New year, new weight loss resolutions and new fitness goals. We've all been there and it's hard to keep up. Losing weight and getting fit takes effort and dedication. I'm terrible at both. I take it step by step, especially this year, I have a wedding to look amazing for. I've started with some walking and trying out skinnier versions of my favorite meals. I do not deprive myself of yummy foods. It doesn't work for me so I just come up with variations that still taste amazing, like this skinny lasagna. Skinny lasagna still has pasta, still has meat and still has cheese, just with some changes like ground turkey instead of ground beef, cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese and 2% mozzarella instead of whole. I promise you it's delicious and your whole family will love it!
1 box cooked lasagna noodles
1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 16oz tub of cottage cheese
2 cups of 2% reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups of red pasta sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a pot, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until brown. Once browned, add onions, garlic, tomatoes, cumin, oregano and tomatoes. Mix well, cover, lower heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Lightly grease a 13 x 9 baking dish. Add red pasta sauce to the pan, covering the bottom, about 1 cup. Layer with lasagna noodles and then ground turkey mixture. Layer with noodles and then top with half the cottage cheese.
Repeat the layering process.
On your last layer of noodles, spread 1 cup of red pasta sauce, top with mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. Cover with aluminum foil and transfer to oven.
Bake covered for 15 minutes and then uncover and bake for another 15 minutes. Once cheese is golden, remove from oven!
Let sit for about 15 minutes before cutting into the lasagna. It will be gooey and cheesy and amazing!!
This lasagna is a staple in our home (especially since Amberly and JC have both cut red meat out of their diets). Sometimes, I make two and freeze the second one. We love lasagna and this skinny lasagna is heaven-sent!!