Rip Esselstyn's Sweet Potato & Vegetable Lasagna

Created for the Engine 2 Diet, this recipe will help you pass Drill 1 with flying colors. This lasagna recipe that replaces cheese full of artery clogging fat and beef loaded with dietary cholesterol with antioxidant-rich vegetables the fiber of whole grain noodles. It's less than half the calories of traditional lasagna! To purchase your copy of The Engine 2 Diet, click here.

Serves 10-12

1 Onion (chopped)
1 Small head of garlic (all cloves chopped or pressed)
8 oz Mushrooms (sliced)
1 head Broccoli (chopped)
2 Carrots (chopped)
2 Red bell peppers (seeded and chopped)
1 can Corn (rinsed and drained)
1 package Firm tofu
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Rosemary
2 jars Pasta sauce
2 boxes Whole grain lasagna noodles
16 oz Frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
2 Sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed)
6 Roma tomatoes (sliced thin)
1 cup Raw cashews (ground)

Preheat oven to 400 ° F. Saute the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan. Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liquid. Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan.

Saute the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl. Saute the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften. Add them to them to the vegetable bowl.

Drain the tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl. Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.

Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch casserole with a layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy. Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles. Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce.

Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles. Cover the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes. Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce.

Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the over for 15 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

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