“healthified” lasagna!

Yay Wednesday!  Whew, I’m tired tonight bloggies!  I’m going to try to keep my writing short and sweet tonight…but I apologize in advance if its not.  You know me, I love talkin’ about my food!  🙂

Breakfast:  Ezekiel plain english muffin (so good!), 1 tsp whipped Earth Balance, 2 egg whites scrambled with spinach and a small slice of pepper jack cheese.  Also, 1/2 an apple.  Yum!  The pepper jack cheese was the perfect spicy touch on my egg sandwich…loved it!

[349 cal]

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Lunch: a salmon spinach salad.  I had about 2.5oz of salmon leftover from last night, 1/2 cup of TJ’s Harvest Blends and 2 cups of fresh spinach.  I also crumbled 4 walnut halves on top and squeezed blood orange juice all over it.  SO TASTY!!!  I’m usually a little weary of leftover fish, but I actually really loved the salmon icy cold on top of a salad.  Also, a blood orange.

[340 cal]

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Snacks:  I forgot to take pictures!  😦  I had a single-serve Oikos, blueberry flavor, at 3:30 and a Quaker True Delights granola bar at 5:00.  Both were delicious and kept me fueled for yoga.

[250 cal]

Exercise:  YOGA!!!  Oh how I love going to classes.  Tonight I tried out a new studio that several friends have recommended numerous times.  They are running a special right now that all new students can sign up for unlimited classes for one month for only $50!!!  I jumped on that, so you’ll be seeing lots of yoga workouts popping up on the blog for the next 4 weeks.  WooHoo!  🙂  I’m excited to improve my balancing and upper body strength…I am majorly lacking in that area of yoga.  Tonight’s class was a 90 minute Intro to Ashtanga.  I’ve always gone to Vinyasa classes, which are very similar to Ashtanga, but I think Ashtanga has the potential to be more strenuous.  Both are considered to be power yoga, and both leave me dripping with sweat.  I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to trying out more classes at the studio!  🙂

I wasn’t sure how to count my calories…myfooddiary isn’t too specific.  They just break up yoga into “power” and “stretching”.  So I counted 60 minutes of “power” and 30 minutes of “stretching”, figuring I was REALLY working for at least 2/3’s the class, and the other 1/3 was warm-up and cool-down.  Anybody have any other suggestions?

[-400 calories]

My hubb and I cooked dinner together tonight.  I love that!  We made a healthier version of lasagna, inspired by the Moosewood Low-Fat Favorites Cookbook, one of my faves.

Dinner:  “healthified” veggie lasagna and a small glass of cabernet

[about 550 cal]

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This lasagna was SO good, and while we couldn’t eat it every night, it is so much healthier than my old meaty, cheesy, creamy versions from the past.  

Healthified Veggie Lasagna [inspired by the Moosewood Cafe Low-Fat Favorites Cookbook]

8 servings

443 calories, 11.9g fat, 4.9g sat fat, 59.6g carbs, 6.3g fiber, 21.5g protein

Ingredients:

  • 16oz brown rice lasagna noodles, cooked until al dente’
  • one jar of marinara sauce, about 3 cups
  • 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 3 portobello mushroom caps, sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small jar of sliced olives
  • salt + pepper

Method:

  1. Boil lasagna noodles until al dente, set aside.  Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Heat oil in saute pan over medium heat.  Saute garlic, onions, peppers, mushrooms for 2-3 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of wine and stir well.  Add tomatoes and bring back to a boil.  Reduce heat and cover pan.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse spinach and drain.  Place in sauce pan and cover, turning heat to medium high.  Stir occasionally, until spinach is wilted. (Should cook with just water clinging to leaves after rinsing).  Chop spinach and mix together with cottage cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella and parmesan.
  4. Spoon 1/2 cup of marinara sauce into bottom of 9×13 glass pan.  Add one layer of noodles.  Spoon 1/3 of veggies (use slotted spoon) on top of noodles.  Add 1/3 of cheese/spinach mixture.  Sprinkle 1/3 of olives on top.  Add another layer of noodles.  Spoon 1/2 cup of sauce on top of noodles, then veggies, cheese mixture and olives.  Repeat.  Add one final layer of noodles and last of sauce on top.  Sprinkle last 1/2 cup of mozzarella across top.
  5. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes.

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Must. Go. To. Bed.  G’night!  🙂

Edited to Add

Daily Total:

  • calories consumed = 1492
  • calories expelled = 400
  • net calories = 1092

Light again!  I’m really not meaning too…I’ll grab a date before bed.  Promise.  🙂

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34 responses to ““healthified” lasagna!

  1. your pictures are always so pretty!! my mom swears by Moosewood, so yummy 🙂

  2. Eats look delish. I had an Ezekiel muffin with dinner and thought of you! Hehe. Those are so good – taking them out of the toasted and slicing it into fourths, I seriously feel like I’m preparing a fresh baked good. Yum!

    I’m also inspired by your calorie counting/awareness lately. Trying to get back in the groove myself.

  3. That egg muffin looks delish. You’re so creative with your morning breakfast sandwiches. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the lasagna recipe!

  4. Haha, I can’t even tell that the lasagna is “healthified” because it looks so tasty. Great job!

  5. Great photos! There’s nothing like a good session of yoga to make everything right again. :o)

  6. That lasagna sounds so good, and I love the idea of squeezing the blood orange on a salad as I’m not into heavy dressings.

    $50 for a month of unlimited yoga?!? That is a steal. I can’t wait to hear all about it over the next 30 days. 🙂

  7. I love that cookbook! Moosewood is my favorite, all of their cookbooks ROCK!

  8. Jackpot on the yoga, girl! Congratulations!

    Forcing yourself to have a snack before bed…you poor poor thing!

    Lovely pictures and recipes from a lovely lady, as always!

  9. Love the Moosewood cookbooks and that lasagna looks defining. Bookmarking this recipe for sure. I love the olives in there. Like a putanesca!

  10. Leftover salmon on salad is awesome! I also love the Moosewood cookbook… it’s actually been some time since I made a recipe from it! Time to browse 🙂

  11. Mmm, anything ezekiel is good in my book!

    Your lunch looks really delicious, I love how you squeezed the orange juice on top.

    Horray for yoga! I really need to find myself a class!

  12. Yay for yoga! What an awesome deal!!

    I love those Moosewood cookbooks!

  13. I wish we had a yoga or pilates studio in my area with a special like that!!!!

  14. The lasagna looks so good!
    What is the difference in the taste between the blood orange and the regular orange? I will have to try them!

  15. Yum on that lasagna!!

  16. That salad looks amazing – I think it’s the addition of the grains – YUM!

    Thanks for the heathly lasagna idea – it looks GREAT!

  17. excited for all of your yoga coming up! how exciting! and that lasagna looks amazing, great recipe 🙂

  18. omg that lasagna sounds AMAZING!!!

    and tj’s blend? i’m sorry i forgot, what’s that? i don’t have tj’s anymore so i can’t go look…:(

  19. I love leftover salmon on a salad! (very good with a little mango salsa on top as well.)
    That lasagna looks wonderful. I haven’t made lasagna in ages, because of it’s heaviness, but this one looks perfect. I think we’ll give it a go. Thanks for posting!

  20. I love Exekial English muffins so much. I miss them!

    What a great deal on the yoga! I have no idea how to count the calories burned.

    The lasagna looks wonderful!

  21. I have a bodybugg that I wear during workouts. I have gone to three yoga workouts this week, and burned anywhere from 220 (less strenuous class)-350 calories (90 minute power yoga). I weigh 160 and am 5’11.” Hope that helps!

  22. Wow, your pictures are stunning! Everything looks mouth – watering. I’m adding your blog to my reader 🙂

  23. Pepper jack cheese! Love it!!

    That lasagna looks fantastic 🙂

  24. your meals for the day look great! congrats on committing to the month of yoga. there is a fantastic studio near my house that offers a two week FREE pass!! i am just trying to figure out when I will have the most open two weeks 🙂

  25. your meals for the day look great! congrats on committing to the month of yoga. there is a fantastic studio near my house that offers a two week FREE pass!! i am just trying to figure out when I will have the most open two weeks 🙂

    cookingwithkate.wordpress.com

  26. runningwithfood

    Your healthy lasagna looks even better than the not-so-healthy version! Great recipe!

  27. Mmmm I love veggie lasagna!

  28. YUM!!!!! It looks so delicious!!! 🙂

  29. I love the breakfast photo!!

  30. that looks beautiful!!! can italian food be beautiful??? lol anyway, i do that sometimes.. have too many calories then the next day too few. i think if by the end of the week you are balanced out its fine..

  31. what a great healthy lasagna recipe!

  32. Delicious lasagna! I love the Moosewood Cookbooks, I have a couple of them myself!
    Abbie

  33. Thanks everybody!

    Kelly – check out the bottom of this post for a blood orange explanation… http://bellaeats.com/2009/01/17/baby-its-cold-outside/

    Melissa S. – The TJ’s blend is TJ’s Havest Grains, a mix of red quinoa, israeli couscous, baby garbonzo beans and orzo. YUM!

    Liz – Thank you! I’ve read great things about the body bugg, and am considering one myself…

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