Meal of Week 37 – Lasagna Rolls
Food of the week: Turkey lasagna rolls with salad
Leftover food idea: Muffin melts
This is a fun way to enjoy lasagna, but in a more individualized way that will help keep your calorie count low while also helping you stay focused on healthy nutrition. Even though the serving size and ingredients are a little different than usual, that in no way sacrifices taste or flavor. If your food is prepared as described below, you should have enough leftover to make delicious melted muffins that you will enjoy for work the next day. Those who want a vegetarian / meatless version simply skip the lean ground turkey and opt for an alternative to their liking.
– large pot for water / pasta
– large skillet for meat
– medium size stove pot
– large mixing bowl
– large baking tray
– parchment paper
Makes 4-6 servings
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 box of lasagna
1 jar of marinara sauce
1 cup of chopped spinach
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
3/4 cup cottage cheese (small curd)
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon of oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
salt and pepper
For the melted muffin leftovers
– whole wheat English muffins
* Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
1. You will need to boil a large pot of water (with an optional touch of salt) to cook the lasagna al dente for about eight minutes. When done, carefully remove and drain with a colander.
two. While the water is boiling, if you plan on using lean ground turkey (or any other meat) for this meal, you can start cooking this next. Open the container and pour the contents into a stovetop pan, add a little salt and pepper to taste and, over medium heat, start dicing the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook until you achieve the desired well-being.
3. While the meat and lasagna noodles are cooking, you can carefully cut the spinach leaves into small pieces with a sharp knife until you have a cup. In a separate small pot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with the 2 tablespoons of minced garlic and 1 cup of minced spinach over low heat and stir for a few minutes.
Four. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg, 1 cup ricotta cheese, oregano, 3/4 cup cottage cheese, the garlic and spinach mixture, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well with a fork.
5. At this point, the meat and lasagna should be ready to cook. Lower the meat to a simmer and add the entire bottle of marinara sauce and mix well. You will now have a delicious and flavorful meat mixture.
6. Use a large piece of parchment paper and prepare to make the lasagna rolls. Simply place 1 whole noodle on the parchment paper and use a spoon to spread the cheese mixture evenly and thinly all over one side. Then carefully roll the lasagna from one end to the other.
7. Before placing the lasagna roll on the baking sheet, pour some of the meat sauce mixture into the bottom of the baking sheet to give it a thin layer. You can then place the lasagna rolls next to each other, but not touching. Keep repeating this process until you finish all the lasagna rolls you plan to cook. You may need to use two separate oven safe trays depending on the number of rolls you plan to make.
8. Once all the lasagna rolls are prepared and placed in the skillet, pour the rest of the sauce over each of the rolls. Then mix in the remaining Parmesan and grated mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on top of all the muffins.
9. Cover the pan (s) with a piece of aluminum foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
10. Finally, while the lasagna is cooking, you can prepare the type of salad that you plan to serve with your meal. Once everything is done, serve the proper portions and enjoy.
Leftover Food Idea: Muffin Melts
If you sadly run out of leftover lasagna rolls but still have some of the gravy mixture, here’s your chance to make delicious melted muffins. These taste very similar to Subway meatball sandwiches if you make the gravy with meat as described above. All you’ll need to buy extra is whole wheat English muffins, if you don’t want to use them, or just want to use what you have on hand, you can always opt for an omelet, pita bread, toast, or even a large chunk of lettuce for wrap. Simply spread your desired meat sauce mixture on one side of the bread, sprinkle some grated cheese and Parmesan cheese on top, and top with the other piece of bread. Wrap in a piece of aluminum foil until ready to be scooped out and reheated for a delicious lunch.