Purpose of this blog is for me to try out recipes from my Weight Watchers cookbooks and hopefully I can find some really yummy, low point recipes to share. But this site is NOT an official Weight Watchers site.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Best Lasagna (Spinach-Beef)- 6 points

Last week I made a double meat tiny lasagna for my husband and I to use our weekly points. I made it in a 9x9 (1 quart casserole dish), we cut it into 9 pieces. It was 8pts per piece. That got me thinking, the ingredients without the meat really weren't that bad. I don't want to give up my meat, but to use less meat-hmmm. I don't mind vegetarian lasagna. I've had it made with spinach and its not bad. What would spinach with ground beef taste like? Once I had the idea, I knew I had to try making it. Layer of spinach and a layer of meat.
Spinach-Beef Lasagna-Best Ever
makes 4 LARGE servings in a 9x9 glass (1 quart casserole dish), 6 pts each

  • 1/2 lb of ground beef (90 lean or higher)
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian Sausage Seasoning Mix
  • 4 c spinach fresh-steamed till wilted or 1 1/2 frozen-thawed (or how much you are feeling like eating remember it will seem like less once cooked)
  • 1 c Fat-Free Cottage Cheese
  • 6 Lasagna sheets (I love the bake sheets that Barilla makes, the points are based off of 190 Cal, 2 fat, 2 dietary fiber- 2 servings)
  • 2 c Pasta Sauce (Classico Basil and Sun-dried tomatoes, based on 50 Cal, 1 fat- 4 servings)
  • 1/2 c Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese
directions: Start by cooking up the onion chopped up into small pieces and garlic in a skillet pan, add in the 1/2 lb ground beef and the Italian Sausage Seasoning Mix. Once browned, remove from heat. Next layer up. 2 sheets fit on the bottom, layer of cooked meat mixture, drop 1/2 c of cottage cheese over the meat and 3/4 c pasta sauce, mix the cottage cheese and pasta sauce. Second layer, 2 lasagna pasta sheets, 4 c spinach, 1/2 c cottage cheese and 3/4 pasta sauce (mix cottage cheese and sauce). Third layer, 2 lasagna pasta sheets, 1/2 c pasta sauce spread over past sheets, sprinkle over the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Place in oven, cook at 375 for 40 minutes (or until all cooked and golden brown). Cut into 4 equal portions. Makes a HUGE serving that is SO filling for so few points-one serving is about half your plate. 
Served it to my in-laws for dinner-- they LOVED it, My husband loved it "WOW", can't vouch for children my little one is just starting to eat solids. Served it with zucchini, other suggestions- California Veggies, steamed carrots, peas, broccoli.

1 comment:

  1. Your mom mentioned your recipes and after seeing them (and the beautiful pictures) I tell you I am excited to try everyone of them.