Got Fat? Get Motivated! Food Substitute Ideas for the Holiday Season

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." ~Burton Hillis

Food Substitutes ~ Holiday Lasagna
by Determined D.

Hello.  The Holidays are upon us.  Hanukkah began yesterday and Christmas is just 4 days away!  Many have probably started to attend Holiday parties and get-togethers.  I love to bring food or give food as an act of kindness during the Holiday.  I promised my hair-dresser I would surprise her with a lasagna and I can't wait to do so, most likely tomorrow! 

But, with all this yummy food around us what can we do to replace some of the fattening ingredients? Substitute!  In general, when I make lasagna I never use entirely whole milk mozzarella or ricotta cheese.  Tonight for dinner my son requested lasagna so I made my less fattening version with turkey meat.  We all have our secret substitutions and ideas for healthier versions of recipes.  Below I will share my recipe for "less fattening" "low-calorie" lasagna.   Please share with us your substitution ideas. 

Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Lasagna


1 Box of Lasagna Noodles (No-Boil or Regular)*
1 Box of Perdue Turkey Meatballs
1 8 oz. package of low-fat or part-skim mozzarella
1 egg
1 15 ounce Fat Free or Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Foil Pan or Pyrex 13 x 9 or your desired size


Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions.   
While noodles are cooking, heat and crumble or cut meatballs into pieces to be used during layering.
Mix ricotta cheese, egg, parsley, and one cup of cheese together and put aside for layering.
Once noodles are done, spread sauce covering bottom of the pan and begin layering the noodles, each layer should contain the ricotta cheese mixture mixed with sauce, meat, and sprinkled with parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Layer until the noodles are finished. Also,  be sure to cover the top with enough sauce so that the noodles do not dry and lots of yummy cheese!     

Bake at 350 degrees covered with foil for 30 minutes and uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes until cheese melts.  Let lasagna cool before cutting.  Enjoy! 
*They make a whole wheat version of lasagna noodles. I haven't tried them.   

The lasagna is delicious.  We cannot forget about vegetable lasagna, I am not sure how to make it that but if someone has a good recipe, please share. 

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Happy Holidays,
~ D


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