Entrees, Recipes

Thanksgiving Lasagna

Thanksgiving can be a rough time for vegetarians and vegans. Not only is turkey a thing, but family dinners with your family who are probably not also vegan. If your experience is anything like ours you are stuck with the one vegetable side that doesn’t have butter or dairy in it and well that just not going to cut it this year.

As many of you know, we’re Canadian, which means our Thanksgiving has come and gone already. We wish it weren’t true, because we really wish we had this recipe in time for our dinners. Not only are you going to love this recipe, we can almost guarantee that your family is going to be crazy jealous that you are eating this masterpiece.

As if lasagna wasn’t enough, we shoved everyone’s favourite flavours from their Thanksgiving table into each layer and the result is mouth-watering! Now every bite you take is like a little Thanksgiving party in your mouth. We promise everyone at your Thanksgiving dinner will be begging you for a piece.

These big family dinners are the perfect time to show your family just how delicious veganism can be. That’s why we try to make our holiday dinners as epic as possible. Make sure everyone remembers just how good that one vegan dish was.

PS. This recipes is a part of a Thanksgivign collaboration with the amazing Cheap Lazy Vegan and The Viet Vegan. Be sure to check out their recipes because they look so damn good. Your perfect Thanksgiving meal is just a few clicks away.

Thanksgiving Lasagna

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package of lasagna noodles
  • 1 package Daiya mozzarella shreds
  • 1 serving of our mushroom gravy (blended in a vitamix for a smooth texture)

Sweet Potato Mash:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped

Green Bean/Mushroom Mix:

  • 1 1/2 cups green beans, diced
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup dehydrated mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Instructions:

  1. Add your dehydrated mushrooms to some boiling water and set aside for about 10-15 minutes or until re-hydrated.
  2. Prep your ingredients by peeling and dicing your sweet potatoes and setting aside in a medium pan. Then you want to dice your green beans, white mushrooms and re-hydrated mushrooms, and add to a medium bowl mixing them together. Roughly chop your parsley and set aside and do the same to your spinach.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F.
  4. Add boiling water to your sweet potatoes and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Set aside.
  5. To sautee your green bean and mushroom mixture add your avocado oil to a heated pan and allow to cook and steam with the lid on for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  6. Cook your lasagna noodles according to the instructions on package.
  7. Once your potatoes are fork tender, drain the water and mash with a potato masher. Next add in your non-dairy milk and avocado oil and mix until smooth. Add in your nutritional yeast, garlic, onion powder and parsley and mix until distributed evenly. Lastly add in your chopped spinach and mix until wilted. If it doesn’t wilt from the heat of the potatoes, once it gets into the oven it will.
  8. Once your noodles are cooked, drain the water and rinse gently with some cold water to stop them from cooking and make it easier to handle them.
  9. Assemble your lasagna by adding a layer of noodles, then sweet potato mash, then green bean and mushroom mixture and then daiya cheese shreds. Continue until your pan is full. We ended up with about 3 layers in total. Be sure to change the direction of your pasta noodles with each layer. When you get tot he final layer be sure to add more cheese for extra gooey-ness.
  10. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for about 30 minutes removing the foil for the last 10 minutes.
  11. Top with mushroom gravy and serve.