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HG's EZ Cheesy Lasagna for Two
HG's EZ Cheesy Lasagna for Two

La-la-la-la-lasagna!
Here it is. Our first-ever recipe for lasagna that contains noodles. Woohoo!!!

Ingredients:
Two 1/4-inch-thick eggplant slices (cut lengthwise from a long eggplant), patted dry
1 egg white or 2 tbsp. liquid egg whites
1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese (or alternative below)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
Additional salt, black pepper, to taste
2 sheets oven-ready lasagna noodles (like the kind by Barilla)
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spritz both sides of each eggplant slice with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through, until browned and softened.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine egg white(s), ricotta cheese, basil, garlic, salt, and nutmeg. Stir well and set aside.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add mushrooms and, stirring occasionally, cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir mushrooms into ricotta mixture and set aside.

Add Italian seasoning to crushed tomatoes, and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Spray a large loaf pan (about 9" X 5") with nonstick spray. Pour 1/4 cup tomatoes evenly into the bottom of the pan. Top with 1 lasagna sheet. Spread half of the ricotta-mushroom mixture on top, followed by another 1/4 cup tomatoes. Top with 1 eggplant slice.

Repeat layering with 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1 lasagna sheet, remaining ricotta-mushroom mixture, remaining 1/4 cup tomatoes, and remaining eggplant slice.

Evenly top with mozzarella and grated topping. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cheese starts to brown. Serve and enjoy!

MAKES 2 SERVINGS


Serving Size: 1/2 of lasagna
Calories: 238
Fat: 4g
Sodium: 845mg
Carbs: 31.5g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 17.5g

PointsPlus® value 6*

HG Alternative! If made with low-fat or light ricotta cheese, each serving of lasagna will have 253 calories, 6.5g fat. Not bad at all!



Lasagna, Average
Lasagna, Average

That's NOT Amore...
If we were to declare, "Lasagna is FATTENING," you'd probably say, "DOY!" Layers upon layers of cheese, pasta, oily veggies, and (sometimes) gobs of ground beef can turn into a fatty, high-calorie situation. An average serving of the stuff, whether it's from a restaurant or lovingly made by mom, has around 900 calories and FIFTY grams of fat. Sometimes you've gotta eat what momma serves you, but other than that, we say lasagna (especially restaurant lasagna) is worth avoiding. A while back we made a FANTASTIC noodle-free swap, but we decided to try one that's a little more authentic this time around. Our lightly noodled two-serving recipe is just right for date-nights or dinner any day of the week. Layer up and dig in!

Serving Size: 1 entree portion (no sides)
Calories: 870
Fat: 50g
Sodium: 1,600mg
Carbs: 55g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 15g
Protein: 45g

PointsPlus® value 23*



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