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Hungry Girl Today: 08.14.07



HG’s Veggie-rific Noodle-Free Lasagna


Remember Garfield, that lazy orange cat with a lion-sized appetite? He’d

scarf down anything in his path -- pizza, cookies, doughnuts -- you name it,

he’d eat it. But his favorite meal in the entire UNIVERSE was lasagna. And

who could blame him? That ooey, gooey Italian classic is pretty hard to resist

(at least we think so). Good thing this all-veggie version makes it possible for

everyone to pig out on the stuff. (Even our "meat" layer comes courtesy of

beefy soy crumbles.) We know you’re probably thinking, "NO NOODLES??

Are you off your rocker?!?" Trust us -- this super-creative recipe definitely

does the trick, and it's a HECK of a lot healthier than ANY lasagna you're

likely to come across, well, ANYWHERE. Ours is SO GOOD, you won’t even

miss the noodles (and you DEFINITELY won't miss the calories). Garfield

would be proud...


1 lb. (about 3 medium-sized) zucchini; ends removed and sliced lengthwise

into wide, flat strips

1 large portabella mushroom; sliced into strips

1 large eggplant; ends removed and sliced lengthwise into wide, flat strips

15 oz. frozen chopped spinach; thawed, thoroughly drained and patted dry

16 oz. canned tomato sauce with garlic flavoring

1 cup frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles

1 egg white

1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese

1/2 cup shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese

1 tbsp. reduced-fat parmesan-style grated topping

1 tbsp. chopped basil

1/4 tsp. salt

pinch nutmeg


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat soy crumbles in the microwave for 30

seconds, and set aside. Set out a row of several paper towels (as you cook

the veggies, transfer them to the paper towels to drain excess moisture).

Spritz a large pan evenly with nonstick spray, and bring to high heat. Once

hot, lay as many zucchini and mushroom slices as you can fit flat in the pan,

and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Continue until all slices are cooked,

removing the pan from heat and re-spraying it between batches. Cook

eggplant slices for about 3 minutes per side, continuing to work in batches

(removing and re-spraying pan each time). Next, in a large bowl, mix the

spinach, egg white, ricotta cheese, basil, salt and nutmeg. Stir well and set

aside. Spray a deep 8" X 8" pan with nonstick spray. Pour half (8 oz.) of the

tomato sauce into the bottom of the pan. Then, layer half of the veggie slices

on top in assorted order. Spread half of the spinach mixture on top. Next,

sprinkle the soy crumbles evenly into the pan. Layer with remaining veggies,

and then spread the rest of the spinach mixture on top. Cover with the

remaining tomato sauce. Then, evenly top the lasagna with the mozzarella

and grated cheese. Finally, bake uncovered for 30 minutes (or until the

cheese on top starts to brown). Let cool, cut into 4 pieces, and dig in!

Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (1 SUPER-LARGE portion)

Calories: 238

Fat: 2g

Sodium: 1,218mg

Carbs: 33g

Fiber: 11g

Sugars: 14g

Protein: 25g

*4 Points!


Average Restaurant Lasagna


Scarier than a mobster. Cheesier than the series finale of The Sopranos. No,

we’re not talking about some new Italian slasher movie -- unless Hollywood

has decided to tackle the horrifying subject of LASAGNA!!! (And no, they

haven't.) This tried-and-true staple of Italian joints (and freezer aisles)

everywhere is typically LOADED with fat and calories (all that cheese... all

those noodles!!). But if you order up some of this starchy stacked stuff at a

restaurant, you'll be downing around 870 calories and 50 fat grams! For one

freakin' serving?!? That don't make HG happy. (Psssst... that last part there

was us doing our mobster impersonation. Like it?)

Serving Size: 1 entrée portion

Calories: 870

Fat: 50g

Sodium: 1,600mg

Carbs: 55g

Fiber: 5g

Sugars: 20g

Protein: 60g

*21 Points!



Today, August 14th, is National Creamsicle Day. Celebrate with HG's Creamy

Orange Dreamfloat. Weeeeeee!


HG Heads Up! Fat-free ricotta can be hard to find. Precious, Sorrento, and

Polly-O all make it, so just browse around for it. If you absolutely can't find

the stuff, the ones labeled Light are the next best thing (not the part skim --

those are way higher in fat!).

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