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Gluten Free Vegan Cheesy Spinach Lasagne

This is a quick and easy recipe for a delicious gluten free vegan lasagne. I used a bought white sauce in the recipe but you can use homemeade if prefered, just keep the quantities the same. I used a creamy cheddar style cheese spread but any vegan cheese spread is fine.
The finished gluten free vegan lasagne will serve up to four people. Side dishes such as garlic bread, salad, vegetables or chips are nice additions to the meal too. It can be frozen at the end of the preparation steps and cooked straight from frozen at a later time. It is an ideal recipe for batch cooking or make ahead meals. If you wish to freeze the lasagne to cook later, assemble it in foil or another oven proof tray. This means it can be easily cooked straight from frozen when needed.

Spinach

Spinach belongs to the chenopodiaceae family which also includes beets, chard and quinoa. This highly nutritious leaf is in season in the spring but is generally available all year round.
Spinach has been long regarded as an excellent choice for boosting energy levels and for healthy blood and circulation. It is rich in iron, which helps red blood cells to function correctly and carry oxygen around the body. This leafy green is also a good source of vitamin K, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin B, manganese, magnesium and folic acid. The dark green colour of spinach is due to the fact that it contains high levels of chlorophll and carotenoids. These phyto chemicals have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Fresh spinach can be stored in the fridge for around four days and can also be successfully frozen. When cooking spinach, steaming, sautéing or microwaving are the best choices as these methods help to prevent loss of nutrients. This leafy green veg is also a green addition to green smoothies.

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Cheesy Spinach Gluten Free Vegan Lasagne Recipe

480g (17oz) dairy and gluten free white sauce (either homemade or bought)
225g (8oz) dairy free cheese spread
300g (10.5oz) fresh spinach
8 gluten free lasagne sheets (dairy and gluten free)
A handful of cherry tomatoes or 2 tomatoes
Grated dairy free cheese to top

1. If needed prepare the lasagne sheets according to the packet instructions. Some recommend a short pre-boiling before use.

2. Chop the spinach finely using a food processor or by hand and place into a bowl.

3. Melt the cheese spread in a large saucepan over a low heat. Once melted stir in the jar of white sauce and combine well. Finally stir in the chopped spinach and mix well to complete the filling.

4. Spoon a layer of filling into the bottom of an oiled dish (or several small ones for individual portions). Place a single layer of lasagne sheets on top of the filling, cutting or snapping them if required to fit.

5. Continue to layer the filling and lasagne sheets until they have all been used, finishing with a layer of the cheesy spinach filling.

6. Slice the tomatoes and place them on top of the cheesy filling. Top the lasagne with grated cheese.

Note – if you wish the lasagne can be frozen at this point. Allow it to cool, cover, label and freeze until needed.

7. Cook the lasagne at 200C (400F/Gas Mark 6) for 15 – 20 minutes, until the lasagne sheets are tender and the filling is bubbling. If cooking straight from frozen the lasagne will need to be cooked for approximately 40-45 minutes.

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