Skinny Lasagna

Skinny lasagna… lot of flavor with a few substitutions to make a classic dish just a little healthier for the new year!

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Lasagna is one of my favorite meals of all time! My mom’s lasagna is my go-to dish, but when Red Gold [an Indiana company… gotta support my home state, ya know!] contacted me to ask if I wanted to participate in their Lasagna Party this month I jumped at the chance. Lasagna is so good, how could I say no?!? :) The Red Gold Simple Gourmet Lasagna Party runs through February 3rd on their Facebook page. Be sure to enter for a chance to win one of 750 aprons or 6 gourmet lasagna party prizes [that include a Le Creuset Lasagna pan! How fun!]. The fabulous folks at Red Gold sent me a fun package with a selection of canned tomatoes, lasagna noodles, a Laura’s Beef coupon and apron, and some recipes to try out.

Skinny Lasagna | thepajamachef.comI made this lasagna a couple weekends ago, on a Saturday morning before I did a long run. Psssssst! Did I tell you guys that I’m marathon training?!? #5, in Nashville! Woohoo. :) It’ll be fun to do a marathon in my new city! Anyways, this lasagna was SO delicious. Using Italian seasoning, as simple as it sounds, along with tomatoes that have already been seasoned with basil, garlic, and oregano, made this dish SO flavorful. My only beef [ha ha ha] with this lasagna recipe was that it used a whole pound of lasagna noodles. I usually use just half a pound, so I thought it was very noodle-y and there was no way this would all fit in my pan. So I used two! [Ben’s idea. What a smartypants.] This lasagna was SO flavorful and delicious. PLUS it was really easy to make this sauce with just canned tomatoes and seasoning. I’ll definitely be using that trick more often. One less step to yummy lasagna! Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to enter the contest! :)

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one year ago: Broccoli Stuffed Loaded Potato Skins with Avocado Cream
two years ago: Lemon Cranberry Muffins
three years ago: Preparing Black Beans in the Oven
four years ago: Triple Chocolate Oat Cookies

Skinny Lasagna

  • Servings: 16
  • Time: 2 hours
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 28 ounces Red Gold crushed tomatoes
  • 2 – 14.5 ounce cans Red Gold diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, & oregano
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning – I used ~2 tablespoons of Gourmet Gardens Italian Herbs + 1 tablespoon crushed garlic instead
  • 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef or ground turkey
  • 16 ounce traditional lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 15 ounces low fat cottage cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to boil to cook the lasagna noodles to al dente. Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown ground beef or turkey. Cook noodles according to package instructions, then drain. Drain grease from meat when done.

In a large bowl, combine water, tomatoes, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir in cooked meat.

In a 9×13 baking dish, spread out 1 1/2 cups sauce. Top with 1/3 of noodles, overlapped. Top with 1/2 of the cottage cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, and 1 cup sauce. Repeat, then finish with remaining 1/3 of noodles and the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 60-90 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes:

I used an oval dish that usually can be subbed with a 9×13 pan but I had way too much so I made a mini lasagna in a 9×5 loaf pan. As I was typing up this recipe, I noticed that the original recipe does not call for cooking the noodles–just placing them in the pan uncooked. So you could try that too–probably cooking it for about 90 minutes instead of the 1 hour I did.

Next time I make this I will probably only use 8 ounces noodles. We felt it was too noodle-y but I usually only make lasagna with 1/2 a box of noodles so that’s just what we are used to.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary lasagna kit from Red Gold with all the tomatoes for this recipe, lasagna noodles, a Laura’s Lean Beef apron, a coupon for Laura’s Lean Beef, and 6 recipes. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own.

#10DaysofTailgate: Thai Beef Skewers

A Thai-inspired grilled beef skewer recipe that couldn’t be simpler but tastes amazing! So flavorful and exotic.

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Welcome to #10DaysofTailgate! Camilla did a great job organizing this fun event, and we have 14 amazing giveaways for you guys! So check out the giveaway here. :) September is winding down, and so is #10DaysofTailgate and the giveaway so check it out now!

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Whenever Ben and I grill–correction: whenever BEN grills and I watch–we pretty much always have the same thing: burgers. Burgers. Burgers. Delicious, but boring. We have some skewers that came with our grill tools but we’ve never used them. And we still haven’t even though we made skewers… because FireWire Grilling [check ‘em out on Twitter and Facebook too] sent me some cool flexible skewers as part of #10DaysofTailgate. Thank you SO much! They are so fun to use, and easy to grill with, even on a small grill like the one we have at our apartment complex. The tips stay cool if you keep them off the grill so they’re easier to remove.

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These skewers were SO flavorful and tender. I marinated chunks of steak in a mixture of Thai basil, rice vinegar, fish sauce, and two herbs that Gourmet Garden sent as part of #10DaysofTailgate–lemongrass and chili pepper. This was my first time using those tubes of herbs and I have to say that they were super convenient, especially for something like lemongrass that you might not normally purchase. [If you want, check ‘em out on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.] While fresh herbs are definitely my first choice for seasonings, I’ll definitely consider Gourmet Garden in future! For my skewers, I added bell peppers and onions to the beef but feel free to use whatever veggies you like. :) Next time I make these skewers I’d love to add fresh mango or pineapple AND use coconut milk in the marinade instead of water. I highly suggest YOU try those additions. :) Enjoy!

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three years ago: Honey Mint Glazed Chicken
four years ago: Citrus Tilapia

Thai Beef Skewers

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 cups Thai basil – can also substitute cilantro or Italian basil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Lemongrass Paste from Gourmet Garden
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Pepper Paste from Gourmet Garden
  • 5-10 drops fish sauce
  • 3/4-1 pound steak, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1/2 sweet or red onion, cut into large squares

Directions:

Combine basil, water, oil, vinegar, Lemongrass paste, Chili Pepper paste, and fish sauce in a large bowl. Use immersion blender to process until smooth. A regular blender or food processor would work as well. Add steak cubes to the mixture, stirring to fully submerge. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours to marinate. After marination is complete, add steak to skewers along with bell peppers and onions. Grill over indirect heat to desired doneness, about 15-20 minutes on a charcoal grill.

If you don’t have a grill, you can try baking the skewers on a rimmed baking sheet at 375 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Just follow proper safety precautions such as soaking wooden skewers for 24 hours to prevent the risk of fire. I have not tried baking these, but there are lots of tutorials online on this subject.

Here’s what everyone brought to the table today…
Starters
Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cherry Chipotle Glazed Wings by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Firewired Pancetta-Wrapped Seafood by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Mains
Maize and Blue Chicken Salad by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Savory Duck Handpies by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Smokey Red Lentil Chili by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Beef Skewers by The Pajama Chef
Sips
Dips
Kicked up Spinach Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Pizza Dip by Making Miracles
Sweets
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Hard Pretzels by The Spiffy Cookie

Disclosure: I received a complementary set of flexible grilling skewers from Firefire and complementary herbs from Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices as part of my participation in #10DaysofTailgate. I was not compensated in any way–for my time, to create a recipe, or to publish positive comments. I was not required to use these products as part of my recipe. My opinions are my own.