The comfort of Lasagna


The temperature has been down right chilly here, and the snow keeps on blowing... my nice professional long black wool coat has been put back into the closet and replaced with my crazy warm BRIGHT RED ski coat... not so subtle I know... but darn warm. A hat is always required, and gloves are of course a must. *sigh* I am far from being any form of stylish this time of year. Yeah... you should have realized I'm one of those comfort over style girls... what shoes am I wearing you may ask? Certainly not a cute little trendy pair of "boots"... I use quotes because really most of these "boots" wouldn't last 5 seconds in this weather... I've got on sh*tkicker boots for sure... and they keep my feet happy and warm :)

I digress... either way you come from style wise, this lasagna will warm you up just right for dinner. You can make a batch, eat half, and freeze the other half, it keeps great, and packs up perfect for lunch time as well... although you might want to pack it up in a larger container than this one...



Turkey and Spinach Lasagna (or Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna for the veggies)
by steph chows

In a large pan with a little olive oil brown up
1 lb 99% lean ground turkey (or to make it vegetarian friendly, 1 lb of chopped mushrooms)

Once cooked through add in
1-2 cups frozen spinach
Set aside

In a medium bowl mix together
15 once container part skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup lower fat parmigiana cheese
1/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup freshly chopped flat leave parsley
1 cup fat free mozzarella shredded
salt and pepper to taste

You will also need:
26 once jar diavola tomato sauce (or other spicy sauce)
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella shredded (use this as the top layer... it melts better)
whole wheat lasagna noodles

First pour a little sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Top off with a layer of whole wheat lasagna noodles. Then add half of your turkey spinach mixture. Next spread a 1/3 of your sauce over top. Then do a layer of your ricotta mixture. Now do your next layer of noodles going in the opposite direction (if you went long wise first, go across the short way now) this helps hold everything together better when you slice it up! Then put the remainder of your turkey/ 1/3 of the sauce and remainder of the ricotta on top. Put on one more layer of noodles and sauce, and top with your park skim cheese!

Bake at 350 for around 45 minutes.


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20 chews:

Mags said...

What a great healthy lasagna recipe.

I'm laughing at your sh*tkicker boots. I have some of them too!

YUM! I love your photo too, just a bit of the stuff hanging out on that gorgeous white dish.

Sunshine said...

Yum yum yum! I want some of this.

when deciding between the really warm hat that kind of maybe looks strangely french, and my stylish new hat... I went to class très chaud :)

lasagna sounds amazing! I'd probably have to do half turkey half mushroom, because I can never turn down mushrooms in a dish...

I am so tired of being cold and not feeling cute. Looks like we are going to finally get a bit of a break in Philly and head into the 40's!! Lasagna looks great.

Ang said...

Lasagna is my favorite food of all time! :)

Jeanne said...

Yum! I haven't had lasagna in a long time. This looks super good!!

Megan said...

Oh my goodness... that picture of the lasagana in the teeny tiny dish is adorable! I love how you always find ways to use those.

I'm really sick of the cold weather!

Wow - again I am struck by the similarity I find with you...

I also have a black wool coat, but have been wearing my bright red ski coat this week. It's handy having a hat and hood too.

I've been craving lasagna lately, might have to try this recipe over the weekend.

(p.s. - I know I'm running last minute on the cookie exchange, but have no fears, I'll get it out by tomorrow!)

Natalie said...

mmmm delish! i've been craving lasagna lately, which is odd for me. love how healthy this is!

stephchows said...

mags- it's the only way to travel :)

ashley- the cheese hanging out is the best part!

sunshine- come have a slice!

sarah- heeh warm is always better if you ask me!

outoftherabbithole- same here it actually warmed up!

ang- smart lady :)

Jeanne- go make some!

Megan- lets boycot the cold :)

Les- haha that's too funny! great minds think alike :)

Natalie- you should totally go make some!

Lori said...

Yum - looks good!

I have a pair of boots like that, too. I call them 'boy boots' because I actually had to purchase from the young men's section to get the heavy duty boots I needed!

I'm still wearing ballerina flats from summer - once my toes go numb I can't really feel anything...I could definitely use some of this lasagna to warm me up!

lasagna is definitely a HUGE comfort food (right a long side mac n cheese). i should definitely try a healthy version like this.

SLCFoodie said...

perfect...I have all of these ingredients in my fridge! I've been looking for a good recipe to use some leftover turkey in.

I'm still wearing ballerina flats from summer - once my toes go numb I can't really feel anything...I could definitely use some of this lasagna to warm me up!

Wow - again I am struck by the similarity I find with you...

I also have a black wool coat, but have been wearing my bright red ski coat this week. It's handy having a hat and hood too.

I've been craving lasagna lately, might have to try this recipe over the weekend.

(p.s. - I know I'm running last minute on the cookie exchange, but have no fears, I'll get it out by tomorrow!)

Megan said...

Oh my goodness... that picture of the lasagana in the teeny tiny dish is adorable! I love how you always find ways to use those.

I'm really sick of the cold weather!

Ang said...

Lasagna is my favorite food of all time! :)

YUM! I love your photo too, just a bit of the stuff hanging out on that gorgeous white dish.

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