Shari Duncan

Chicken, Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna

by on Feb.06, 2010, under Egg and Main Course Ideas, General Nutrition, High Protein dishes, Recipes

Chicken and low fat cottage cheese are used in place of higher fat beef and ricotta cheese. Spinach and mushrooms provide flavor, texture and added vitamins & nutrients.

1lb chicken, seasoned, cooked in olive oil and garlic; and diced

Chicken Lasagna

Lower in fat; healthier than traditional lasagna

1 10oz package chopped spinach, thawed

Fresh baby Bella mushrooms

1-package oven ready lasagna noodles **

14 oz low fat cottage cheese

Low Fat Provolone / Mozzarella

1 jar prepared Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce

Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Prepare chicken –season GENEROUSLY with garlic, salt and pepper, and Italian seasonings.

Place a few spoonfuls of sauce in bottom of baking dish to coat bottom. Begin layering noodles (uncooked), sauce, cottage cheese, spinach, mushrooms, chicken and shredded cheeses to create the lasagna. Take care to distribute ingredients evenly, including corners.

Top with sauce (cover pasta noodles completely) – and garnish with shredded Parmesan Cheese.

Cover loosely with foil. Bake 30 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake 20 to 30 minutes more, or until lasagna is thoroughly heated and bubbly.

Allow lasagna to stand at least 10 to 15 minutes prior to slicing. This helps keep lasagna layers intact when serving.

Use Whole Wheat or Pre-cooked. Only Use partial package to Cut Carbs

Use partial package to Cut Carbs

**Substitute  whole wheat lasagna noodles for pre-cooked. Use only partial package of noodles to cut the total carbohydrates per serving.  I make 3 layers of 3 noodles per layer for a total of 9 lasagna noodles.


Why Eat Spinach?

Spinach nutrition is amazing. The calcium content in spinach and other dark leafy greens strengthens bones.

The A and C vitamins in spinach plus the fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients help control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers. Folate also lowers the blood levels of something called homocysteine,protein that damages arteries. So spinach also helps protect against heart disease.spinach_popeye

The flavonoids in spinach help protect against age related memory loss.

Spinach’s secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly. Foods rich in lutein are also thought to help prevent cancer.

The health benefits of spinach are numerous. The vitamins and calcium in spinach, combined with the overall nutritional value of spinach, make this vegetable and its dark leafy green cousins top picks for healthy food choices.

Fresh or frozen, add these greens to your food menu as often as you can.

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