Tip Tuesday – Lighten Up Lasagna

So I have been wanting to start a new “segment” on my blog called:  Tip Tuesday! As a registered dietitian (RD), I’m always interested in healthy food. I thought –  why not share my favorite simple tips for making meals a little lighter. I wanted to implement this on either a weekly, or bi-weekly basis, so let me know if you all like this idea!

But don’t worry, I make sure to NEVER sacrifice flavor. Let’s be real, no one wants to eat boring, bland food. #notyummy

For my FIRST tip, I went the Italian food route. Specifically lasagna.

Lighted Up Lasagna Who can say no to Italian food right? But lasagna is one of those items that typically get a bad wrap for being healthy and not the healthiest option. My tip for making lasagna a little lighter:

Switch up the Fillings

Instead of using the standard, full-fat ricotta cheese, swap it out for this combination:

1/2 part-skim ricotta + 1/2 small curd, low-fat cottage cheese

Yes you heard me correctly: Cottage Cheese!

A little unorthodox, but you will honestly never realize the difference. The “small curd” cottage cheese* is key though! Just whip that together with the ricotta cheese until smooth.

I also typically add a package of frozen, chopped spinach to the cheese mixture as well (thawed and squeezed dry in a paper towel first). The spinach will add some extra nutrients [iron, folate, and vitamin A], but doesn’t detract from the flavor or texture.

*Note: I actually prefer “whipped” cottage cheese, but it is difficult to find. Small curd works well, but you just need to whip it with the ricotta a little longer to achieve a creamy, smooth consistency.

Happy Eating!

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