A few months ago I enjoyed the HelloFresh meal packages for a few weeks. We had delicious, healthy and versatile for those weeks. In addition to the ingredients, there are always recipes in the meal boxes.
I have preserved the recipes of the most delicious dishes, but they were pretty much all of them. Every now and then, I pick up such a recipe again and get to work on it.
Most recipes are made with simple (mostly fresh) products and usually it does not take you much time to make it. Especially when you combine work and family, that is an important detail. In addition, I personally find it important to work with fresh products as much as possible and to make as little use as possible of ready-made bags and packages.
This week I got two vegetarian eaters. In my male household I sometimes cook vegetarian but not often. No matter how small the piece of chicken or meat is, the men like meat (or chicken). Sometimes I smuggle and I just cook a vegetarian recipe. They only notice that when they sit at the table. Usually it goes without too much grumbling inside. Just because it tastes good. I am not really experienced in the vegetarian kitchen, but now that I would get eaters, I had to think of something.
Suddenly I had to think of this HelloFresh recipe. Because of the minced meat there is of course nothing vegetarian about it, but I could still remember that it was very tasty. So good that the men 'fought' for the last piece. If I would replace the minced beef with mozzarella and walnuts ...?! The addition of the walnuts would give the lasagne a 'bite', something I usually miss a bit with lasagne.
It turned out to be a successful choice. Everyone enjoyed the food and the scale was just not being larded. Even my meat eaters liked this lasagna. In fact, Leo said after a few bites: 'You do not completely miss the minced meat in this way!'
I would therefore like to share it with you. If you are really tight in your time, cleaning and cutting vegetables can be quite a job. Personally, I always find it a calming job, especially when I have a hectic day behind me, then cutting vegetables becomes a kind of 'zen moment' for me. But if you do not have it and you are in a hurry you can always adjust the recipe a bit and choose cans of tomato cubes, pre-cut onions and crushed garlic. Of course the thyme does not have to be fresh, it can also come out of a spice jar.
Recipe vegetarian lasagna to an idea from HelloFresh
The ingredients are based on 4 people.
3 garlic cloves
400 grams of spinach
4 tsp thyme
1 package of cooking cream
100 grams of Grana Padano
8 pieces of lasagne leaves
2 packs of mozzarella
1 box of walnuts
300 ml vegetable stock
4 tbsp flour
6 tablespoon butter
1 tbsp olive oil
pepper and salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees and prepare the stock. Chop the onion and cut or crush the garlic. Cut the tomato into cubes, cut or tear the spinach, cut the mozzarella into slices, break the walnuts into smaller pieces. Do you have fresh thyme? Then zip the leaves of the twigs and cut the thyme even finer.
Heat the butter in a wok or frying pan and fry the onion and garlic over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Add 1/3 of the stock and stir with a whisk. Repeat this operation 2 more times with the remaining stock and stir smooth. Bring the sauce to the boil, add the tomato and cook for 1 minute.
Add the thyme and spinach to the sauce and let it all sink. Finally add the cooking cream and 1/3 of the grana padano and season with pepper.
Grease an oven dish with the olive oil. First, pour a thin layer of sauce into the baking dish. Cover them with part of the lasagne sheets and press well. Put half of the slices of Mozzarella cheese on the sheets, sprinkle them with half of the walnuts, sprinkle some Grana Padano over them and finish with a layer of sauce. Repeat until everything runs out and finish with a layer of cheese.
Bake the lasagna in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Enjoy your meal!