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Date: Wed, 1 Nov 1995 14:22:07 -0800
 From: (mcgimp@dmi.net) (Linda Brock)
 Thought I'd share this old stand-by of mine. I'm afraid I can't properly
 attribute - I think I got it from a friend, but it's been years. . . The
 combination of spinach, mushrooms and olives in the sauce give a robust
 taste that usually appeals to SAD eaters as well.
      Hearty Vegetarian Lasagna (serves 6-8)
 8-10 lasagna noodles, cooked, drained & rinsed in cold water
 16 oz. fresh spinach, washed, stems removed; or subs. 2 boxes
         frozen leaf spinach, thawed
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 2 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
 1 c. grated carrot
 1 c. chopped onion
 1/2 c. pitted ripe olives, sliced*
 2-3 T. chopped fresh parsley
 few T. sauteing liquid
 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
 14-16 oz. crushed tomatoes
 1 tsp dried oregano
 1 tsp dried basil
 8 oz. LF/FF cottage cheese, mixed with
 8 oz. LF/FF ricotta cheese
 1-2 tsp grated lemon peel, added to cottage/ricotta cheese (optional)
 16 oz. grated LF/FF white cheese - monteray jack, mozzarella, or combo
 Parmesan cheese (FF) to sprinkle on top
 Preheat oven 375 deg. F.  Cook spinach (if fresh) in small amt of liquid in
 large skillet until wilted; set aside. In skillet in sauteing liquid, cook
 garlic a few minutes, then add onions, carrots, mushrooms, basil, oregano
 and parsley; cook until tender. Add all tomato products and olives; cook
 over low heat till heated through (5-8 min.). Lightly oil 13x9x2 baking
 dish. Spread a tiny amt. of veggie sauce mixture on bottom, just to moisten
 noodles; then using half the ingredients, layer:  noodles (edges slightly
 overlapping), cottage/ricotta cheese mixture, spinach (spread leaves out as
 much as possible), grated white cheese, and sauce. Repeat for second layer
 with other half of ingredients. Sprinkle top with grated parmesan. Bake for
 30-35 minutes (may need to put foil under to catch drips), remove from oven
 and allow to set for about 10 min. before serving. Freezes well.
 *adds 1 to 2 g. fat per serving, depending on serving size
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