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Okay, so last weekend I tried something that I’ve never tried before — LASAGNA. I’ve always been a little intimidated by lasagna for some reason, and I always kinda avoided it since it’s usually super fattening & contains ground beef, which I don’t eat very often. (Lean red meat is okay in moderation! It’s just not really my thing.) Anyway, I found a few lightened up versions of lasagna that inspired me and went from there! I subbed some of the ricotta cheese for plain non-fat Greek yogurt and I even snuck some whole grains and lean ground chicken in there! ; )
I must mention, I made this recipe when I was in a major time crunch, so the process was a little frantic… AKA I didn’t do much measuring, slash I threw some things in there that I’m not sure I even remember, but I believe this recipe will get you close enough to the same final product. 🙂 The lasagna was a hit with my parents and boyfriend so I was very pleased!! Oh, and I loved it too. ??I also want to warn you that this recipe can get a little messy and it is a little more labor intensive than some others I have shared. It is not difficult – it just has a few more steps. But it’s actually really fun to make so grab a friend or your significant other to make it with you and you’ll have no problem!
Healthy Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups
- 10 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked
- 8-10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
- 8 oz fat-free or low-fat ricotta cheese
- 6 oz plain non-fat Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used shredded because I got it on accident – but it works just fine if that’s all you have on hand!)
- 1 package 95% lean ground chicken, cooked (optional – can leave out if you want a vegetarian dish)
- 1 egg
- 32 oz Prego Heart Smart sauce (or spaghetti sauce of your choice)
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasonings
- Black pepper to taste
- Mozzarella cheese for topping (~1.5 tbsp on top of each roll-up)
- Cook ground chicken in large skillet on stovetop. Drain the fat. Set aside.
- Cook whole wheat lasagna noodles until tender. Drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Thaw the frozen spinach according to instructions on package and make sure to drain it well.
- Combine the spinach, ricotta, Greek yogurt, Parmesan, garlic, seasonings, pepper, egg, and cooked chicken in a medium bowl. Mix well.
6. Pour about 1 cup of tomato sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
7. Lay a piece of wax paper out on counter and spread out a few lasagna noodles at a time, patting them dry on both sides using a paper towel. Spoon some of the chicken and cheese mixture (~1/3 cup) onto the noodles and spread evenly.
8. Roll the noodles up and place one at a time into the 9×13 pan. Place seam side down.
9. Once the rolls are in the pan, spoon some sauce on top of each one and top with about 1-2 tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese (or desired amount).
Since I cooked 10 noodles, I had enough for 8 roll-ups and then made a “mini” lasagna in a small baking dish! You can do this as well, or just make 2 more roll-ups!
10. Cover pan tightly with foil and place in oven for 40 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serve with another small side of sauce for dipping. And some garlic bread if you’re feeling crazy. ; )
Have a great first week of December! 🙂
[eat well. live well. be happy.]