boiling, a great invention- I like Delverde w/tomato but any type will do)

1 lb ground chicken breast, cooked with zucchini as below (chicken is OPTIONAL)

1 pkg (~14 oz) firm tofu, rinsed and drained

8 oz soy mozzarella cheese, shredded (I like Trader Joes best)

20 oz spinach (frozen, chopped works great, just thaw and drain)

1 small zucchini, chopped into small dice and sauteed for a minute or 2. 

1 jar pasta sauce (25-32 oz) – I like one with basil 

2 T Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)

Place tofu in a large bowl and using a pastry blender or 2 knifes, chop it up until it resembles ricotta cheese in texture. Add all the other ingredients except the noodles and the pasta sauce. Combine well. 

Preheat oven per lasagna noodle package. Layer noodles, pasta sauce and mixed ingredients in that order until tofu/spinach mixture is used up. End with noodles, sauce. Cover with foil and bake about 1/2 hour. Remove foil, sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano if you’d like, turn heat up to about 400 degrees and bake for about 5 more minutes.

No one will know that this lasagna is not made in the traditional manner. It tastes like Nonni  used to make. 


Author: ssleedsrd1843

Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook and to eat! Her love of both naturally led to a career in nutrition. After years practicing clinical nutrition, Sari now focuses on Nutrition Education. Sari’s limits her private practice to the counseling of adults specializing in medical nutrition therapy. With “moderation” as her mantra, Sari knows that no matter what the condition, eating needs to be pleasurable. Her blog,, is a forum reflecting that mantra with healthful and delicious foods as well as tips for a healthy lifestyle. All content of is the intellectual property of Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RDN, CDN

One thought on “Mangia

  1. Is this Steevie approved?

    Sent from my iPad

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