Did you know that October is Vegetarian Awareness Month? I think it’s always a good idea to swap your burgers or chicken breast for vegetables, tofu or other meatless option at least once a week. I’ve been doing this quite a bit and I feel healthier and glad I’m helping the environment. Plus, the more vegetables and color in your diet, means you are getting more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Who doesn’t want that? So, in the spirit of veggie month, I’m sharing one of my favorite veggie lasagna recipes…
Healthy Roasted Veggie Lasagna
Yields 9 Servings
* 4Â red bell peppers
* 1Â teaspoonÂ olive oil
* 1/2Â teaspoonÂ salt
* 1/2Â teaspoonÂ black pepper
* 6Â yellow squash, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)
* 1Â large onion, cut into 16 wedges
* 4Â garlic cloves, minced
* 2Â cupsÂ 2% low-fat cottage cheese or low fat ricotta
* 1 1/2Â cupsÂ (6 ounces) grated sharp provolone cheese
* 1/4Â cupÂ chopped fresh basil
* 1Â teaspoonÂ dried oregano
* 3Â tablespoonsÂ all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2Â cupsÂ 2% reduced-fat milk
* 2Â tablespoonsÂ chopped fresh basil
* 1/4Â teaspoonÂ black pepper
* Cooking spray
* 9Â cooked lasagna noodles (try wheat!)
* 2Â cupsÂ spinach leaves, divided
* 1/2Â cupÂ (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
* Fresh basil sprigs (optional)
To prepare vegetables, cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel; set aside.
Preheat oven to 450Â°.
Combine oil, salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, squash, and onion on a baking sheet; toss well. Bake at 450Â° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; combine squash mixture and garlic in a bowl.
Decrease oven temperature to 375Â°.
To prepare cheese mixture, combine cottage cheese and next 3 ingredients (cottage cheese through oregano) in a bowl.
To prepare white sauce, place flour in a medium saucepan. Gradually add milk; stir with a whisk. Place over medium heat. Cook until thick; stir constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons chopped basil and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Spread 1/4 cup white sauce in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over sauce; top with 1 1/4 cups cheese mixture, 1 cup spinach, 4 bell pepper halves, 2 cups vegetable mixture, and 1/4 cup white sauce. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread remaining white sauce over noodles. Cover and bake at 375Â° for 15 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 20 minutes. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.
Calories: 275 (30% from fat)
Fat: 9.1g (sat 5.2g,mono 2.6g,poly 0.6g)