5 Secrets to Healthier Lasagna
Make classic lasagna lighter by following these easy tips and tricks for healthier lasagna.
Lasagna is one of my favorite comfort foods. Although it's not exactly the most stellar meal nutritionally, its cheesy goodness is irresistible. But with a few easy swaps, you can make your favorite lasagna recipe healthier. Lasagna actually has quite a lot going for it, health-wise-it's all in how you assemble it. When developing Sausage, Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna we came up with some strategies to cut fat and calories and boost fiber in lasagna, without sacrificing flavor. Here are our 5 secrets to making healthier lasagna.
-Carolyn Malcoun, Senior Food Editor
1. Swap Whole-Wheat Lasagna Noodles
Swap whole-wheat lasagna noodles for regular ones to increase fiber.
2. Use Full-Flavored Italian Turkey Sausage
Use full-flavored Italian turkey sausage instead of pork sausage to cut saturated fat.
3. Add Frozen Spinach
Add frozen spinach to add nutrients and bulk up the filling with minimal calories.
4. Add Mushrooms
Replace some of the sausage with sliced mushrooms; mushrooms have a "meaty" flavor that is as satisfying as meat but with far less calories and fat.
5. Use Part-Skim Cheeses
Use part-skim cheeses instead of full-fat versions to reduce calories and saturated fat.