Spinach Cheesy Lasagna

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.

Here’s an easy-to-fix lasagna that can be fixed ahead & makes a great family meal. The time consuming part of this recipe is cooking the lasagna. The rest is just matter of adding prepared ingredients & baking.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:  324 calories, 25 grams protein, 10 grams of fat,  36 grams of CHO, 4 grams dietary fiber, 928 mg sodium.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cook: 30 minutes 

Serves:  8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 1% reduced fat or fat free cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 2 ½ cups (20 oz) spaghetti sauce with mushrooms
  • 9 cooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 6 tablespoons of grated reduced fat Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Combine first 2 ingredients in a medium bowl, mixing well then set aside. Spread 1/3 cup spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 13X9X2-inch baking dish.  Place 3 noodles over the sauce then place 1/3 of spinach mixture, 1/3 of mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese.  Repeat with 1/3 spaghetti sauce, 3 noodles, 1/3 spinach mixture with 1/3 of mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese. Repeat but top with mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

 

Shopping List

  • 1% reduced fat or fat free cottage cheese
  • eggs
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
  • spaghetti sauce with mushrooms
  • lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • grated reduced fat Parmesan cheese

Image from: mnrecipes.com/hidden-spinach-lasagna/

Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition.  The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers.  Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition, www.DayByDayNutrition.com, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues.  Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, www.KentuckianaHealthWellness.com. Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for www.LiveStrong.com as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 13 grandchildren.    

 

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