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Happy Tasty Tuesday! I had a bunch of fun creating this butternut squash lasagna. Making it dairy free without missing out on the great cheesy texture that you typically get with a lasagna. I am used to avoiding specific foods due to my son’s food allergies of peanut, tree nut, sesame seed, sunflower seed, fish and cucumber. This time I wanted to make a dish for my mom, who has a dairy intolerance, and is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
Dairy free Lasagna!
I made one small lasagna for my family that had dairy and one for my parents that did not have dairy. My mom’s food allergy to dairy is not severe to cause anaphylaxis. If you are making this for some one with a severe dairy allergy, make it on it’s own. You do not want to run the risk of cross contamination.
Looking for a good substitution for cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese) in the lasagna I thought how about tofu. It has a similar texture and can be crumble nicely to mimic the look. Tofu is not a go to meal item for me. When I do eat it I prefer it as a complimentary part of a dish rather than the star of the dish.
The star of this dish is the butternut squash. I am a big fan of the texture of this sauce and use it in other dishes like my butternut squash pasta. You can make the sauce in batches and freeze easily. Freezing sauces is like freezing soups, the flavor improves with time. If you do plan on freezing the sauce, let it come to room temperature prior to popping it in the freezer.
other Dairy free recipes
As I mentioned earlier my mom recently had knee replacement surgery and is recovering. I put together a few dishes that she could eat without the risk of upsetting her stomach with dairy products. My parents got a sweet and sour pork dish which is freezable. My favorite no lettuce salad of avocados, chick peas, tomatoes and bacon, which needs to be eaten within a day or so to avoid too much oxidation of the avocados. They also got the dairy free option of this lasagna.
I found the nicest small containers for providing meals at the dollar store, seriously love the dollar store. The containers are sold in a set of three, hold just the right amount of food, are stack-able and can fit in a freezer easily. All three dishes fit into the containers and can be heated in the oven.
I hope you enjoyed this dairy free option or full dairy option of this lasagna dish. Check out my other recipes under Tasty Tuesday. The recipes are free of nuts, seeds, fish and cucumbers due to my son’s allergies. Some are also free of dairy and eggs. Every Tuesday I post a new recipe that my family has tried. Come join us by entering your email under SIGN ME UP to subscribe to this blog.