There’s nothing like a home cooked lasagna. It’s a comfort food that brings every family member rushing to the table. The aroma of lasagna baking in the over fills up your home with a delicious scent, and the yummy contents fill up your stomach. However, it can be a very unhealthy meal that is high in calories and fat content. It doesn’t have to be unhealthy though. This mouth-watering vegetable lasagna recipe puts a healthy spin on the classic dish that we all love.
Ingredients (serves 12):
• 6 Eggplants, peeled and sliced
• 8 Sheets of whole-wheat lasagna
• 4 Cups of fresh marinara sauce
• 2 Zucchini, sliced lengthwise
• 2 Teaspoons dry oregano
• 2 Cups of frozen spinach, drained
• 2 Teaspoons of chopped garlic
• ½ Pound of fat-free ricotta cheese
• 2 Ounces of fat-free mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Soak the eggplant slices in cold water for 10 minutes. Drain.
3. Bring a big pot of water to boil and cook lasagna sheets until al dente.
4. Layer the bottom of a lasagna pan with ½ cup marinara sauce. Lay the sheets down, then vegetables and herbs, then more marinara sauce. Cover with ricotta cheese. Continue to layer until ingredients are gone.
5. Cover with a cup of marinara sauce and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top.
6. Bake for 40 minutes.
This recipe makes 12 servings, which can be a lot for a family of 4. However, we recommend making the full recipe because you can freeze what you don’t eat today in single-serving containers for easy-to-thaw and heat up lasagna for future snacks and meals.
If you normally have a very busy week this can be the perfect way to eat healthy lunches and dinners throughout the week without having to spend a lot of time cooking when you get home from work.
Each serving of this vegetable lasagna recipe has just 240 calories, 2.5g fat, less than 1g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 11g protein, 5g fiber and 280mg sodium. This means if you decide to go back for seconds you don’t need to feel too guilty!
This is a great dish to serve for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. The flavors in this healthy lasagna recipe mix together so well that even the most carnivorous of eaters will find he or she doesn’t miss the meat sauce that usually accompanies lasagna recipes.
If, however, you do have a picky meat eater at your dinner table you can serve him or her a small bowl of meaty marinara on the side that can be added to his or her plate.
We recommend enjoying this lasagna with a healthy drink such as water, unsweetened iced tea or perhaps one glass of wine if desired.