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Posted: 21 Sep 2011, 15:53
Does anyone know any tricks to keep lasagna healthy? I am getting a request for it and I want to keep it as healthy as possible so I can eat more than a 2" square to keep me from going over my RDI.
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Posted: 21 Sep 2011, 16:04
I have a few actually. You can incorporate some sauteed squash or zucchini into the meat sauce layer. Use 1% cottage cheese instead of ricotta. You could even slice some zucchini the thickness of the noodles and use in place of one layer of noodles. Heck, you could puree just about any vegetable and add it to the meat sauce.

The aspect that's hard to get around is that oo-eee goo-eee cheese topping. I suggest using a small amount of good parmigiano regiano or Pecorino. I find Pecorino melts nicer and has more flavour.

let me know how that goes.

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Posted: 21 Sep 2011, 16:04
You could also use ground turkey or chicken in place of beef.

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Posted: 21 Sep 2011, 16:45
I'll let you know. I am trying to get it to taste as close to the real thing as normal b/c if not my family will complain they are eating "healthy food". A lot of the time they are eating it but don't know it but when they do they swear the difference is so drastic they can't do it. Blah blah blah.
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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 09:08
I wish I knew how to make it myself, but I can tell you that I have had vegetable lasagna that rivaled the taste of the meaty one. You're doing a terrific job. And what's even better, you're helping your family make a lifestyle change - perhaps without them even knowing it. LOL. That's great!
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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 10:31
I've always made mine with frozen spinach mixed into the ricotta, which gives you some extra nutrition. You can also find fat free ricotta, reduced fat mozz cheese and generally use less of the cheeses. You notice them the most on top, so I might stick to only ricotta in the layers and save the grated cheese for the top. Definitely make your own sauce- some folks here have already offered some great suggestions on other meats to use, how to incorporate more veggies, etc.

Finally, portions! Eat a reasonably sized piece and fill out your meal with other veggies. And skip the garlic bread Sad

You can make over just about any of your favorite foods into something healthier that you can continue to enjoy. I don't believe in giving up anything permanently- just making them healthier or eating them in smaller portions.
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Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 10:33
I've replaced 1/2 of the ricotta with tofu to up the protein and lower the fat. Quite delicious and no body knew the difference.
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Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 01:37
healthy lasagne ...i think i might try it some really great ideas here
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Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 02:25
Screw that!

Make regular lasagna. Have a small serving and lots of healthy side dishes.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2011, 19:20
Have you tried Eggplant Lasagna? I love eggplant so i LOVE this dish!

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Posted: 26 Sep 2011, 20:08
There is a lasagna recipe at, Better Than Ever Lasagna is what it's called. I cut down the noodles and use fat free cottage cheese, and we love it. It's really, really good and very traditional looking and tasting.

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