Dish of the week: vegan lasagne

Madeleine Raine gives us the insight on a vegan lasagne

Madeleine Raine
29th March 2020
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Slowly our lifestyles are reverting back to old habits and old recipes. I want to change this by offering an alternate take on a classic recipe; one that is plant-based and a healthy alternative.

Lasagne is an old-time favourite of most Brits and is something that most students are fond of making due to its simplicity and grand flavours. Not only is this dish quick and easy to make but can be prepared in bulk and frozen for later use. Whilst the classic meat lasagne adorns most restaurant menus, a vegan alternative has begun to take the stage and is favoured by an increasing number of people every day.

Choosing an alternative to meat is often the first challenge but one that is becoming easier as the years go on. Swapping out minced beef for a plant-based alternative such as Quorn is the first step to creating this vegan dish. Not only are we reducing our carbon footprint by opting for a more environmentally friendly option, but the flavours are still rich when soaked with a homemade vegetable stock or red wine sauce.

Designing a vegan lasagne sauce often appears to be the biggest hurdle in turning this classic meat dish into a plant-based alternative but is actually simpler than ever. Whilst the tomato sauce remains the same, you are probably wondering how we can veganise the highly popular Bechamel sauce. As veganism is slowly rising in popularity across the world and in particular in the UK, many supermarkets are opting to provide produce that serves these needs. Mixing both of these flavours together certainly makes for a delicious alternative to the classic Bechamel sauce. If you are wanting to opt for a cheaper and more sustainable homemade option however, then you can easily create a vegan-friendly white sauce, adding your chosen favourite vegan cheese to spice up the flavours.

Whilst a vegan lasagne at first may appear a chore in the making and a dish that does not excite the taste buds as strongly as the classic meat lasagne, a little time and effort can go a long way in creating a masterpiece. Finding the right recipe for you can help deliver a delicious alternative to meat whilst also being a healthy option. Why stop at Veganuary when you can adopt plant-based products into your everyday lifestyle and work towards a more environmentally friendly and healthier lifestyle?

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AUTHOR: Madeleine Raine
MA History student with a BA in English Literature and History. Lifestyle writer and avid traveller who has recently branched out to also cover news articles. Twitter @RaineMadeleine

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