Monday, April 19, 2010
The Monday Recipe Blog
Do you participate in meatless Mondays? This is a health movement that encourages everyone to forego eating any kind of meat on Mondays, and I think it’s a pretty good idea. Certain types of meat in moderation can be a tasty treat, but do we really need meat every day?
Replacing meat with vegetables each Monday is a healthy way to get started on a healthier lifestyle. The following recipe shows that meatless lasagna can be a delicious alternative to meat, and using reduced-fat cheese makes it even better.
So, give meatless Monday a shot – it definitely can’t hurt!
Meatless Monday Lasagna
3 cups low-fat Ricotta cheese, or low-fat cottage cheese
2 Tablespoons dried parsley
1 1/4 teaspoon garlic, chopped
4 cups spaghetti sauce
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 cup grated, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray such as PAM.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, mix together the cottage (or Ricotta) cheese, garlic and parsley.
Ladle 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the pan. On top of that, place 4 of the noodles.
Then put 1/2 of the cheese mixture, 1/2 of the mozzarella, another cup of sauce, 4 more noodles, the other half of the cheese mixture, the other half of the mozzarella, another coup of the sauce, the other four noodles and the rest of the sauce.
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of everything and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Let the lasagna sit for 10-15 minutes after removing from the oven.
You can make this up beforehand and store in the refrigerator before baking, but if you do this, increase the baking time by about 15 minutes.
This recipe makes 12 servings, 218 calories per serving.