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LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
2/2/12 6:15 P

I make a lasagna using 1 lb of 93% ground beef, 9 regular lasagna noodles (or use whole wheat for more fiber), 1 small carton of part skim ricotta, 4 oz (if I remember correctly) of part skim mozzarella, a light sprinkling of Parmesan cheese (Kraft) on each layer and 1 jar of Prego Spaghetti Sauce (mushroom).

I analyzed it once and it basically ends up being about 350 cals per serving (which is 1/6 of the lasagna), 14 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein. I don't remember exactly how much sodium is in it (less than 400 mg per serving), but it's less than the frozen varieties. It's got about 30% of your daily calcium, too (cheese is a good source of calcium).

I make it on occasion and have it with a salad or veggies and a piece of garlic toast (a slice of sourdough sandwich bread with 5 sprays of butter spray, a sprinkle of garlic powder, a little paprika for color and a sprinkle of parsley).

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 2/2/2012 (18:15)
75HEALTHYME Posts: 11,481
2/2/12 4:16 P

How about substituting thin sliced eggplant for the pasta noodles? Just a thought.

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2/2/12 3:19 P

I've made veggie lasagna with zucchini, spinach, and mushrooms. I always use 2% cheese and whole grain pasta. It's wonderful!

I've also done a spaghetti squash bake that's kind of like lasagna that turned out pretty good (the spaghetti squash has lots of water in it, so the casserole had more liquid than what I expected).

CATHYINLA Posts: 813
2/2/12 3:11 P

You can have lasagna as long as you sub things. Meatless is best, use eggplant or zucchini instead. If you do use meat, use low fat, and brown it and then drain off any excess oil. Add the sauce to it and use it sparingly (probably half of what any recipe calls for). Cheese is similar. Use low fat (don't use no fat as it tastes terrible) and only use 1/3 to 1/2 of it. Use whole wheat lasagna noodles and at least add some veggies like eggplant, zucchini, spinach or similar to make it healthier and fill in the lost meat and cheese. Consider layering one of the meat layers with vegetables instead.

Then the main thing is to make the serving size about 1/2 to max of 2/3 of the typical.

Lasagna is a tough one as it has lots of calories. But you can sub and have SOME of it. Add a salad on half of your plate and some other cooked low carb veggie (like squash) and you can have a filling meal with a small serving of lasagna.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
2/2/12 2:35 P

Take lasagna.
Stare at longingly.
Do not eat.

You're welcome. ;)

BRITTANYC3 Posts: 2,803
2/2/12 2:01 P

They have a slow-cooker egg plant recipe on spark recipes (i haven't tried eggplant so I use zucchini) It's amazing and I couldn't tell it was low cals/fat

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,459
2/2/12 1:56 P

You could use lower fat cheeses. Not fat free because those are gross. And leave off the meat. Or if you must have meat use a lower fat turkey sausage.

You could also add a layer of spinach. To make it a little healthier.

My recommendation would be lower fat cheeses and maybe use it sparingly through out the layers and a little more on top so that you get that gooey cheesy factor.

Whatever you do as one lasagna lover to another. Please *don't* use cottage cheese instead of Ricotta. To me there is no easier way to mess up a lasagna then to use cottage cheese.

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2/2/12 1:42 P

My weekness is lasagna. And woudl love to make a low cal lasagna recipe!

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