Monday, February 21, 2011

who doesn't love lasagna?

My Dinner Plate

Please be sure to enjoy the Haiku at the end of this Post

I don't know about you but I love lasagna, to eat that is but making and calorie counting, well that is another story. Below is a new recipe that Steve and I pulled off of sparkpeople. We both love to cook but the recipe seemed like it needed a little tweaking. We did just that and the results were amazing. The best part we were able to cut the calories and fat in half while enjoying this full flavor dish.

Without further ado here is the recipe:

Lasagna Roll-ups
9 Lasagna Noodles
1 pound of turkey Italian sausage (casing removed)
24 ounce of your favorite Marinara
2 cups of low fat cottage cheese
¼ cup of Parmesan cheese
1 egg beaten
1 package of frozen spinach or fresh steamed
4.5 slices of mozzarella
1 cup of mozzarella cheese shredded


This is an easy dish to make if you follow a few tips.

  • Start by cooking 9 lasagna noodles, as the package directs. Set them aside on wax paper on your counter while you get everything else ready.
  • Brown a pound of turkey italian sausage (remove casings). I buy it without the casing and it is a lot easier that way.
  • Add a 24 ounce jar of Marinara to the sausage and heat through. Turn it off after hot. We used Barilla and it was excellent for this.
  • In a large mixing bowl or food processor add a 16 ounce (2 cup) container of low fat cottage cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and a package of fresh spinach, steamed for three minutes and paper towel dried. You can also use a box of frozen spinach, defrosted and paper towel dried. Using a hand blender or food processor, blend until mixture is smooth.
  • Spray a little olive oil pam or other non-stick cooking spray in a 13" x 9" glass baking dish.
  • Have your cheese slices and shredded cheese ready.

After spraying your baking dish with your non-stick spray add about ¾ of a cup of sauce-meat mixture to the bottom of the dish. Set it near your assembly area.

Think of this as kind of making a jelly roll. Smooth the lovely green cheese mixture along approximately 3/4 the length of the noodle and start to roll. Once you have a nice roll lift it and place it in the baking dish. Do this for all nine rolls.

After this is complete, take half a slice of mozzarella cheese and drape it over the roll. Repeat for all rolls.

When this is finished you can spread the remaining green-cheese mixture over the top of each roll.

After everything is finished spread the marinara over the whole thing and sprinkle with the cup of shredded mozzarella. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until nice and bubbly. Enjoy.

In the spirit of world peace why not make this meal for someone in need right now.  Give them a little bliss which is today's Haiku Challenge.

Earthly Elysium

Feed the world with your goodness

Be yourself world peace


Everyday Goddess said...

That looks heavenly! I love lasagna, and I bet yours was delicious!

Thanks for posting this, I will try it sometime.

~ Elise

Kathe W. said...

oh boy- this is a great recipe- thanks for the photos and instructions!

liv2write2day said...

Oh yum, and now I'm hungry and it's 2 PM! My guess is that some dropped in on this and didn't see the haiku. Maybe you should post the haiku at the top. This is worth the read in its entirety, though.

Rae said...

I bet you can make it even healthier buy using the whole wheat lasagna noodles! ;-) Thank for sharing!

EcoGrrl said...

oh my gosh, when i was little for about 10 minutes my stepdad would cook, and when he did he made these! he turned my mom into betty crocker after that and never cooked again, boo. YUM.

beccagivens said...

"... feed the world with your goodness ..."

Great line ... like your prompt inclusions of feeding the world, a yummy looking recipe with instructions ... Thank you for sharing. ~becca~

Cloaked Monk (aka Terri) said...

Feeding the world as bliss is a wonderful vision. If only this vision would catch fire! (But not the lasagna.)

Sumit Sarkar said...

Looks mouth watering...
Loved the haiku... :)

trisha said...

fabulous truth. be peace.


Someone is Special said...

Kristen, this is a wonderful Haiku and a delicious receipe..

PS: I hope everyone will stop by your wonderful work..

Someone is Special