Dairy-Free Lasagna Towers with AvoBasil Puree

On a chilly night, many of us crave a warm, hearty meal fresh from the oven. The downside about many of these go-to meals is that lots of them are loaded with unhealthy fats and carbs, grease, sodium, refined sugars, and other unnatural ingredients which do not contribute to a deliciously healthy lifestyle. Steer away from unhealthy choices with today’s Fit Soul and Spice healthy alternative dish. It’s rich, creamy, flavorful, and very satisfying (consider making extras!). Best of all, this meal is natural, beneficial to your health, low fat, low carb, low sugar, and full of beneficial nutrients and vitamins.

Dairy-Free Vegetable Lasagna Towers with a Fresh Avobasil Puree

Lasagna Towers:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced vertically (1/2 inch thick)
1 large eggplant, halved, peeled, and sliced vertically (1/2 inch thick)
2 medium sized tomatoes, thinly sliced (kept round)
1 cup shredded soy mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper

Directions (makes 6 individual towers)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray a large cookie sheet with coconut oil spray to avoid bottom layer of vegetables sticking to pan.
3. Prep your vegetables and your cheese, and place in piles.  Layer each tower as followed (listed from bottom layer to top layer):
-Sweet potato
-Sprinkle soy cheese
-Sweet potato
4. Using a spoon, drizzle about 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil over top layer (drizzling will lightly coat the sides of the tower as well).
5. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
6. Bake on bottom rack for 40 to 45 minutes.

AvoBasil Puree:

Christine FlorioIngredients
2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
2 bushels fresh basil, rinsed and dried
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1. Add all ingredients to food process or blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Remove towers from oven, top with puree. Serve warm.




imageChristine Florio A city girl at heart, Hoboken-based Christine Florio writes about food, fitness, and the beauty and simplicity of healthy living based on one’s individuality. With a BA in English and a minor in Media Studies from Quinnipiac University, she has always had a deep passion for writing, communicating with others, and creativity. Currently an early childhood teacher, she recently earned her Masters in Teaching while simultaneously launching Fit Soul and Spice, a lifestyle company committed to helping and inspiring others to stay fit, cook mouth-watering, healthy, alternative food, and maintain a positive outlook and attitude towards a simply delicious lifestyle. A lifelong foodie raised around the culinary arts, Christine fell in love with the art of cooking at a very young age. You’ll find her happily experimenting in her tiny Hoboken kitchen, creating recipes using clean, natural ingredients that cater to both a healthy lifestyle and a love of tasty, savory food.  When Christine isn’t at work in what she now calls the “FSS kitchen,” you’ll find her on foodie adventures, working out, traveling, by her house at the beach with friends and family, or blogging with some foodie TV and a glass of wine. She hopes to continue building Fit Soul and Spice, writing cookbooks and hosting a healthy alternative web series. Learn more by visiting www.fitsoulandspice.wordpress.com. You can follow Fit Soul and Spice on Facebook, as well as @fitsoulandspice on Instagram and Twitter. Christine can be reached at fitsoulandspice@gmail.com.