Friday, September 17, 2010

September 10 Lasagna

What is so healthy about lasagna? The fact that we use low-fat cheese; cottage cheese instead of ricotta; turkey instead of beef; and organic or homemade sauce. And we do not make it the main portion of the meal. With our lasagna we will have any of a number of favorite side dishes: corn on the cob, strawberry green salad, buttered carrots, frozen peas. If you have a favorite meal that is on the comfort food for end of the spectrum, don't leave it out of rotation. Let your family help you make it healthier with low-fat substitutions and smaller portions. Now if I could only get Audrey's daddy to let me makeover his famous goulash recipe...

No-Boil Lasagna

  • 1 box no-boil noodles (recipe on the box)
  • 2 eggs
  • 15 oz cottage cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb ground turkey, cooked
  • 2 jars sauce
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray baking pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl mix eggs, 2 cups mozzarella, and Parmesan. Layer 1/2 jar of sauce, 4 noodles, 1/2 cheese mixture, 1/2 meat, 1/2 jar sauce, 1 cup mozzarella, 4 noodles, remaining cheese mixture, and meat, 1/2 jar sauce, 4 noodles, 1/2 jar sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella. Cover and bake 50-60 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting.

Audrey's Tasks:

  1. Crack eggs
  2. Help grate cheese
  3. Add ingredients to cheese mixture
  4. Help layer ingredients in the pan
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Brown meat
  3. Help layer ingredients
  4. Bake
This is not the first time Audrey has made this dish. She had improved significantly in the 4 or so months since we made it together. I loved being able to give her a task to do on her own.

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