Christmas Dinner Lasagna without Dairy

It’s been a tradition in my family that I make lasagna for Christmas dinner for many years. Some years I make a veggy lasagna, some years I make one with turkey sausage and sometimes I even make an alfredo lasagna with chicken. This year I had the new challenge of making a lasagna for my wife with no dairy. I still made a dairy lasagna for everyone else. This year I made it with organic chicken sausage from New Season’s, fresh mushrooms, onions and zucchini. I went to the store with the intention to get organic ricotta cheese, but when I saw how expensive it would be, I decided against it this time, especially after seeing how much the ricotta substitute was going to cost for my wife’s lasagne.

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The best idea for a substitution that I could find for ricotta that had no dairy or soy was mixing crushed pignoli (pine) nuts, nutritional yeast, lemon and salt. I couldn’t believe how well it turned out, although I couldn’t believe how expensive raw pignoli nuts are (like $20.00/lb.). I found later that I could have mixed crushed almonds and/or cashews as well (next year!) or I found cheaper Pine Nuts at Amazon. I also used rice cheese and chicken sausage and made my wife a very delicious lasagne!

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Author: cbeckley

I am a web/graphic/logo designer who develops websites in XHTML/CSS, knows SEO and dables in CAD & 3D Modeling. Since moving to Portland, my family and I have become more aware of the junk put into our bodies. Now we are striving to eat more organic, natural products without so many additives, preservatives and junk. We’re not perfect and we’re not snobs. We will sometimes eat bad food that we know has junk in it, but we are striving to better ourselves a little at a time. This blog is going to be about the different ways we eat and live healthier and some of the interesting facts that we find out about foods and junk around us.

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