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Healthy Veggie Crumble Lasagna Recipe

Updated on March 18, 2016
Lasagna with spring mix salad and strawberries.
Lasagna with spring mix salad and strawberries. | Source

Veggie Lasagna Is Great With Veggie Crumbles

If you're looking for a scrumptious, easy meal for dinner, why not try some veggie crumble lasagna? Pair it with a baby green salad and a light vinaigrette, and it's sure to be a hit.

The recipe calls for mozzarella cheese, and otherwise healthy ingredients. Mixed together, this lasagne boasts a delectable Italian flavor.

The veggie crumbles act just like meat and taste very similar to it. I'm not a vegetarian, but I try to eat healthfully and use veggie crumbles in a lot of recipes that call for beef. It's basically a 1:1 substitution.

This wonderful lasagne recipe featuring veggie crumbles, coupled with a fresh salad and a great homemade vinaigrette dressing will make your taste buds dance with joy.


Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: 4-6 servings
4.5 stars from 8 ratings of Veggie Crumble Lasagna

Ingredients For Veggie Crumble Lasagna

  • 8 oz. pkg. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 6 oz. pkg. Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
  • 12 oz. pkg. veggie crumbles
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 box lasagna noodles
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Gather your ingredients for veggie crumble lasagne.  Here I used Parmesan, mozzarella, Boca veggie crumbles, ricotta cheese, and lasagne noodles.Cook noodles according to package instructions.  You'll need about half the box.Spread a thin layer of diced tomatoes onto bottom of greased pan.Top with veggie crumbles, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella.Layer lasagne noodles on top and then begin again.  Add tomato, veggie crumbles, ricotta and mozzarella.End the top layer with three rows of lasagne noodles.Top that with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.Bake lasagne in oven 30-35 minutes or until Parmesan has begun to brown.
Gather your ingredients for veggie crumble lasagne.  Here I used Parmesan, mozzarella, Boca veggie crumbles, ricotta cheese, and lasagne noodles.
Gather your ingredients for veggie crumble lasagne. Here I used Parmesan, mozzarella, Boca veggie crumbles, ricotta cheese, and lasagne noodles. | Source
Cook noodles according to package instructions.  You'll need about half the box.
Cook noodles according to package instructions. You'll need about half the box. | Source
Spread a thin layer of diced tomatoes onto bottom of greased pan.
Spread a thin layer of diced tomatoes onto bottom of greased pan. | Source
Top with veggie crumbles, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella.
Top with veggie crumbles, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella. | Source
Layer lasagne noodles on top and then begin again.  Add tomato, veggie crumbles, ricotta and mozzarella.
Layer lasagne noodles on top and then begin again. Add tomato, veggie crumbles, ricotta and mozzarella. | Source
End the top layer with three rows of lasagne noodles.
End the top layer with three rows of lasagne noodles. | Source
Top that with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Top that with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. | Source
Bake lasagne in oven 30-35 minutes or until Parmesan has begun to brown.
Bake lasagne in oven 30-35 minutes or until Parmesan has begun to brown. | Source

Instructions

  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. You'll need about 9-12 pasta strips. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 9x11 pan. On bottom layer, spoon about 1/4 can of the crushed tomatoes into pan, then top with a thin layer of veggie crumbles, a thin layer of the ricotta cheese, and a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. Top with three lasagna noodles, side by side.
  3. Repeat step two until you have three or four pasta layers. End with three strips of pasta on top.
  4. On the top layer, spread the remaining mozzarella cheese and about 4 oz. of the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until the Parmesan cheese begins to brown on edges.
Yummy veggie lasagna with baby greens and strawberries.
Yummy veggie lasagna with baby greens and strawberries. | Source

Variations, Tips and Tricks

  • If you want to try something different, you can add sauteed onions, sliced olives or spinach to the different layers. Add a few minutes to the cooking time so it all can heat sufficiently.
  • There's no need to thaw the veggie crumbles before adding to the lasagna.
  • Adding olive oil to the water helps prevent the water from boiling over and keeps the noodles from getting too sticky.

Strawberries, spring mix baby greens, pecans and a little bit of mozzarella make up this simple, yet delicious salad.
Strawberries, spring mix baby greens, pecans and a little bit of mozzarella make up this simple, yet delicious salad. | Source

Ingredients

Baby Green Salad:

1 pint strawberries, sliced

1 pkg. organic baby greens (I used a "half and half" mix: half spring mix and half spinach)

1 pkg. pecan slices (3.5 oz.)

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

Mix spring mix baby greens with pecans and cheese. Serve on plates. Top with strawberries. Add vinaigrette if you wish.


The vinaigrette is really simple: vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, mustard, peppercorns and salt are all you need.
The vinaigrette is really simple: vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, mustard, peppercorns and salt are all you need. | Source

Vinaigrette Dressing:

2 tbsp vinegar (I used organic apple cider vinegar)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp cracked peppercorns

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp honey dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Instructions:

Mix oil and vinegar first. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. This recipe will serve 4.

Did You Know?

  • Parmesan cheese originally came from Italy. Cows that are fed only hay or grass produce the milk needed for this type of cheese.
  • Usually Parmesan is aged 2-3 years before going to market. The harder it becomes, the better.
  • Mozzarella cheese also comes from Italy. It contains lots of moisture, so it's better to eat it immediately.
  • Mozzarella with a lower moisture content is better in dishes like lasagna.

A Little More Information About Veggie Crumbles

  • Veggie crumbles are a great source of protein. They have 13g of protein and 70 calories per serving.
  • Veggie crumbles are made from soybeans.
  • Consuming soy is good for you because studies show that it can help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
  • If you think soy is a new trend, think again. It's been around for a long time. The Chinese considered them a sacred grain as early as 2838 BC, according to the Boca Meatless Crumbles website.

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never heard of this type of dish before but it looks delicious and sounds healthy. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Hey, alocsin! :) Thanks for stopping by! Great to see you. This is really yummy. :)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great Hub! I like lasagna a lot and have used the frozen vegie lasaga before. I did not know what Veggie Crumbles are, so thanks for adding that info.

      The salad dressing sounds really good. I will surprise my wife with this.

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Yummy! We love veggie lasagna in our house. I've actually written a hub about our version. I'll link this one to it if that's ok. I'll try out your version and see what the family thinks! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      xstatic - great to see you! I'm glad I could help with learning about veggie crumbles. :) I hope your wife loves the dressing you make. I'm sure she will. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Cara - link, link! Sweet! I will also link to yours. I've just popped on here for a few moments while I'm here at work, but when I get more time, I will link to yours this evening. :) Yum!!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      cclitgirl - what a beautiful dish this is - looks great! The strawberries on the salad was the very first thing that caught my eye. Your photos and instructions are great. I'll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing

      Voted up and shared / tweeted too :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That looks awesome! Well presented hub, too. Very attractive. Hey, what are veggie crumbles? I've never heard of that. The salad dressing looks awesome, too! Have to share this one. Many votes, too!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      missolive - thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. Hmmm, strawberries. Now, you've got me thinking I need to make a yogurt smoothie with them. Hehe. Thank you for the kudos and shares. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - Hi there!! Veggie crumbles are like "ground meat" but they're not meat. They're made from soy. So, they look and act like meat, and taste pretty much like meat, but they're a vegetable. :) They're in the frozen foods section of the supermarket - you can get Boca, or MorningStar as the most common varieties.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      This lasagna looks delicious - must try this out! I was about to ask you where you get the veggie crumbles but I see the answer up above so thanks :) This may be just the recipe to sneak some veggies into my boys' bellies without them knowing it! Thanks for the recipe - voted up and tweeting!

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      hectordang 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious, and I definitely like recipes that don't take a lot of time to prepare!

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      HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for sharing the recipe! It sure looks delicious, and I eat very little meat so this would be a great recipe to try.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I had a really good chili made with veggie crumbles, and I didn't even know it was a meatless meal. I enjoyed the taste. I can see where this would be perfect in lasagna as well. I would really enjoy a piece today.

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      This is the first time I really understood what veggie crumbles were all about! Thanks for teaching this old dog a new trick!

      I can't wait to put this recipe together! Someone in my family has a problem with eating tomatoes, so I will have to substitute with Tomatillos. It has worked great in tomato recipes in the past. Great Hub, CC!

      HubHugs~

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      alissa - yes, this is one thing I LOVE about veggie crumbles is that they are made from vegetables! So, it's a great way to sneak in a good bit of "veggie". Hehe. Even my very traditional mother in law loves my veggie crumble chili. :) Thanks for the kudos and votes!! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      hectordang - thanks so much for stopping by. :) This doesn't take too long. The longest part is the actual "waiting" while it's in the oven. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      HawaiiHeart - thanks so much for your feedback. :) I don't eat much meat, either and my hubby needs lots of protein, so this is a happy medium. Veggie crumbles are so versatile. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      teaches - now, if there were a way to instantly send this to you, I would! Hehe, too bad we don't have those replicator things like they do in the 24th century. Haha. Just kidding. Let me know how yours turns out when you make it. :) (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      K9 - great to see you! I'm glad I could help you learn a new trick. Hehe. MMMM, tomatillos. Yum. I love those, too. I have used veggie crumbles for years and have adapted them for so many recipes. Hmmm...I think you just gave me an IDEA! Yes!! (HUGS)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent hub! Lasagna is my family's favorite meal that I prepare and if I alter the recipe in any way, shape or form they make me aware of it. Haha! I like your idea, I'll attempt to talk them into it. If not I'll just stop by and admire your hub!:))

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Sunshine - hehehe, your family sounds very cute. :) I wonder if they'd notice the difference with the veggie crumbles? It's "untelling" as my father-in-law used to like to say. Hehe, feel free to "stop by" anytime and I'll be seeing you around the 'hub' Hehe. (HUGS)

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I think I am going to make this tonight! It looks yummy. The salad is my favorite salad: fruit and greens with a sprinkle of nuts. Mmmmmm. Thank you for posting this wonderful hub!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted useful and interesting. Thanks, CC, for another alternative.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      EyesStraight - hi there! Thanks for stopping by. :) I LOVE this salad so much that after making this, I went BACK to the store so I could make some more! Hehe. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      aviannovice - great to see you! Thanks so much for stopping by. :) I appreciate your feedback and (HUGS). :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Cyndi,

      I'm a vegetarian, and I frequently use the Morningstar Farms brand of veggie crumbles in my recipes. Thanks for publishing this great article.

      If I may mention something to your readers...

      If anyone is interested in trying veggie crumbles, the Morningstar Farms brand is sold at Target and is a lot less money in their frozen food section than in a regular supermarket.

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      cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

      One word Yummy :) Great recipe :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Good to know, Daisy! :) My nearest Target store is 30 miles away, so I rarely make it over there. I wait until the crumbles are on sale at my supermarket and stock up. Hehe.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and offering your expertise. I definitely use both Morningstar Farm and Boca in my "meaty" choices all the time. Hehe, it just depends on which one is on sale. Ha! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      cebutourist - MMM, mmm, good! Thanks for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I will definitely have to give this dish a try but your salad too was more of an eye catcher for me. I had not heard of veggie crumbles. I will have to check around for them here in Ontario! Excellent photo lay out also.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Teresa - hey there! Great to see you! That salad was so yummy, I've been eating variations of it for days. :D The veggie crumbles are a staple in my diet - I love, love, love them. :) I hope you can get them up in Ontario.

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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      MMmmmmm. Sounds yummy! I cook with veggie crumble all the time, but for some reason I've never tried making a crumble lasagna; I usually just use cheese and veg. I'm going to try this soon.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Brainy Bunny - hi there! Oh, this is truly yummy - I make lasagna at least a couple of times per month because it's such a hit. Hehe. But, now you've got me craving mac and cheese...with veggie crumbles. :) Hmmm...another hub idea. :D Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Heh CC... reminds me it is time to eat again... lol... great work here and something that looks awesome...

      Hugs fro Canada

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Hellooooo, Rolly. :) Great to see a good ol' friend from Canada. I DO hope you're enjoying your day and yes, when it's time to eat again, sit by the fire, crank the oven and enjoy some lasagna. Hehe. (HUGS)

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I LOVE veggie crumble! But I would add lots of oregano and a little garlic to the tomatoes. :) But this sounds really cheesy and right up my alley. Voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      clevercat - mmmm, CHEESE. I love cheese waaay too much. Hehe. I could never be vegan. Vegetarian, yes, but vegan no. Adding spices to make a yummy dish even better - OH YES! :) (HUGS)

    • kelleyward 4 years ago

      What a great idea Cyndi! Adding this to my list of recipes to try. Voted up and shared. Also gave 5 stars. I love the originality! Kelley

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      Robert Elias Ballard 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Looks good and a great idea for dinner!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sharing this recipe with my followers + tweeting even though I have never used or tasted veggie crumbles. I can attest that vegetarian lasagna is delicious however. Your recipe sounds good and your salad dressing with the homemade vinaigrette is similar to one that my husband often makes which is really good. Thanks for your recipes!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Kelley! I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your comments. :)

      Fiddleman - thank you! Enjoy!

      Peggy W - thank you for the tweets and shares! I love veggie crumbles. In fact, I just made some chili with these last night. They're so yummy and versatile. :)

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      cynthtggt 3 years ago from New York, NY

      This hub looks delicious, the pictures and the recipe, which I'll be sharing. I wish I could take such beautiful pictures. Congratulations on such a beautiful and well presented hub.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Cynthtggt - thank you. I love my veggie crumbles. I probably eat them at least once or twice a week. :) I appreciate your feedback.

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      cynthtggt 3 years ago from New York, NY

      One more question, cclitgirl: Where do you get "veggie crumbles"? Do you mean those Japanese breadcrumbs, or Panko? What are veggie crumbles? (I went to the store yesterday looking for them so I could make your lasagna.)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Cynthtggt - they're in the frozen food section, near where you'll find veggie burgers, and other dinner stuff. :) If you make this, let me know how it turns out. I always love to hear how people liked it. :)

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      cynthtggt 3 years ago from New York, NY

      Will do! Thanks!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Cynthtggt - do keep me posted. :)

    • nina 3 years ago

      Can I add onions and mushrooms to this do you think?

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Nina - oh yes! Just treat them like another layer. Add the sauce, crumbles, cheese...then the onions, then the mushrooms. :) Cook for the same amount of time. You should be good to go.

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      Glenn Stok 4 months ago from Long Island, NY

      This looks like a fun thing to make. I'm also like you, not really a vegetarian but I always eat healthy. I look forward to trying your recipe and I like the variations you've included as well.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 months ago from Western NC

      Hey, Glenn! Good to see you!

      Haha...yeah, I'm not a strict vegetarian by any means (why did they have to invent bacon?) but I do really like putting veggie crumbles in things - it's so similar to regular meat but much better for you. :)

      Hope you're well!

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