Archive for Monday, November 8, 2010

It’s Meatless Monday! Why not make this tasty lasagna tonight?

November 8, 2010


You know what today is? Of course you do — you read the headline, right?

It's Monday and therefore it's Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday is a money- and health-saving initiative so old that even Herbert Hoover participated in it. Started during World War I, Meatless Monday encouraged Americans to cut meat out of their diets at least one day a week to save precious war-time resources. The campaign returned along with rationing during World War II and helped the allies keep Europe fed.

But it wasn't until 2003 that Meatless Monday became a permanent campaign, backed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health's Center for a Livable Future. The idea? To help Americans cut meat consumption by 15 percent to help both the community's overall health and the health of the planet, which is strained by the commercial production of meat and its use of resources like water and oil.

That said, even if you're digesting a cheeseburger while reading this, don't fear, you can still participate, and over time save yourself money and possibly improve your health, just by starting small and making something meatless tonight. And, lucky for you, we've provided a recipe so you don't even have to think. You just have to print this page and wander into the grocery store.

And yes, we'll be posting a recipe each week on Monday, so you don't even have to work extra hard to participate.

The first recipe we've chosen is a good transitional recipe, meant to be easy on folks who are used to eating three meaty square meals a day. It's a cheesy lasagna that can be whipped up in an hour or so and is hearty enough to work well as lunch leftovers the next day.

Eggplant and Artichoke White Lasagna


Olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 leeks, white and light green parts, finely chopped

Salt to taste

1 medium eggplant (approximately 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 6 dried lasagna noodles


1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups reduced fat milk

1/4 cup grated grana padano cheese, divided

1/2 cup goat cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

1 (13.75-ounce) can water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 1/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, leeks and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Set leeks aside and wipe out skillet.

Pour enough oil into skillet to reach a depth of 1/4-inch and heat over medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry eggplant, flipping once, until golden and soft, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer eggplant as done to a paper towel-lined sheet tray and blot well with more paper towels. Repeat process with remaining eggplant, adding more oil as necessary. Sprinkle both sides of eggplant slices with salt when done.

Cook noodles according directions on package, then drain and set aside.

For the sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Slowly whisk in milk until combined well. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the grana padano, goat cheese, salt and pepper, and reserved leeks and remove from heat. Stir just until cheese melts, then set sauce aside.

Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and spread 1/4 cup of the sauce on bottom of pan. Top with 2 noodles, then layer with half of the eggplant and artichoke hearts, 1/2 cup sauce, and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Repeat with a second layer and then place the last 2 noodles on top. Spread remaining sauce over noodles and top with remaining mozzarella and grana padano.

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for 5 minutes more. Set lasagna aside to let cool for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.


sweetiepie 7 years ago

Am I missing something?? What is "seitan"?

Bladerunner 7 years ago

thats the guy "Churchlady" from saturday night live warned us about!

somedude20 7 years ago

Meatless Mondays, fine then we must have double the meat Thursdays! Turducken: You will need: • 10 to 12-pound turkey, deboned (see photo instructions) except for wings and legs. • 5 to 6-pound duck, completely deboned. • 3 to 4-pound chicken, completely deboned. • Prepared stuffing (see recipe). • Metal skewers. • Large roasting pan.

for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

dontcallmedan 7 years ago

" for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction"

If this was true, we would be in for a thousand years of meatless meals.

WHY 7 years ago

I don't know about saving money. That recipe looks way more expensive than hamburger helper.

amrose42683 7 years ago

I was thinking the same thing. I have a great recipe for veggie lasagna that does not include anything 'normal' folks have never heard of before and is easy on the wallet. I'm thinking this recipe would cost about $15 bucks at least. I could do a w/meat lasagna for much cheaper!

kernal 7 years ago

Wonder how lasagna with Lucinta Kale would be? I seem to have an over abundance, but it sure is pretty and smells so good. Would have to throw in some Italian sausage for oomph.

Meatless for me is usually pasta, soups, wraps or salads.

shorttrees 7 years ago

Merriam-Webster says "seitan" is flavored wheat gluten often used as a meat analogue. And yes, it is pronounced the same as "satan". Funny, huh!

Bladerunner 7 years ago

2 for 1 burgers tonight at Henry T's. Thats how I spend meatless Monday.

Unreal 7 years ago

Another super easy way to make veg Lasagna is to take your favorite recipe of it, and just substitute the cow with Boca crumbles or Morningstar Farms burger crumbles, and then use Daiya Cheese (all can be found at HyVee & Merc) and you'll have a delicious, healthy version of your favorite Lasagna without all the fat & cholesteral of animal flesh and dairy. Enjoy! :)

Keith 7 years ago

Apparently you can't hail Seitan with impunity on the LJW website.

Kash_Encarri 7 years ago

The Twinkie Diet sounds a whole lot more fun to me, and you can lose weight doing it. Everything in moderation folks -

Amy Heeter 7 years ago

Sounds more like eggplant Parm to me but whatever it still sounds good.

dontcallmedan 7 years ago

You must have been a rebel in grade school.

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