A delicious, gluten-free Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna that is perfect for Meatless Mondays and really just about any time!
Eggplant is a very interesting vegetable that I honestly didn't get an opportunity to appreciate until I got much older. In addition to there being several health benefits to enjoying this tasty vegetable, it is quite versatile.
You can grill it, fry it, or sauté it, but if you want to go the healthy route, baking it is the way to go. My Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna will introduce you to a new and tasty way to partake in this classic dish.
So what are the health benefits of eggplant?
Well to name a few, eggplant helps to maintain a healthy heart, has anti-cancer effects, can control and prevent diabetes, and assists in lowering blood pressure. Now that's saying a lot!
What better way to share my love of Italian-American cuisine than to create something everyone can enjoy. Not only is my Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna perfect for a vegetarian meal, but it's gluten-free as well.
A few quick tips when cooking with eggplant:
Cut the vegetable into the desired slices and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. This allows the moisture to be removed thus making it easier for ingredients to stay on and it helps with the texture once cooked.
Eggplant can become mushy and bitter if not cooked properly. So don't overcook it. When prepared properly, the end result is a rich, savory, and meaty eggplant.
Lasagna only gets better when you add tons of cheese and I certainly did not skimp on the cheese in this recipe! I also used fresh mushrooms instead of using meat so this dish is quite filling as well. The additional flavors from the basil crushed tomatoes and the Parmesan-loaded eggplant make this recipe hard to resist.
When you want to take a ride on the wild side give this Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna a try and you will enjoy great food with less guilt.
Here are a few more ideas for your Meatless Mondays:
- Creamy Rice and Mushroom Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms
- Roasted Garlic and Spinach Parmesan Pizza
- Easy Breezy Vegetable Lo Mein
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad
- Nothing But Cheese Enchiladas