Best EVER Egg and Dairy Free Lasagne – Vegan Lasagna Recipe!
January has been amazing! I have been cooking so many egg and dairy free recipes for kids and I have really loved the challenge. The best though has to be these dairy free lasagne which literally took me 6 disasters BUT you will be happy to hear these work! AND they are amazing!
We are proper lasagne fans in our house, so you can imagine the look of horror when I told my kids I had made a vegan lasagne recipe! I honestly have received thousands of messages from parents asking for alternatives to cheese, béchamel sauce, egg lasagne sheets, that I really felt it was about time, these parents needs and requests were met. So voila! Egg and Dairy Free Lasagne that honestly tastes just like the real thing!
Non Egg Pasta Sheets
Fresh pasta, normally found in the fridge of your local supermarket but also easy to make fresh at home. It generally is made with egg so not suitable for babies and kids with egg allergies. Fresh pasta is soft and easy to cut into little circles for a recipe like this. For this recipe, buy egg free pasta sheets, place into a tray of hot water. Place the tray in the oven for about 5 minutes and let the pasta soften. Carefully remove the tray and gently take each sheet out. I like to line a board with parchment paper and cut circles out, this prevents sticking. When placing the pasta into the tray, make sure it is lightly oiled so after cooking they just pop right out 🙂
I used the Dunnes Stores new Italian range of dried lasagne sheets which were perfect and 100% egg free.
Dairy Free Béchamel Sauce
A normal béchamel sauce is made by melting butter, adding in flour then cooking gently before pouring in milk stirring well until it forms a thick creamy sauce. It is at this point that you can add cheese to make a cheese sauce, or chives and onion to make an onion sauce.
This sauce is quite different from the normal béchamel in that it uses no butter and no dairy! What!!!! Instead, I have used roasted butternut squash. Mix with garlic, garlic powder, onion powder and a splash of a plant based milk. When blended it honestly turns super creamy. This is then used in replacement for a regular béchamel in lasagne and is just as nice!
Roasting the vegetables makes such a difference to the taste of this recipe. It is a step you don’t have to do but I promise it is so worth it. Cooking in just one pan is amazing plus it saves on cleaning up! To keep this dish completely plant-based, I replaced meat with lentils to add protein in. Lentils are a great source of protein. They are also a super source of iron too so perfect for your entire families diet. 1 cup of dried lentils is nearly 54g of protein! Isn’t that amazing! This was based on back of pack nutritional.
All of the veggies used were part of the Dunnes Stores Everyday Savers Range so AMAZING value!!!
Plant Based Cheese
There are some amazing vegan or dairy free cheese products on the market now. You only need a small sprinkle and it is enough to make the tops crispy and cheesy.
For a good plant based cheese I used Violife which is available in Dunnes Stores. For a good regular good cheddar cheese, I use the Dunnes Stores own brand cheeses which are aaaaaamzing!
Batch Cook Dinner
This recipe makes 24 mini muffin lasagnes and also 12 larger muffin tin lasagnes too. Serving size – Adults 2 larger muffin sized lasagnes and kids – 2 mini muffin tin sized lasagnes. Smaller babies starting weaning would only eat one so when you think about it that is a LOT of dinners.
Here are some of my favourite dairy free recipes for babies or vegan recipes for kids: Broccoli and Cauliflower Fritters, Sesame and Soy Cauliflower Wings, Vegan Veggie Loaded Moroccan Stew, Baby Friendly Korma with Vegan Option, Good Morning Baby Breakfast Cookies.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. I am SO SO excited for you all to make this!
Lots of love,