Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Easy Lasagna with Hidden Healthy Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 sweet potato puree
  • 1/2 grated parmesan
  • 1 (26 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower puree
  • 1 (8 oz) box no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Coat an 8x12 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook meat on stove top, season with salt and pepper, until no longer pink. Sprinkle with flour and half of the garlic, stir, cook for 1-2 min longer. Off the heat, stir in sour cream, sweet potato puree, and half (1/4 cup) of the parmesan; set aside.
  3. For sauce: combine tomatoes with juice, onion, remaining garlic, and parmesan (1/4 cup) in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into bowl. Or use jarred sauce and just add parmesan.
  4. In the same food processor, blend cottage cheese, egg white, and cauliflower puree until smooth; set aside.
  5. To assemble: spread 1 cup sauce in bottom of pan. Layer 1/3 of the noodles, covering sauce completely. Spread all of the meat filling over noodles. Cover with another 1/3 of the noodles. Spread all of the cottage cheese mixture over noodles. Make another layer with noodles. Then spoon remaining sauce over the top. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella.
  6. Cover with foil bake 40 min. Remove foil and bake another 10.
I am loving hiding veggies in dishes. It is so easy. This dish was easy to make and pretty tasty. Both my husband and I thought it was missing something - more sauce maybe. We couldn't quite figure it out. And the meat maybe needed more spice. But I'll let you be the judge! At least we got more veggies in!

This recipe is from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld - love this book! I'll be posting more recipes from it in the future.

*Note: If you're thinking, why go to all the trouble for a measly 1/4 cup puree, how much difference could that make to a diet?! Well, I thought the same thing. But, if you do it consistently, it's great. If you only do it once in awhile, then it's at least better than nothing! A little more veggie in take and extra vitamins can only help, right?

All of the purees are very similar to the way I made Little Miss's baby food when she was little - for more info click here.

1 comment:

  1. Looks delicious! I am excited to hear some more reviews from this book.


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